62 individual food and drink items registered with The Vegan Society’s Vegan Trademark have taken home prizes from the 2021 Free From Food Awards.
Since 2008 over 5,000 free from products have been blind tasted by the judging panel made up of hundreds of well-known chefs, manufacturers and dieticians.
Over the course of 4 weeks, the judges were asked to taste all 600 entries before deciding on the stand-out products across 27 different categories. Twelve Trademark products were awarded Gold, 18 received Silver and 28 Bronze.
Registered vegan products were also recognised in many food categories including breakfast, snack bars, savoury snacks, pizza, pasta among others.
Mr Organic’s Gluten Free Oat Pasta Messe Rigatoni, which won Silver, was the only product registered with the Vegan Trademark to win a prize in the Pasta and Pizza Category.
Four products carrying the trademark were honoured in Child and Teen Friendly Food with Sproud picking up Bronze for its Chocolate Milk, Moo Free’s White Choc Bar taking home Silver and PlayInChoc coming out on top with Gold for its Toychoc box.
Gold award went to Booja Booja’s selection box of chocolate truffles in The Gift category.
The most-sought after award of the day for Product of the Year went to Vegan Trademark holder Sheese for its Smoked German Style cheese – a dairy free, gluten free and non-GMO alternative.
Other brands recognised in the Innovation Category include Crackd for the no-egg egg and Organic Fava Bean Fusilli by Explore Cuisine.
Ericka Durgahee, Marketing Manager at The Vegan Society, added: “To see one or two Vegan Trademark holders take home prizes from this year’s Free-From Awards would be enough but to have 62 winners is just fantastic. Every year we’re seeing new, exciting and innovative vegan products hitting the shelves - there really has never been a better time to go vegan. Both the Vegan Trademark and the Free From Food Awards make it easier for consumers to know what they’re buying is suitable for their needs whether that’s nut-free, egg-free, milk-free or vegan.”
To find out more about the Vegan Trademark head to The Vegan Trademark | The Vegan Society.