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AIBU to be pissed off with Greggs?

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RaspberryRippleCrisps Sun 25-Aug-19 19:24:16

So,two weeks ago I go in my local branch of Greggs to buy my usual vegetable bake. Sorry says the 12year old boy man behind the counter,but we have no vegetable bakes today. The same thing happened again the next day,and the next. On the fourth day,I asked the manageress what was the problem with the vegetable bakes. Apparently,they hadn't been sent any,and wouldn't be for the 'foreseeable future'.
I am not a vegetarian or a vegan,but I am not a big meat eater. I don't like beef,lamb or ham. I like chicken,but I am not a fan of most of their chicken sandwiches/baguettes etc as they are smothered in mayonnaise which I detest.
Then yesterday,I read in a newspaper that Greggs are in the process of 'substantially extending their vegan range'. Apparently,their vegan sausage roll has been so successful,that they are going to be rolling out a load more vegan options in their stores. (Just for the record,I can't eat the vegan sausage rolls as they contain quorn,and quorn makes me ill).
I am annoyed by the fact that they have stopped selling their vegetable bakes,but are increasing their vegan range. I appreciate that the veggie bakes are probably not vegan,but am I right in thinking that those of us who are vegetarian and not vegan,or like me,aren't much of a meat eater,are being sidelined,while they fall over themselves to extend their vegan range?

hormonesorDHbeingadick Sun 25-Aug-19 19:30:39

They are not rolling out more vegan options - just exploring if they can make more vegan versions of their popular lines. For now it’s just for attention.

OtraCosaMariposa Sun 25-Aug-19 19:34:24

They're not doing it to piss you off. They're doing it because the vegetable bakes are obviously not selling well enough.

BikeRunSki Sun 25-Aug-19 19:36:41

I’m vegetarian but also don’t like Quorn. Ti be fair to Greggs, that’s a pretty niche market. They’ve made a killing from their vegan/Quorn rolls, it makes business sense to look into extending the vegan range (I think I read the same article - Guardian?). I guess the vegan sausage roll has made sales if the veg bake to become unsustainable.

AnchorDownDeepBreath Sun 25-Aug-19 19:37:08

You seem to have jumped to a lot of conclusions. Like that the vegetable bake has become difficult to get because they are focusing on vegans... it's a lot more likely that the vegetable bake just isn't selling well in your area or overall.

Surely an increased amount of vegan food suits you, if you're not a fan of most meats?

TeachesOfPeaches Sun 25-Aug-19 19:38:04

The vegan sausage roles caused a spike in sales when they were new but then it quickly went back to normal.

plantwhisperer Sun 25-Aug-19 19:38:43

Is this really that big of a deal?😂

PinkiOcelot Sun 25-Aug-19 19:38:55

They’ve stopped doing apple turnovers as well. Weren’t selling apparently! My mam lived them.

Off topic, when you say quorn makes you ill, what do you mean? The twice I have eaten it, I’ve been up all night throwing up. Horrible stuff.

BrutusMcDogface Sun 25-Aug-19 19:39:14

If you’re not vegan, how about the cheese and onion bake? Or the cheese pizza?

BrutusMcDogface Sun 25-Aug-19 19:39:58

Quorn makes me sick too, just by the by.

LtJudyHopps Sun 25-Aug-19 19:40:50

My DP saw in Greggs they weren’t on display and asked as he knows I love them and was told similar. They haven’t had them for a while and don’t know when they’ll be back in.
You can buy them in Iceland still 😊

HeresMe Sun 25-Aug-19 19:40:59

Not being funny but basically shop somewhere else.

Honeyroar Sun 25-Aug-19 19:41:09

Totally missing the point here, but I generally can't tolerate products with Quorn either, but the Greggs sausage rolls are lush and I don't seem to react to them.

ShortCircuit181 Sun 25-Aug-19 19:41:40

I think the clear issue is that I've already eaten all of their veggie bakes. grin

Honeyroar Sun 25-Aug-19 19:42:20

Pink I, that's pretty much it for me, usually Quorn products make me feel sick.

RaspberryRippleCrisps Sun 25-Aug-19 19:43:55


I would be pleased that they are increasing their vegan range as I'm not a fan of most meat,but unfortunately a lot of vegan food contains quorn! I'm fine with other meat substitutes such as tofu and soya,but quorn seems to the favoured substitute most of the time.

AwkwardSquad Sun 25-Aug-19 19:44:20

If you’re in North Yorkshire I can recommend Thomas the Baker’s veggie bakes. They’re really tasty.

AwkwardSquad Sun 25-Aug-19 19:45:01

I’m not a fan of Qourn either. I like vegetables, not meat substitutes.

CherrysBerry Sun 25-Aug-19 19:45:19

Don't you sound like a pleasant customer!
Being rude about a member of staff demanding to see a manager, is your name Karen?

twolobsters Sun 25-Aug-19 19:46:15

I've since gone vegan but have to admit I had a similar rant about quorn.

The vegan stuff doesn't taste as nice as the veggie and it feels as though vegetarian stuff is being pushed out the way to make way for gimmicky vegan stuff that is selling like hot cakes at the moment.

But that said I've gone vegan now and am massively appreciating all the options. So I sympathise with what you're saying despite benefitting from it

plantwhisperer Sun 25-Aug-19 19:46:24

@PinkiOcelot it's quite common for people to be intolerant to it, I ate it for ages with no ill effects but the last two times I've had really bad diarrhoea & cramps! Never again.

Squirrelblanket Sun 25-Aug-19 19:47:22

You need a chicken bake.

Queenioqueenio Sun 25-Aug-19 19:47:51

I’ve still not forgiven them for stopping selling their iced splits. Nowt will ever come close #bringbackthegreggsicedsplit

BritWifeinUSA Sun 25-Aug-19 19:49:44

YABU to go to Greggs every day. Do you ever make your own food? Surely there are alternatives if you must snack throughout the day, every day. If they don’t sell well, the shop won’t carry them. It’s rhat simple. Sounds like you are fussy anyway - don’t like beef or lamb, will eat chicken but not with mayonnaise, don’t like Quorn. You were always going to be hard to please anyway.

FractalChaos Sun 25-Aug-19 19:49:47


But can you make your own and part bake the pastry - then freeze and throw in the oven on the day you want one? They are fairly easy to make.

Here is a MN thread discussing possible recipes:

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