Success: Subway Transitions to Antibiotic-Free Meats

Target: Suzanne Greco, Subway CEO

Goal: Thank Subway for eliminating antibiotics from their meat selections.

In a recent announcement, Subway Restaurants has committed to serving only antibiotic-free meats in all of its 27,000 restaurants across the U.S. This announcement comes only months after their commitment to remove artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives from their menu items in North America by the end of 2017. This announcement shows Subway’s commitment to serving consumers healthful food. A petition on ForceChange had even contributed to the large amount of complaints and petitions Subway received last year. Applaud the restaurant for stepping up and serving quality meats to paying patrons.

The increase in drug-resistant bacteria has made eating antibiotic-free meat a top priority for many Americans. The transition to antibiotic-free meat will take some time to fully implement, however. Starting in March of 2016, Subway restaurants will be able to serve antibiotic-free chicken. By the end of that year, all chicken products served at Subway will be antibiotic free. Starting around mid-2016, antibiotic-free turkey will be introduced but the full transition to antibiotic-free turkey is expected to take another two to three years. Furthermore, due to the lack of antibiotic-free beef and pork raised in the U.S., the transition of these meats into all Subway restaurants will take nearly ten years.

Subway’s profits fell 3.3 percent last year and this new commitment to more healthful food and antibiotic-free meat may help them rebound. As a significant buyer of food products, Subway’s announcement also puts pressure on other food suppliers to provide antibiotic-free meats. If more suppliers provide these meats, then smaller delis and restaurants will have easier access to these healthy products. Tell Subway their commitment to providing antibiotic-free meat is appreciated.


Dear Ms. Greco,

Twice this year, Subway has shown its commitment to providing more healthful food to consumers in all 27,000 restaurants across the country. This latest decision to provide antibiotic-free meats will have far-reaching impacts. Consuming antibiotic-free meat will help lower the amount of antibiotic-resistant bacteria on our food.

Since Subway is such a large buyer of deli meat products, the commitment to providing antibiotic-free meats puts pressure on the supply chain to provide such products in larger amounts, making it cheaper and more accessible for smaller delis and restaurants. Significantly, it’s also forcing cattle and hog farmers to raise their stock on an antibiotic-free diet.

We thank you for listening to consumer demands and making the commitment to provide antibiotic-free meat in Subway restaurants across the country.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. no animal products! only plant based foods!

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