Asheville, NC—No Evil Foodshas announced a permanent extension of what the company calls its "Our Team Is Freaking Awesome! Pay" to all its production line workers, according to a press release.

Pay was bumped by $2.25 for essential employees in April. Originally slated to cease in June, the company has decided to maintain that increase indefinitely, even as other companies phase out their "Hero Pay."

"We have chosen to be a leader in the food industry and are thrilled to provide this indefinite pay increase to our team who have demonstrated their commitment to our mission to keep Plant Meat on shelves and make a vegan lifestyle more accessible for all," said Sadrah Schadel, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of No Evil Foods, in the press release. "Everyone has been impacted on some level by this crisis but to carry on despite the circumstances is really admirable. We see them showing up every day and doing a heck of a job and we want to thank them for that."
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In addition to 100% employer-paid health insurance, paid-time-off, holidays, and other benefits, No Evil Foods now pays its frontline production employees an average of $17 an hour, the release notes.