Well, South Park predicted this one a couple years back, but now it’s really happening. KFC is teaming up with Beyond Meat to launch a trial run of Beyond Meat chicken at an Atlanta location.
If this trail’s results go well, perhaps the Colonel’s vegan creation will soon be seen at locations across the country.
KFC will start testing plant-based fried chicken from Beyond Meat in an Atlanta restaurant on Tuesday.
The test makes the Yum Brands subsidiary the first national U.S. fast-food chain to introduce a Beyond chicken item, beating Popeyes and Chick-fil-A. Beyond pulled its vegan chicken — the first product from the company — from grocery store shelves earlier this year after deciding it was not up to standards.
KFC has been mulling vegan fried chicken for months. Kevin Hochman, who heads KFC’s U.S. division, said in an interview in May that the chain did not have any plans to test vegan alternatives, but he had meetings scheduled with several major suppliers to learn more about meatless meats.
And after you have read the article, be sure to watch South Park Season 21, Episode 7 “Doubling Down”, where Eric Cartman convinces his vegan girlfriend to eat KFC by writing the word “Beyond” on the bucket of chicken. Be careful what you wish for, Eric!