The fast-food chain has come through the pandemic practically unscathed, despite lockdowns and poultry shortages. Now, they are looking to the future and the growing demand for fake meat products. KFC has already tested the Beyond Meat chicken nuggets in certain locations, but have their sights set on something grander: realistic plant-based fried chicken.
When asked about whether or not the plant-based meat trend was going to last, the president of KFC in the U.S., Kevin Hochman said, “A lot of people think plant-based is about vegan or vegetarian. Over 90% of people who buy Beyond in the grocery store are also eating animal proteins. I eat plant-based hamburgers at home now because I think they’re as good as the regular burger.”
Hochman has been the driving factor behind KFC’s testing of plant-based options and he has made it clear that he believes plant-based meats are here to stay.
Hockman also went on to describe the plant-based chicken that they are hoping to make, saying, “What we’re trying to replicate is a tenderloin where you actually have the muscle fibers. The texture is a bit more pleasing than what we’d call a chewed-and-glued. It’s a different technology. Our plan is to try to replicate that Kentucky Fried Chicken as close as we can, obviously without using the animal. A lot of that is about how the chicken cuts and tears and the mouth feels. The gold standard is the chicken tenderloin or chicken strip.”
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