PETA's best vegan food of the year revealed – with Byron and Co-op winning big

Vegan food is continuing to soar in popularity, with a third of Brits now reporting an interest in going plant-based.

But, in an incredibly competitive food market, which spots and brands have the best animal-free offering?

Thankfully, PETA’s Vegan Food Awards – which is celebrating its 10th birthday this year – can help us single out the very best stuff from supermarkets and restaurants.

So, let’s start with plant-based milk, which has become a staple for many – whether it’s in a daily coconut latte or an oat flat white. And the best one for a perfectly-frothy coffee is Co-op’s GRO The Oaty One, according to PETA.

As for the plant-based meat alternatives in supermarkets, Squeaky Bean Applewood Smoked Ham Style Slices won in the best vegan meat category, while Meatless Farm Plant-Based Chicken Breasts picked up the best vegan chicken one.

Likewise, Future Farm Future Tvna was named the best vegan fish product and La Vie Plant-Based Bacon is down as the best vegan bacon.

In terms of fast food, Byron’s Vegan Double Bacon Cheese scooped the best burger accolade, while Domino’s Vegan PepperoNAY pizza (made with smoky ‘salami’ slices) picked up best pizza, which PETA recommends having with the chain’s dairy-free garlic and herb dip.

Elsewhere, Wasabi won the best vegan sushi category for its Vegan Xalmon Harmony Set – which includes vegan salmon nigiri, inari, red-pepper hosomaki, and more.

Likewise, OmniFoods’ Vegan Fish and Chips has been named best vegan fish dish by PETA – and is now available in 500 Greene King pubs across the UK.

While, on the sweeter side of things, Pâtisserie Verte won best luxury product for its colourful vegan macarons and Positive Bakes’ won in the afternoon tea category – for its vegan scones, tea, and ‘not clotted cream.’

Commenting on the winners, Dawn Carr – PETA’s Director of vegan corporate projects – said: ‘Supermarkets and restaurants are meeting the growing demand for exciting animal and planet-friendly fare, with everything from OGGS’ fluffy vegan eggs to La Vie’s crispy vegan bacon, proving just how much the market has grown since the Vegan Food Awards kicked off a decade ago.

‘PETA’s 2022 winners are more diverse and delicious than ever, but every time someone chooses a vegan meal, the real winners are the animals.’

Winner’s of PETA’s best vegan food award winners:

Best Vegan Milk: Co-op’s GRO The Oaty One

Best Vegan Burger: Byron’s Vegan Double Bacon Cheese 

Best Vegan Pizza: Domino’s Vegan PepperoNAY 

Best Vegan Fish Dish: OmniFoods’ Vegan Fish & Chips

Best Luxury Product: Pâtisserie Verte’s vegan macarons

Best Vegan Sushi: Wasabi’s Vegan Xalmon Harmony Set

Best Vegan Afternoon Tea:  Positive Bakes

Best Vegan Meat: Squeaky Bean Applewood Smoked Ham Style Slices

Best Vegan Chicken: Meatless Farm Plant-Based Chicken Breasts

Best Vegan Cheese: Palace Culture Herbes de Provence

Best Vegan Fish Product: Future Farm Future Tvna

Best Vegan Sandwich: THIS Isn’t Pork Caramelised Onion Sausages

Best Vegan Bacon: La Vie Plant-Based Bacon

Best Vegan PIe: Higgidy Roasted Chickpea Masala Pie

Best Vegan Ready Meal: Zizzi Vegan Rainbow Lasagna

Best Vegan Pizza: Domino’s Vegan PepperoNAY

Best Vegan Sandwich: Black Rabbit Nae Egg & Cress Sandwich

Best Vegan Dessert: Sizzling Pubs Banoffee Cheesecake

Best Vegan Luxury Product: Pâtisserie Verte Macarons

Best Vegan Doughnuts Krispy Kreme Vegan Caramel Iced Ring

Best Vegan Ice Cream: Ben & Jerry’s Chocolatey Love A-Fair Non-Dairy

Best Vegan Chocolate: LoveRaw M:lk Choc Nutty Choc Balls

Best Vegan Afternoon Tea: Positive Bakes

Best Vegan Sushi: Wasabi Vegan Xalmon Harmony Set

Best Vegan Eggs: Scrambled OGGS

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