Pizza chain Papa John’s has announced its plans to introduce vegan cheese to their menu following the demand from consumers.
A petition was set up by Vegan Food UK in partnership with Animal Aid, to bring attention to competing chains, such as Pizza Hut, Zizzi and Pizza Express that already offer vegan cheese pizzas.
The petition received 30,000 signatures, and the company announced today that they would be responding to the customer demand.
A spokesperson for Papa John’s spoke to regional newspaper, the Worthington Herald, saying: “At Papa John’s, we are completely committed to our customers, and ensuring that we deliver better pizza with better ingredients.
“We were pleased to see the positive response to the recent vegan cheese alternative petition, as this is currently an area that we are developing and hoping to roll out in the not-so-distant future.”
Animal Aid campaign manager, Tod Bradbury, said: “We are thrilled to see that Papa John’s has reacted positively to our petition, and that they are looking to introduce a vegan cheese alternative very soon.
“We thank them for taking our comments and those of almost 30,000 others on board. 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.”
As veganism continues to grow, the need for more readily available alternatives to animal products is more important than ever, to ensure that companies keep up to date with market trends and on par with competitors.
Bradbury continued: “They will appeal to a much wider audience – be they vegans, those wanting to try vegan food or indeed those who have allergies to dairy products. We hope that Papa John’s decision not only has a positive effect on their sales, but also encourages other pizza chains and restaurants who have not yet introduced a vegan cheese to do so.”