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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Comments (18,079)

I would certainly eat at Subway more often if there were vegan options in Canada; it looks like there are in several other countries. Thanks!
—Janet Juzkiw
Grand Forks, Canada
As a vegetarian I'd love to see more vegetarian options on your menu! I have a dozen subways in my area but have to drive to one 30 minutes from my house because it's the only one that even carries veggie patties! I would love to see all subways carry vegan options.
—Leslie Deese
Mobile, AL
I would appreciate vegan options at Saint Paul, MN Subway locations. Thanks!
—Michael Chutich
Saint Paul, MN
Get ahead of the curve, lead the way, get out in front of the pack and establish yourself as the preferred vegan option in my neighbourhood. Thank you!
—Maggie Dale
Goderich, Canada
offer vegan options please!
—sara stepnicka
phoenix, AZ
Thank you for looking at vegan options. Please roll out the new vegan selections in the USA.
—S. F.
Colton, CA
There is a Subway at my corner, and it would be so convenient for me if only it offered vegan options. Please make it happen! Thank you!
—Ann Graves
San Leandro, CA
Please add more vegan options for sandwiches. Thank you!
—Kristine MacWithey
Being vegetarians we've eaten at Subway for years- vegetarian sandwich option with cheese, however a bigger selection would be great! Please expand the menu in Nebraska Subways to include the veggie patty, Malibu garden & black bean option. Thanks!
—Brenda Claassen
Lincoln , NE
I love your garden vege patty and will go to extra lengths to find it. if a subway does not offer it I will drive to one that does.
—pamela parker
Charlotte, NC