What we know about McDonald’s new “McPlant” plant-based burger

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The fast food giant’s shift toward plant-based meat could have major implications for the growing sector—but it’s not quite clear where this specific plant-based meat is coming from. As one of the world’s largest buyers of beef—the most climate-damaging food on the planet—McDonald’s is working to reduce emissions by supporting regenerative agriculture . But it’s also launching a new “McPlant” plant-based burger, something that could also make a difference if it can scale up. Read Full Story

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These cheese alternatives aren’t plant-based—they’re microbe-based

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Superbrewed Food’s cheese is fermented in a tank, from the same microbes that already live in your body. A sample of shredded mozzarella from a new company called Superbrewed Food tops a personal pizza, and it’s gooey and stretchy, with a slightly salty tang. The core protein of the cheese isn’t made with dairy, but neither is it plant-based. It’s made, instead, with microbes. Read Full Story

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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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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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Impossible Foods is branching out from burgers. Next up: Milk

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The maker of one of the most popular new meatless burgers is working on a better option for nondairy milk. There’s already almond, oat, cashew, and soy plant-based milks on the market, but soon, there might also be Impossible Milk. The makers of the meatless burger that “bleeds” are working on a plant-based milk that tastes and acts like it comes from a cow. Read Full Story

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Ikea’s new ‘plant ball’ is a meatless twist on its classic Swedish meatball

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The new dish has just 4% of the carbon footprint of the original meatball, though it costs the same, and tastes almost identical. Each year, Ikea sells more than a billion meatballs at its in-store restaurants. But the furniture company is now hoping to convince more customers to choose a plant-based version instead. In August, it will launch a new “plant ball” in European stores. U.S. stores will follow in September. Read Full Story

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