"We don't have any immediate plans for the McPlant to be launched in Australia", a spokesperson for McDonald's Australia said.
"We're pleased with our recovery to date, but we also understand there inevitably will be more starts and stops with the virus resurgences", McDonald's Chief Financial Officer Kevin Ozan said Monday in a conference call with investors.
However, the internet isn't entirely convinced by what McDonald's has made a decision to name its new plant-based burger.
"This development is extremely good news for the millions of people looking for healthier alternatives when they eat at McDonald's, and a testament to the people power of those who've been asking McDonald's executives for this change for years", she added.
A new chicken sandwich should help give McDonald's "credibility" in the chicken space, said Joe Erlinger, president of McDonald's USA. Shares of Beyond Meat, a company that supplies plant-based burgers to several fast-food chains, fell nearly 10% following the announcement. McDonald's declined to confirm the Beyond Meat news or comment on its suppliers.
That was nonetheless better than the 30% drop in sales in the second quarter, and the company managed to generate a net profit up 10% at $1.76 billion.
Like many small restaurants suffering amid coronavirus restrictions, McDonald's has tried to beef up online orders, take-out or delivery, as well as their existing drive-thru system. In addition to those spicy nuggs, they also tested two new chicken sandwiches around this time a year ago (which are the ones shown above!), as well as introducing chicken offerings for breakfast.
Beyond Meat shares plunged on Wall Street on the announcement, down 25% at 22:40 GMT in electronic exchanges following the close of the New York Stock Exchange. McDonald's didn't respond to an interview request in time for this story.
It also plans to launch a new crispy chicken sandwich in the United States early next year.