BY KATIE - MYGREENPOD, 04 Oct '17

Trailblazers honoured for meeting growing demand for plant-based foods

The number of British vegans has increased by 360% in the last 10 years, and the market for meals, snacks, and drinks free of meat, eggs and dairy is stronger than ever. PETA has recognised some of the most exciting new plant-based offerings with its fifth annual Vegan Food Awards.

And the winners are…

24 categories are included in this year’s awards – here are just some of the winners:

Best Dairy-Free Milk: Oatly Oat Drink Barista Edition
It’s fully foamable, so perfect for a frothy latte but equally delicious in tea, on cereal or just straight out of the carton.

Best Dairy-Free Cheese: Mouse’s Favourite Camembert Style
Mouse’s Favourite specialises in artisanal, handmade cheese, and the Camembert Style is sensational.

Best Dairy-Free Yoghurt: Koko Dairy Free Strawberry
Loaded with calcium and essential vitamins, these convenient little pots of goodness are great for breakfast or a healthy dessert.

Best Vegan Meat: Veggie Kitchen Meat Free Meatballs
Veggie Kitchen produces a line of vegan meats exclusively for Farmfoods, which has over 300 stores across the UK.

Best Vegan Pizza: Pizza Express Vegan Giardiniera
You can now add delicious vegan mozzarella to any pizza at Pizza Express, but our favourite is the Vegan Giardiniera (see main image), topped with olives, asparagus, artichoke, and onion.

Best Vegan Sandwich: Starbucks Kale, Jalapeño, and Slaw Wrap
Coffee giant Starbucks has come up with a tasty vegan option for lunch – this tortilla wrap filled with crushed corn, kale and jalapeño bites mixed with a raw slaw, spinach and a hot chilli jam.

Best Vegan Menu: Lounges
Lounges’ vegan menu offers everything from a full English breakfast to burgers, wraps and chocolate cake in over 90 locations nationwide.

Best of the rest

Other winners include JD Wetherspoon (Best Vegan Noodles), Linda McCartney Foods (Best Vegan Sausage), Quorn (Best Vegan Fish), Ben & Jerry’s (Best Vegan Ice Cream), Sainsbury’s (Best Vegan Ready Meal) and Wagamama (Best Vegan Curry).

‘The demand for delicious, cruelty-free fare is higher than ever, and forward-thinking businesses are responding with everything from animal-free meatballs to egg-free mayo. PETA’s Vegan Food Awards honour this year’s most progressive new vegan foods.’

DAWN CARR
PETA

Vegan living

Interest in vegan living is at an all-time high. Google Trends reports that searches for the word ‘vegan’ are now more than twice as prevalent as those for ‘vegetarian’, and orders for PETA’s free vegan starter kit have surged in the past few years – from approximately 28,000 in 2014 to 35,000 in 2015 and 70,000 in 2016.

The United Nations has said that a move towards a vegan diet is necessary to offset the worst effects of climate change. Vegans are also less likely to suffer from heart disease, strokes, diabetes, obesity and cancer than meat-eaters are.