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·         USCA Alarmed With Fast Food Chain Offering Plant-Based Burgers

Fast food restaurant chain Carl’s Junior has added a plant-based burger to its menu in an effort to attract vegans and vegetarians. U.S. Cattlemen’s Association official Lia Biondo says they’ve also shown up in several other fast food outlets, which is alarming…

 

·         Carl’s Jr. launches plant-based burger in 1,100 restaurants

The chain becomes Beyond Meat’s largest U.S. restaurant partner

 

 

 

USCA Alarmed With Fast Food Chain Offering Plant-Based Burgers

 

Radio 570 WNAX (SD)

Jan 7, 2019

 

Fast food restaurant chain Carl’s Junior has added a plant-based burger to its menu in an effort to attract vegans and vegetarians. U.S. Cattlemen’s Association official Lia Biondo says they’ve also shown up in several other fast food outlets, which is alarming.

 

She says USCA submitted a petition to USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service asking them to ensure only beef from animals is labeled as such and not allow the label for plant based, cell-cultured or lab grown meat. Biondo says what’s positive is that these products have not shown up yet on grocery store shelves.

 

Biondo says allowing lab-grown, cell-cultured or plant-based foods to be labeled as meat creates problems with consumers and for traditional meat sources...

 

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Carl’s Jr. launches plant-based burger in 1,100 restaurants

The chain becomes Beyond Meat’s largest U.S. restaurant partner

 

Nancy Luna, Nation's Restaurant News

Jan 02, 2019

 

The fast-food industry’s experimentation with plant-based proteins hit a major milestone today with Carl’s Jr. launching a burger made with a Beyond Meat quarter-pound patty.

 

The Nashville, Tenn.-based chain, a subsidiary of CKE Restaurants, said it is now the largest national burger chain to serve a Beyond Meat product. The limited-time burger, dubbed Beyond Famous Star, will be available through Jan. 31 at roughly 1,100 Carl’s. Jr. restaurants.

 

“We’re thrilled to be Beyond Meat’s largest U.S. restaurant partner to date,” Owen Klein, CKE’s Vice President of Global Culinary Innovation, told Nation’s Restaurant News.

 

Klein, in an interview conducted via email, said the quarter-pound patty is fresh, not frozen. The burger will have the same build (beyond the patty) as the Famous Star, but with a much different price. The Beyond version will sell for $6.29. A standard Famous Star is $2.69.

 

The signature burger, founder Carl Karcher’s favorite, was chosen to showcase the alt-protein because it’s the brand’s “most iconic burger,” Klein said.

 

“Truly a food innovation star, the new Beyond Famous Star burger looks, cooks and tastes like our iconic flame kissed beef,” the company said.

 

This is not Carl’s Jr.’s first vegetarian option. Customers can swap a beef patty for a fried zucchini patty, Klein said.

 

While Beyond Meat is reserved for the Famous Star, customers can substitute the plant-based product on any burger for a $2 per patty upcharge.

 

Klein said the chain made the Beyond Meat leap to meet changing consumer preferences, which include a desire to limit or avoid animal proteins.

 

The number of restaurants serving plant-based proteins from suppliers such as Beyond Meat and Impossible Burger has stepped up in recent years.

 

Consumer demand is driving the trend, which has expanded this year beyond healthful-oriented restaurant brands. In mid-September, White Castle expanded its test of Impossible Sliders to all 377 restaurants in 13 states. The $1.99 slider is made from a plant-based patty created by Beyond Meat rival, Impossible Foods.

 

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