Yum China’s (YUMC.N) KFC fast food chain will begin selling plant-based fried chicken for the first time in China over a limited time period, it said on Monday.
The nuggets will be supplied by U.S. agribusiness Cargill Ltd [CARGIL.UL] and will be sold at only three outlets in China in Shanghai and the southern cities of Guangzhou and Shenzhen between April 28-30, KFC said on its official Weibo account.
Customers who would like to try a bite must purchase a pre-sale coupon, it said. One serving comprises of five chicken pieces and will be sold for 1.99 yuan.
The move comes amid growing global interest in China’s meat substitute industry, which has been identified by both U.S. players Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat (BYND.O) as a key target market. The coronavirus outbreak is also threatening China’s poultry production.
此举正值全球对中国肉类替代产业的兴趣日益浓厚之际，美国的Impossible Foods和Beyond Meat两家公司都把中国视为主要目标市场。新冠疫情也威胁着中国的家禽养殖业。
Yum Brands Inc’s (YUM.N) KFC started offering plant-based fried chicken supplied by Beyond Meat in the United States at one of its Atlanta outlets. The two companies said in January that they would expand that tie-up to several KFC stores in Tennessee and North Carolina.
KFC’s announcement garnered mixed reactions on Chinese social media platform Weibo, with some commentators saying that they hoped the new offering would be healthier.
One of the most “liked” comments under its post, however, said they were sceptical that the product would be popular in China. “We want to eat meat!,” said the poster.