McDonald’s Corp. is seeing “very healthy” sales of its plant-based McPlant burger in an eight-unit test that began in November, and one restaurant analyst expects that to expand to as many as 700 in a limited-time offer early next year.

Chicago-based McDonald’s on Nov. 3 began testing the McPlant burger in eight U.S. restaurants after deploying it in some markets abroad. The U.S. test has been in: the California cities of El Segundo and Manhattan Beach; Cedar Falls, Iowa; the Louisiana communities of Jennings and Lake Charles; and the Texas cities of Irving and Carrollton.

BTIG restaurant analyst Peter Saleh said that “following several channel checks over the past couple of weeks, we believe the McPlant product with Beyond Meat is performing well at the handful of restaurants offering it, warranting a more expansive market test in early 2022.”

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