Morningstar (think veggie burgers, not research) has beef ...

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BEAT THE MEAT

Beyond Meat beat even analyst's wildest expectations for its IPO. Shares of the faux-meat maker soared 163% in its market debut. To match that success you'd have to go all the way back to March 2000 when Palm debuted during the peak of the dot-com boom. 

Shares were priced at $25 but started trading on the Nasdaq at $46 and hit an intraday high of $73. This has 'millennials on margin' written all over it.

The preferred burger manufacturer of people who donate to the PETA and drive a Prius sold 9.5M shares on its way to raising some $240M. Beyond plans to use the cash to build out production facilities and fund R&D (Can you say Beyond Fish?!).

Beyond food

Co-founded by Ev Williams, the "food" company is about as far from "big food" as The Water Coolest is from The Wall Street Journal. Exhibit A: Beyond Meat is valued at 44x revenue. Where is the typical food brand valued? Not more than 2x top line.

But BM has already proven to be wildly popular, with its burgers sold in more than 12k restaurants. And investors seem to think that its ambitious growth and patented technology can allow it to take a bite out of the $1.4T (real) meat market.

Beyond Meat soars 163% in biggest-popping U.S. IPO since 2000  [MarketWatch]

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