Greggs is launching a vegan sausage roll and fans are seriously divided

Some people reckon it's sacrilege...

GREGGS HAS launched a new vegan-friendly sausage roll in news that has left meat-lovers and vegetarians alike divided.

The new addition to the bakery giant’s menu came after animal rights group PETA launched a campaign urging Greggs to introduce it.

It’s been launched to coincide with ‘Veganuary’, a month-long online campaign encouraging more people to enjoy a meat-free diet.

The vegan-friendly sausage roll boasts a Quorn filling and a pastry casing made using vegetable oil.

The new vegan sausage roll will be made available across 950 Greggs outlets.

Roger Whiteside, chief executive at Greggs, said: “Like many food retailers we have seen increasing demand for vegetarian and vegan products. We have been trying to develop a vegan version of our famous sausage roll for some time now.

“It has not been easy but our taste panel customers all love this one, so we have decided to launch it as our contribution to Veganuary.”

Greggs took to Twitter to announce the news, which proved divisive among pastry fans.

Plenty of vegans and vegetarians welcomed the news. “FINALLY, THANK YOU,” one wrote.

“More choice. More options when out and about. Well done,” another added.

Some meat-lovers thought it was an early April’s fools…

“April 1st isn’t for another few months,” one follower quipped. “Try again.”

Plenty were unhappy.

One fan lamented: “You’ve changed Greggs, you’ve changed”.

While the gags came thick and fast…

A few felt that a vegan-friendly sausage roll went against the very definition of a sausage roll.

One man saw it as sacrilege.

A couple of people weren’t having any of it.

There were plenty of admirers though.

Some of whom wanted even bigger vegan-friendly sausage rolls.

Then there were the dreams, suggesting even more vegan options for the future.

The whole online debate made some people seriously amused.

“Lol people getting so worked up about this. Will definitely try it,” they joked. “Great move Greggs.”

The vegan-friendly sausage roll will be available from January 3rd.

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