Veg News reports that select Subway stores will now begin to offer vegan options, and Cracker Barrel, the combined restaurant and gift shop establishment, is planning to cease business with pork providers that use gestation crates.
Vance Fouraker, Vice President of Strategic Sourcing for Cracker Barrel, stated, “We’re seeing an evolution in Americans’ awareness and attitudes regarding meat produced with higher animal welfare in mind.” Cracker Barrel follows in the footsteps of other food chains, such as Wendy’s, Denny’s, Kroger, Safeway McDonald’s, and Burger King, that have transitioned to cage-free food production. Fouraker also added, “Cracker Barrel hopes that all of our pork suppliers will share in our vision for a gestation crate-free future, and we’re excited to work with them to achieve this goal.”
Subway also heeded requests form customers for more meatless options at their stores. Compassion over Killing and customers across the country convinced the company via the We Love Subway site to cater to meatless lovers. In 2011, Subway started to offer their “Totally Vegged” sandwich in Ontario and British Columbia to meet the demand for veggie options. Beginning this week, select Subways in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia will serve their new, accessible plant-based options, which include Italian Black Bean, Sweet Riblet, and Malibu Greek.
These are significant steps in producing and practicing healthier eating habits, as well as engaging in more ethical procedures for food consumption, and becoming conscious of the societal growing desire for both health and animal safety.