McVegan is a veggie burger sold by the fast-food restaurant chain McDonald's. In 2017, McDonald partnered with the Swedish food company Orkla to create a plant-based patty inside a small steel kitchen in Malmö, where they began the creation of the product.[1] In Germany, the chain's vegan burger is sold as the Big Vegan TS.[2]

Product description

The burger is made of a soy patty, bun, tomatoes, lettuce, pickle, onion, ketchup, mustard, oil and the egg-less sandwich sauce.[3]

History

In 2017, due to a petition which was signed by 220,000 people asking McDonald's for a plant-based food[4] and an increase in US flexitarian foods which are vegan, McDonald's decided to introduce a plant-based food on the menu.[5] It was also introduced to compete with Burger King's Impossible Whopper,[6][7] and also depicted the competition as Burger wars[8] as the demand of plant-based protein is increasing, and has become a trend.[9] The company also made the food a permanent product on the menu in Sweden and Finland.[10] Since the release of the McVegan, McDonald's owner and operator said that “Customers have expressed interest in items from McDonald’s restaurants located in India and we’re excited to offer them the opportunity to try the long time vegetarian favorite”.[11] The product was also made to decrease the slaughter of animals such as chickens.[12] The product was first tested in Finland and eventually spread to more countries, after being successful there.[3] For instance, was released in Germany in April 2019.[13]

Reception

The burger was well received by vegan customers in Sweden and Finland,[14] and PETA praised McDonald's for accepting "how massively popular animal-friendly foods are".[11] In a taste test review of the product's launch in Finland, Business Insider found the burger "quite neutral, with a good texture" and described it as "a very decent burger", while noting that it was late in competing with similar vegan products from other companies in Nordic countries.[15] A Finnish reviewer for the British Metro wrote that the McVegan burger "looked and tasted like a classic McDonald's burger".[16]

References

  1. ^ "What's driving the rise of the McVegan burger?". www.bbc.com.
  2. ^ "McDonald's Germany has started selling a vegan burger". The Independent. 26 April 2019. Archived from the original on 2022-05-12. Retrieved 20 April 2021.
  3. ^ a b Petroff, Alanna (December 19, 2017). "McDonald's to sell a McVegan burger in Europe". CNNMoney.
  4. ^ "Thousands sign petition for McDonald's to launch meatless burger". The Independent. April 11, 2019. Archived from the original on 2022-05-12.
  5. ^ Kateman, Brian (June 20, 2019). "It's Time for McDonald's to Offer a Veggie Burger Nationwide". Entrepreneur.
  6. ^ Samuel, Sigal (April 29, 2019). "Every Burger King in the country will have meatless Whoppers by the end of the year". Vox.
  7. ^ "Burger King is rolling out a meatless Whopper. Can McDonald's be far behind?". Washington Post.
  8. ^ Cooley, Brian. "Burger King's meat-free Impossible Whopper tastes like beef and goes nationwide". CNET.
  9. ^ Business, Danielle Wiener-Bronner, CNN (7 May 2019). "McDonald's joins the meatless burger trend in one of its biggest markets". CNN. {{cite web}}: |last= has generic name (help)
  10. ^ Thompson, Rachel (2017). "McDonald's makes the McVegan burger a permanent fixture on 2 countries' menus". Mashable.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. ^ a b "McDonald's Gives the People What They Want: Vegan Burgers". PETA. December 18, 2018.
  12. ^ "McDonald's changes slaughter guidelines, launches 'McVegan'". October 30, 2017.
  13. ^ "McDonald's Germany debuts vegan burger amid increased calls for meat-free protein". foodingredientsfirst.com. Retrieved 2021-09-09.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  14. ^ "People share their thoughts on the newly launched McVegan burger". The Independent. December 28, 2017. Archived from the original on 2022-05-12.
  15. ^ Pechter, Oliver. "We tried McDonald's first vegan burger — here's the verdict". Business Insider.
  16. ^ "Is the McDonald's McVegan burger actually any good?". October 11, 2017.