Papa John's Launches Vegan Hot Dog Pizza With Cheese

The chain added vegan cheese to its menu earlier this year, after a petition was launched by animal rights organization Animal Aid in collaboration with Vegan Food UK
Pizza John's vegan pizza
Papa John's new vegan pizza (Photo: Papa John's)

Papa John's has added a new limited edition vegan hot dog pizza to its menu.

According to the outlet, the new pie is topped with Sheese vegan cheese, as well as onions, and the vegan meat.

Vegan hot dog pizza

"Enjoy a taste of America with The Vegan Hot Dog pizza," says the eatery's website.

"A Heinz Tomato Ketchup base loaded with vegan hot dog sausage, great tasting Sheese, freshly sliced onions and topped with Heinz American style mustard. Available for a limited time only."

Papa John's vegan menu

The new pie joins the eatery's existing vegan menu which rolled out across its 350 UK stores at the end of January, following a petition set up by animal rights organization Animal Aid and website Vegan Food UK.

A staggering 30,000 people signed the petition, which warned Papa John's that it risked losing ground to competitors, urging it to join other major pizza outlets - including Pizza Hut, Zizzi, and Pizza Express - which have all added vegan cheese to their offerings.

Following pressure, Papa John's added three cheesy vegan pizzas - topped with Bute Island cheese - as well as marmite scrolls to it menu. The pizzas include 'Vegan Sheese and Tomato', 'Garden Party with Sheese' and, 'Hot Pepper Passion with Vegan Sheese'.

Vegan pizza from Papa John's

Vegan options

"Papa John’s is committed to delivering BETTER INGREDIENTS, BETTER PIZZA and we’re excited to expand our menu so those with plant-based diets or dietary restrictions can enjoy it too," Liz Williams, Managing Director at Papa John’s, said as the new menu was launched.

"We worked closely with PETA who helped us develop the recipes and find the best vegan products, so we expect that the new additions will be a huge hit."

"We applaud Papa John's – the first national pizza-delivery chain in the UK to offer dairy-free cheese at all of its locations – for meeting the surging demand for vegan options and giving everyone the chance to enjoy the food they love," added Dawn Carr, PETA Director of Vegan Corporate Projects. "This truly is a game changer."

Vegan complaints

The vegan roll-out has not been without problems; earlier this year, a number of people complained after receiving cow's milk cheese on their pizza instead of plant-based.

Multiple social media users took to Twitter to complain, with one saying: "Just had a horrible experience of getting given dairy cheese instead of vegan cheese and adamantly told it was vegan."

A tweet from the company said: "Please rest assured that this is being looked into as a matter of urgency and being taken extremely seriously - we are looking to put things right asap."

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