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Two major fast food chains in Canada – KFC and Mary Brown’s, both specializing in chicken – are expanding their meatless range. It’s part of a collaboration between each company and Lightlife, a vegan and vegetarian meat producer.
KFC Canada is adding Lightlife Meatless Popcorn Chicken to its menu, but for a limited time only. The product contains no animal ingredients and is cooked in designated fryers, but KFC notes that it “may” be cooked in the same oil as its animal meat.
“We’ll let our customers decide if they feel it’s right for them,” the fast-food giant writes on its website.
Canadian KFC outlets began selling Lightlife plant-based chicken sandwiches in 2020, after an “incredibly” successful trial the year before.
During the pilot period, KFC sold more than a month of meatless chicken sandwiches in just six hours, according to Samantha Redman, director of marketing for KFC Canada.
“Seeing the extraordinary demand for plant-based KFC, we have worked quickly to bring these menu items to our restaurants across Canada,” Redman said in a statement in 2020.
Now KFC is making the option more widely available, with the burger now being offered at nearly 600 outlets across the country.
This is on the heels of an announcement made by KFC US. On January 5, it was reported that the chain was offering Beyond Fried Chicken in all of its approximately 4,000 US stores.
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Meanwhile, Mary Brown’s is launching its first-ever meatless chicken option.
The chain, which has approximately 200 stores across Canada, will offer Lightlife’s Plant-Based Tenders as well as Lightlife Sidekick Snack Sandwiches as part of its permanent menu.
“We listen to what Canadians are saying and how their food tastes are changing. While chicken is at the heart of our menu, we also want to satisfy the cravings of customers who crave delicious, plant-based choices,” said Hadi Chahin, President and COO of Mary Brown.
Sidekick sandwiches are available in Original or Sweet Heat, but both sauces contain egg. Plus, the vegan chicken is cooked in the same oil as the animal version, confirmed Mary Brown. Plant Based News.
This article was updated on January 7, 2022 to correct erroneous information taken from a press release.