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McDonald's Just Announced Plans to Offer a McPlant Burger

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The Big Mac just got a big makeover. McDonald's announced today that it would be introducing a new plant-based burger to the menu in 2021.

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Ian Borden, McDonald's international president, told USA Today that the burger "delivers our iconic taste in a sink-your-teeth-in (and wipe-your-mouth) kind of sandwich. It’s made with a juicy, plant-based patty and served on a warm, sesame seed bun with all the classic toppings."

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Operation McPlant is the fast-food giant's first major foray into the meatless burger wars. But McDonald's is a little late to the plant party: Last August, Burger King introduced the Impossible Whopper, made with a plant-based patty from Impossible Foods. KFC is testing vegan-fried Beyond Chicken in some of its restaurants. Carl's Jr and Del Taco are also offering Beyond Meat offerings such as the Epic Beyond Original Mex Burrito.  

But unlike its competitors, McDonald's will be making its own meatless products, rather than relying on third-party vendors such as Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat. The company is calling this alternative meat effort McPlant. 

"McPlant is crafted exclusively for McDonald’s, by McDonald’s,"  says Borden. "In the future, McPlant could extend across a line of plant-based products, including burgers, chicken-substitutes and breakfast sandwiches."

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Jonathan Small is editor-in-chief of Green Entrepreneur, a website and magazine focused on the cannabis industry. He is also an award-winning journalist, producer, and podcast host of the Green Entrepreneur and Write About Now podcasts and the founder of Strike Fire Productions, a premium podcast production company with clients such as SAG-AFTRA and Purely Elizabeth. He had held editing positions at Glamour, Stuff, Fitness, and Twist Magazines. His stories have appeared in The New York Times, TV Guide, Cosmo, Details, and Good Housekeeping. Previously, Jonathan served as VP of Content for the GSN (the Game Show Network), where he produced original digital video series.