Impossible Foods of Redwood City, California has entered into a co-manufacturing agreement with the OSI Group to produce the Impossible Burger. Speaking of their new partnership, Impossible Foods’ senior vice-president of product and operations, Sheetal Shah said, “We did a pretty exhaustive search around who would be the best partners to help us scale as well as bring expertise so that we can continue to deliver this delicious burger to consumers.” Senior executive vice-president of OSI Group North America, Kevin Scott said, “We look forward to lending our expertise to Impossible Foods as it embarks on one of the most ambitious start-ups in the food industry.”
Impossible Foods currently sells its plant-based meat products to more than 400 distributors and redistributors, including such well-known restaurants as Burger King and White Castle. According to Sheetal, their plant-based protein products are now in 10,000 restaurants, expanding to 17,000 by the end of the year. Their new partnership with OSI will enable them to ramp up production to meet the growing demand for a delicious, plant-based burger. The OSI Group is a premier global food provider that specializes in providing concept-to-table food solutions around the world. As one of the largest privately held food providers, OSI will use its considerable infrastructure and financial resources to enable Impossible Foods to expand production and keep up with the escalating demand for healthy, tasty, meatless alternatives.
The OSI Group also benefits from their partnership with Impossible Foods. Incorporated in 2011, Impossible Foods develops plant-based substitutes for meat. Their goal is to give people the taste and nutritional benefits of meat, without the “meat.” They analyze animal products on a molecular level and recreate the nutrition and eating experience using only plant-based proteins and nutrients. In 2016, they launched their signature product, the Impossible Burger. If this new partnership between the OSI Group and Impossible Foods is successful, the world at large may also benefit—The Impossible Burger uses 95% less land, 74% less water, emits about 87% less greenhouse gas, and has more protein, less total fat, no cholesterol and fewer calories than a similar-sized hamburger.