Beyond Meat executive accused of biting a man’s nose to leave company

About 200 employees for the Beyond Meat alternative meat company were laid off this week according to a regulatory filing on Friday that also showed that COO Doug Ramsey has left the company.

Ramsey was suspended from work on September 20 after he was arrested for biting a man’s nose during an altercation following a football game between the Arkansas Razorbacks and the Missouri State Bears.

FOX Business was unable to immediately contact Beyond Meat for comment on the circumstances of Ramsey’s departure, but Friday’s announcement comes on the culmination of an alleged nose-biting incident.

Beyond Meat suspended COO Doug Ramsey following his arrest for allegedly biting a man’s nose during an altercation. (Washington County, Arkansas Sheriff’s Office)

BEYOND MEAT COO SUSPENDED AFTER ALTERNATE

The executive, who joined the company in December 2021, is accused of third-degree battery and terrorist threat after he got angry when another driver approached him in a road lane and made contact with the wheel. of the front passenger of his Ford Bronco SUV.

Ramsey apparently got out of his vehicle and punched the rear window of the driver’s car.

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The driver told police he then got out of his car before Ramsey pulled him close and started punching him. The driver would later be bitten on the tip of the nose by Ramsey.

Beyond Meat’s senior vice president of operations, Jonathan Nelson, who was appointed to lead operations following Ramsey’s immediate suspension, will now fulfill his duties “on a permanent basis,” the company said in a filing with Securities and Exchange Commission Friday.

Nelson’s annual base salary increased to $ 355,000 on Thursday.

But as Nelson secures a solid wage base, the company has also cut jobs.

Beyond the meat

Engineered plant-based hamburger patties from food company Beyond Meat are seen on shelves among other meat alternatives at a grocery store in San Ramon, California, August 28, 2019. (Smith Collection / Gado / Getty Images / Getty Images)

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Two hundred employees, or about 19% of Beyond Meat’s total global workforce, were laid off on Tuesday.

“This decision was based on cost-cutting initiatives aimed at reducing operating expenses,” the documents say.

The layoffs come amid reports that plant-based meat sales are down.

FOX Business’ Aislinn Murphy contributed to this report.

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