Fake Meat Parade: Fake Chicken Coming to KFC

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KFC is the latest chain to dip its toes into the fake meat parade.

The BBC reports KFC to Trial Plant-Based Nuggets and Wings in US.

It has teamed up with vegan food maker Beyond Meat to offer meatless nuggets and wings for the limited US trial run.

KFC is one of many fast-food chains experimenting with plant-based food. Burger King announced a plant-based Whopper earlier this year, while Subway has also said it will test plant-based meatballs.

Shares in vegan firm soar 163% on first day.

The vegetarian 'meat' aimed at replacing the real thing

According to its press release, KFC's Beyond Fried Chicken will be offered at one restaurant in Atlanta on 27 August and will still be "finger lickin' good", as its slogan promises.

Finger Lookin' Good?

This beyond meat craze is due to implode the moment every place offers it.

Meanwhile please note that people lick their fingers primarily because they are greasy.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

Comments (55)
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Latkes
Latkes

Amerika is really going full retard.

SMF
SMF

We like our meat, rare when possible, but that beyond meat stuff is tasty.

Sechel
Sechel

whether its the meatless burger at burger king or fake chicken at kfc these are not healthy choices. not sure who the target audience is for this but its certainly not vegans or the informed consumer who reads nutrition labels

Sechel
Sechel

never would have seen a kfc meal as comparable to an empire free range chicken breast. i've often joked that its not really chicken anyway. maybe the meatless chicken is a safer choice. don't really trust what these fast food places are preparing. the food never looks like the photo

wootendw
wootendw

People eat less fried chicken than they did decades ago, primarily because of the calories in the fat, or because they think the fat itself is bad for you (not true for all fats). I avoid it because of the bread. Health-wise, the least thing to worry about is the chicken, whether white meat or dark. Unless KFC stops selling real chicken entirely, 'virtue' vegans not likely to eat at KFC. And if they remove the chicken entirely, they'll go out of business.

Blurtman
Blurtman

Soylent Green is people!!!!

mpvgrowth
mpvgrowth

Perhaps plant based meats can save diabetics provided they don't lather their food with too much sauce and mayonnaise.

thimk
thimk

well we have to do something with all those GMO soy beans , but for me I'm not touching it.

Realist
Realist

Mish is spot on with his “greasy” remark. If you talk to a gall bladder surgeon, they will tell you that a high percentage of gall bladder attacks come after someone eats KFC. It has nothing to do with chicken. It’s all about the high level of grease.

Regarding meat alternatives; at this point I see nothing horribly wrong with these alternatives. It’s always good to have more alternatives.

As to their nutritional value: considering the Standard American Diet (SAD) is so poor already, and the epidemic levels of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease in the US, I don’t see meat alternatives as making any noticeable difference either way.

On a personal note, my wife has tried meatless burgers and found them satisfying. Neither of us eat a lot of meat. But if I am going to have some beef or chicken, I prefer the real thing.

Sechel
Sechel

I think you are wrong about this Mish. This is a trend that will continue. It's mostly the younger crowd. You may be showing your age. I know because I'm also over 50

xil
xil

i'm holding out for soylent green

WCVarones
WCVarones

Great to consume with #FakeNews!

FromBrussels
FromBrussels

Exponential materialism craving population growth( X 3 in half a decade !) Sustainable ? In your dreams maybe....Keep on breeding though, everything is allright ! ....in your dreams

ksdude69
ksdude69

I already stopped eating at KFC, and various other fast food joints, namely because the service and quality has gone to hell and the people that work there can't be trusted. I'm pretty much done with fast food. At least in my particular area. If you like being over charged while employees pocket the difference, terrible service, improperly made, sitting around too long, herded like cattle, incompetent drive thru workers etc then have at it.

Carl_R
Carl_R

Here's a historical footnote, that I type as I look at a worthless stock certificate in Food Host U.S.A., Inc. Back in the early 1960s, Food Host was a fast growing chain of hamburger restaurants called "King's Food Host" that advertised that they made the "World's Best Hamburger", and without a doubt I can say that they made the world's best onion rings. Indeed, they made a good burger, and they grew to about 500 restaurants, but McDonalds was growing faster, and sold a much cheaper hamburger. To try to compete, King's added a vegetarian burger at a lower price than beef. It really was pretty good, but, King's got the rap that their hamburgers weren't real beef, and introducing the veggie burger destroyed them, and the entire chain was bankrupt within a year. It just goes to show, it doesn't pay to be ahead of the time.

RonJ
RonJ

As a result of the availability of meatless burgers, how long until the state of California outlaws beef hamburgers at fast food restaurants due to climate change?

Nasty Edwin
Nasty Edwin

I am a vegetarian and have tried the whopper. Not too bad but I would not make a habit of it since I doubt the health benefits.

Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett

I'm holding out for white slime.

Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett

2s & 10s inverted > 3 bps

Getting Interesting. Or not.

2banana
2banana

Anyone remember D'Lites?

A fast food restaurant chain that focused on better nutritional options.

They also had an IPO and their stock zoomed for awhile.

Herkie
Herkie

Ugh, frankenfood. I especially do not like or eat soy products beyond a little soy sauce on rice a few times per year, soy is not good for men. You might as well take a birth control pill with your dinner. Beyond Meat uses pea protein rather than soy, so it is okay that way, but pea protein also gives most people a tremendous case of gas.

Humans evolved being omnivorous, but clearly favored meat as the construction of our teeth show. Prior to the advent of agriculture we subsisted mostly upon meat for many of our nutritional needs. We digest it far better than we digest dairy for certain. Sometimes you just need your meat to not be BEYOND MEAT!

To me supporting this movement, and that is what it is, a PETA backed vegan advocated end to meat, movement also backed by climate absurdists, is a slippery slope, if this catches on as a commercially viable product it will then only be a matter of time till meat is simply too expensive for 90% of us to eat, then you will have no choice in the matter. In all it makes me happy to be in my 60's and so not likely to live long enough to be forced to eat what others tell me I have to. I hated that about being a kid, my mother was poor and a bad cook, so by the age of 17 I was 5'11" and 115 pounds. Probably the most fundamental right of any person is to have a say about what goes inside their body, when that is dictated to you then you have no rights at all.

Brother
Brother

The salt load on the Beyond Meat products is double.

ABrewton
ABrewton

Kentucky Faked Chicken

Yancey_Ward
Yancey_Ward

They should have had the creativity to call the company Soylent.

bradw2k
bradw2k

Not being a fan of how animals are treated at big farming operations, I look forward to this. The taste of fake meat is getting quite good.

Curious-Cat
Curious-Cat

How did people survive and reproduce 150 years ago with no one but their moms telling them what to eat? Musta worked though. We're here.

Casual_Observer
Casual_Observer

"This beyond meat craze is due to implode the moment every place offers it."

Gardein has been around at Yard House for nearly a decade and still does fine. This stuff isn't meat to replace what existing customers eat. It just gives an option to the non-meat eaters. I suspect kind of like grocery stores. it will be a small percentage of overall sales but there is a market for it.

You seem to think everything is going to implode all the time. This is why people like me and others suggest slow growth is the likely path and not implosion. The stock prices for fake meat companies may implode but that has nothing to do with actual growth. As you know stock prices are not an indicator of anything true but momentum and other high frequency trading. I've always thought the markets would eventually be more volatile than actual reality and I think we may be there already. This is because traders need volatility to make money. Actual earnings, forecasts, sales and other true metrics of actual reality are not as volatile. The reaction is what is volatile. Your reaction to fake meat is volatile.

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