As a part of the ongoing commitment by SUBWAY® sandwich shops to make its menu even better and easier for our guests to make informed menu choices, the brand announced that it would include calorie listings on menu boards across all U.S. restaurant locations in April, more than a year before the FDA enforces national menu-calorie labelling requirements. The new menu panels will be on display in all U.S. sandwich shops beginning April 11, 2016.
"For years it has been a priority for Subway sandwich shops to share full nutrition information with our guests so they can make more informed meal choices," said SUBWAY® Dietitian Lanette Kovachi, MS, RDN. "We have been doing this since 1997. We take pride in offering our guests a wide variety of fresh, made-to-order sandwiches and salads while providing the information that allows them to get the meal that best meets their needs. We want consumers to know the calorie value of our sandwiches and salads but we also want them to know that many of our menu items contain quality calories and are packed with beneficial nutrients from whole grains, lean meats and the wide range of vegetables we serve."
The SUBWAY® brand has long been a frontrunner as the industry leader in its commitment to transparency and sharing of nutritional information for its menu items, including:
- 1997: Began listing nutrition information on cups, tray liners, sneeze guard and napkins
- 1997: "7 under 6" campaign launched (7 sandwiches under 6 grams of fat)
- 1998: Debuted full list of nutritional information for core menu items
- 2001: Shared complete ingredient and allergen list for core menu items
- 2007: Introduced Fresh Fit™ meals for adults and youth
- 2007: Listed calories on NYC Menus (well before many other restaurants did)
- 2010: Launched its nutrition calculator on SUBWAY.com
- 2011: Reduced sodium by an average of 28 percent in Fresh Fit™ meals.
- 2012: Became the first and only restaurant chain to meet the stringent nutritional criteria for the American Heart Association's Heart-Check Meal Certification Program, which allows us to place the Heart Check logo next to menu items endorsed by the AHA as heart healthy.
This menu labeling milestone is the latest step in the SUBWAY® brand's journey to evolve its menu to better meet the changing preferences and expectations of today's guests.