A&W Is Launching Vegan Chicken Nuggets
A&W Canada will trial vegan chicken nuggets next month.
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A&W Canada is trialing vegan chicken nuggets at select locations.

“More exciting plant-based firsts coming out of @awcanada’s headquarters in North Van this morning: they’re launching plant-based NUGGETS,” blogger Erin Ireland wrote on Instagram. She described the vegan chicken nuggets as crispy and delicious.

According to Ireland’s post, the vegan chicken nuggets will be available for a limited time in British Columbia and Ontario. Ireland added that A&W Canada may launch the nuggets nationwide in 2020 if the trial goes well.

Ireland concluded her post, “The nugget is made with pea protein and the dips are BBQ and sweet ‘n sour (both fully plant-based, too). I’m continuously blown away by @awcanada’s plant-based menu items and innovative spirit!!!”

According to the website, A&W Canada’s new vegan chicken nuggets are supplied by Lightlife.

A&W Is Launching Vegan Chicken Nuggets
A&W Canada is trialing vegan chicken nuggets. | Erin Ireland

Vegan at A&W Canada

A&W Canada already offers the vegan Beyond Burger at all locations. It comes on a vegan bun with lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickles, ketchup, and mustard. Make it vegan by asking for no mayo or burger sauce. The Beyond Burger’s permanent place on the menu is the result of a successful trial in July 2018.

“We’ve always focused on making this product available to the largest number of people irrespective of socioeconomic status or geographic location,” Ethan Brown, CEO and founder of Beyond Meat, told Forbes. “We want to be available in as many places as possible. Being in A&W Canada puts us a step closer to that goal.”

A&W Canada also launched a sausage and egg breakfast sandwich featuring a Beyond Meat patty. Beyond Meat is also no stranger to fried chicken. Last August,  the California-based brand collaborated with KFC on a one-day trial of vegan fried chicken at a location in Atlanta. Customers lined up down the block, with some waiting up to an hour.

A&W Canada will serve vegan chicken nuggets at B.C. and Ontario locations starting December 2. The website adds that “if the appetite is big, we hope to bring this option back again across the country. We’re excited to see what Canadians think.”