Burger King to expand sales of new meatless burger to Europe

COPENHAGEN — Burger King will launch in Sweden a version of its Impossible Whopper, the plant-based burgers that have attracted attention in the United States for resembling meat far more closely than traditional veggie burgers.

The food chain said Tuesday that Sweden will be the first European country where it sells the new kind of veggie burger, with sales to start Wednesday.

Burger King already sells veggie burgers, but they mainly appeal to vegetarians not so interested in having a patty that tastes and looks like meat.

In April, Burger King tested the Impossible Whopper in the U.S. with the aim of selling more to meat eaters. The sale went so well that its parent company decided to expand.

The Impossible Whopper is made with a plant-based burger from Impossible Foods, a Redwood City, Calif.-based startup.

It uses heme — the protein molecule that gives meat its juicy texture — from the roots of soy plants. Instead of harvesting it from individual plants, Impossible makes batches of heme by fermenting yeast that is genetically encoded with the soy plants’ DNA. To make “meat,” heme is mixed with other ingredients like soy protein, coconut oil and sunflower oil.

“Many guests are asking for more options to reduce their meat consumption,” said Iwo Zakowski, CEO of Burger King Sweden. “We hope that the plant-based alternative will appeal to both new and existing guests.”

The Associated Press

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