The chief operating officer of the vegan food giant Beyond Meat was arrested after he was accused of biting a man’s nose during an altercation in the United States.
According to the court records, Douglas Ramsey, age 53, is being charged with “terroristic threatening” and battery in the third degree.
On Sunday, he paid the $11,085 (£9,711) bond that was required to get out of jail.
According to a local TV station, the incident took place on Saturday evening as he was leaving a parking garage in Fayetteville, Arkansas, after attending a football game in the city.
KNWA/KFTA, a television station in the United States that cited a preliminary police report, stated that he bit another driver during an altercation that he had with another driver, causing the man to suffer “ripping off the flesh on the tip of the nose.”
A request for comment from the media was not immediately met with a response from the Fayetteville police.
Mr. Ramsey had a successful career spanning three decades at the multinational meat processing corporation Tyson Foods, where he was responsible for managing the company’s poultry and McDonald’s divisions.
In December of the previous year, he became Beyond Meat’s chief operating officer after joining the company.
At the time of his appointment, Mr. Ramsey said, “I am proud to join in its mission to produce delicious products that are healthier for our customers and more sustainable for our planet,” and he said this in reference to the company.
The requests for comment were not immediately met with a response from Mr. Ramsey or Beyond Meat.
In May of 2019, Beyond Meat, a company that produces plant-based burgers, sausages, and nuggets, made its debut on the stock market by listing its shares on the Nasdaq exchange in New York.
It was one of the most successful initial public offerings in recent years due to the fact that the company’s shares increased in value by more than 160% on their first day of trading.
However, since that time, the company’s shares have declined, and just this year alone, they have lost more than 70% of their value.
Beyond Meat reduced its revenue forecast for the year and announced in the previous month that it would cut approximately four percent of its workforce across the world.
According to the chief executive officer of the company, Ethan Brown, the increased cost of plant-based meat has slowed the growth of the business at a time when consumers all over the world are dealing with rising costs of living.