Subway Adds Gluten Free Offerings to More Locations
Subway has been testing gluten free deli style rolls and brownies since January 2011, and is now in about 900 locations. The gluten free sandwiches and brownies are now are offered in the areas of Dallas and Tyler, Texas, Tacoma, Washington, and are now expanding to the areas of Duluth, Minnesota and Superior, Wisconsin. They have also expanded the gluten free offerings to all of Oregon after testing in the Portland area.
Executives at the chain claim to understand the tricky issues of cross contamination and insist they are not adding gluten free options to boost their bottom line, and are committed to providing a safe gluten free dining experience.
According to Alicia Kelso, to help avoid cross contamination: “once a gluten-free roll or brownie is ordered, the line staff is required to wipe down the entire counter and get rid of any crumbs in the vicinity. They’re then to wash their hands and change their gloves. The gluten-free rolls and brownies are pre-packaged on fresh deli paper, and a single-use, pre-packaged knife is used for cutting.” (QSR.com)
“The gluten-free sandwich is taken from order to point-of-sale by the same person, as opposed to being passed down the line in the traditional Subway format. Customers are able to watch the creation from start to finish.”
“If they don’t like what they see, they can start it over. It’s important that our customers feel comfortable and safe,” Christiano said. “We want to provide them with a place to eat where they don’t have to worry about that.”
The company has not revealed the supplier of the buns, but they are rumored to be provided by Rich’s Foodservice out of New York (Their gluten-free products are certified by the GFCO as gluten, dairy, lactose and casein free.) IF this is the sandwich roll being used, you can see the ingredients here.
As far as toppings go, all are listed as gluten free except the meatballs and chicken teriyaki. The gluten free bun adds $1 to the cost of a sandwich.
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