Beyond Meat coming to Burnaby A&W restaurants in July

A popular meatless burger is making its Canadian fast food debut next month.

A&W has announced that starting July 9, customers will be able to order its new Beyond Meat Burger featuring a Beyond Meat patty, made from plant-based proteins like mung beans, peas and rice. Other ingredients include coconut oil, pomegranates, potatoes, apples and beets.

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Like the Veggie Deluxe Burger, the Beyond Meat Burger is served with lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickles, ketchup, mustard and mayo on a sesame seed bun or lettuce wrap, according to A&W.

For vegans, people who don’t consume any animal products or bi-products, they’ll have to order the burger on lettuce wrap until A&W offers a vegan bun as well.

This is the first time Beyond Meat burger patties will be available in a Canadian fast food chain.

“We are a burger-loving company with a lot of firsts, but this is the fastest new-product launch in our history,” said A&W Canada president and CEO Susan Senecal in a press release. “When we tried the Beyond Meat Burger, we were amazed with how great it tasted and knew we had to be the first national burger chain to bring it to Canadians across the country.

“Our guests tell us that they want a range of great tasting burgers, and A&W’s Beyond Meat Burger will be a new option to try. It's a true, full-flavoured burger experience that we can't wait to share,” Senecal added.

Beyond Meat is an American company creating meat alternatives made from plants.

There are seven A&W locations in Burnaby: food courts at Brentwood Town Centre, Lougheed Town Centre and Metropolis at Metrotown; Alpha Avenue and Hastings Street; 9055 University High St. at SFU; 6535 Kingsway (near Gilley); and Metrotown SkyTrain station.

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