Sweden will once again have another vegan meal option at McDonald’s. The burger chain announced in December 2017 that they would make the McVegan burger a permanent staple in Sweden and Finland. Now, they will debut the McFalafel, which will be made with chickpeas, parsley, garlic, and cumin.
The McFalafel will be served with a choice of dipping sauces, an herb yogurt sauce or a vegan pepper sauce. The item can also be added to a vegan Happy Meal. The meal will include four McFalafel bites, a choice of side – fries, apples, or carrots – and a drink. McDonald’s has yet to announce if they will expand the menu item to other locations.
The chain recently added a vegetarian Happy Meal option to their UK menu. The UK item is a veggie wrap that became available on January 3. Other new vegetarian launches in the UK include Greggs’ vegan sausage roll, Marks & Spencer’s Plant Kitchen line, TGI Fridays' vegan “bleeding” burger and a non-dairy ice cream from Ben & Jerry’s.
Sales of the McVegan sandwich exceeded expectations in Sweden, though not surprisingly since a recent survey by Animal Rights Sweden showed that approximately one in 10 Swedes is now a vegetarian.
In the US, McDonald’s only offers a vegan burger option – the McAloo Tikki, a veggie patty made from potatoes, peas, and samosa seasoning – at the global headquarter’s restaurant in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood. The McAloo Tikki originated in India. The West Loop location features a rotating menu of global favorites. Another downside in the US is that while fries are vegan in most countries, in the US, they contain beef flavor and hydrolyzed milk.
According to VeganBits, based on a survey of 11,000 adults, aged 17 and over, only two percent of Americans are vegetarian, and only 0.5 percent of Americans are vegan, which equals 1.62 million people. Meanwhile, in Canada, 9.4 percent of adults are vegetarians, and in Mexico, 19 percent of adults are vegetarian and nine percent are vegan. The country with the most vegetarians is India where31% of the population is vegetarian, according to the 2006 Hindu-CNN-IBN State of the Nation Survey.