In Britain, Beanfeast is a vegetarian processed food made from soya. It is sold in dried form, in packets, to be mixed with water and boiled. The cooked product resembles mince.

It is marketed in three varieties - Savoury Mince, Bolognese Style and Mexican Chilli.

Genetic Modification

In 1999 Beanfeast was the focus of protests against its manufacturer, Unilever, when it was found to contain genetically modified (GM) soya. The sales of the product dropped by 50%. After a meeting with Greenpeace in April 1999 [ [ GM Foods: Modifying the approach | Independent, The (London) | Find Articles at ] ] , Unilever agreed to remove GM ingredients.

Other meanings

colloq:1. A party or celebration. "lets all go to a beanfeast"2. An annual dinner given by employers to their workers.3. a feast of beans

Etymology: 19c in sense 2: beans were perhaps considered the staple dish for such occasions.

» CloudRaker Beanfeast in 2001, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

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  • beanfeast — eanfeast n. (British) an annual dinner party given by an employer for the employees. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • beanfeast — ► NOUN Brit. informal ▪ a party with plentiful food and drink. ORIGIN originally referring to an annual dinner given to employees, which always featured beans and bacon …   English terms dictionary

  • beanfeast — UK [ˈbiːnˌfiːst] / US [ˈbɪnˌfɪst] noun [countable] Word forms beanfeast : singular beanfeast plural beanfeasts British informal a party or social event …   English dictionary

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  • beanfeast — /been feest /, n. Chiefly Brit. Slang. 1. (formerly) an annual dinner or party given by an employer for employees. 2. a celebration or festive occasion, esp. when a meal is provided. Also, beanfest /been fest /. [1795 1805; BEAN + FEAST] * * * …   Universalium

  • beanfeast — noun a) A dinner party given to the employees of a firm. b) Any similar social occasion …   Wiktionary

  • beanfeast — n. (British Slant) annual dinner party that an employer gives for his/her employees; social gathering, party …   English contemporary dictionary

  • beanfeast — noun Brit. informal a celebratory party with plentiful food and drink. Origin C19: orig. denoting an annual dinner given to employees, which always featured beans and bacon …   English new terms dictionary

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  • beanfeast — /ˈbinfist/ (say beenfeest) noun Colloquial a festivity; celebration; a lavish feast. {from the annual feast given by British employers to their employees in the 1800s} …  

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