The restaurants - in San Francisco, California and Dallas-Forth Worth, Texas - will sell the so-called “McPlant” burger starting Feb. 14 for as long as supplies last in order to “help us understand customer demand,” the Chicago-based chain said in a post on its website.
Shares of Beyond Meat, which makes the McPlant patty from peas, rice and potatoes, were up more than 5% at midday.
McDonald’s initially tested the burger in eight U.S. locations in November.
In December, two Wall Street analysts forecast a major U.S. expansion of the McPlant.
One of those analysts, BTIG’s Peter Saleh, said on Thursday that the expanded test “moves the product one step closer to a national launch, which could be worth several hundred million dollars” to Beyond Meat.
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