US regional hamburger restaurant chain White Castle is set to introduce a vegan alternative to cheddar cheese with its burgers.

The dairy-free alternative will be available at its New York and New Jersey outlets from the next month.

The company has partnered with GoodPlanet Foods to procure the non-dairy cheddar.

Customers can use the vegan cheddar cheese to complement any burger, including the Impossible Slider, a plant-based burger introduced in 2018.

White Castle vice-president Jamie Richardson said: “Our Impossible Slider was an instant Craver favourite, but it’s about to get a new dimension with the introduction of dairy-free cheddar.

“We are excited to bring this new non-dairy, vegan item to Cravers in the New York and New Jersey areas with the hope of taking it to other markets in the future.”

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In recent years, White Castle has ramped up efforts to improve its plant-based menu. It first introduced a vegan patty called Veggie Slider in 2015.

Richardson added: “We’re committed to innovation, and we’re always looking for ways to do things better and make things better for our loyal customers.

“It’s exciting to be the fast-food restaurant that’s leading the trend in providing plant-based options for consumers.”

Based in Columbus, Ohio, White Castle has been operating as a fast-food hamburger chain for more than 99 years.

Currently, the company owns and operates more than 365 restaurants.

Last year, White Castle introduced the newly formulated plant-based Impossible Slider recipe across all its restaurants in the US.