Following the successful launch of its first-ever vegan pizza options, Papa John’s has added two new vegan sides to the menu: Cheesy Vegan Potato Wedges and Jalapeno Cheesy Potato Wedges.
Papa John’s already offered oven baked Crinkle Wedges, however, up until now, any other variation on the menu item has included animal products.
Like its three new plant-based pizzas — a classic margarita, Garden Party, and Hot Pepper Passion — the new wedges are topped with dairy-free Sheese by Scottish brand Bute Island Foods. The chain also offers Vegan Sheese and Marmite Scrolls as a side option.
Papa John’s Embraces Vegan Food
Up until January of this year, Papa John’s didn’t offer any vegan options. Although demand from consumers was high, and an online petition launched by animal rights organization Animal Aid — asking the chain to update its menu to include more dairy and meat-free options — had nearly 30,000 signatures.
After the news surfaced that the chain was considering launching vegan options, the campaign manager for Animal Aid Todd Bradbury said, “by adding vegan cheese to their menu, Papa John’s will be showing that they are up to date with the fast-growing vegan movement.” He continued, “We hope that Papa John’s decision [has] a positive effect on their sales.”
It posted on Twitter, “Omg! Vegan Sheese is a big hit! We are almost out of stock within a day! Thank you for such an overwhelming response! If you didn’t manage to order you [pizza], don’t worry! We are stocking up as soon as possible!”
Vegan Pizza is Taking Over the UK
Papa John’s isn’t the only pizza chain in the UK to launch new vegan options.
Pizza Express and Pizza Hut have also added new plant-based menu items in recent months. The latter added a jackfruit topped pizza in January which was intended as a limited edition option, however, demand was so high that in February it announced the pizza was becoming a permanent addition.