Beyond Meat Inc. BYND +3.03% said it struck deals to supply plant-based meat imitations to McDonald’s, MCD -0.16% KFC and Pizza Hut, a victory in the company’s effort to take meat alternatives into the American dining mainstream.

Under separate agreements announced Thursday, California-based Beyond said it would be the preferred supplier for a new plant-based burger from McDonald’s Corp., while helping develop new plant-based menu items for Yum Brands Inc. YUM -0.25% chains KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell.

The deals boost Beyond’s prospects as more restaurants resume in-person dining, after Covid-19 forced shutdowns and restrictions on eating out over the past year. The pandemic’s blow to the food-service industry hurt Beyond’s business, which had been heavily propelled by restaurants in recent years, and prompted the company to focus more on supermarket sales.

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