Why Veggie Meats?

Vegetarian eating has become increasingly popular in the last several years, and people are looking for a diverse range of meatless options.

Nation's Restaurant News says if you want to improve and increase business: "Add vegetarian or vegan dishes to the mix. Vegetarian dishes, aside from being less expensive... also mitigate the veto vote. Usually, if you have a vegan in your party, that will dictate where the party eats... They want to make sure everybody's going to be satisfied, so diversity is going to be very important on the menu."

Veggie burgers have been a mainstream menu item for more than a decade, and are even offered at Burger King, Denny's, Johnny Rockets, Red Robin and many other restaurant chains. A new class of plant-based meats has gained popularity over the past several years that has an even greater similarity to the taste and texture of its meat counterparts. Meat-free "chicken," for example, is now sold at places like KFC in Canada and Chipotle Mexican Grill.

Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres regularly feature vegan food on their shows. Oprah publicly went on a "vegan cleanse" diet and included a segment in a recent "Oprah's Favorites" episode where vegan "chicken" was prepared.

Three vegan cookbooks recently made The New York Times bestsellers list; one of them reached the #1 best-seller spot on Amazon.com and it promotes plant-based meat substitutes.

All Baltimore public schools only serve vegetarian food on Mondays, and San Francisco and the District of Columbia have passed city-wide resolutions encouraging residents to partake in "Meat-Free Mondays."

A recent report from consumer research firm, Mintel, found that 23 percent of non-vegetarians eat meat alternatives.

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Please make the vegan sandwiches available everywhere. I love Subway and want to get something heartier than just cold veggies.
—Deanna Marsh
Colleyville, TX
Vegans are always looking for good food options while traveling. Subway can be both forward thinking and make a bundle by offering these vegan subs all across the country! Hooray!
—Aly Fabbri
Atlanta, GA
I enjoy subway as a post-workout weekend treat but the veggie delight is my only option. I'd love to see the hummus, falafel, black bean and Malibu veg friendly options be offered at all stores so everyone could enjoy them!
—Penny Maus
San Diego, CA
Please bring vegan options to the northeast!
—Rebecca Parsons
Waterford, CT
This is great! I want vegan options near me, asap.
—Alex Ballar
Reseda, CA
Please add these vegan options to Rhode Island. Veggie Delight can get old, fast.
—Marc Pappas
Cranston, RI
I've always been so grateful to find a Subway any time I'm traveling in an area with no vegan options. If Subway were to add more vegan options (like faux meats) to stores in the San Francisco bay area, I would eat there when I'm not traveling, too!
—Erika Larson
San Francisco, CA
Oh please, please, please bring this to Orlando, Florida! ! I used to love subways but haven't been since I've become a vegetarian. I'd love it if you guys offer yummy options for vegetarians!
—claudia M
Orlando, FL
Please remember us in Canada! I'd love to be able to go to Subway. Give us a vegan sub!
—Lenore Parajka
peterborough, Canada
Our Subway had a veggie patty option for a brief period a few years back & it was great--but they no longer serve it. Would love to have vegetarian/vegan patty option available on a regular basis! PLEASE!
—Polly R
Sunset Hills, MO