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 (17,990)

We need more vegan options in Maryland. A vegan black bean sub would be amazing!
—Jonathan Rosenberry
Silver Spring, MD
Please make a vegan sub!
—Sal Disalvo
Massapequa , NY
Please bring the vegan black bean & malibu garden patties to the Bahamas.
—Kristy Cartwright
Nassau, Bahamas
Austin has become a hub for vegan items and san antonio's vegan community is growing fast! subway would do well to simply offer the options. Please!!!
—Jason Alvear
San Antonio, TX
I live in Augusta, GA. I never go to subway because they do not have vegan options. Instead I go to whichwich & get their black bean patty sandwich. I’d go to subway if they had options.
—Chelsea Henson
Augusta, GA
Would love to try some vegan subs here in the Phoenix area!
—Carolyn Vickrey
Chandler , AZ
Please offer more vegan options!! Thank you.
—Tanya Eckhoff
Bradenton, FL
I am still waiting for Vegan alternatives in Muskegon, MI. So far, nothing but the "Veggi" Sandwich, there are many vegan burgers in the stores, why not try those?
—Linda Szurley
Muskegon, MI
Please provide a vegan option! I stopped eating at subway because I turned vegetarian and the only option subway currently offers is a veggie sandwich. I couldn’t eat a veggie sandwich every time.
—Katherine Mosquera
Glendale, NY
I live near Cork, Ireland and I've stopped going to Subway after I became vegan. I'd try it again if a vegan option was available!
—Leslie Burban
Cork, Ireland