Plant-based meat alternatives are making inroads into the fast-food and casual-dining market.
Impossible Foods announced it had raised $300 million in its latest funding round on Monday. Last week, Beyond Meat went public and saw its stock jump 163% on its first day of trading.
Here are 10 major chains where you can buy plant-based meat versions of your fast-food favorites.
After two years of testing the waters, fast-food companies are finally ready to dive headfirst into the plant-based meat market, with popular chains like Burger King and White Castle leading the charge.
Boosted by Burger King’s commitment to its product, Impossible Foods announced it had raised $300 million in its latest funding round on Monday. This comes hot on the heels of competitor Beyond Meat’s explosive IPO. Both companies have faced product shortages as consumer demand continues to rise and plant-based meat enters the mainstream.
Here are some of the biggest fast-food and casual-dining chains that now offer plant-based meat options:
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What: Impossible Slider
Where: Participating White Castle locations nationwide
In April 2018, White Castle became one of the first fast-food chains to offer a plant-based meat burger. The company is still experimenting with new flavor combinations featuring a patty made by Impossible Foods, such as the BBQ Impossible Slider it unveiled in April 2019.
What: Impossible Whopper
Where: 58 locations in and near St. Louis, Missouri (soon to be nationwide)
This April, Burger King began testing its new Impossible Whopper at 58 locations in St. Louis, to resounding success. The company plans to release the plant-based burger nationwide by the end of the year.
What: Big Vegan TS
McDonald’s Big Vegan TS meatless burger, manufactured by Nestlé, is now available at the chain’s German locations, CNN reported. It has no official plans to expand to the US market.
What: Beyond Burger
Where: All A&W locations across Canada
A&W, the second-biggest burger chain in Canada after McDonald’s, announced in June 2018 that it would offer Beyond Meat’s plant-based patty at all of its restaurants starting on July 9 of that year. In March 2019, A&W added a Beyond Meat Sausage & Egger to its menu, a sign that the company is continuing to expand its plant-based meat offerings.
Hard Rock Cafe
What: Impossible Burger
Where: 40 locations in the United States
Hard Rock Cafe has been serving Impossible Burgers at all of its company-owned US locations since December.
The Cheesecake Factory
What: Impossible Burger
Where: Select locations
The Cheesecake Factory has offered its rendition of the Impossible Burger at select locations since July 2018.
What: Impossible Tacos and Bowls
Where: All 730 Qdoba locations
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Source:: Business Insider