7-Eleven has switched to plant-based mayonnaise. A food start up, Hampton Creek, has released a line of plant-based and vegan products, and among these products is Just Mayo. This mayonnaise alternative is made without any animal products.
According to a report by One Green Planet, not only is this change one that promotes health, but it also works to preserve the Earth. Just by switching to Just Mayo, 7-Eleven could save over 81 million gallons of water over the next year. This switch will also reduce C02 emissions, the amount of sodium, cholesterol and saturated fat that is consumed, and it can preserve over four-million square feet of land.
Although this switch could have a great impact on consumer health and the environment, it is not certain why 7-Eleven made the switch. According to a report by Fortune, with the inflated prices of eggs, it is possible that the switch was made in order to cut costs, as regular mayonnaise relies heavily on eggs. Egg production has fallen by 5.3% in 2015, and this has sent egg prices through the roof, so finding an alternative would be a practical solution.
7-Eleven has made this transition quietly. The chain will still carry regular mayonnaise options for sale, but all prepared food items will be made with Just Mayo. How customers will react to the switch remains to be seen, but in a taste test performed by Serious Eats, Just Mayo scored higher than standard jarred mayonnaise for taste.