This is what you are funding and condoning when you give Jimmy John's your money.
A basic search of the Internet reveals the bread may not be vegan at Jimmy John's. One blogger reports difficulty in getting a straight answer, but finds eventually that the bread is not vegan. My effort met with the same frustration and even greater resistance. Jimmy John's has thus made themselves the poster child of restaurants who make being vegan difficult. Shame on you, Jimmy John's.
I would like to visit your restaurant. Can you tell me what menu items are vegan (no animal products)? Thank you for taking the time to research this.
From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of email@example.com
Sent: Thursday, August 09, 2007 10:08 AM
Subject: Jimmy Johns Feedback Form Submission
This locations inshop subs are $4.40 Veggie and for inshop clubs are $5.32 Veggie Club. (Prices may vary)
Thanks for writing.
Thank you for responding. However, my question is not about prices or vegetarian menu items. Again, can you please tell me what menu items are vegan (no animal products)? This will require looking at ingredients on the foods you sell, i.e. your breads, etc. If you are unable to answer my question with confidence, would you mind providing an email for someone who can?
Response #2 - Jimmy John's
On 8/9/07, JJ Feedback
The Veggie (Several layers of provolone cheese (you can ask for it w/out cheese), avocado spread, alfalfa sprouts, sliced cucumber, lettuce, tomato and mayo)
We have two types of bread: homemade French bread or our 7 grain bread. I am sorry I do not have any ingredients nor does anyone else here in the office. You can check out our website at www.jimmyjohns.com for any nutritional questions you might have. Click on the menu box, then go to the top left corner and click nutritional info. Here you can add/delete ingredients to build your sandwich the way you like and get the numbers you need.
I hope this helps and thanks for writing
My response #2
I followed your instructions, however, there was no information on the ingredients in your bread. I find it difficult to believe that no one in your company knows the ingredients in your products. It is more important than ever that consumers be able to make informed decisions about the food they are eating. Without allowing potential customers the ability to make such a decision, you are preventing them from doing so and additionally preventing them from becoming customers instead of potential customers. There must be someone who knows the ingredients in your products. Can you provide an email address for someone at Jimmy John's with the authority to determine this?
Final response - Jimmy John's
I am sorry that information is not given out, I can tell you that our bread is not made with eggs or milk or any allergens. We have a girl in our office that is vegan and she gets the veggie unwich (lettuce wrap) with no cheese. Again, I am sorry that I am not able to give out all the ingredients.
With such resistance from the company itself, nothing on Jimmy John's menu can be determined to be vegan.
The "Unwich" might be vegan.
Jimmy John's was not cooperative in determining whether any menu items are vegan.