For Immediate Release:

23 September 2015


Elisa Allen +44 (0) 20 7837 6327, ext 243; [email protected]


Cocoafeliz Honoured for Meeting Growing Demand for Healthy, Humane and Eco-Friendly Vegan Food

Bournemouth – The demand for vegan fare in the UK has skyrocketed in recent years: one in five households now chooses dairy-free milk, the market for meat-free products is worth over £625 million and government surveys reveal the lowest rates of meat and fish consumption in at least a decade. That’s why PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – had no trouble finding volunteers to taste-test the hottest plant-based products on the market for its third annual Vegan Food Awards. PETA is delighted to announce that Cocoafeliz has won in the category of Best Luxury Food Item for its delicious dairy-free chocolates.

“We are absolutely delighted that our vegan chocolates have won the Best Luxury Food Item in PETA’s 2015 Vegan Food Awards”, says Sarah Smith, co-founder of Cocoafeliz. “As vegans ourselves, we wanted to do something positive to promote veganism, and offering fabulous cruelty-free chocolates, which everyone can enjoy, seemed like a great way to do this! We started Cocoafeliz with eight truffle varieties about a year ago … and we now have over 150 different handmade chocolates, all made with top-quality organic ingredients. The vegan market is growing, and with this growth, there is an increasing demand for high-quality, luxury vegan goods – perfect for vegans to give or receive as gifts, or just to treat themselves!”

“PETA’s winners are the perfect example of how today’s businesses – from the finest hotels to affordable supermarkets – are meeting the demand for food that’s healthy, humane and eco-friendly”, says PETA’s Dawn Carr. “So many delicious products are now available at the click of a button or by making a trip to the local grocery store – there has never been a better time to go vegan.”

In addition to causing the suffering of animals on factory farms, raising and killing animals for food is catastrophic for the environment. The United Nations has said that a move towards a vegan diet is necessary to offset the worst effects of climate change. The consumption of dairy foods and other animal-derived items has also been linked to heart disease, strokes, diabetes, obesity and cancer. Whether it’s out of environmental concern, to alleviate animal suffering or for health reasons, interest in a plant-based diet is higher than ever before. Numerous celebrities – including former US President Bill Clinton, Joaquin Phoenix, Ellie Goulding, Jared Leto and Alan Cumming – are praising the benefits of vegan eating.

A copy of PETA’s Vegan Food Awards logo is available here. A high-resolution photo of some of our winners is available here.

To read about all the winners, please visit or click here.