(Updated October 31, 2019). Subway locations in Birmingham and Manchester are about to trial a vegan meatball marinara sub. If the trial is a success, it will roll out to additional UK locations in January.
The move comes after the chain trialed a similar sandwich at select locations in North America in September. The Beyond Meat meatball marinara subs are now available at 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 features the Subway-exclusive Beyond Meatball on a toasted six-inch sub, topped with marinara sauce and grated parmesan cheese.
Where to Get Subway UK’s Vegan Meatball Marinara
Instagrammer What Naomi Eats shared that Manchester locations offer the vegan meatball marinara (with two dairy-free cheese options) in her Instagram Story. A full list is available on the blog Vegan Manchester.
An unconfirmed source told LIVEKINDLY the UK version will feature Garden Gourmet meatballs and dairy-free cheese. A Subway representative was unable to confirm the ingredients.
“Subway appeals to so many fans because we truly offer something for everyone. Our guests want to feel good about what they eat and they also want to indulge in new flavors,” Len Van Popering, Subway’s Chief Brand and Innovation Officer, said in a statement.
Vegan at 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.
Subway restaurants in the UK 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. Subway Finland also offers an egg-free veggie patty option.
Subway restaurants in Australia and New Zealand launched falafel in July 2018 in response to consumer demand for more vegan options.
“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.
Although the Beyond Meatball Marinara is a limited-edition menu item. But, Ethan Brown –founder and CEO of Beyond Meat — noted that this marks the start of a “long-term partnership” with Subway.