The landscape of the UK's food industry is shifting, with vegan and plant-based products emerging as the stars at the 'The Grocer Mags' New Product & Packaging Awards. These innovative products have swept up an array of accolades, signaling a significant consumer shift towards sustainable and ethical eating choices.
The Cakes & Biscuits category delivered a delightful surprise as Just Love's Vanilla Celebration Vegan Cake clinched the CHAMPION title, outperforming several traditional dairy desserts.
It wasn't just cakes where plant-based alternatives shone; Alter Eco's 70% Dark Chocolate secured a GOLD in the Chocolate awards, with NOMO's vegan Cookie Dough bar taking home a SILVER.
In the savory snacks aisle, Simply Roasted's Duck and Hoisin crisps won over taste buds and judges alike, earning a SILVER, proving that healthier options need not compromise on flavour.
Source: Simple Roasted
Meanwhile, the Plant-Based Cheese section saw Nurishh's greek-style cubes win the top spot, while Cathedral City's offerings were honored with a SILVER, showcasing that vegan cheese is rapidly closing the gap on its dairy counterpart.
The beverage sector also celebrated innovation with Biotiful's Oat Kefir Cherry Drink being awarded the CHAMPION for its gut-friendly properties. Similarly, The Collective UK's dairy-free Peach & Apricot Suckies Drinks triumphed in the Yogurts category, reinforcing the dairy-free trend.
Ginsters grabbed the limelight in the Plant-Based Food-to-go category with their Creamy Garlic Mushroom Slices, and CRAVE conquered the Plant-Based Sweets division with their 'Big Dipper' and Vegan Choc Spread, both securing top honors.
Source: Various Product Sites - Biotiful - theCollective Dairy Free -Ginsters
Sheese's melting Jalapeno & Chilli Bake took the top spot in the Plant-Based Savoury category, while the No-Egg Quiche Lorraine by Crackd gathered applause with a SILVER.
Source:Juicy Marbles Plant-Based Filet
This year's awards highlight a clear message: the future of food is plant-based, and the UK's palate is ready for this delicious and sustainably backed revolution.
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