Panda Express to Release First Vegan Meals Nationwide
Panda Express, the country’s largest fast-casual Chinese restaurant chain, has announced its first plant-based menu options, coming to more than 2,000 locations nationwide later this month. Aiming to capitalize on the growing demand for plant-based options, Panda Express has removed all animal-based ingredients from two menu items: eggplant tofu and chow mein.
This move marks the chain’s first truly plant-based menu items and follows a campaign by Vegan Outreach. In a statement the organization explains:
While seemingly small, this change by Panda Express will make a big impact. Not only will the chain contribute less to animal suffering by using more plant-based ingredients, but it will send a powerful message to other chains—this is financially beneficial and if we can do it, so can you. Both menu items will be vegan by the end of February, but we recommend checking with your local store before you order them.
Panda Express is far from the only restaurant chain to offer plant-based menu items. Just this year, Qdoba, a fast-casual chain known for its Mexican-inspired menu, announced plans to test vegan ground meat from Impossible Foods at select locations in Michigan, while Moe’s Southwest Grill is testing out plant-based meat—available in place of animal meat in all burritos, bowls, and tacos—at its Manhattan location.
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In January, America’s largest bagel chain, Einstein Bros. Bagels, announced it had added vegan cream cheese to the menu at select locations. Similar announcements from Bruegger’s Bagels and Noah’s New York Bagels followed.
With vegan foods becoming more accessible, there’s never been a better time to move away from animal products. You can join the growing number of people who are taking a stand for animals, the environment, and their health by eating more plant-based foods. For delicious recipes, easy meal ideas, and more, order a FREE Vegetarian Starter Guide today!