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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Vegan patties here please
—Myrna Barragan
Crestline, CA
Please bring vegan options to Lancaster Ohio!!!
—Holly Boyce
Lancaster, OH
Thanks for the vegan options. Please keep them coming.
—James Shropshire
Macedonia, OH
Hi, I live in Chico California and would love to see your vegan options here. Like many others, I am moving to a 100% plant-based diet and Subway has a been a life-saver for a quick veggie-delight when I don't feel like prepping a meal. I would love to have more options such as the black bean and others.
—David Hall
Chico, CA
I went to 4 different subways in the south Denver suburbs asking for these sandwiches and they had no idea what I was talking about. Please bring these to the Denver Colorado area!
—Shane Hofmanm
Denver, CO
Hi Subway! It would be super awesome if you could bring vegan options to the University of Delaware's campus! It can sometimes be difficult to find affordable yummy vegan food at a restaurant on a college kid budget & I know a lot of students that would absolutely LOVE if the Subway on campus were able to accommodate that! I'm beyond excited that you are carrying clearly marked vegan options in the first place so thank you for that. Keep up the animal love!!
—Grace Hluchy
Newark, DE
I hear Subway has a vegan option now, but I haven't seen it in any Subways I've been to (State College, PA and Philly airport, for instance). Please bring vegan to State College, PA, at least!
—Merrill David
State College, PA
Please bring the vegan option to Ottawa, and Brockville Ontario :)
—Brenna Jenkins
Ottawa, Canada
—Jennifer Lewis
Venice, FL
I'd love it if you added veggie meats, or even bean spreads like hummus as an option. And while I'm at it, if you added vegan cheese slices (like the awesome ones follow your heart makes) I'd love you guys forever. PLEASE BRING VEGAN OPTIONS TO NYC!!
—Kirsten Berger
Jamaica, NY