Fried chicken chain Chick-fil-A is reportedly exploring adding meatless entree options to its menu. The restaurant which it operates more than 2,200 restaurants in 47 US states, currently has limited vegan and vegetarian options. Only menu items hash browns, waffle fries, and superfood sides are meatless. However, you can order certain items as the Spicy Southwest Salad or the Grilled Chicken Cool Wrap without chicken or cheese and substitute in the Chili Lime Vinaigrette to create an animal product free meal.
Lately, national fast food chains such as Burger King, White Castle, and Del Taco have all added meatless entree items to their menus. Allegedly, IKEA is even working on creating a plant-based meatball. More and more consumers are considering themselves ‘flexitarians’ meaning that they have mainly a plant based diet, but sometimes eat meat. Restaurants are catering to the trend.
Amanda Norris, the executive director of the CHcik-fil-A’s menu, says that it takes about 18 to 24 months for a new menu item to hit stores. There are five stages: understand, imagine, prototype, validate, and launch. So it might be quite a while before Chick-fil-A becomes a vegan-friendly eatery.
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