McDonald’s is testing McPlant meatless burger in a handful of places – .

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McDonald’s is testing McPlant meatless burger in a handful of places – .


McDonald’s will offer its first vegetarian option in the United States next month, testing its new McPlant meatless burger on American menus, the fast food giant announced Thursday.
“Eight McDonald’s restaurants in the United States will be testing the McPlant for a limited time starting November 3, while supplies last,” McDonald’s said in the announcement. The test sites are in seven cities and four states and are El Segundo and Manhattan Beach, California; Cedar Falls, Iowa; Jennings and Lake Charles, Louisiana; and Irving and Carrollton, Texas.

McPlant Patty is made with “plant-based ingredients like peas, rice and potatoes” and is co-developed with Beyond Meat, maker of Beyond the hamburger and other meat-imitating products such as plant-based sausages and chicken, McDonald’s said.

Although the patty itself is meatless, it is cooked on the same grill that is used for meat products and eggs. The McPlant is served on a sesame seed bun with American cheese, mayonnaise, ketchup, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and onions, although diners can always request it without cheese or mayo.

A fully vegan version of McPlant – with plant-based cheese and a plant-based sauce – was introduced in the UK and Ireland in September.

Shares of Beyond Meat rose nearly 5% to $ 109.60 per share on the announcement before sagging to $ 105.10 per share.

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McDonald’s offers a plant-based burger, designed to appeal to meat lovers as well as vegetarians and so-called flexitarians, has already been introduced to test markets in Austria, Denmark, the Netherlands and Sweden.

Plant-based options have proliferated among fast food chains over the past few years and can also be found at White Castle, Wendy’s, Dunkin ‘, and Panda Express. Burger King presented its Whopper impossible, a plant-based version of the Whopper, in all of its restaurants in the United States during a giant rollout in 2019. Furniture store Ikea rolled out a plant-based version of its popular meatballs last fall. Swedish, called plant balls.

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