Meati Foods, the creator of Eat Meati™ alternative whole-food proteins made from nutrient-rich mushroom root, announced that its animal-free Classic Cutlet and Crispy Cutlet have been named one of TIME’s Best Inventions of 2022. The recognition comes just after Meati Foods’ Series C funding, and on the same day as the debut of its Carne Asada Steak and Meati Bundle offerings and as the company will imminently begin scaling its retail availability nationally.

Meati is a whole food, with every cut at least 95% mushroom root. Meati’s offerings avoid the fat and cholesterol of conventional animal meat while delivering on nutrition with 15g protein, 9g dietary fiber and a host of micronutrients, such as Riboflavin, Niacin, Folate, Vitamin B12, and Iron.  

Meati’s award-winning cuts and shopper interest are setting the stage for retail expansion early next year, with the goal of a national omnichannel footprint in more than 8,000 retail and food service locations by the late 2023. For those interested in trying Meati for themselves, customers can currently purchase the Meati Classic Cutlet, Crispy Cutlet, Classic Steak, and Carne Asada Steak online at and in select Colorado-based Sprouts Farmers Markets and in all Birdcall locations.

For this year’s list, TIME solicited nominations from their editors and correspondents around the world, paying special attention to growing fields contributing to real world impact. TIME evaluated each contender on a number of key factors, including originality, efficacy, ambition, and impact.

View a list of Time's Best Inventions of 2022.