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Gastronomy & Food Service

Panda Express Launches Beyond Orange Chicken at All US Locations

Panda Express, the largest Asian fast-casual chain in the US, announces it is launching Beyond The Original Orange Chicken™ at all 2,300 US locations. Available for a limited time, the launch follows a highly successful regional launch in 2021, and makes Panda the first national Asian dining concept to offer Beyond Meat across its restaurants.  Co-developed with Beyond Meat, the new Orange Chicken features plant protein wok-tossed in Panda’s signature sweet, spicy and tangy orange sauce. According to Panda, the product offers fans all the classic crunchy texture and flavor of the chain’s beloved Original Orange Chicken.  “Our team has been overjoyed by the undeniable excitement and incredible demand generated when we first introduced Beyond The Original Orange Chicken last summer as an innovative twist …


Panda Express Beyond Beef Mapo Tofu Trial

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Food & Beverage

Panda Express Expands Beyond Meat Partnership, Will Trial New Beef Dishes

Chinese-American fast food chain Panda Express announces the brand will trial two new Beyond Meat dishes from now until February 23.  Available exclusively at the Panda Express Innovation Kitchen in Pasadena, CA, this marks the second menu collaboration between the two companies. Last year, Panda tested Beyond the Original Orange Chicken, a plant-based take on the company’s famous Orange Chicken entree item. The limited-time run became one of the company’s most successful regional launches ever, with the product experiencing sell-out demand in California and New York. For the latest trial, Panda will offer plant-based Beyond Meat in dishes usually made with minced beef or pork: Mapo Tofu with Beyond Beef  – Panda’s second tofu dish, made with small bits of firm tofu and Beyond Beef, …


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Products & Launches

Beyond Meat and Panda Express Present Veganized Version of Classic Orange Chicken Dish

As of July 26, American Chinese fast-food chain Panda Express will introduce a vegan version of its iconic orange chicken. The plant-based dish will be made in conjunction with Beyond Meat after the alt meat giant recently launched its Beyond Chicken Tenders into US food service. To be available firstly at test locations in greater Los Angeles and New York City, the new Beyond The Original Orange Chicken will be 100% vegan, and if commercially viable will be rolled out nationwide. The restaurant chain is reported to have created the dish in order to cater to customers’ demands for plant-based options.  It has been a long road for Panda Express and its vegan offerings, as in the past both Animal Outreach and PETA have launched …


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Company News

Panda Express Yields to Animal Rights Groups with Vegan Options

Panda Express has announced that by the end of this month, it will offer vegan options for the first time across all 2000+ global locations. The largest Asian Cuisine restaurant chain in the US has options on the menu that appear to be vegetarian or vegan, but in fact, contain chicken broth. Animal Outreach and PETA discovered this, and separately launched successful campaigns against the chain.