Wendy's Suggests It Will Launch Plant-Based Burgers

The fast-food giant's CEO said there is 'clearly growth' in the vegan protein sector - and that the chain's culinary team 'will look at into the future'
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Wendy's says it will look into plant-based protein (Photo: Wendy's)

Wendy's says it will look into plant-based protein (Photo: Wendy's)

Fast-food giant Wendy's has suggested it will be launching plant-based options in the future.

The chain's CEO Todd Penegor made the comments during Wendy's this week.
Penegor was asked about whether the eatery was planning to compete with other outlets which are offering meatless meats.

Plant-based protein

"Clearly there is growth out there in plant-based proteins and we believe that it is a trend that will be here to stay. We're taking a hard look at what the options would be for us at the restaurant," Penegor said.

"We want to do it the Wendy's way. Something that is unique to Wendy's. Our culinary team continues to look at various options. [Plant-based protein] is probably something we need to look at, and will look at, into the future." 

Vegan Wendy's

Until these items launch, according to the teen wing of animal rights charity PETA - peta2 - eating vegan at Wendy's is possible with some 'creative ordering'.

"Wendy's may not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of vegan food, but there are actually several surprising vegan items on the fast-food chain’s menu. With a little creative ordering, you’ll be on your way to a quick and tasty animal-free meal," the organization says.

It recommends the Natural-Cut Fries, the Baked Potato with Chives (hold the butter, cheese, and sour cream), Asian Cashew Chicken Salad - replacing the chicken with extra cashews - and the Veggie Sandwich, replacing the mayo with tomato ketchup.