Pukka Nabs PETA Vegan Food Award for New ‘Chicken’ and Mushroom Pie

Pukka Nabs PETA Vegan Food Award for New ‘Chicken’ and Mushroom Pie

Leicester Company Honoured for Meeting the Surging Demand for Plant-Based Fare

Leicester – As 12 million Brits aim to be meat-free by 2021 – and one in five have already reduced their meat consumption during the COVID-19 pandemic – PETA is recognising the most exciting vegan offerings on the market today with its eighth annual Vegan Food Awards.

Nabbing the award for Best Vegan Pie is Syston-based company Pukka for its new Vegan Chicken & Mushroom Pie, featuring soya-protein chicken pieces, mushrooms, and a vegan creamy sauce encased in 144 layers of Pukka’s signature golden puff pastry. The pie-maker’s plant-based offerings also include the Vegan Minced Steak & Onion Pie, and both are available from Morrisons nationwide.

Other winners include Nando’s (Best Vegan Mayo), KFC (Best Vegan Chicken), Greggs (Best Vegan Pasty), Aldi (Best Vegan Ready Meal), Subway (Best Vegan Sandwich), Eat of Eden (Best Vegan Mac & Cheese), and Pret A Manger (Best Vegan Cookie).

“The pandemic has demonstrated that widespread societal change is possible, and that includes the explosive growth in the already booming demand for vegan foods,” says PETA Director of Vegan Corporate Projects Dawn Carr. “Pukka is making it easier than ever for Leicester locals and others to go vegan by offering satisfying savoury vegan pies.”

Confining and killing animals for food has led to the emergence of swine flu, bird flu, SARS, and now COVID-19. Raising animals for food also requires massive amounts of land, feed, energy, and water, and as a result, animal agriculture is a leading cause of climate change. Each person who goes vegan spares the lives of nearly 200 animals each year and lowers his or her risk of suffering from heart disease, strokes, diabetes, obesity, and cancer.

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. A copy of the group’s Vegan Food Awards logo is available here, and high-resolution images of the winners are available here. For the complete list of winners, please visit PETA.org.uk.


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