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KFC has announced its Vegan Burger will return to U.K restaurants next week.

The fast-food giant added the sandwich to its permanent menu in January – selling a million in less than a month – but removed it after re-opening with a reduced offering following the coronavirus lockdown.

But now 73 of its eateries across the nation* will be offering it from August 24, costing £3.99, with more restaurants set to join the list in coming weeks.

‘The flavor of KFC with zero chicken’

In a statement sent to Plant Based News when the sandwich launched, Ira Dubinsky, innovation director at KFC UK and Ireland said: “The Colonel was all about welcoming everyone to his table – now vegans, flexitarians and our fried chicken fans can all enjoy the taste of our Original Recipe together.

“We’ve worked hard to perfect the flavor and make a Vegan Burger the Colonel would be proud of. It’s the flavor of KFC, just with zero chicken.”

Dawn Carr, director of vegan corporate projects at PETA said: “We are delighted to have played a part in KFC’s journey to bring quick, affordable, vegan options to a new audience. There is no doubt this vegan burger will be a huge hit with the skyrocketing numbers of vegans, vegetarians, and flexitarians around the UK. Clucking marvellous!”

KFC has been offering a reduced menu since lockdown (Photo: Adode. Do not use without permission)

‘Sadly denied their favorite’

Speaking about the relaunch of the sandwich, a KFC spokesperson said: “Our vegan and flexitarian fans were sadly denied their favorite meat-free treat during lockdown, but now it’s back, and it’s time to celebrate,” said

“Our kitchen teams have been working hard to adapt to the new safety measures in restaurants, but we reckon now is the right time to unleash one of our fan favourites.

“We can’t wait to reunite with our vegan friends – we’ve missed you!”

Controversy

While the burger has sold in huge numbers, it has also divided opinion within the vegan community.

A recent survey carried out by magazine Vegan Food & Living revealed that 57 percent of respondents ‘would never eat at KFC, even if there were more vegan options’.

“You’re still putting money into the coffers of company that makes its primary source of money off of the slaughter of a specific animal…this is just a marketing ploy,” one social media user said talking about the chain releasing animal-free options.

*Restaurants selling the Vegan Burger

Glasgow – Argyle Street

Glasgow – Sauchiehall Street

Northampton – Riverside Retail Park

Hull – The Beacon

Lincoln – High Street

London – Kings Cross

Camden – High Street

Dover – Honey Wood Retail Park

London – Southampton Row

Brighton – London Road

Bournemouth – The Triangle

Margate – High Street

Poole – Wessex Gate Retail Park

Broadstairs – Westwood Retail Park

Birmingham – Great Bridge Retail Pk

Portsmouth – Pompey Centre

Glasgow – Pollokshaws Road

Hulme – Greenheys Lane West

Hamilton – Palace Grounds Retail Pk

Romford – Colchester Road

Bishopsgate

Manchester – Ashton Retail Park

Colliers Wood – Chapter Way

Manchester Fort Shopping Park

Old Kent Road

Walsall – Junction 10 M6 Services

Tyburn – Kingsbury Road

London Waterloo

Norwich – Mile Cross Lane

Bristol – Union Street

Leicester – Narborough Road

Cobham Services

Swindon – Delta Park

Ipswich – Bury Road

South Kensington – Gloucester Road

Cardiff – Excelsior Road

Cardiff – Queen Street

Swansea – Morfa Shopping Park

Birmingham – Martineau Place

Kidderminster – Stourport Road

Preston – Ashton on Ribble

Aberdeen – Union Street

Bristol – Avonmeads Retail Park

Derby – Foresters Leisure Park

Wrexham – St Georges Crescent

Nottingham – Milton Street

Croydon – Colonnades Leisure Park

Purley – Purley Parade

Brighton – Western Road

Southend – Greyhound Trading Park

Braintree – Galleys Island

Edinburgh – Meadowbank Retail Park

Lancaster – Penny Street

Sheffield – Penistone Road

Sheffield – Barnsley Road

Sheffield – West Street

Coventry – Tile Hill

Leeds – Kirkstall Road

Aintree – Grand National Avenue

Liverpool – Chaloner Street

Beeston – White Rose Shopping Centre

Wolverhampton – Penn Road Retail Park

Sunderland – Thomsen Retail Park

Stourbridge – St Johns Road

Durham – City Retail Park

Byker – Shields Road

Gateshead – Metro Centre Blue

Birchanger Green – M11 Services

South Mimms – M25 Services

Manchester Arndale

Gorleston on Sea – High Street

Great Yarmouth – Regent Road

Plymouth – Marsh Mills

Maria Chiorando

Maria is the editor of Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle.