Who doesn't love a Greggs? Well, until a couple of years ago, the answer to that question might have been vegans. However, the high street bakery chain has changed that by introducing a vegan menu to cater for our plant-based friends. The menu has proved so popular since it launched that even non-vegans now flock to the popular chain to get their hands on the vegan goodies.
It all began in 2019 with the much publicised launch of the vegan sausage roll to coincide with veganuary, and was quickly followed by a vegan steak bake and doughnut the following year
At the time of the launch of the vegan sausage roll Greggs’ chief executive, Roger Whiteside said: “Like many food retailers we have seen increasing demand for vegetarian and vegan products.
"We have been trying to develop a vegan version of our famous sausage roll for some time now. It has not been easy but our taste panel customers all love this one, so we have decided to launch it as our contribution to Veganuary."
Following on from the success of its first few items, the bakery is now adding two further plant-based items to the menu: a vegan ham and cheeze baguette, and a vegan sausage bap. The launch date of these new items hasn't been announced yet but it's expected to be later this year.
Speaking about the launch, a Greggs spokesperson said: "Over the coming weeks we’ll be trialling our delicious Vegan Ham and Cheeze Baguette and Vegan Sausage Breakfast Roll in a very small number of shops, with a wider launch planned for later in the year."
It's yet to be announced which shops the ham and cheeze baguette and sausage breakfast roll will be trialled in.
Below we've put together a short guide to all the vegan items currently available at Greggs, so you can start planning what you're going to order next time you go.
Vegan sausage roll
What: It's the item that began Greggs' vegan revolution when it launched back in 2019, and since then has become a staple of the menu. Featuring a quorn filling wrapped in 96 layers of puff pastry, it could have split the crowd but ended up being a winner among Greggs fans.
Vegan steak bake
What: Following on from the success of the vegan sausage roll, our friend the Greggs vegan steak bake arrived in 2020 aiming to replicate both the taste and texture of the meaty original and it does a pretty excellent job. Quorn mycoprotein pieces come in a thick gravy mixed with diced onions.
Vegan glazed ring doughnut
What: This one went slightly under-the-radar when launched, as rather than creating a vegan alternative to the glazed ring doughnut, Greggs simply changed the recipe so that all of its glazed ring doughnuts were vegan-friendly. One of the chain's most popular sweet items, it's the perfect treat when you're on-the-go.
Vegan sausage breakfast roll (launching soon)
What: Greggs' breakfast offering has always been one of the best parts of the bakery's menu, with customers able to score a breakfast roll and a hot drink for just £3. However, until now vegans haven't been able to get in on the action. That's why this vegan alternative to a sausage bap will surely go down a treat when it launches.
Vegan ham and cheeze baguette (launching soon)
What: Sandwiches and baguettes are undeniably a central part of Greggs' food offering, and the launch of this brand new vegan ham and cheeze baguette only means that more people than ever can now grab their lunch at a Greggs. The baguette comes filled with vegan ham from Quorn, and mature Cheddar flavour slices.
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