THE premier products in the vegan food market have been commended by a series of awards given by Europe's largest campaigning vegetarian organisation, Viva!.
Scottish company Bute Island, who produce a celebrated range of dairy-free cheese, have been named as producers of the Best Overall Vegan Product " for their Original Creamy Sheese to mark Viva!'s 15th anniversary in October.
The company have also been awarded for creating the Best Vegan Cheese " for their Smoked Cheddar Style Sheese. Bute Island are the only business to win in two categories.
Guy Crichton from Bute Island says: "Although we are thrilled to win these awards, what gives us most pleasure and satisfaction is confirmation that we're supplying something which makes it much easier for people to switch to animal-free food, and enjoy doing so. We look forward to continuing to support the fantastic campaigns carried out by Viva! for the next 15 years!'
Viva! also made the following awards:
Best Ready to Eat Meat Alternatives " The Redwood Wholefood Food Company
Best Ready to Cook Meat Alternatives " Beanie's Health Foods Fry's range
Best Vegan Cheese " Bute Island Foods Smoked Cheddar Style Sheese
Best Vegan Dressing " Plamil Egg-Free Mayonnaise range
Best Vegan Footwear " Vegetarian Shoes
Best Online Vegan Store " Alternative Stores
Best Vegan Chocolate " Montezuma's Kirsch Cherries
Best Vegan Chocolate " Booja Booja's Champagne Truffles
Best Vegan Product " Swedish Glace Rich Chocolate
Viva!'s founder and director, Juliet Gellatley gave personal congratulations to the winners.
She says: "We would like to extend our congratulations to all the companies who have been awarded as part of Viva!'s 15th anniversary. The vegan food market is expanding all the time " and delicious and versatile products such as these are making a great headway into the mainstream market " catering wonderfully not just for vegans, but for anyone who is looking to reduce meat and dairy in their diet.'
Viva! is an international animal campaigning group with offices in the UK and Poland and carries out undercover investigations to expose animal abuse. Successes include ending the sale of "exotic' meats such as kangaroo and crocodile by all big supermarkets, stopping the debeaking of ducks in the UK, slashing the export of Polish "meat' horses to the EU and, recently, persuading luxury goods chain Harvey Nichols to remove foie-gras from their shelves. Viva! also offers help to people wanting to go vegetarian or vegan.