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02 October 2020 - Subway bread is not bread, Irish court rules

Publié par Marion Coste le 02/10/2020

Subway bread is not bread, Irish Supreme Court rules

Rachael O'Connor (The Irish Post, 01/10/2020)

The bread in sandwich chain Subway cannot legally be defined as bread, an Irish court has ruled.

The popular food chain has branches across Ireland and in more than 100 other countries, but faces a new challenge in its marketing procedures after the Irish Supreme Court ruled that their bread contains far too much sugar to legally be defined as bread.

According to The Irish Independent, the ruling came after Subway attempted to pay less VAT for their sandwiches, as bread is a staple food.

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Subway Sandwich Loaves Too Sugary To Be Called Bread: Irish Court

David Moye (The Huffington Post, 30/09/2020)

Chew on this: The loaves used to make the sandwiches at Subway apparently don’t count as bread.

At least not in Ireland, where the country’s Supreme Court has ruled that the starch used in the loaves is too sugary to meet the country’s legal definition of bread, according to the New York Post.

Apparently, the sugar content in the loaves is 10% of the weight of the flour included in the dough, according to the Irish Independent.

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Subways Insists That Its Bread Is Actually Bread, Despite What the Irish Supreme Court Says

Marina Watts (Newsweek, 01/10/2020)

It sounds like the Subway sandwich chain might be going through some sort of existential crisis.

After the Irish Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that the bread used for the company's sandwiches are too sugary to legally be considered real bread, the sandwich chain has come out and argued otherwise.

"Subway's bread is, of course, bread," a spokesperson for the sandwich chain told the BBC recently. "We have been baking fresh bread in our stores for more than three decades and our guests return each day for sandwiches made on bread that smells as good as it tastes."

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Use your loaf: Exactly how much sugar is in your 'healthy' brown and wholemeal bread

Katy McGuinness (Independent, 30/09/2020)

When is a loaf of bread not a loaf of bread?

It’s not a trick question. The Supreme Court has held that the bread in Subway’s heated sandwiches contains too much sugar – a whopping 10pc – to be classified as bread under VAT rules which deem bread a staple food and therefore subject to a zero rate.

To be classified as bread, the quantity of sugar should not be more than 2pc.

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