Carl’s Jr move into plant-based

Carl’s Jr has announced that it will start offering plant-based Beyond Meat patties to its burger menu in restaurants across the USA, but there is no word yet about whether they will be available in New Zealand.

Beyond Meat is a mock-meat patty, made from proteins like peas, broad beans and soy, imitating the composition of beef and chicken.

CEO of Carl’s Jr parent company CKE Restaurants said that the new burger, named the ‘Beyond Famous Star’, was an “industry game changer.”

“We know people are looking for options – in fact, roughly one-third of [US] consumers identify as ‘flexitarians’ – and we’re thrilled to partner with Beyond Meat to bring more delicious, irresistible flavours to our menu,” he said.

However, a spokesperson for Restaurant Brands – the local operator of Carl’s Jr – said there were no plans to add the Beyond Meat patties to any of the brand’s 18 New Zealand stores. Carl’s Jr already offers a non-meat option for customers, with a kumara, potato, sundried tomato and spinach patty.