Arby's Launches Meat-Based 'Carrot' In Bid To Buck Vegan Trend

The chain has vowed that it won't be adding meat alternatives to its menu, unlike other global fast food giants including Burger King, KFC, and McDonald's
Arby's carrot made from meat
The 'marrot' meat carrot (Photo: Arby's)

Fast food chain Arby's has created what it calls a  'megetable' - a carrot made from turkey that has a similar look and taste to the vegetable.

Various media outlets have described the move as Arby's 'trolling' vegans and other fans of meat alternative products.

Arby's Brand Executive Chef Neville Craw conceptualized the 'marrot' along with his sous-chef Thomas Kippelen. Craw said the product was about 'staying true' to Arby's pro-meat brand.

No vegan meat

The chain has previously vowed to never put meat alternatives on its menu, releasing a statement in May saying: "Arby's is not one of the restaurant companies interested in working with Impossible Foods.

"The chances we will bring plant-based menu items to our restaurants, now or in the future, are absolutely impossible."

Arby's meat carrot
Arby's says it will not offer a vegan meat alternative (Photo: Arby's)

Doubling down

Now in what CNET has described as an 'unsettling' move, the chain has doubled-down on its pledge to keep promoting meat.

"Plant-based meats are the latest incarnation of making vegetables look like what Americans really want - which is great, tasty meat," Jim Taylor, Head of Marketing at Arby's, said in a statement.

"Universally, people know we're supposed to eat vegetables every day. But 90 percent of Americans don't eat the recommended amount. So we said if others can make meat out of vegetables, why can't we make vegetables out of meat?"

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