(Updated January 2, 2020). Subway locations across the UK are now offering the vegan meatball marinara sub following a successful trial period. The sandwich includes meatless meatballs and vegan cheese.
“We’re always shaking up our menu at Subway, as we are constantly innovating,” said Colin Hughes — country director for Subway UK and Ireland — in a statement. “Our guests wanted a meatless version of our iconic Sub, so we made it for them!”
“The Meatless Meatball Marinara is equally as delicious as the original,” he continued. “[Its] a tempting for all our guests, whether they are looking for a plant-based alternative, or simply want to enjoy something a little different.”
Subway restaurants in the UK also recently launched the Vegan Signature Loaded Wrap, featuring two plant-based patties, guacamole, vegetables, and egg-free aioli on a tomato-basil wrap. The nationwide roll-out followed the successful test run of the vegan patty at select UK locations.
Vegan at Subway
The UK move comes after Subway began trialing a similar sandwich at select locations in North America in September 2019. The Beyond Meat meatball marinara subs rolled out to more than 600 Subway locations in the U.S. and Canada. Subway is the biggest fast-food chain in North America.
The Beyond Meatball Marinara featured the Subway-exclusive Beyond Meatball on a toasted six-inch sub, topped with marinara sauce and grated parmesan cheese.
Ethan Brown –founder and CEO of Beyond Meat — noted that the trial marked the start of a “long-term partnership” with Subway.
Subway has more than 42,000 locations worldwide, more than half of which are located in the U.S. Its vegan options vary from location to location, with select stores offering plant-based protein options like falafel. The Hearty Italian, Italian, Sourdough, and wraps are vegan. They can be filled with any of the vegetable options. For toppings, there’s mustard, fat-free Italian, Buffalo sauce, vinaigrette, oil, vinegar, or sweet onion sauce.
“We know Australian palates and preferences have changed over time, and we’re excited to hear directly from our guests so we can end up with a great balance between the classic Subway favorites, and on-trend, innovative flavors,” Subway’s Director of Marketing Kate Brody said at the time.