Subway On Its Way to Removing Artificial Colours, Flavours and Preservatives From the Menu by 2017

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

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SUBWAY® restaurants made a bold commitment to remove all artificial colours, flavours and preservatives by 2017. To date, SUBWAY® Canada has removed artificial colours, flavours and preservatives from 28 menu items, adding turkey, chicken and roast beef to its growing roster of toppings, soups and proteins that contain the ‘free from’ claim. 

SUBWAY® restaurants has also strengthened its commitment to investing in Canadian agriculture across the country. Introducing Canadian-raised ham, turkey and shaved steak, and committed to sourcing all roast beef, chicken and meatballs from Canadian producers by the end of the year. The sandwich shops also provide home-grown produce across Canada, where possible. During peak harvest seasons Western Canada guests are able to enjoy British Columbia-grown cucumbers, guests in Ontario can add cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes and onions from the Green Belt region and guests in Quebec can add local green peppers.

State of the Sandwich
·         1998: Full list of nutritional information for the main menu debuts
·         2000: “8 under 6 menu,” featuring eight sandwiches under six grams of fat, launches
·         2008: Trans fats are removed from all menu items
·         2009: Sodium reduction initiative begins (to date the restaurant has reduced sodium by 30 per cent across their lunch and dinner offerings)
·         2014: Simpler bread recipes rolled out
   High fructose corn syrup removed from all SUBWAY® products
   Quebec green peppers arrive in Quebec restaurants during peak harvest season
·         2015: Baby spinach added as core offering
  Pickles and banana peppers with no artificial colours arrive in restaurants
    Canadian prime rib and steak are free from artificial colours, flavours and preservatives
    All breads (including flatbreads) contain no artificial colours or flavours
·         2016: Canadian turkey and roast beef with “free from” claims introduced
  Meatballs, chicken strips, and omelette recipes revised to meet “free from” commitment
  Guests in Ontario can enjoy home-grown cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes and onions during peak harvest season
  British Columbia cucumbers served in restaurants during peak harvest season

For more information about SUBWAY® Canada and its commitment to providing quality menu offerings, visit; join SUBWAY® Canada’s online community at or follow @SUBWAYCanada

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