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Sonic’s New Mushroom-Beef Burger Has Flavor, Fewer Calories, And Eco-Benefits

March 5, 2018: 12:00 AM EST
A new-product test at a few Sonic Drive-In locations found that an experimental burger made with a mixture of 30 percent mushrooms and beef was a hit. It not only tastes good, it has fewer calories and is better for the environment. The burger is now being offered at all 3,500 Sonic eateries. Although a burger with less beef has a smaller environmental footprint – the company didn’t advertise that – consumers were impressed that Sonic’s offering starts at around 350 calories. An environmental advocacy group said that if all 10 billion burgers eaten in the U.S. each year used blended patties, 10.5 million tons of annual CO2 emissions would be eliminated, 83 billion gallons of water a year would be saved, and the amount of global farmland needed would be reduced by more than 12,000 square miles. [Image Credit: © Sonic Drive-In]
Adele Peters, "Now You Can Get Sonic’s Part-Mushroom Part-Meat Burger Everywhere", Fast Company, March 05, 2018, © Mansueto Ventures, LLC
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