McDonald’s has announced it will introduce a line of plant-based meat alternatives called “McPlant” in 2021.
McDonald’s said it would offer plant-based burgers, chicken substitutes and breakfast sandwiches.
Barclays Bank forecasts that consumption of meat alternatives might be worth US$ 140 billion by 2029.
McDonald’s has tested out a plant-based burger in Canada with Beyond Meat – a producer of plant-based meat.
The move towards meat substitutes has been driven primarily by concerns over meat’s effects on health, the environment and animal welfare.
“We are excited about the opportunity because we believe we have a proven, delicious-tasting product,” said Ian Borden, who heads McDonald’s international operations.
However, McDonald’s is relatively late to enter the meat-free market.
Other fast-food outlets including Burger King, White Castle and Dunkin’ Brands Group have already introduced plant-based burgers.
McDonald’s still relies on its flagship products like the “Big Mac”, “McNuggets” and French fries, which account for around 70% of its sales in its key markets.
“Beyond Meat and McDonald’s co-created the plant-based patty which will be available as part of their McPlant platform,” the company said.