Vegan food and health are becoming increasingly important to consumers, but despite the growth in vegan products, this trend is outpacing sales. Euromonitor International found that although the number of people reducing their meat intake increased by 9% between 2011 and 2016, only 3.1% said they intended to remove all animal products from their diets within the next 12 months.
Vegans are becoming increasingly vocal about their purchasing power – which they say is not being met by the market. They argue retailers are far too focused on appealing to carnivores rather than vegans and vegetarians, or flexitarians for that matter.
We’ve seen some vegan products in stores around us but there’s still room for improvement. Wawa is a convenience store that will have vegan-friendly food for late 2021. They are looking to sell products that can compete with Starbucks, Taco Bell, and Panda Express.
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Wawa was founded in 1964 by Howard Greene (current CEO of Wawa) and is based in Chester Heights, Pennsylvania. They are a convenience store that specializes in bringing fresh food to the consumers, along with their regular drinks and snacks. Wawa has over 735 stores in six states: Delaware, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Wawa is mainly based in the mid-Atlantic states but can be found throughout the country. As of 2018, there are more than 645 locations throughout the United States.
The company’s most famous product is their hoagies, which are sub sandwiches. They also have prepared foods such as fresh fruit, soup of the day, and coffee. Some locations even sell craft beers! One can expect to find bubble tea at some locations too. One interesting fact about Wawa is that you can order online and pick it up at the location of your choice. All their food is fresh, made on-site daily.
Wawa has contributed to the communities they are located in by creating jobs for their employees and giving back to their local communities with contributions through programs like Fuel Good which helps raise money to support local school district food programs. Wawa also gives back through their charity Playworks which helps ensure children K-12 can play safely at recess and physical education time to improve their health, academic success, and overall enjoyment of school.
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Everything Vegan at Wawa (2023)
The vegan menu at Wawa started with the aim of providing more vegan options to customers. It took Everything Vegan approximately four months to complete this project. The map of every vegan item at Wawa was designed by Darren Boone of A Better Visual, LLC.
Every product at Wawa is categorized as Vegetarian, Vegan, or Gluten-Free and the location on the map explains what items fall under each category. In addition, the map describes what each item is as well as where to find it at Wawa.
Testing was very important for this project. Everything Vegan started by going through locations around them to see all the vegan options they had, paying close attention to how far these products were from each other. This way, Everything Vegan would be able to present information on the vegan options at Wawa in an easy-to-follow map that’s categorized by products’ availability for visitors who are short on time or simply looking for quick snacks.
Wawa has taken into consideration vegans and their needs when they made their vegan menu. It is clear that Wawa was not trying to appeal only to vegans but also meat-eaters. Everything Vegan’s vegan map consists of products that are new or different from what non-vegans might get at Wawa.
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Vegan Breakfast Wawa Vegan Options:
|1||Beyond Meat Breakfast Sausage patties (not always available)|
|2||Cinnamon Raisin Bagels|
|3||Sabra Hummus & Pretzels|
|4||Tons of Vegan-friendly Fruit Cups|
|5||Everything Seasoned Bagels|
Vegan Drink Options at Wawa:
|1||Cappuccinos, latte’s, and other “fancy” coffees with soy/almond milk|
|2||Any Made-to-order Fruit Smoothie (Confirm no milk or use almond/soy milk, and confirm no yogurt used)|
|3||Mocha Sauce (topping)|
|4||Graham cracker crumbles (topping)|
|5||Multiple Types of Plain Coffee (Just choose Almond or Soymilk)|
|6||Multiple Tea-Bags to choose from if you want tea|
Vegan Lunch & Dinner Options at Wawa:
Wawa has fantastic Lunch & Dinner types of options at ALL of their locations, including many possibilities from being able to build-your-own sandwiches (hoagies), as well as many from being able to build-your-own Burrito or Burrito Bowl area.
Build Your Hoagie (Sandwich):
|1||Choose Your Sauces – Sriracha Sauce, Mustard (Spicy or Regular), Ketchup, Buffalo Sauce, BBQ Sauce, Olive Oil, Oregano, Pepper & Salt, Vinegar|
|2||Choose Your Bread – White Bread, Wheat Bread, Rye Bread, or Plain White Sub|
|3||Choose Your Toppings – Avocado, Cucumbers, Salsa, “Hot Peppers,” Jalapeno Peppers, Onions, Pickles, Roasted Red Pepper Slices, Spinach, Sweet Peppers, Sliced Tomatoes, Roasted Veggies, or Shredded Romain Lettuce.|
Build Your Burrito or Burrito Bowl:
|1||Choose your Sauces – Sriracha Sauce and all the above-mentioned Sandwich Sauces are available upon special request, generally for no extra charge (free).|
|2||Choose Your Bread (or not) – Tortilla or Bowl — You can get the tortilla on the side if you want!|
|3||Choose Your Toppings – Avocado, Fresh Salsa, Jalapeno Peppers, Black Beans, White Rice (sometimes they have brown too!), or Lettuce. You can also get the other sandwich toppings mentioned above, you’ll just have to make a special request for them. Usually, they’ll let you for no extra charge.|
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Vegan Snacks & Sides at Wawa:
|1||Hummus with Pita|
|2||Cup of Seasoned white rice|
|4||Cup of Seasoned black beans|
|6||Market Mix Salad|
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Wawa?
Wawa is a chain of stores in the mid-Atlantic states. They sell gas, coffee, sandwiches, and snacks.
Q. Is Wawa’s bread vegan?
A. Yes, for sure! All of their bread options are completely vegan-friendly.
In early-2021, Wawa will be debuted a new concept store in Auburn, MA. This location will be called “Wawa Station” and it will have a different look from the usual Wawa experience. The interior of the location itself will have a greater focus on being eco-friendly.
Wawa Station will also be working more closely with local farmers and producers than their other locations on finding non-GMO produce, making their vegan cheese, using simpler ingredients in their coffees (They’ll use almond milk for sure), etc.
This is Wawa taking things to the next level according to Wawa’s press release: “Our goal is to be a top customer choice for convenience and fuel, offering better choices and fresh food that makes life easier and satisfies taste buds,” said Chris Gheysens, President and CEO of Wawa Inc. “Broadening our food selection to include vegan and gluten-free options also allows ADA customers the opportunity to choose what they want for themselves and their families. That’s always been our mission, and this store is another example of fulfilling that promise.”
Wawa Station aims to make all foods on-site, including freshly made bread, vegan cheeses, roasted meats, coffee creamers, yogurt parfaits , and more. Many of these items will be plant-based and the entire store will be free from artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners, and high fructose corn syrup.