“McDonald’s” and “vegan” aren’t a combination of words that’s seen together very often, but vegans and vegetarians are getting excited by the new chicken-free McNuggets at McDonalds.
Sadly, only Norwegian vegans and vegetarians can enjoy the vegetable-filled treats at the moment. A McDonald’s representative said that the new vegan nuggets are available now in certain locations throughout Norway.
The “Vegetarnuggets” consist of a mashed potato base, mixed with chickpeas, onions, carrots, and sweetcorn, then they are coated in breadcrumbs and fried until crisp. McDonald’s Norway is already ahead of the curve when it comes to vegetarian options, as they make a “Vegetarian McFeast” made as a vegetable and bean-based alternative to Norway’s “Chicken McFeast”.
If the vegan McNuggets are a big success in Norway, they may soon be coming to a McDonald’s near you! – McDonald’s already offers a vegan breaded red pesto goujon wrap in the UK.
Here’s a few key statistics about the rise of veganism, produced by The Vegan Society:
In 2018, the UK launched more vegan products than any other country
1 in 3 people regularly buy plant-based milks
92% of plant-based meals eaten in the UK in 2018 were actually eaten by non-vegans
80% of people have friends or family who are vegan, and 84% have eaten a vegan meal.
90% of people think that it’s easier to eat vegan today compared with 10 years ag0
Almost half (42%) of vegans made the switch in 2018, which highlights how much veganism has grown in the last couple of years
Ben & Jerry’s, Breyers and Haagen-Dazs all offer vegan ice cream
Burger company Bareburger announced its intention to open a vegan chain and remove some of its meat options from the menu
Danone, the dairy giant, has invested $60 million in dairy-free products
A plant-based diet cuts the use of land by 76%, and halves the greenhouse gases and other pollution caused by food production
Three meat companies (JBS, Tyson and Cargill) are estimated to have created more greenhouse gases in 2016 than the whole of France
Vegan cosmetics launches increased by 175% from July 2013 to June 2018
US egg company Cal-Maine Foods reported a $74 million loss, due to vegan egg alternatives