Wow, another national chain is offering vegan fare! 7-Eleven has been selling prepared vegan sandwiches in the Philadelphia region. According to the Philadelphia Daily News, the corporation is considering vegan convenience-food products for the entire chain. (Note: I could find no mention of this on the 7-Eleven website.) As Foodeater commented the other day, we vegans are taking over the world. OK, she said we'd be taking over Los Angeles, but you can extrapolate from there...
But this brings me back to my point that going meatless is becoming mainstream. Today you can go into a convenience store and pick up a prepared meatless sandwich, or pop into your local coffee shop and buy a vegan brownie. How exciting is that?! I'm not saying that we should rush out and start eating prepared foods at every meal. We all know eating prepared foods may mean that we're probably consuming preservatives and additives that might not be good for us. Food manufacturers are ultimately out to make money after all. But it certainly makes life a little easier knowing these options are out there.
I hope these products do well in their test markets. I know I'm not the target demographic here. Personally, I don't see myself frequenting 7-Eleven for sandwiches, but I have been on one too many road trips in the recent past where my (questionable) vegan option was potato chips. It would be nice to know I could hop in the car without any forethought -- that if I got hungry along the way, I could pull off at some highway rest stop and actually have a choice of things to eat.