Steal This Idea: Make Plant-Based Version of Popular Item

Panda Express now offers Beyond the Original Orange Chicken at select locations
Beyond The Original Orange Chicken
Photo courtesy of Beyond Meat and Panda Express

ROSEMEAD, Calif.  Panda Express has partnered with plant-based manufacturer Beyond Meat for a meatless version of its flagship product: The Original Orange Chicken.

Beyond the Original Orange Chicken is being offered as an limted time offer (LTO) in New York City and Southern California, and it is the latest example of operators responding to plant-based meat alternatives. In a report earlier this year, Chicago-based Technomic, a CSP sister company, predicted plant-based proteins will grow about 35% on menus by the end of 2022.

Beyond Meat created a proprietary plant-based chicken product that resembles the original in flavor, shape, size and texture.

Chef Jimmy Wong, executive director of culinary innovation for Panda Express, developed the restaurants productwith crisp pieces of fried chicken in a sweet, tangy saucewith Beyond Meat.

“Creating a fresh new take on a classic favorite is a great and accessible way to introduce plant-based proteins to our guests and perhaps even drawing a new audience to Panda,” Wong said

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