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Canadian vegan fast food chain Odd Burger (formerly known as Globally Local) plans to open 36 new locations in Alberta and British Columbia before 2029. This will bring the chain’s total to nearly 50 locations in Canada and in the United States. With these expansion plans in place, the brand is well on its way to becoming the largest vegan fast food chain in the world.

Odd Burger has a large menu featuring vegan versions of items commonly found in traditional fast food restaurants, including breakfast sandwiches such as the Faconator (made with a sausage patty, cheese vegan cheddar cheese and a tofu-based egg); burgers like the Vopper (which features a chickpea-based patty topped with tempeh bacon); “chikUN” sandwiches in Buffalo, crispy and sticky varieties (coated in Korean sesame sauce); as well as salads, onion rings, milkshakes, soft creams and more.

For new locations in Western Canada, Odd Burger has partnered with family-owned hotel group Sai-Ganesh Enterprises (SGE), which will oversee franchise sales to individual owners, store construction and franchise support in its territory. . In addition to supporting franchise growth, SGE plans to launch a company restaurant in the area that will be used for training new franchisees.

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“Western Canada is an ideal location for Odd Burger to expand, and partnering with an experienced territory developer gives us a boost in our growth plans, as well as providing strong support to these franchisees. “Odd Burger co-founder and CEO James McInnes told VegNews. . “Going forward, I can see us signing other developers from the region not only in Canada, but also in the United States and even abroad.”

The world’s first 24-hour vegan drive-in

Founded in 2016 in London, Ontario, Odd Burger became the world’s first vegan fast-food chain to offer 24-hour drive-thru when it took over a closed location from popular Canadian fast-food chain Harvey’s in 2017. Last year, the chain had another first when it began trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSE) Venture Exchange, making it the first vegan fast food chain listed in stock market in the world. It is now traded on the TSE under the symbol ODD, on the OTCQB under ODDAF and on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange under IA9.

Currently, the chain has branches in six Ontario cities (Toronto, London, Windsor, Vaughan, Waterloo and Hamilton) with Whitby, Brampton and a second branch in Toronto opening this summer. New locations in Calgary, AB, Ottawa, ON, and Victoria, BC are currently in development. Odd Burger also operates a manufacturing facility in London, Ontario, where it creates its proprietary plant-based proteins and dairy alternatives such as dairy-free burgers, chicken tenders, sausages and sauces.

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Last month, Odd Burger announced the creation of its new Preposterous Foods brand which offers a line of minimally processed and minimally processed products for the restaurant industry, including its crispy ‘chickUN’ burger, meatless wings, meat ground beef, its gyro meat, its breakfast sausage, dairy-free ranch dressing, “honey” mustard sauce, tzatziki sauce, egg-free mayonnaise, and dairy-free cheese sauce. The line of vegetable proteins and sauces is distributed exclusively by the food service company Sysco.

“It may sound silly, but indulgent food can be healthy, and healthy food can be indulgent,” McInnes said in a statement. “With new innovations and upgrades to our manufacturing facility, we are now able to produce plant-based protein and other treats on a large scale for wider distribution, and bring totally absurd foods to a market wider.”

The chain also plans to open its first US location in New York, where it is currently looking for the right space. “It’s a very competitive real estate market there,” McInnes told VegNews. “The good news is that we will soon be offering franchise opportunities across the United States, in various parts of the country. Working with franchisees who have expertise and connections in their local markets also helps us grow strategically and gives us the local knowledge to find the right places.

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Odd Burger is revolutionizing fast food

Odd Burger is revolutionizing the fast food industry not only with its healthier vegan ingredients, but also because all Odd Burger outposts operate as compact smart kitchens, which use cutting-edge cooking technology and cooking solutions. particularly favorable during this uncertain era of COVID-19. The company’s technology is optimized for fast service, take-out and delivery, affordability, and streamlined employee training. Its smart kitchens also offer online ordering, automatic payment terminals and cashless transactions.

“SGE is always on the lookout for truly new and unique opportunities in fast food, and Odd Burger is one of the most exciting and modern concepts we’ve ever encountered,” said Utsang Desai, President of SGE. , in a press release. “As lifelong vegetarians, we have a passion for healthy eating and environmental stewardship, and Odd Burger also adds innovative technology that improves efficiency, profitability and customer experience.”

For more on vegan fast food, read:
7-Eleven Adds Vegan Chicken Tenders to Hot Menu at All 600 Stores Across Canada
Burger King is the first major fast food chain to serve impossible nuggets
KFC just launched vegan fried chicken in more than 4,000 stores

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