Vegan-Certified Rice Back at Taco Bell
Ahead of schedule, vegan-certified rice is officially available again at Taco Bell as of June 15. While the fast food chain unveiled its vegetarian menu certified by the American Vegetarian Association in 2015, as well as a “How To Eat Vegan At Taco Bell” guide with nine options last year, the initially vegan rice was replaced by a vegetarian option on April 6, with a statement from the website reading:
“Our rice has a new flavor. Beginning April 6, Taco Bell is replacing its premium Latin rice with a seasoned rice, which is certified vegetarian and will include dairy. For our vegan fans and non-dairy lovers, don’t worry! We’re working on a new seasoned rice especially for you and will let you know when it’s available.”
While the vegan rice was estimated to be back by the end of the summer, Taco Bell has surprised many of its fans with a relaunch earlier than expected. Alec Boyle, a spokesperson of the restaurant, told VegNews:
“We worked closely with our supplier to make it happen as quickly as possible to let our vegan fans know we were committed. We recognize we have a lot of vegans and vegetarians who come to us, and that even meat-eaters and flexitarians come to us and enjoy our vegan products, like our bean burrito. We know vegans often find themselves limited to sides and fries when they dine out at other places, so providing craveable, affordable vegan choices is a core part of our food commitments.”
The vegan rice is the only rice option on the menu and is available at all Taco Bell locations.
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