V2, UP&GO, and NEXT! Among 2021 PETA Vegan Food Award Winners

Australia’s First Vegan Preschool and Vegan Infant Formula Also Claim Awards

Sydney – With animal welfare, the climate crisis, and human health front of mind for many consumers this year, more brands than ever stepped up to innovate with vegan offerings. PETA is recognising 16 of the most exciting new vegan options with its 2021 Vegan Food Awards.

Here are just some of the winners:

Best Vegan Chicken – Vegan Fried Chick’n Popcorn Chick’n

It’s vegan popcorn chicken – what more do we need to say? Chickens are intelligent and social animals, so if you love birds, you’ll love this crunchy, tasty snack that leaves chickens in peace.

Best in Vegan Cheese – La Petite Fauxmagerie

There was a time when vegans would dream of just one great non-dairy cheese. Now, we have a whole cheese shop! From creamy brie to blue cheese with bite, this is vegan heaven – and great news for cows.

Best Vegan Fish – Northcote Fish and Chips

Commercial fishing is destroying our delicate ocean ecosystems, and fish are individuals who feel pain. Happily, Northcote Fish and Chips delivers vegan chip-shop classics – including “calamari” rings and “shrimp”!

Most Innovative Vegan Product – Sprout Organic Infant Formula

Parents of two Jen and Sel worked with food technologists to create the world’s first vegan infant and toddler formula. The result meets Food Standards Australia New Zealand requirements, is approved by paediatricians and nutritionists, and prevents cows from being used as milk machines.

“We had a tough time choosing winners from a market that has simply exploded with choice this year,” says PETA Campaigns Advisor Mimi Bekhechi. “Everyone can help animals and do their bit for the planet by eating vegan, and it’s easier than ever to do so.”

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – notes that each person who eats vegan spares nearly 200 animals every year a terrifying, bloody death in today’s meat, egg, and dairy industries. Plant-based meals are also greener: each person can reduce the amount of greenhouse gases their diet contributes to climate change by up to 73%, just by going vegan.  In addition, vegans are less likely to suffer from heart disease, strokes, diabetes, obesity, and cancer than meat-eaters are.

To view the full list of winners, please visit PETA.org.au.  High-resolution images are available upon request.