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To mark World Vegan Month in November, NYPD Pizza has introduced The Veganizza, a specialty vegan pizza made with Daiya dairy-free cheese and topped with spinach, garlic, Roma tomatoes and fresh basil.

Daiya cheese is now available for all pizzas on the NYPD menu at no additional cost.

"We are committed to creating menu options that appeal to every person's preference, lifestyle and diet," said Richard Stark, CEO of NYPD Pizza. "With the growing demand for healthful vegan and gluten-free options, we have tailored our menu to accommodate every taste."

During the summer, NYPD Pizza asked its Facebook fans to originate a name for its new vegan pizza. A Phoenix resident named the pie, The Veganizza. Next month, The Veganizza will be an exclusive national trademark of Ziegler's NYPD LLC.

In addition to its vegan menu, NYPD Pizza is rolling out a gluten-free menu to eight of its 10 store locations (the Camelback and the Sky Harbor International Airport locations in Phoenix are set for a later date).

The gluten-free menu includes 12-inch pizzas with a variety of toppings, as well as Broadway Bruschetta and Spinach Artichoke Dip. The food is prepared in dedicated gluten-free ovens.

"We recognize the need for a healthy alternative for those seeking a gluten-free or vegan-friendly restaurant in the Valley," Stark added.

According to a new survey from the Vegetarian Resource Group, the number of vegetarians in the U.S. is about 4 percent, or 9 million adults, 2 million of which were vegans. The report also found that Western U.S. had the highest percentage of vegetarians and vegans.

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