Why Did Subway Discontinue Cheddar Cheese? (Revealed!)

Oh, the utter horror; why did Subway discontinue Cheddar cheese?

Surely, I can’t be the only person to be completely dismayed at the complete lack of sliced cheddar cheese in subway stores.

In fact, I spent some time visiting the vast array of Subway stores in my local vicinity.

And I couldn’t believe that there appeared to be no cheddar cheese available.

So, I had to investigate further, and here’s the lowdown on the Subway cheddar cheese mystery.

Subway discontinued cheddar cheese as part of its efforts to streamline its menu and supply chain. By reducing the number of cheese options, Subway aimed to simplify operations, minimize waste, and maintain consistent quality across all their franchises. The decision was based on customer preferences and operational efficiency.

1. Do Any Subway Franchises Still Offer Cheddar Cheese?

So, after much research, I still feel as though I haven’t completely solved the Subway cheddar cheese mystery.

In fact, I found a Reddit sub-forum specifically aimed at Subway customers and employees.

However, this did little to solve my confusion.

With that being said, I have found that many Subway employees have quoted the fact that Subway Corporate decided to discontinue cheddar cheese.

Their reasoning was that cheddar cheese produced the least sales, so in order to cut costs, it was pulled from the menu.

But the story doesn’t end there.

You have to remember that there are approximately 44,000 Subway restaurants in the world (at the time of writing).

Plus, these are mainly franchises.

Therefore, what is offered on the menu can vary from store to store.

In fact, I came across other Reddit conversations where some employees confirmed that their store still had cheddar cheese.

So, it appears that even though a Corporate decision was made, there may, in fact, still be some Subway stores that stock cheddar cheese.

However, I was unable to confirm where these actual stores were.

All I know is that of the many Subway stores in my local area, none stock sliced cheddar cheese.

2. Is There Cheddar Cheese in the Shredded Cheese Mix?

That’s correct, you read that right; there is cheddar in Subway shredded cheese.


Okay, it’s not the same as sliced cheddar, but it shows that Subway does, in fact, still stock cheddar cheese.

With that being said, there are several varieties of shredded cheese, so once again, it will very much depend on the store that you visit.

However, in my local area, shredded cheese is a mixture of cheddar and mozzarella.

It’s also interesting to note that Subway had a limited edition brisket-style sandwich, which came with smoked cheddar.

At first, I must admit that this did fill me with excitement, well, that was until I actually tasted it.

Nope, I’m afraid not, definitely not for me.

In fact, I’m extremely pleased that smoked cheddar was only a “limited” edition.

3. What is Subway’s “Processed” Cheddar?

Subway obviously offers a wide variety of sliced cheese.

However, unfortunately, none of these are my personal favorites.

Cheddar, Red Leicester, and Double Gloucester if you really want to know.

With that being said, the main sliced cheese is actually processed cheddar.

To be honest, the word “processed” immediately fills me with fear.

I’m not sure why, but it conjures up all sorts of horrible thoughts in my mind.

And once you actually find out what this default “processed” cheese is, it probably won’t do much to improve your mood.

As far as I’m aware, processed cheese is simply described as 60% cheese and 40% other ingredients.

And unfortunately, that’s as much as you will ever know.

One thing’s for sure, it definitely doesn’t taste like the much-loved cheddar cheese.

Every Subway Ever

Final Thoughts

So, as you can see, there appears to be a great deal of confusion over the subject of Subway and cheddar cheese.

Firstly, you will hear that Subway Corporate decided to streamline its menu, and this involved discontinuing cheddar cheese.

Cheddar was said to be their worst-selling cheese, and therefore to cut costs, it was removed from the menu.

However, some subway employees have confirmed that they still stock cheddar cheese slices (although cheddar does still form part of their shredded cheese option).

With that being said, you will be hard-pushed to find a store that still serves cheddar cheese.

Well, I know that I have found it pretty much impossible.

And if you do happen to find it, perhaps you might like to know why American Cheddar cheese is orange!

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