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Nestle launches plant-based burger in the United States

A logo is pictured during the 152nd Annual General Meeting of Nestle in Lausanne

(Reuters) - Food giant Nestle <NESN.S> launched its "Awesome" vegan burgers in the United States on Thursday, seeking to tap into the country's growing craze for plant-based meat.

The announcement by the Swiss-based company coincided with the launch of tests of Beyond Meat patties in North American restaurants by McDonalds, which is Nestle's partner in the plant-based category in Germany.

Nestle's Sweet Earth brand will also roll out "Awesome Grounds," made with the same plant-based protein that goes in to the burgers. (https://bit.ly/2m1mUfx)

(Reporting by Siddharth Cavale in Bengaluru; editing by Patrick Graham)