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The Big Mac has just been completely redesigned. McDonald & # 39; s announced today that it will bring a new plant-based burger to the menu in 2021.
Ian Borden, McDonald’s international president, told USA Today that the burger "delivers our iconic taste in a kind of dip (and mouth-wipe) sandwich. It is made of a juicy plant-based patty and served on a warm sesame bun with all the classic toppings. "
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Operation McPlant marks the fast food giant's first major foray into the meatless burger wars. But McDonald & # 39; s comes a little late for the plant party: Last August, Burger King introduced the Impossible Whopper, which was made from a plant-based patty from Impossible Foods. KFC is testing vegan fried Beyond Chicken in some of its restaurants. Carl & # 39; s Jr and Del Taco also have Beyond Meat offerings like the Epic Beyond Original Mex Burrito.
Unlike its competitors, McDonald & # 39; s will make its own meatless products instead of relying on third party suppliers like Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat. The company calls this alternative meat effort McPlant.
"McPlant is made by McDonald & # 39; s exclusively for McDonald & # 39; s," says Borden. "In the future, McPlant could extend to a range of plant-based products, including burgers, chicken substitutes and breakfast rolls."
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