· The ’Fake Egg’ company has a target to replace around 80 billion chicken eggs each year.
· Backed by Bill Gates and Paypal billionaire Peter Thiel, an ‘artificial egg’ was launched for sale in the US supermarkets.
Company has also successfully made faux mayonnaise as well as many baked goods with the egg substitute. Eggs are created with sorghum, a “simple and awesome pea’s species,” and “awesome varieties of 11 plants,” company CEO Josh Tetrick told FoxNews.com.
Plants made eggs can easily replace in almost everything- cakes to mayonnaise- and without letting even one chicken coming closer to its production process.
Josh Tetrick says that about 1.8 trillion eggs are laid each year- most of which come from “those places where normal people never want their food from.”
“Around 90% of the eggs come from faintly-lit, smelling industrial warehouses full of feces and urine,” says Tetrick. “And putting aside the animal cruelty, it is simply gross.” It is also a matter of food safety like spread of avian influenza, he explains.
Tetrick also says that we would like to exclude animals from the equation as ‘eggs are amazing since they can hold water and oil in mayo, make muffins rise, etc.’ So ‘I began thinking about making eggs from plants to do those things. We got 12 pre-selected plants such as the pea which is grown widely in Canada. Also, there is one incredible bean that in used in scrambled eggs in South Asia.’
The company is also in talks with many major food manufacturers across the globe- including the UK companies- for replacing the eggs in products in supermarket as an alternative.
To date, he claims that his team has made a substitute for egg to use in cakes and mayonnaise.
MailOnline tried two products from Hampton Creek’s- cookies and mayonnaise- that tasted same like the original ones but were slightly anticlimactic.
Josh Tetrick also hopes that Beyond Eggs will be used in almost all supermarket products in time which will provide the people in poor countries one more nutrition source- without needing livestock.