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More than 23,000 people voted in the third annual Vegan Food UK Awards. Vegan Food UK is an online organization sharing vegan food news, reviews, vlogs, and more. It operates across multiple social media platforms, with a Facebook group, Facebook page, YouTube channel, and Instagram account.
Voting takes place within the organization’s Facebook group – which has more than 100,000 members. Each day, a new category opened for members to vote on for just 24 hours, before the category closed, and the next one opened. Members were also able to nominate any brand they choose within the category on each day.
Among the winners were Sainsbury’s, which picked up the gong for Best Supermarket for Vegans for the second year in a row, Pret a Manger scooped Best Cafe for Vegans, and Greggs’ Sausage Roll was voted Best Vegan Food On The Go.
For some categories, there were up to 150 different companies & brands to vote on in just 24 hours.
This year some companies won for the second year in a row but also lots of new companies not only were nominated but also won, like Subway, Richmond Sausages, and Greggs, who did not have a vegan option this time last year.
‘Veganism is growing’
“It was excellent this year to see some new contenders for best vegan food. Especially the likes of Richmond, Papa John’s, Greggs and Subway,” Liam Day, co-founder of Vegan Food UK, said in a statement sent to Plant Based News.
“This goes to show that non-vegan companies can produce food that is really good and appreciated by vegans. We hope that the awards and results show just how veganism is changing and becoming more normalized in the UK.”
Janine Day, co-founder of Vegan Food UK, added: “What’s always amazing about these awards is it shows how many options vegans have now whilst shopping and eating out. There were between 50 and 150 nominations to choose from for each category, which is incredible.”
The full results
Best Supermarket for Vegans: Sainsbury’s – winning for the second year in a row. Beating Tesco in 2nd place and Morrisons in 3rd. There were 25 nominations in this category.
Best Vegan Sausage: Richmond – these were the clear winner, beating Linda McCartney’s Original Sausages by almost double the amount of votes. There were 51 nominations in this category .
Best Vegan Food On The Go: Gregg’s Sausage Roll. Clear winner beating Subway and the infamous Co-op doughnuts. There were 69 nominations in this category.
Best Vegan Pizza: Papa John’s – beating last year’s winner Zizzi’s. There were 59 nominations in this category.
Best Vegan Sandwich: The Vegan Sub (Subway) – beating last year’s winner the M&S No Turkey Feast. There were 58 nominations in this category.
Best Restaurant for Vegans: Wagamama – winners for the second year in a row. There were 99 nominations in this category.
Best Vegan Cheese: Applewood Smoked – beating last year’s winner Violife. There were 60 nominations in this category.
Best Cafe for Vegans: Pret a Manger – clear winner beating Starbucks by double the amount of votes. There were 158 nominations in this category.
Best Vegan Chocolate: Vego Original Bar – beating Nomo Caramel Sea Salt. There were 82 nominations in this category.
Best Vegan Burger: Beyond Burger – beating Linda McCartney’s Quarter Pounder. There were 54 nominations in this category.
Best Vegan Meat Alternative Range: Vivera – beating Linda McCartney who came 2nd. There were 47 nominations in this category
Best Independent Vegan Business: Huns (a vegan fried chicken company).
The awards will return next year, to find out more, please contact Vegan Food UK on its Instagram page directly.