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McDonald’s CEO Steve Easterbrook has announced he is ‘paying close attention to, and internally discussing, vegan and plant-based menu items’ during a call with the company’s investors.

‘An additional complexity’

Business Insider reports that, in response to launching new vegan items in the US, Easterbrook asked: “Is there an additional complexity? And if there is, is that complexity worth it?”

However, the CEO did state there ‘may be more to come’ but that ‘at the moment’ there isn’t anything to say on the subject, Business Insider states.

Keeping an eye on plant-based protein

This isn’t the first time McDonald’s has publicly spoken about vegan options. Last year VegNews reported the chain’s Senior Vice President, Lucy Brady, saying: “Plant-based protein is something we’re keeping our eye on.”

In 2017, McDonald’s launched its McVegan burger as a permanent fixture on its menu in Finland And Sweden following a successful trial.

Early this year, the fast-food chain welcomes a vegan-friendly wrap and happy meal in the UK, which are only certified by The Vegetarian Society due to risk of contamination during preparation.

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'.