This Chinese fast-food chain is swapping almost all its eggs for plant-based alternatives

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When you order an egg sandwich on a bagel from Chinese chain Dicos, you can’t choose a chicken egg. When fast-food chains add plant-based ingredients to their menus, they’re typically sold as an alternative: Burger King didn’t stop selling Whoppers when it launched the Impossible Whopper. But now if you visit Chinese chain Dicos and order a breakfast sandwich, it automatically comes with a plant-based egg. Read Full Story

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Popeyes ditches its goofy branding for a buttoned-up new look

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How Popeyes’ chicken sandwich, a Twitter feud, and a global expansion led to a new brand identity. Popeyes might not have the brand recognition of Burger King or McDonald’s, but some would argue it has something even better: a killer sandwich. After starting the #ChickenSandwichWars last August with the launch of its chicken sandwich, the fast-food chain has been gaining in popularity and quietly overhauling its brand in the meantime. Read Full Story

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At the first lab-grown meat restaurant, you can eat a ‘cultured chicken’ sandwich

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Tastes like chicken . . . because it is. At a new restaurant in Tel Aviv called The Chicken , the chicken on the menu is grown from cells in a bioreactor in an adjacent pilot plant visible through a glass window. Diners don’t pay for their meals; instead, SuperMeat, the startup making the “cultured chicken” meat, is asking for feedback on its products, as it prepares for large-scale production of food that it thinks can transform the industry. Read Full Story

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Taco Bell was always good for vegetarians—now it’s adding plant-based meat

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Taco Bell’s bean burritos have appealed to vegetarians and vegans for decades, but the chain now is seeing the value in adding plant-based meat to its menu. Long before the Impossible Whopper at Burger King and Beyond Meat chicken at KFC , Taco Bell filled a fast-food gap for vegetarians and vegans with its easy ability to swap beans for beef and its “fresco” style modification, which subs pico de gallo for dairy toppings such as sour cream and cheese. The company even once said it wouldn’t pursue adding plant-based options from Impossible or Beyond, despite growing interest from other fast-food eateries in those menu additions, instead focusing on its own vegetarian offerings that have been available for decades. Read Full Story

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