Nutcrafter Creamery’s Cheese and Sgaia Foods’ ‘Bacon’ Nab PETA Vegan Food Awards

For Immediate Release:

20 September 2016


Jennifer White +44 (0) 20 7837 6327, ext 222; [email protected]


Glasgow Companies Honoured for Meeting Growing Demand for Plant-Based Products

Glasgow – As the number of British vegans climbs to over half a million, the market for plant-based meals, snacks, and beverages is at an all-time high – and PETA is celebrating some of the hottest new vegan products with its fourth annual Vegan Food Awards. Nabbing the award for Best Dairy-Free Cheese is Glasgow-based Nutcrafter Creamery for its Extra Aged Gomasio Cheddar Style – a delicious, high-quality, low-fat cheese. The sharp cheddar is made using the same process as dairy-based cheese, except it contains animal-friendly nut milk instead of cows’ milk.

“It’s humbling and encouraging to contribute to raising awareness on a vegan lifestyle by promoting products that respect all living beings and the planet we share with them”, says Francesco Accolla of Nutcrafter Creamery.

The award for Best Vegan Meat goes to Paisley-based Sgaia Foods for its Streaky Rashers. These strips of “bacon” are salty and smoky with a hint of maple syrup around the edges and are perfect for any vegan breakfast, from a full English fry-up to a stack of fluffy pancakes.

Sgaia Foods’ Hilary Masin says, “We stand by the fact that our products are not fake – they are just vegan, with a taste and texture to satisfy even the most devout meat-eater.”

“From the corner shop to luxury restaurants, businesses are jumping to feed the public’s hunger for healthy, humane plant-based food”, says PETA’s Dawn Carr. “Since winners include all-vegan bacon, eggs, aged cheddar, and even caviar, PETA’s Vegan Food Awards show that ethical fare is more diverse and exciting than ever – all without harming a single animal.”

In addition to sparing animals daily suffering and a terrifying death in today’s industrialised meat, egg, and dairy industries, vegan meals are greener, as the United Nations has said that a move towards a vegan lifestyle is necessary to offset the worst effects of climate change. People who go vegan are also less likely to suffer from heart disease, strokes, diabetes, obesity, and cancer.

Interest in vegan living is at an all-time high, and Google Trends reports that UK residents are searching “vegan” in record numbers. Numerous reports support the buzz, including a recent survey which found that a staggering one in five households now chooses to buy non-dairy, plant-based milks. Many celebrities – including David Haye, Joaquin Phoenix, Ellie Goulding, and Alan Cumming – also praise the benefits of vegan eating.

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