A former executive for a plant-based meat alternative company was arrested in Arkansas Saturday for allegedly threatening a man and biting him in the nose.
Doug Ramsey, 53, who was appointed COO of Beyond Meat in 2021, was charged with making terroristic threats and third-degree battery, according to a report reviewed by local news outlet KNWA. The altercation, which reportedly occurred in a parking garage, happened after a Subaru allegedly made contact with Ramsey’s front tire.
Ramsey exited his car and punched the back windshield, according to the report. When the Subaru driver got out of his car as well, Ramsey “pulled him in close and started punching.” He also bit the man in the nose, “ripping the flesh on the tip,” and allegedly threatened his life, according to a witness.
Ramsey, a long-time food company executive, was appointed as COO of Beyond Meat less than a year ago. The company promotes eating plant-based meat as a way to positively affect the planet and the environment. Its products are popular with vegans, and the appointment of Ramsey as COO in December 2021 was reported on by VegNews, a vegan media brand, and heralded as a positive step toward adding “vigor” to the growing meat-alternative movement.
“Beyond Meat is the gold standard in the plant-based meat industry and I am proud to join in its mission to produce delicious products that are healthier for our customers and more sustainable for our planet,” Ramsey said at the time. “I’m thrilled to be a part of a company that is constantly innovating and delivering high-quality products to some of the world’s most prominent foodservice and retail customers.”
The Daily Wire has reached out to Beyond Meat for comment.
Ramsey previously worked at Tyson Foods, where he was president of the global McDonald’s business, according to a biography available on Tyson’s website. A spokesperson for Tyson told KNWA that Ramsey left the company months ago.
His first court appearance is in mid-October.