Papa John’s UK business has come under fire from campaigners who are demanding it puts vegan cheese on its menu.
A Care2 petition calling on the pizza chain to make the change has already gathered 7,500 signatures online.
The petition says that although Papa John’s is one of the world’s best-known pizza chains, it does not currently offer a vegan cheese alternative in the UK.
It states: “In recent times, the number of people adopting a plant-based, vegan diet or choosing to reduce their animal product consumption has skyrocketed. According to a study by Ipsos MORI, there are now more than 500,000 vegans in the UK. In addition, around 22 million people are thought to be reducetarians – in that they are actively reducing their animal product intake.”
The study cited in the Care2 petition was carried out in 2016 and found that 3.25% of British adults never eat meat of any form as part of their diet.
Numerous UK fast food restaurants have recently introduced vegan options, including McDonald’s, while just last month Subway began testing a vegan veggie patty in select locations.
A Care2 petition calling on Pizza Hut to add vegan cheese to their menu in the US was sparked by an eight-week test conducted in the UK last winter. That petition has gathered over 52,000 signatures.
Papa John’s operates more than 300 take-away outlets across the UK.