13 Things You Need to Know Before Eating at Subway
Subway is one of those shops that, no matter where you are in the world, you know what you’re going to get: pillowy bread, salty sliced deli meat, gooey melted cheese, and limitless veggies. It’s consistently affordable, making it one of America’s go-to spots for lunch and even dinner-especially when you’re in a pinch. But we bet there is a ton of info you’re not privy to when it comes to your favorite submarine chain. Here’s everything you need to know before you make another pit-stop there:
1. It’s been around since 1965.
Founded by 17-year-old Fred DeLuca as an effort to pay for his college tuition, Subway has evolved from a humble sandwich shop to national and international sensation.
2. The first locations were known as Pete’s Submarines.
The chain was originally named for Peter Buck, who lent DeLuca a $1,000 to get the company started. But the duo soon realized it sounded too much like “pizza marine” and swapped out the name for Subway.
3. Subway serves more than 5,300 sandwiches every minute.
That’s more than 320,000 an hour, which means if you placed every sandwich Subway makes in a year it would wrap around the Earth more than 13 times.
4. There are more than 3 million different sub combos on the menu.
Thanks to a crazy variety of bread choices, proteins like turkey, roast beef, and tuna, cheese options like Swiss, American, and provolone-plus toppings like mayo, honey mustard, and veggies like lettuce, tomato, banana peppers, olives, and more, your sandwich options are seemingly endless.
5. Subway employs 450,000 people.
That’s equal to the entire population of Atlanta, GA-a.k.a a TON of Subway “Sandwich Artists.”
6. It created the most catchy jingle of all time.
And it’s probably still stuck in your head more than six years later.
7. Subway started baking its own bread back in 1983.
And it was the first submarine chain in the country to do so.
8. Its footlong came under fire for not measuring up.
After a suit made headlines for the famous foot-long sandwich not meeting exactly 12 inches in length, the chain was ordered to ensure all subs made the cut.
9. America’s favorite sandwich is not the BLT.
Winning more than a quarter of votes nationwide, the Italian BMT beat out other popular orders like the Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki and Oven Roasted Chicken. And, surprisingly, it’s been on the menu since 1975.
10. The Italian BMT was named after New York City trains.
To go along with the chain’s transportation theme, it was named after the Brooklyn-Manhattan Transit System but was later given the nickname “Biggest, Meatiest, Tastiest.”
11. It’s already started posting calories on menus nationwide.
More than a year ahead of the FDA’s enforcement of menu-calorie labeling, Subway started to include calorie listing on all of its items on menu boards across the country. This follows the brand’s nutrition-forward thinking, which started in 1997, when nutrition information was first printed on its cups, tray liners, sneeze guards, and napkins.
12. The plastic used at Subway is recycled.
In fact, the salad dish is made from two-and-a-half plastic water or soda bottles, which keeps more than 2.5 million million pounds of plastic from the waste stream annually. What’re more, the chain’s drink lids and catering trays are made from 95 percent recyclable content like plastic water or soda bottles, which diverts the equivalent of 117 million 20-ounce soda or water bottles from landfills.
13. The most popular cookie at Subway is chocolate chip.
And to manufacture all of its cookies, Subway requires the services of 46,602 busy hens working around the clock. That’s because 1.6 million pounds of eggs are needed to make enough dough for a year’s worth of Subway’s cookies.