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Baseball Legend Derek Jeter Invests in Plant-Based Start-up Meati Foods

The Hall of Famer joins a star-studded roster of investors.


Courtesy of Meati

The Hall of Famer joins a star-studded roster of investors.

In an exciting development for the food industry, Meati Foods, the innovative producer of mushroom-derived plant-based meat, proudly shared that MLB Hall of Fame member Derek Jeter has joined the company as an investor and advisor. Meati harnesses the power of mushroom roots to create Classic Cutlets, Crispy Cutlets, Classic Steaks, Carne Asada Steaks, and more!

Meati Foods: The Mushroom Root Meat

Founded in 2017, Meati Foods has revolutionized the food industry by creating a more delicious, nutritious, equitable, and sustainable food system for all through the power of mushrooms! Its flagship product line, Eat Meati, features cutlets and steaks made from mushroom root, a whole food protein cultivated using a modernized version of ancient and natural processes that have preserved Earth’s ecosystems for millennia. After a year of record sellouts through its online shop, Eat Meati made its nationwide retail debut in March 2023, with plans for a national omnichannel presence later in the year. Meati’s exceptional quality has garnered the enthusiastic support of culinary icons such as Rachael Ray, David Chang, Derek Jeter, John Foraker, Nicolas Jammet, Jonathan Neman, and Sam Kass. Talk about impact!

Current Meati Foods’ products include the Classic Cutlet, Crispy Cutlet, Classic Steak, and Carne Asada Steak, which can be found nationwide at Sprouts, as well as popular eateries like PLNT Burger and Birdcall. Jeter’s addition to Meati’s impressive roster of supporters further underscores the company’s diverse appeal and its vision of fostering a more inclusive food ecosystem.

Plate of vegan food from Meati

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MLB Hall of Famer Derek Jeter Invests in Meati Foods

Following an illustrious 20-year career with the New York Yankees, Derek Jeter has engaged in numerous successful business ventures and entrepreneurial investments while maintaining his connection to baseball. His prior involvement in the food and beverage industry includes Performance Kitchen, Amass, and Bespoken Spirits. In 1996, he established the Turn 2 Foundation, which has granted over $34 million to create and sustain signature programs that encourage young people to lead healthy lifestyles. Jeter’s remarkable contributions to the game of baseball even earned him a well-deserved place in the Baseball Hall of Fame in the Class of 2020!

Derek Jeter Headshot

Courtesy of Jeter Ventures

With Derek Jeter’s investment and guidance, Meati Foods is poised to elevate the alternative meat industry to new heights, forging a path toward a more sustainable, delicious, and inclusive food future!

Learn more about Meati Foods at Meati.com.

Allison van Tilborgh

Allison van Tilborgh

Allison is a digital media consultant, writer, and aspiring vegan-feminist scholar living in the Orlando, Florida area. She’s the founder of The Sanford Vegan, a vegan media brand, through which she connected with VegOut. As an early reader of VegOut Magazine, she dreamed of one day putting her own writing on the national stage (spoiler alert: that dream came true!). Allison loves experimenting with plant-based cooking and reading up on the latest trends in veganism and animal rights scholarship.

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