Nando’s, Tesco, Innocent and Pret shine in PETA’s inaugural Vegan Food Awards

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As more and more Britons make the compassionate decision to go vegan (almost one in 10 people are dumping dairy products from their diets) and with UK sales of “meat free” and “free from” foods set to top £1bn this year, PETA taste-tested all the delicious meat-, egg- and dairy-free foods on the market and picking the best of the best. Now PETA is announcing its first-ever Vegan Food Award winners in no fewer than 20 categories.
 
The following are just some of those that took home the recognition:
  • Best Vegan Burger: Nando’s Veggie Burger – it’s made from soya and tomato and gently spiced with a dash of cayenne
  • Best Vegan Sausage: Linda McCartney Vegetarian Sausages – it’s a new twist on the old banger
  • Best Vegan Sandwich or Wrap: Pret a Manger Naked Avocado Bloomer – served with roasted tomatoes, basil leaves and Kalamata olives, it’s perfection
  • Best Vegan Dessert: Tesco Apple Strudel – it’s a devilishly delicious animal-friendly treat
  • Best Vegan Confectionery: Hotel Chocolat Hazelnut Bûche Dark and Nutty Chocolate Log – chocoholics, this one has to be tasted to be believed 
Other winners include Best Vegan Ready Meal: innocent Veg Pot Caribbean, Best Vegan Luxury Food Item: Cavi-Art, Best Dairy-Free Cheese: Vegusto No-Moo Melty, Best Faux Fish: The Redwood Wholefood Company Gourmet Fish Style Steaks and Most Innovative New Vegan Product: Chef Sean Paul Redding’s faux gras.
 
“Our winners – from restaurant and sandwich chains to artisan food companies to fine chocolatiers – are proof that astute food retailers are taking note that more and more people are ditching meat, eggs and dairy products and moving towards a healthier and kinder diet,” said PETA’s Mimi Bekhechi. “The best thing that people can do for animals, the environment and their health is to go vegan.”
 
Companies that have introduced animal-free products are reported to be reaping the rewards of what surveys have highlighted is an under-met demand for a wider range of animal-free convenience products, including lunchtime snacks, as more than half of all consumers are choosing these healthier options. According to PETA, a new generation of consumers is aware raising animals for food pollutes water and land and is a leading cause of the emissions that contribute to climate change. Also, vegans are less prone to heart disease, strokes, diabetes, cancer and obesity than non-vegans are, PETA claims. And going vegan saves the lives of many animals every year.
 
To read about all the winners, please visit PETA.org.uk.