Pub burger that is Half Beyond Meat, half beef draws criticism: 'All or nothing' – Fox News

Fifty percent beef, fifty perfect fake – all controversial.

U.K.-based craft beer and pub chain BrewDog has come under fire on Twitter for its earnest attempt at bridging the food world gap between meat eaters and faux-meat eaters with its “Hybrid Burger” launch.


The newest offering is made with a 50/50 patty mixture of beef burger and Beyond Meat. The patty is stacked under a potato rosti cake, crispy onion straws, melted vegan gouda cheese and sandwiched between matcha tea buns.


Much like the patty itself, the Hybrid Burger – which the restaurant touts as “50 % less meat, 100 % delicious” – has received mixed reviews, with most criticizing the burger as unnecessary.


That said, there were a number of people who admitted they would like to try the burger – or at least understood where the company was coming from with the offering.

Despite the backlash, BrewDog defended its quirky menu addition, stating it was meant to offer an option to those who are interested in meat alternatives, but do not want to completely stop eating meat.


As the demand for fake meat grows, Beyond Meat has been added to the menu of many chains across the globe.

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Beef prices tumble as America's tastes shift toward chicken – Axios

A butcher arranges meat products.
A butcher arranges meat products. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Chicken is starting to become Americans’ favorite meat and beef looks to be be paying the price, per Bloomberg.

Why it matters: While there’s normally a decrease in demand of beef around this time at the end of grilling season, the declines this year are far more drastic than usual and beef prices are tumbling.

By the numbers: Wholesale-beef prices, a proxy for short-term demand, have fallen 10% from a peak in August, and an indicator for burgers has tumbled about 35%.

  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture this month cut its outlook for beef consumption and now projects that demand for beef will stay stagnant from last year.

Of note: Darden Restaurants Inc., the operator of Olive Garden and Longhorn Steakhouse, said beef inflation has been cutting into profit margins during its first quarter.

Go deeper: Popeyes’ chicken sandwich and the future of fast food

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This one-pot beef stew recipe will ease you right into fall – TODAY

Chef, cookbook author and restaurateur Ryan Scott is swinging by the TODAY kitchen to share a few of his favorite early fall recipes. He shows us how to make braised beef stew and roasted asparagus with a delicious pistachio pesto.

Pinot-Braised Beef Stew with Baby Potatoes and Pearl Onions

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When the weather starts to turn a little chilly, I can’t wait to make a giant pot of this beef stew. I portion it up and freeze some for my wife to warm up and feed our little one on busy weeknights or when I’m traveling. It’s the perfect make-ahead comfort food for fall suppers.

Quick-Roasted Asparagus with Pistachio Pesto

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I don’t have a lot of time, but I love to make healthy and delicious food for my family. The great thing about this recipe? I can make a big batch of pesto and keep it in my fridge or freezer, then cook up a batch of any seasonal veggie (asparagus is one of my favorites) in five minutes using my quick-roasting method. When cooking is this easy and delicious, there’s no excuse to not eat your veggies!

If you like those easy autumn recipes, you should also try these:

Maple Glazed Hasselback Butternut Squash

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Quinn Daly's Chicken Pot Pies

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Performance trace minerals help improve young cow reproduction – Beef Magazine

One of the keys to a successful and profitable beef cow operation is getting cows to breed early and maintain a shorter calving interval. In most cases, a cow isn’t profitable until she has given birth to at least four calves. For young cows, those that are having their first or second calves, including performance trace minerals as a part of beef cow nutrition can help them develop into more efficient and more profitable cows.

According to Bruce Carpenter and L.R. Sprot with the Texas A&M University System Extension, heifers that calve in the first 21 days of the calving season tend to remain early calvers and tend to be a beef producer’s most profitable cows. Heifers that calve from 20 to 40 days tend to remain late calvers and it is difficult for these animals to become profitable.

If cows are to maintain a 12-month calving interval with a gestation period of 285 days, that means that the calving season can be no longer than 80 days. A calving season would then be followed by a breeding season of 80 days, which is the only window of opportunity for the whole year. The goal of all herd management during the year is to have cows and heifers that are receptive to breeding during this 80-day period, which is why cows that calve early are the most fertile and profitable in the herd, while late calvers are the least fertile and profitable.

With many beef cow operations having a single weaning date for all cows, getting calves born early in the calving season is essential. Figuring an average weight advantage of 2 pounds (0.9 kg) per day, a calf born early in the calving season versus 30 days later will see a 60-pound (27 kg) weaning weight advantage.

Feeding young cows performance trace minerals for cattle has been shown to increase pregnancy rates and decrease the calving interval, therefore, making them more profitable throughout their lifetime.


Feeding Performance Trace Minerals Improves Calving Interval

In a study that was conducted on grazing Braford cows at the University of Florida’s Range Cattle Research and Education Center in Ona, Fla., cows 3 or 4 years of age fed performance trace minerals from Availa®4 had increased pregnancy rates and lower calving intervals than cows that were fed inorganic trace minerals. The cows that were fed Availa-4 had a pregnancy rate more than 18 percent higher on average than the cows that were fed inorganic trace minerals over a 3-year period. The calving interval for cows that were fed trace minerals from Availa-4 was more than 16 days shorter on average over the same 3-year period.

The most important thing for a beef cattle producer is to have cows that are calving on a calendar-year basis. Anything you can do to help her to breed back early in that breeding season is going to make her a more profitable and more efficient cow in terms of her lifetime production.

Feeding cows performance trace minerals early in their life is essential, as younger first and second calf cows undergo greater production stress than mature cows. The response to trace minerals during this time in their development is often more prominent.

How Performance Trace Minerals Play a Role in Cow Reproduction

Preparing a cow for the next breeding season is a common challenge beef cow producers face, along with maintaining energy intake in their cows. A cow’s body will utilize nutrients first for maintenance. Once she maintains her body weight, she starts utilizing nutrients towards reproduction.

The four trace minerals in Availa-4 — zinc, manganese, copper and cobalt — all play a role in improving beef cow reproduction performance.

  • Zinc helps to get a cow ready to conceive again by helping repair a cow’s reproductive tract after she goes through the inflammatory processes that occurs around parturition. After calving, the reproductive tract needs to go from being the support for a fetus to being ready for the next breeding season.
  • Manganese helps to mitigate inflammation. It plays an important role in the production of reproductive hormones and is key in egg production.
  • Copper plays a role in creating a shorter calving interval and is critical for early embryonic survival. Oftentimes, a cow gets bred but may not maintain that embryo, which will put her behind.
  • Cobalt plays into energy for beef cows. It is utilized in the rumen to increase forage fiber digestibility. Cobalt is also used in the rumen to synthesize vitamin B12, which gets absorbed and works in the liver for glucose production and energy metabolism. Better energy utilization of the forages contributes to maintaining adequate body condition.

Feeding performance trace minerals as part of a balanced diet can ensure that a cow has effective nutrients that contribute to profitable reproduction performance.

To learn more about Availa-4 and its effect on cow reproduction, or about adding Availa-4 to your beef cattle diet, contact a Zinpro Representative today.

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Floyd Mayweather Reignites 50 Cent Beef – XXLMAG.COM

The beef between frienemies Floyd Mayweather Jr. and 50 Cent has been dormant for a little while but all it takes is the wind blowing to stir up some problems between the entertainers. Seemingly out of nowhere, on Saturday (Aug. 10), Floyd decided to take a shot at the Queens rap mogul.

Floyd hopped on Instagram and delivered a fully laid-out dissertation on his perception of the downfall of 50’s career, which the boxer thinks started with him losing the famous battle with Kanye West over the first week sales of their 2007 albums Curtis and Graduation.

“It was only 4 shots that ended Curtis 🐀 Jackson rap career,” Floyd began before delivering the break down.

“1. You tried desperately to revive your career by going head to head with Kanye West and got dragged publicly, taking a unanimous decision loss,” Floyd wrote. “2. Jay Z been killing the champagne game with Ace of Spade selling worldwide at premium prices for well over a decade, while Curtis got a bottle with a cheap chess piece on it that taste like shampoo,” he added next.

Mayweather then attempted to clown 50’s business endeavors in headphones and vodka.

“3. Beats by Dre headphones was a home run smash, we all know that, but what the fuck was Curtis’s SMS Audio headphones? That was some straight bullshit the FEDs had something to do with. Those are snitch headphones, you can be in your car and hear the people’s conversation in the vehicle next to you,” he asserted. “4.Diddy got Ciroc and its still selling worldwide and you can’t find Efen in no stores and it’s well known the shit taste like rubbing alcohol.”

It is unclear what sparked Floyd’s post. 50 has a performance in Mayweather’s neck of the woods in Las Vegas tonight. Fif’ has yet to respond, but it shouldn’t take long.

Check out Floyd’s post below.

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Are Fake-Meat Burgers Finally as Good as Beef? – Lifehacker Australia

The humble veggie burger has come a long way in the past few years.

With the rise of the ambitiously named “Impossible” and “Beyond” burgers, many people are wondering if these meat substitutes are finally convincing enough to replace real beef at a summer cookout.

So we got our hands on a beef burger, an Impossible burger, and a Beyond burger and had the Lifehacker staff taste and grade them.


Visually, many thought that the Impossible burger looked more like meat than the actual meat (it is developed to be red in the middle and bleed). The Beyond burger was very clearly fake meat from the first look. However, taste is where these plant-based patties shine. Do you prefer beef because it tastes like beef, or are you open to something with a slightly different flavor profile than you’re used to?

In the video above, check out the staff’s analysis of the burgers and the final taste test scores.


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BEEF expands its Rally™ Footprint with Sturgis® Beef Throw Down event – Tri-State Livestock News

PIERRE, SD – South Dakota Beef Industry Council (SDBIC) looks to expand beef demand through a continued partnership with the City of Sturgis as the official meat of the 2019 Sturgis ® Motorcycle Rally™. The venue allows beef to reach nearly a half million consumers from all over the world throughout the ten- day event scheduled for August 2-11, 2019.

New to the event this year is the “Sturgis® Beef Throw Down.” Join the fun as we travel the beautiful Black Hills area with FoodNetwork professional chef Justin Warner. Warner will be judging destination location restaurant’s signature beef dish alongside designated South Dakota beef producers!

The “Sturgis® Beef Throw Down” judging will take place August 5-7, 2019 with the winner announced at noon MST on August 8th during the 79th Sturgis ® Motorcycle Rally™ on the Rally™ Point Stage. The winning restaurant will receive a trophy to display in their establishment as well as team slot in the Sanford International Senior PGA Pro-Am tour taking place September 18-19, 2019 in Sioux Falls, SD.

“We really wanted to expand our footprint with the Rally this year so we worked alongside the City of Sturgis in the development of the “Sturgis® Beef Throw Down,” states Suzy Geppert, SDBIC Executive Director. “We know that one of the main draws for Rally attendees is the beauty of the Black Hills in western South Dakota and many of them spend a lot of time on their bikes touring. We wanted to be able to allow attendees the ability to incorporate beef into their experience so we established an opportunity to do just that.”

Rally attendees will have an opportunity to take an optional “Sturgis® Beef Throw Down” tour. Attendees will start when they check in at the Sturgis® headquarters where they will be given a Sturgis® Beef Throw Down Passport that contains all participating restaurants. Attendees will then travel to participating restaurants and purchase the signature beef dish at each location on the map. The restaurant will stamp the passport to confirm the signature beef dish was ordered. Participants bring the stamped passport back to Rally™ Point for a chance to win one of five prize packages that include $100 up to $500 in Beef Bucks alongside beef swag! Attendees must have a minimum of three destination locations stamped to qualify for entry! Passports may also be downloaded at

Participating restaurants include Red Rock in Wall, Alpine Inn in Hill City, FLYT in Deadwood, Baker’s Bakery & Café in Custer, Country Side Grill in Rapid City, T-Grille in Deadwood, Knuckle in Sturgis, Loud American in Sturgis, Sliders Bar & Grille in Rapid City and Vertex Sky Bar in Rapid City.

The SDBIC will once again participate in the Mayor’s Ride and the VIP Social on Monday August 5th as a sponsor of the Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally™.

For more information please visit or follow us on Facebook!

–South Dakota Beef Industry Council

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Pork and Beef Exports Rebound in May; Volume and Value Reach 2019 Highs – Hoosier Ag Today

May exports of U.S. pork and beef were steady with last year’s strong volumes and increased year-over-year in value. The U.S. Meat Export Federation says pork exports totaled 218,000 metric tons in May, steady with last year’s pace, while value increased one percent to $567 million, the highest monthly value total since April 2018.

For January through May, pork exports were still four percent below last year in volume and down 10 percent in value to $2.57 billion. USMEF President and CEO Dan Halstrom called the May pork exports “very encouraging, especially the renewed momentum in Japan and China/Hong Kong.”

May beef exports were also steady year-over-year in volume at  117,500 metric tons, while export value increased one percent to $727.6 million, the second-highest on record, trailing only the August 2018 total of $751.7 million. For January through May, exports were three percent below last year’s record pace in volume, but only slightly lower in value at $3.3 billion.

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