Farmfoods Vegan Meatballs and Sgaia Poached ‘Eggs’ Nab PETA Vegan Food Awards
For Immediate Release:
26 September 2017
Jennifer White +44 (0) 20 7837 6327, ext 222; [email protected]
FARMFOODS VEGAN MEATBALLS AND SGAIA POACHED ‘EGGS’ NAB PETA VEGAN FOOD AWARDS
Scottish Companies Honoured for Meeting the Surging Demand for Plant-Based Fare
Scotland – As the number of British vegans has increased by 360 per cent in the last 10 years, the market for meals, snacks, and beverages free of meat, eggs, and dairy “products” is stronger than ever – and PETA is recognising some of the most exciting new plant-based offerings with its fifth annual Vegan Food Awards.
Nabbing the award for Best Vegan Meat is Scottish (Cumbernauld) company Farmfoods for its Veggie Kitchen Meat Free Meatballs. Veggie Kitchen is a line of vegan meats produced exclusively for Farmfoods, which has over 300 stores across the UK.
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The award for Best Innovative Vegan Product goes to Sgaia (Paisley) for its Vegan Poached Egg. The company has proved itself the master of vegan meat and cheese and has now produced this stunning, surprisingly realistic creation. It’s currently available from the company’s catering outlets and pop-ups, and it’s working on making them available for retail next year.
“The demand for delicious, cruelty-free fare is higher than ever, and forward-thinking businesses are responding with everything from artisanal dairy-free cheese to plant-based sausages,” says PETA’s Dawn Carr. “PETA’s Vegan Food Awards honour this year’s most progressive new products, including Veggie Kitchen Meat Free Meatballs and Sgaia’s Vegan Poached Egg.”
“We are delighted that Veggie Kitchen Meat Free Meatballs have been awarded Best Vegan Meat in PETA’s 2017 Vegan Food Awards,” says a spokesperson for Hain Daniels Group, which produces the Veggie Kitchen range. “This is a fantastic achievement since we are a newcomer to the market, only launching in May this year. The Meatballs are high in protein and fibre, whilst low in saturated fat, giving consumers more delicious choice in the vegan category.”
In addition to sparing animals daily suffering and a terrifying death in today’s meat, egg, and dairy industries, vegan meals are “greener”, as the United Nations has said that a move towards a vegan diet is necessary to offset the worst effects of climate change. Vegans are also less likely to suffer from heart disease, strokes, diabetes, obesity, and cancer than meat-eaters are.
Interest in vegan living is at an all-time high. Google Trends reports that searches for the word “vegan” are now more than twice as prevalent as those for “vegetarian”, and an Opinium poll commissioned by PETA found that 76 per cent of British 18- to 34-year-olds are interested in trying more vegan foods. Orders for PETA’s free vegan starter kit have surged in the past few years – from approximately 28,000 in 2014 to 35,000 in 2015 and 70,000 in 2016.