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Plantain Chips Developed by YouTuber Gordon Prox Win PETA Vegan Food Award

El origen, a German snack brand inspired by Latin American ingredients, has received a PETA Vegan Food Award for its organic salted plantain chips. The brand was founded in 2019 by Gordon Prox, the vlogger behind the popular YouTube channel Vegan ist Ungesund (Vegan is Unhealthy). The channel discusses vegan nutrition and showcases the latest plant-based products. “We are super proud that our delicious chips beat the competition!” said Prox. El origen’s award-winning snacks are made with just three ingredients — plantain, sunflower oil, and sea salt. Their taste and sustainable production impressed judges enough to take first place in the Best Vegan Chips category. Creating jobs in Ecuador Gordon Prox was introduced to Latin American culture by his Mexican fiancee, and became inspired to …



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NOMO Wins Multiple Free From Food Awards for Vegan Easter Chocolates

NOMO, which claims to be the UK’s top vegan and free-from chocolate brand, has received multiple accolades at the Easter Free From Food Awards. The following three products won gold awards: Chocolate Orange Bunny — A brand-new option, described by the judges as, “A lovely plump bunny, visually very appealing. There is a good bite to the chocolate, and the filling has a lovely crunchy texture and orange flavour.”  Kids Egg & Lolly — Recently reimagined, this egg was said to be, “A great looking product that will appeal to children, and the chocolate egg doesn’t disappoint. A great and safe option for so many, with the welcome addition of a choc lolly and fun packaging.” Cookie Dough Egg & Bunny — This popular choice …




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Antagonist Announces Shortlist for Vegan Brand of the Year Design Award

Vegan media platform Antagonist has announced the shortlist for its Vegan Brand of the Year Design Award, which will take place for the first time ever in 2022. The award recognises “brand design efforts that change the perception of vegan products, break new territory and positively influence consumer behavior”. To qualify, companies were required to have demonstrated outstanding brand work in 2022, such as an inspiring new launch or rebrand. Impactful campaigns and packaging updates were also considered. Six companies have made the shortlist: Nucao, Germany — an organic vegan chocolate producer. Naveia, Brazil — an oat milk brand. Cravers, Germany — hazelnut butter with no additives. Surreal, UK — high protein, sugar-free, and vegan breakfast cereals. Dilectio, Australia — premium plant-based cheeses. La Vie, …


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Finalists of World Plant-Based Awards 2022 Revealed

FoodBev Media has revealed the finalists of the World Plant-Based Awards 2022, with major names joined by up-and-coming brands. This year, there were 148 entries from 20 different countries. The finalists for the 17 categories are as follows. Best dairy product alternative Culcherd – Culcherd Everything Bagel Cheese Daiya – Feta Style Block Honestly Tasty – Shamembert Naturli Foods – VEGAN SPREADABLE New Roots AG: Plant-Based Alternative to Hard Cheese New Roots AG – La Fraîche Saputo Dairy USA – Vitalite Plant-Based Cheese. Best meat alternative Beyond Meat – Chicken Tenders Eatplanted – Chicken Lemon + Herb Fable – Meaty Mushroom MyForest Foods – MyBacon NotCo – NotBurger™ Plantcraft – Plant-based Bologna The Mushroom Meat Co. – Mushroom Pulled Best milk alternative NotCo – NotMilk™ …


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Squeaky Bean Named Plant-Based Manufacturing Company of the Year

The Compleat Group, owner of UK-based alt meat brand Squeaky Bean, has received the Plant-Based Manufacturing Company of the Year award. Judges were impressed by the company’s sales growth, environmental management strategies, and innovation. It is the second year in a row The Compleat Food Group has received the accolade, which is part of the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards — widely considered a gold standard for the manufacturing industry. This year’s ceremony took place at London Hilton Bankside Hotel on Thursday March 17. Increased production Last year, Squeaky Bean announced a £5 million investment into a new plant-based facility. It is the brand’s second manufacturing site, and has allowed it to significantly boost its production and distribution capabilities. This has made it possible for Squeaky …


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Winners of World Plant-Based Awards 2021 Revealed

The winners of the World Plant-Based Awards 2021, held by FoodBev Media in collaboration with Plant Based World Conference & Expo, have been announced. This year, there were 110 entries across 25 countries and 15 categories. The category winners were as follows. Best Dairy Product Alternative: Vegan baby food brand Else Nutrition for its Plant-Based Nutrition toddler drink. Best Meat Alternative: Vegan deli meat company Plantcraft for its Plant-Based Pâté. Best Milk Alternative: Hope and Sesame’s sesame milk. Best Plant-Based Beverage: Kabochamilk by the Kabocha Milk Co. This shelf-stable milk alternative is made from kabocha squash. Best Plant-Based Business: LIVEKINDLY Collective, a group of plant-based food industry executives attempting to make the food system more sustainable. Best Plant-Based Condiment: Thai Taste’s Vegan Fish Sauce. Best …


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The GFI’s Bruce Friedrich is Named an “American Food Hero” For His Work in Alt Protein

The Good Food Institute (GFI) Founder and President Bruce Friedrich has been named as a “2021 American Food Hero” in recognition of his work to fundamentally change the food system with alt proteins. EatingWell Magazine has praised Friedrich and the GFI’s work on fighting climate change and reforming food systems in its “American Food Heroes” awards. “Behind the scenes of this surge – everywhere you turn, from advising new companies and funding scientific research to sparking our cultural obsession with meat alternatives – is Bruce Friedrich” – EatingWell Magazine Friedrich founded the international nonprofit over five years ago with the mission of making the global food system better for the planet, people, and animals, with the GFI defining itself with its vision of reimagining meat …


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V-Label Awards to Recognise “Quality, Innovation and Positive Impact” in the Plant-Based Sector

World-leading vegan and vegetarian trademark V-Label has launched international awards to recognise innovative products and companies in the plant-based sector. Companies can now submit their entries free of charge until July 31st. “We are currently experiencing an unprecedented change in the food industry” The awards feature nine categories, including product categories such as Best Meat Substitute and Best Dairy Substitute. Other categories, such as Sustainability and Positive Impact, will recognise ethical business practices. There will also be an Innovation category, which can be entered by any company offering vegan products as long as it is not already a V-Label customer. A panel of senior industry leaders, including those from the media and NGOs, will decide on the winners. There will also be a public voting …



Village by CA: “The Awards Were Born From a Desire to get the Word out There About Plant-Based Protein and Raise Awareness About the Future of Food.”

The Village by CA offers a network of accelerators where startups and large groups cooperate and innovate together. Located throughout France and overseas, its system contributes to the economic development and support of young innovative projects. It works with 555 partners, provides 24 open villages, with plans for 16 more, and its start-ups have raised over 200M€ since 2017.


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Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods Awarded UN’s Champions of the Earth Award

On the 26th September, The UN announced the winners of their Champions of the Earth Awards, which is their highest environmental honor, presented to six outstanding environmental changemakers whose achievements are recognised in categories including Policy Leadership, Entrepreneurial Vision, Science and Innovation, Inspiration and Action, and Lifetime Achievement.