Beyond Meat hits Panda Express locations nationwide for a limited time with Beyond The Original Chicken

While Panda Express had witnessed “incredible demand​” for the faba-bean-fueled entrée during tests in 70 stores in 10 markets last summer, chief brand officer Andrea Cherng said the national rollout would be for “a limited time while supplies last​” rather than an addition to the chain’s permanent menu at this stage.

The limited-time test is one of a series of high-profile foodservice trials for Beyond Meat, which has forged partnerships with several leading chains in recent years including Yum! Brands (Pizza Hut, KFC, Taco Bell), McDonald’s, Carl’s Jr, Peet’s Coffee, Dunkin’, Denny’s, Del Taco, A&W, Bareburger, and TGI Friday’s.

Beyond Meat has a presence in 41,000+ foodservice locations in the US (with sales down -2.4% YoY in Q2) and 31,000+ foodservice locations internationally (with sales +7% YoY in Q2).

Foodservice partnerships with Yum! Brands, McDonald’s

Yum! Brands has recently tested Beyond Fried Chicken at KFC outlets nationwide in a limited time offer, while Beyond Meat has secured spots on the permanent menu at Pizza Hut in Singapore, El Salvador, Guatemala, Canada and the UK, and tested a plant-based pepperoni pizza topping in the US for a limited time.   

McDonald’s, in turn, has just started a 270-store test of the McPlant (featuring a Beyond Meat patty) in Australia, initiated further tests in China, added McPlant to its core menu in the UK, and told Farming Independent​ ​it is “delighted” with the burger’s performance in Ireland.

In Austria, following the nationwide limited time offer of a second McPlant build – the McPlant Steakhouse — McDonald’s started a nationwide limited time offer of a third McPlant build, the ‘McPlant Tasty,’ inspired by McDonald’s Big Tasty burger. 

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