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Beyond Meat Inc said on Wednesday it will sell plant-based burgers and sausages at a Brazilian high-end supermarket chain, entering the country about two weeks after launching in mainland China’s retail market through Alibaba Group’s Freshippo markets.
Starting this week, Beyond Meat products will be in 19 upscale St Marche stores in Sao Paulo, the richest city in Brazil. The retailer was founded in 2002 and is partially owned by the world’s biggest consumer-focused buyout firm, L Catterton. Brazil is the world’s No. 3 consumer of beef after the United States and the European Union.
The partnership comes as plant-based meat makers, including Beyond Meat’s Silicon Valley-based rival Impossible Foods, seek to tap in to the potentially lucrative international markets where plant-based meat buzz is spreading quickly.
Revenue from the company’s U.S. retail business rose 157% in the quarter ended March 28 versus a year ago while international retail revenue was up nearly 5,000%, according to a Beyond Meat presentation.
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