The Subway restaurant chain was named an Industry Champion by the Produce for Better Health Foundation.
The brand was recognized for "encouraging customers to build their sandwich or salad just the way they like it, with their choice of fresh vegetables and toppings."
Subway was also commended for including its "Fruits and Veggies More Matters" logo on trayliners, signage, in radio spots and in social media content.
"We're extremely proud and appreciative of the efforts contributed to remind consumers that increasing fruit and vegetable consumption is important through use of the fruits and veggies, More Matters logo and messaging," said Elizabeth Pivonka, Ph.D., R.D., president and CEO of PBH.
A standard 6-inch Subway sandwich includes two full servings of vegetables, vitamin A and iron, and is free of transfats. All Subway bread is fortified with calcium and Vitamin D, and a 6-inch sandwich includes the equivalent to a glass of milk. When made on 9-grain wheat or honey oat bread, each sandwich contains at least 20 percent daily value of fiber.
All Subway sandwiches and salads can be customized with a variety of vegetables, including spinach, green peppers, lettuce, tomatoes, red onions and cucumbers. Customers can also add banana peppers, jalapenos, pickles, black olives and their choice of several low-fat sauces. Meals can be paired with apple slices, strawberry yogurt parfait or apple juice.
In 2012, Subway became the first quick-service chain to earn the American Heart Association's Heart Checkmark that passes the certification program's stringent criteria.
The brand also recently introduced a Chopped Salad program that includes nine American Heart Association Heart Check certified salad meals, which are all less than 350 calories and include sweet onion salad dressing, bottled water and apple slices.
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