‘Beantown’ is Most Meatless Burger Friendly

PORTLAND, OR. (October 10, 2002)- In recognition of October as Vegetarian Awareness Month, Gardenburger, creator of the original meatless patty, is sending an herbivorous shout out to the nation’s ten most veggie-burger friendly cities*. The rankings, in descending order, are as follows:

1. Boston

2. Portland, OR.

3. Albany

4. Washington D.C.

5. Hartford/New Haven

6. New York

7. Baltimore

8. Denver

9. Miami

10. Seattle

“These ten cities are representative of a broad and progressive movement away from a meat dependent diet” said Scott Wallace, CEO of Gardenburger. “We congratulate them for being at the forefront of this movement; the decision to eat meatless is positively impacting our air, water, land and collective good health.”

Mayors of the ten winning cities will receive a Gardenburger t-shirt for showing their respective cities the road to good health.

About Gardenburger, official “missionaries of meatless” Founded in 1985, Gardenburger Inc. pioneered the original meatless patty, and has been pushing the meatless category to new levels ever since. An independent company, Gardenburger’s vision is to promote pure food and a healthy environment. From the classic, grain-based Gardenburger Original to the ground-breaking barbeque Riblets, the company distributes its meatless products to more than 35,000 foodservice outlets throughout the United States and Canada. Retail customers include more than 30,000 grocery, natural food and club stores. Based in Portland, Ore., the company employs approximately 185 people.


* Statistics based on an ACNielsen analysis of the meatless burger category - 52 Weeks Ending 9/21/02 (% category / % population).

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