Prince Khaled Bin Alwaleed has revealed he is in talks with vegan eatery, Plant Power Fast Food, to bring the brand to the Middle East.
Prince Khaled, who turned vegan in 2009, made a statement on Facebook earlier this year detailing plans to have a “minimum of 10 restaurants/cafes” serving vegan food in the region by 2020.
“Our region occupies parts of the top ten most obese counties in the world. This is crazy and frankly a joke we have reached this level,” Prince Khaled, 38, wrote. “I’m not saying opening 10 restaurants will solve this issue, but you better believe it’s a step in the right direction.”
Now, local media has reported that he has taken this plan one step further, after he revealed he has signed a deal with US-based F&B outlet, Plant Power Fast Food – which sells plant-based hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken nuggets, French fries and milkshakes.
While he says that he plans to have the restaurant open by next year, he told the media that it could be “2020 before I find the right location.”
After receiving a high cholesterol diagnosis, the Prince made drastic dietary shifts, leading to him investing in clean energy and vegan companies, including Breakthrough Energy Ventures. He also joined forces with top plant-based chef, Matthew Kenney, as a part of his bid to transform the global food service earlier this year.
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