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Fast-food giant McDonald’s has been called out for its ‘slow adoption’ of plant-based options, as The Good Food Institute (GFI) released its third annual Good Food Restaurant Scorecard.

The organization also pointed out that 42 of America’s ‘favorite’ food chains were missing a ‘huge’ market opportunity by not offering any vegan entrées.

McDonald’s, KFC, Wendy’s, and In-N-Out-Burger were amongst the major eateries to receive zero points (out of 10). While Del Taco (10), Jamba Juice (10), and Panera Bread (9.25) earned a place in the top five.

‘A business imperative’

In a statement sent to Plant Based News, The Good Food Institute Foodservice and Supply Chain Manager Zak Weston said: “More top U.S. restaurants are stepping into plant-based or stepping up their existing game to cater to customers looking for more center-of-plate protein variety.

“Having a strategy for plant-based is now a business imperative – your customers want it and your competitors are doing it.”

‘The tipping point’

While Sara Burnett Vice President at Panera Bread – who recently announced it is committed to turning 50 percent of its menu plant-based, added: “We’re at the tipping point where consumers are demanding plant-based foods and the industry is willingly responding with delicious options. 

“This is no longer about a niche customer- it’s a major business opportunity.”

You can read the GFI’s Good Food Restaurant Scorecard here

Liam Gilliver

Liam is the Deputy Editor and Social Media Coordinator for Plant Based News. He has written for a number of top publications including Gay Times, Attitude Magazine, Oh Comely, and The Huffington Post - and is the author of 'We're Worried About Him'.