With more than 22,000 restaurants in 136 counties, KFC is undoubtedly one of the most popular and dominant names in the fast-food industry.
However, as time goes on, more and more people are opening their eyes to the impact meat-farming has on the planet, and many others are simply choosing to shun meat-based products for moral reasons - believing that no animal should be bred simply to be killed and eaten.
Last year, The Economist published an article detailing how 2019 would be the year of the vegan, stating:
"In America in 2015, according to one survey, 3.4% of the population were vegetarian and just 0.4% were vegan. But 2019 will be the year veganism goes mainstream."Love meat and fast-food? Then you'll love watching this GIANT mayo chicken be constructed:
And there's no denying this has been the case. More and more supermarkets, outlets, and restaurants are selling vegan products, with global giants McDonald's even releasing McVegan burgers. As The Economist states:
"Giant food firms are clambering onto the bandwagon, creating vegan lines of their own, buying startups, or both. Tyson Foods, a meat behemoth, has a 5% stake in Beyond Meat, which sells meat-free patties to TGI Friday’s."
Now, the Colonel is getting in on the plant-based lifestyle, and is teaming up with Beyond Meat to bring vegan KFC meals to the States.
Per FoodBeast.com, as of August 27, KFC will start selling their new range of vegan products in the US. This comes after vegan products were successfully trialed in the UK. Check out these happy customers (being honest, the products look delicious):
The first items on the US menu will include two different Beyond Fried Chicken options. You can order yourself some nuggets with a choice of dipping sauce or boneless "wings" tossed in either Nashville Hot, Honey BBQ, or Buffalo sauce.
And the prices are very fair, too. The four-nugget option will cost just $1.99, and there are also combo meals featuring 6 or 12 nuggets for $6.49 or $8.49, respectively. As for the "wings", they're up for grabs for just $6 for 6, or a full dozen for $12.
However, these options won't be available to everyone just yet. KFC is looking to trial the new meat-free option at just one location only for now - and that's at the following restaurant in Atlanta, Georgia:2637 Cobb Pkwy South East, Smyrna, Ga.
On August 27, complimentary samples of the vegan products will be given out between 10:30 am and 6:30 pm local time, and feedback from this test will determine whether or not the Beyond nuggets and boneless wings will be hitting more restaurants nationwide.Remember, it's best to try and support the increase of vegan products, and not act like this guy:
If you think about it, it's very smart business from KFC - simple supply and demand. And to anybody who is annoyed by this news, just remember how grateful we are to even have just a diverse choice when it comes to what we eat.