After announcing a deal with Beyond Meat back in February, McDonald’s this morning announced that it is set to start selling plant-based Beyond Meat burgers in select locations next month.
Starting November 3, the McPlant will be available at eight of the fast-food giant’s restaurants, including in Irving and Carrollton, Texas, Cedar Falls, Iowa, Jennings and Lake Charles, Louisiana, and El Segundo, and Manhattan Beach, California.
Still very much in the early stages, McDonald’s is positioning the deal as a “test” of Beyond’s patties, which are made from plant-based ingredients, including peas, rice, and potatoes. The deal follows similar piloting in a number of international locations, including Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, Austria, and the U.K./Ireland, the latter of which launched last month.
Says McDonald’s, “The patty is served on a sesame seed bun with tomato, lettuce, pickles, onions, mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, and a slice of American cheese. It has the iconic taste of a McDonald’s burger because it is one.” Your mileage may vary, depending on how that last sentence strikes you.
The company says it also will be broadening the McPlant line to include plant-based versions of chicken, pork, and egg.
In February, Beyond struck a partnership with Yum Brands, which includes KFC, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell. Competitor Impossible Foods, meanwhile, has dealt with Burger King, Starbucks, and White Castle.