You may have recently seen some kerfuffle on Twitter regarding Domino’s Pizza offering vegan cheese at 55 locations in Israel. People are upset that Domino’s US doesn’t offer vegan cheese and Peta2 has a campaign about it1.
One of the things I find funny about this is that no one takes into consideration the extra cost that Domino’s, or any other pizza chain for that matter, would have to shell out to appease the small percentage of their customers who are vegan. I don’t know about where all of you are, but where I am, vegan shredded cheese runs around $6 per bag and the amount in the bag wouldn’t cover a large pizza. That means you’d need 2 bags, or $10-$12 worth of vegan cheese to get decent coverage. And that’s assuming that the cheese would actually melt like it is says it will on the package. Not only do these places have to obtain this vegan cheese, they have to store it properly, and they have to ensure that if the expiration date passes, that they replace it. All while hoping that someone actually orders a pizza with vegan cheese on it. And if no one orders a pizza with vegan cheese? Then they’re out the money they spent to stock an ingredient that didn’t even get used. I don’t know about you, but as a business, I probably wouldn’t want to take that risk.
Domino’s isn’t the only chain that isn’t offering vegan cheese. Pizza Hut and Papa John’s don’t offer it either. Of course, there are people trying to get them to offer vegan cheese as well. But of course, they’re not listening either.
One solution that doesn’t involve bugging pizza places for vegan cheese and getting frustrated/annoyed when they don’t listen. Order a pizza with your favorite toppings, no cheese, and avoiding pan-type crusts as they often use butter on them. Preheat your oven and when the pizza arrives, put your favorite vegan cheese on it and slip it in the oven for a few minutes. Yes, it means you are going to have to do some work. This method has one great advantage to it – you actually know that you’ll like the vegan cheese that is used on the pizza.
Another solution is to simply make your own pizza. That way, you not only know that the cheese is vegan, but you can be sure that the crust and sauce are vegan as well. You never know what might have been put into the crust or sauce.
Finally, there are a few vegan frozen pizzas on the market. Daiya makes a variety of them, from “pepperoni style” to “supreme style” and “cheeze lovers”. These are actually cheaper than having Domino’s or any other pizza place make a pizza with vegan cheese and deliver it.
Of course, if you want to ask Domino’s to carry the vegan cheese, go right ahead. I’m not saying they won’t listen and start. I’m just saying that you don’t need it like some of the people on Twitter were actually trying to tell Domino’s.
- What doesn’t Peta/Peta2 have a campaign about? Just saying. ↩