Fast Food Giant McDonald's Launches Vegan Nuggets

The global burger chain has significantly expanded its animal-free offering in recent times, as consumer tastes continue to change
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The new vegan nuggets from McDonald's (Photo: McDonald's)

Global burger giant McDonald's has launched vegan vegetable nuggets in Norway.

The nuggets feature potatoes, chickpeas, onion, carrots, and corn, covered in a fried, crispy coating.

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The new nuggets join a host of vegan McDonald's products in Europe, including the recent launch of falafel nuggets in Sweden.

McDonald's already offers the McVegan Burger in Sweden - which it rolled out across the country at the end of 2017. The burger chain is also trialing the El Veggo in Finland.

In addition, McDonald's launched a vegan Happy Meal in the UK earlier this year - as well as a wrap which is suitable for those on a plant-based diet.

The vegan Happy Meal includes a breaded red pesto goujon wrap. The Spicy Veggie Wrap, on McDonald's main adult menu, also contains a breaded vegetable goujon.The kids' wrap also contains tomato ketchup and shredded lettuce, and the adult option features spicy tomato relish, tomato, lettuce, and red onion. Both are wrapped in a flour tortilla. The items are both certified by The Vegetarian Society.*

McDonald's vegan wrap
McDonald's vegan-friendly UK wrap

Vegan future

And there could be more to come: a McDonald's boss hinted at the end of 2018 that the chain could have more vegan options in the pipeline.

Speaking at the recent Most Powerful Women Next Gen Summit in California Lucy Brady, a Senior Vice President for the fast food giant, said the company is tracking major trends and how to keep up with.

Leading vegan media outlet VegNews reported Brady as saying: "Plant-based protein is something we’re keeping our eye on."

*While all the ingredients in the wraps are suitable for vegans, McDonald's has marked the items as vegetarian because the tortillas pass through the same toaster as the buns that contain milk - and therefore there's a minor risk of cross-contamination.

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