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For the First Time, Impossible Foods Offers Best-Selling ImpossibleTM Chicken From Plants at Whole Foods Market

Starting May 2024, Whole Foods Market shoppers across the US will have increased access to delicious, nutrient-dense meat from plants that’s better for the planet – including the No. 1 chicken-from-plants product(1), Impossible™ Chicken Nuggets

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (May 1, 2024) — This month, Impossible Foods is bringing its fan-favorite Impossible™ Chicken From Plants to select Whole Foods Market locations in the US, expanding consumer access to delicious, nutrient-dense meat from plants that’s better for the planet.

Starting May 2024, Whole Foods Market shoppers can enjoy the No. 1 chicken-from-plants product in the US, Impossible Chicken Nuggets(opens in a new tab), which are described as tasting as good or better than animal chicken nuggets in a consumer taste test(2). Impossible Chicken Nuggets will be joined in the freezer aisle by Impossible™ Chicken Patties(opens in a new tab) –– preferred by 61% of consumers over a leading animal chicken patty(3) –– as well as both of their spicy counterparts(opens in a new tab).

Impossible Chicken Nuggets and Chicken Patties offer high-quality protein and fiber in each golden, savory serving, and are nutritionally competitive with their animal counterparts with no cholesterol, up to 35% less total fat and up to 60% less saturated fat(4). Impossible Chicken is also responsible for approximately 44% less water consumption, 49% less land usage and 36% less greenhouse gas emissions than animal chicken(5).

“Launching in Whole Foods Market is a proud moment that’s been a long time coming. Impossible Chicken will now be broadly available and distributed in retail across America – we can’t emphasize enough the impact this will have on the consumer, the category and the planet,” said Peter McGuinness, president and CEO of Impossible Foods. “We’re already available in tens of thousands of retail stores across the country, and working with Whole Foods Market allows us to reach even more shoppers. They’re more conscious about their wellbeing and the environment, and are seeking delicious, nutritious food options that match their lifestyle. We look forward to Impossible Chicken being added to their weekly grocery lists.”

Whole Foods Market is widely recognized for helping bring organic and natural food products into the mainstream. Now, the leading natural foods purveyor is further expanding accessibility to plant-based products with Impossible’s best-selling chicken from plants. 

“We're thrilled to announce the arrival of Impossible Chicken From Plants at Whole Foods Market," said Christopher Manca, Principal Category Merchant at Whole Foods Market. "This exciting addition reflects our commitment to providing diverse, flavorful options for plant-based eaters, making it even easier to enjoy delicious meals that align with our customer’s dietary preferences."

The announcement comes as Impossible Foods continues its streak as the fastest growing major meat from plants brand in US retail, outpacing the growth rate of the rest of the US plant-based meat category in both dollar sales and unit sales across its expansive network of more than 30,000 retail locations(6). In March 2024, the company revealed it would be leveraging this position of strength to evolve its overall brand identity(opens in a new tab) to be more welcoming and approachable to flexitarians and meat-eating consumers, as it seeks to further grow awareness and household penetration for itself and the broader plant-based category. 

Shoppers across the US can expect to see Impossible Chicken in its new, bold red packaging in the freezer aisle of select Whole Foods Market locations over the coming weeks. 

About Impossible Foods:

Impossible Foods is on a mission to positively impact people and the planet by making delicious, nutritious meat from plants with a fraction of the environmental footprint of meat from animals. The privately-held food company was founded in 2011 and took a uniquely scientific approach that aims to make the world's best plant-based meat with the power to transform the food system. We make chicken, beef, and pork products from plants for every meal – breakfast, lunch and dinner – with a goal of replicating the flavors, textures, and cooking experience that meat eaters crave. Every nugget, burger, and patty we sell uses less land, water, and produces less greenhouse gas emissions compared to the animal. 

Impossible Foods products are designed in California, produced in California and the Midwest with U.S. and global ingredients, and are available across 4 continents in the United States, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Macau, New Zealand, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom. For more information, please visit impossiblefoods.com(opens in a new tab) and follow us on Instagram(opens in a new tab), X(opens in a new tab) and LinkedIn(opens in a new tab) for updates. 

1. Circana (IRI) YTD Total US MULO Week end 4.7.24

2. Based on a US national in-home usage test with 103 consumers in July 2022.

3. Based on a blind taste test of 104 consumers in Atlanta in April 2022.

4. For full nutrition information, see https://impossiblefoods.com/nutrition-disclaimers

5. Based on a Life Cycle Assessment comparing Impossible Chicken Nuggets Meat From Plants with animal-based chicken nuggets (ISO Conformant; WSP 2021)

6. IRI Total US MULO YTD End 4.7.24

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