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Business Briefs: BurgerFi unwraps new plant-based burger

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11:08 am PDT September 8, 2017

As of Sept. 4, all BurgerFi locations — including the Malibu location at 3939 Cross Creek Road, D200 — will offer The Beyond Burger.

The product is an all-natural, plant-based burger which boasts 20 grams of protein and contains no GMOs, gluten or soy.

“The Beyond Burger is a generously-sized, single patty, topped with pickles, onions, lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise, mustard, ketchup and American cheese (a vegan option will also be available without mayonnaise and cheese and served in a lettuce wrap),” a release from the restaurant chain states.

All BurgerFi burgers are free of hormones, steroids and antibiotics, the company notes, and the new addition is being touted as a “break-through product.”

The Beyond Burger was created by Beyond Meat; the patties are also available in the meat section of major grocery stores nationwide, including Whole Foods.

Loans available to LA County businesses

Los Angeles County’s Community Development Commission recently sent a release about its SMART Funding program, which offers competitive loan programs to small and medium businesses.

The program will offer personalized business capital options in four areas: manufacturing, clean technology, medical and health professionals, and transportation-adjacent development.

“With potential loans ranging from $25,000 to $1,500,000, SMART Funding aims to help local businesses purchase necessary equipment and machinery, acquire commercial property, build up working capital, and create and retain jobs,” the release states. “Applicants will work closely with dedicated loan officers to determine eligibility and construct a loan tailored to specific business needs. The CDC aims to help these local businesses build firm foundations, and save time and money — all in line with the agency’s goal of Building Better Lives and Better Neighborhoods for residents and business owners of Los Angeles County.”

To learn more about SMART Funding, visit, call the CDC at (626) 586-1856, or email

Business Briefs are compiled by Editor Lauren Coughlin,