Burger King Could sell plant-based burger across US this year

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Burger King could shortly be selling burgers that are plant-based .

Restaurant Brands International, Burger King’s parent, stated Monday a month-long test of this Impossible Whopper in 59 restaurants in St. Louis has gone so well that it will start testing it in further markets. The business stated it might expand earnings nationwide.

The sandwich is made with a plant-based burger from Impossible Foods, a Redwood City, Calif.-based start up. Burger King is the first fast food chain to test the hamburger, however plant-based burgers are being offered by other chains from rivals like Beyond Meat.

Chris Finazzo said during an earnings conference call Monday that the Impossible Whopper was attracting new clients. He said the series will sell the Impossible Whopper out nationally if reaction in other test markets”is still a strong as it was at St. Louis.”

“It’s really tough to differentiate between the Impossible Whopper and the original Whopper,” he said.

Burger King would not say which markets will find the sandwich following.

The news was a bright spot in disappointing first quarter revenue to Restaurant Brands, which said its first quarter net income dropped 9% to $135 million on weaker same-store sales increase.

The Toronto-based company reported net income of 53 cents. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs like fees to some restructuring adviser, arrived to 55 cents per share.

The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research has been for earnings of 59 cents per share.

The company blamed poor weather at Tim Hortons in Canada for a fall in revenue. Burger King’s same-store earnings grew 2% as the company attempted to renew U.S. breakfast sales using a $5 billion monthly java subscription deal. Earnings were level at Popeyes.