Welcome to the Plant Powered Excellence Awards 2020, showcasing some of the best new products, initiatives and innovations coming into the plant based marketplace.
There are 5 categories – Innovation, Sweets and Snacks, Essentials, Lifestyle and Initiative. All our nominees are highly achieving in the plant based world, and in that sense we are all winners.
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Plant Powered Food – Innovation
Vegums – Original Multivitamin Gummy Bears
Vegums are an eco-friendly alternative to pongy pills and chalky chewables, and are available either as a one-off or on subscription. Our delicious original gummy bears are flavoured with real juicy strawberries and coloured with natural black carrot extract, and are the perfect complement to a plant-based diet: a daily dose will give you all your recommended intake of vitamins B12 and D, plus iodine, selenium and folic acid. Zero nasties, zero waste, zero worries. Vegums go down a treat with anyone over 3 years, so keep out of reach of children (and adults with a sweet tooth)!
Happy Cheeze – Happy White
The Happy White is the most ‘noble’ cheese alternative made by Happy Cheeze GmbH.
This artisan premium cheese alternative contains nothing more than selected organic cashews, vegan fermentation, mold cultures, water and salt. The Happy White matures over two weeks in special ripening chambers to grow the fine mold, while developing a naturally cheesy flavor. Every day, the quality of the cashew patties is carefully checked. Every piece is turned over by hand several times during the ripening process. Throughout these elaborate production steps, the Happy White not only develops the well-known white noble Camembert mold, but also receives a special aroma that is reminiscent of its animal relative.
In June 2019 our Happy White won the first place in the category ‘Best Dairy Product Alternative’ at the World Dairy Innovation awards in conjunction with the annual Global Dairy Congress. Before that, in April 2018, the same cheese alternative based on cashews was awarded as ‘Best Organic Vegan Product of the Year’ at one of the biggest international trade fairs – ‘The Natural & Organic Products’ in London.
Follow Your Heart – Smoked Gouda Style Slices
Elevate your cheese party with this decadent hickory-smoked Gouda. Pair this vegan Gouda with caramelized onions for a gourmet Panini or add it to mac n cheese for a sophisticated take on the American classic! Like all Follow Your Heart products, these slices are gluten free, Non-GM and preservative free.
Dipalicious are a range of delicious vegan dips created by the youngest award winning vegan chef in the United Kingdom eleven year old Omari McQueen.
Vice & Virtue – Plantasy Foods Mac ‘n Cheez
Plantasy Foods Mac ‘n Cheez Original provides the full flavour of creamy cheezy comfort food you know and love. Just 100% guilt free. With an all-natural and limited ingredient list, easy peesy cooking (just boil water and simmer!) and a big serving for 2, your lunch or dinner is sorted. All vegan and gluten free.
Plamil Foods – So Free Cocoabites
The greenest most environmentally friendly packaging possible. Plamil So free Cocoabites are microbars of vegan chocolate in refillable, reusable and recyclable glass jars. 1 kg refill pack are also available.
Vegan Organic Dark chocolate cocoabites- Exquisite high cocoa chocolate sweetened with unrefined coconut blossom sugar.
Vegan White cocoabites. Moreish white bites take taste buds to another new level of enjoyment.
Vegan Smooth cocoabites. Absolutely amazing taste – new generation of vegan milk chocolate everyone must try.
Cocoabites have no milk, are wheat and gluten free and made in a strictly no nut and no peanut factory using 100% renewable energy.
Nourished is a brand new concept, launched exclusively in the UK in last year, which offers the world’s first truly personalised nutrition product. We have developed a patented 3D printing technology which allows us to combine 7 different, high impact active ingredients into customised nutrition stacks. Consumers can go onto our website and either complete a short lifestyle questionnaire where we will make recommendations of vitamins and superfoods based on their lifestyle and goals or select their own preferences. We then 3D print their selection on demand using only the highest quality vegan and sugar free ingredients and pack their Nourishments into unique plastic free packaging.
Biffs Kitchen – Crispy Fried Jackfruit Wingz
Biff’s Crispy Fried Jackfruit Wingz are plant-based without compromise. We take one of the world’s weirdest fruits and turn it into a meat alternative like no other: crunchy outside, incredible ‘pulled chicken’-style texture inside, and full-frontal flavour everywhere. Tender young green jackfruit is tossed with a secret blend of herbs and spices, hand-formed into wingz and coated with panko breadcrumbs – before being spiked with a sugarcane spear for an authentic eating experience. Not only do they taste banging – but by using jackfruit, a naturally sustainable ‘miracle crop’, we’ve created a meat alternative that’s unprocessed, and soy and GMO free.
Plant Powered Food – Sweets and Snacks
Pulsin – Choc Fudge & Peanut Keto Bar
Pulsin’s delicious NEW Choc Fudge & Peanut Keto Bar contains 13 grams of plant-based protein and is packed full of crunchy peanuts and no added sugar chocolate chips. This innovative new bar benefits from being gluten & diary free and also contains MCT, a ketone boosting fat, making it the perfect on-the-go snack for those following a keto or low-carb diet.
Perk!er – Cacao & Salted Caramel bar
Perkier’s a young British company, making delicious snacks. Perkier Cacao & Salted Caramel bar is packed with 6g plant protein, high fibre, under 150 cals, has no added sugars and provides slow release energy to keep you feeling perky! As well as being utterly moreish each Perkier bar has 5g of prebiotics to keep your gut healthy. A healthy gut is critically important, for both mental and physical wellbeing; boosting energy levels, reducing risk of disease, and helping us feel happier as 90% of our serotonin, is generated here. Gluten, wheat and dairy FREE 🌱100% vegan and NO PALM OIL.
Moo Free Chocolates – Hazelnut Truffles
Indulge in our award-winning truffles and discover a smooth, caramelised hazelnut centre coated in incredibly creamy, dairy free chocolate. They’re destined to take you to dairy free heaven! Each box contains nine delightful truffles that are completely free from dairy, gluten and soya, and are 100% vegan. We only use UTZ cocoa in our recipe which supports sustainable farming and helps provide better opportunities for farmers, their families and our planet.
Sesame Kingdom – Halva
Halva Is a middle eastern healthy delight made from sesame seeds.
Halva combines healthy nutrients with a magical sweet flavour that literally melts in the mouth making the perfect healthy snack to accompany a coffee or tea.
At Sesame Kingdom our halva is unique and special because it respects a wide range of palates with its flaky, cotton, crunchy, airy, melt-on-your-tongue creaminess. Using the finest single-origin Ethiopian White Humera sesame seeds—recognised as the best in the world – our halva has been described as nutty, creamy, complex and extremely satisfying.
Creative Nature – Salted Caramel Protein Gnawbles
Little nibbles of chocolatey bliss. These vegan, dark chocolate coated, pea protein bites are free from all top 14 allergens, palm oil free, and contain 43% lower sugar than a crispy M&M! Beating competition from ASDA, Aldi and Nakd to pick up a coveted Quality Food Award, these gnaw-ish treats will have you begging for more. So jump on the hashtag #nibblemygnawbles and get voting for them!
Prodigy Snacks – Chunky Orange Chocolate Bar
Eat No Evil with Prodigy.
Our chunky orange chocolate bar is divinely smooth and creamy, delivering an incredible chocolate taste. Organic orange and the added wonder of African superfruit Baobab (rich in vitamin C) bring the intense chocolate to life.
Refined-sugar free, dairy-free and gluten-free. Made without compromise using the best all-natural ingredients, Prodigy Chunky Chocolate Bars have less than half the sugar of regular chocolate bars.
Vegan approved and perfect for plant-based and clean-eating diets.
Made with the best nutrient-rich, raw and organic ingredients.
A healthy treat with pre-biotic benefits for you and plastic-free compostable packaging for planet Earth.
The Raw Chocolate Company – Vegan Organic Salted Chocky Cashew Nuts
Go nuts for the newest member of the Vanoffee family! We’ve taken organic Vietnamese cashews and drizzled wonderful, dairy-free Vanoffee all over them. We’ve added a pinch of sea salt too to take the taste up a notch, enjoy!
Plant Powered Food – Essentials
Bute Island Foods – Cheddar Style with Garlic & Chives
Introducing Cheddar with Garlic & Chives, an exciting new addition to our ever-expanding Sheese range and a tasty choice to add flavour to all sorts of dishes. It’s especially good in toasties, because as you no doubt have already seen with our other varieties, Sheese melts really well.
Terranova – Life Drink
Deeply nourishing and intensely synergistic, Life Drink is designed for those who choose to follow a more natural and holistic wellness lifestyle. Featuring fresh freeze-dried botanicals, concentrated whole foods and other natural actives. Life Drink provides an array of naturally occurring phytonutrients, micronutrients, balanced protein, enzymes, probiotics, essential fatty acids, fibre and much more. Whether taken on its own or with your favourite multivitamin, Terranova Life Drink is an ideal nutritional foundation to start your day.
Nature’s Charm – Evaporated Coconut Milk
Nature’s Charm Sweetened Condensed Coconut Milk is the world’s first product of its kind. It is versatile as it can be used in both sweet and savoury dishes as well as in beverages.
As well as this product being dairy, lactose, and gluten free, therefore suitable for vegans, it is also a good source of calcium.
It is easy to use so could encourage children to experiment with new tasty products, such as two ingredient ice cream; pureed fresh fruit and Nature’s Charm Sweetened Condensed Coconut Milk simply whisked together and frozen.
This product is Gluten-free and is Vegan.
Mr Nice Pie – Drunken Mushroom Pie
Beauteous British Mushrooms, sauteed in a whisper of fresh garlic, with spinach and hazelnuts, all exuberantly smothered in a lavish red wine and red onion gravy. https://www.mrnicepie.co.uk/drunken-mushroom-pie
Veganicity – Omega-3 DHA:EPA
Omega-3 DHA:EPA provides omega-3 fatty acids, to help maintain normal brain function, healthy vision, heart health, blood pressure, normal foetal development during pregnancy and normal brain development in breast feeding infants. DHA has also been favourably linked to mental function, dyslexia, ADHD and anti-aging.
Omega-3 DHA:EPA 500mg is rich in both these essential fatty acids, with 125mg of DHA and 75mg of EPA in each gelatin free capsule.
Suitable for both children and adults alike.
Yogi Tea – Turmeric Chai Tea
Powerful Mother Earth produces it: the wonderful, golden-radiant turmeric root. When we consume it, we also feel like we are in good hands despite turbulent times. Combined with Chai spices and a hint of cinnamon, the tea develops its full, strong aroma. We allow ourselves to become enchanted by it. It is especially delicious when served slightly sweetened and with a (vegan) milk variation. To enhance turmeric in the best possible way, we recommend preparing it as Golden Milk: Simply boil the teabag in milk (100 °C), for safe consumption let steep for at least 5 minutes and then enjoy! The subtle message of this tea is: “Calming warmth of the sun.”
One Planet Pizza Three Cheezly Margherita
Our famous classic white base (made with added flax seeds), smothered with our home made tomato sauce, and then generously topped with three different types of Cheezly – White Mature, Red Cheddar and Mozzarella – oh and did we tell you about the chia seeds in the sauce? 50% less salt and sugar than you average pizza, and the only pizza we have found that is zero to landfill because of recycle/compostable packaging. It continues to win award after award!
Plant Powered Lifestyle
Yaoh – Original Moisturiser
Yaoh Hemp Seed Oil Original Moisturiser combines the moisturising and rejuvenating qualities of organic hemp seed oil with extracts of rosemary, lavender and peppermint to create an exotic moisturiser that is vegan, free from sodium lauryl sulphate, parabens, harmful substances and unnecessary chemical additives. Not tested on animals.
Ben & Anna – Natural Deodorants
The natural deodorant that actually works! Ben & Anna Natural Deodorant effectively tackles perspiration and neutralises odour to keep you feeling fresh all day long. Made with 100% natural ingredients, these bestselling deodorants are suitable for vegans and free from aluminium, alcohol, parabens, synthetic aromas and of course no animal testing. Available in 9 fresh fragrances and one unscented, these deodorants come in fully biodegradable and recyclable FSC certified paper packaging and with each sale a donation is given to support ocean cleaning too. Certified natural and organic by NaTrue and registered with the Vegan Society.
Watson & Wolfe – Vegan Leather Washbag
Eco travelling has just become infinitely more stylish with the introduction of this luxurious, handcrafted vegan wash bag by Watson & Wolfe. A roomy centre compartment features a full-length zipped compartment and two smaller pockets. On the outside a magnetic snap closes a side pocket for handy access to smaller items.
Made with premium quality vegan leather and an interior lining which is waterproof and washable. All materials are responsibly produced with no harmful or carcinogenic chemicals. Watson & Wolfe have an ethical supply chain and work only with environmentally conscious suppliers.
Ceramica – Spanish grater plates and bowls
All our bowls are handmade and hand painted and can grate ginger, garlic, tumeric, chilli, nutmeg, carrots, cucumber and tomatoes. This method of grating has been used for generations in Europe and is the Mediterranean’s best kept secret.
Iuvo Skincare – Antiperspirant Deodorant Bar
100% Plant-based, Vegan, Handmade, natural and organic. Wonderful for keeping you fresh and dry by just rubbing gently under the arm. Moisturising and nourishing ingredients that are great for the body and the skin. Made with no aluminium and no nasties. A great alternative to the commercial chemical and harmful products available. Available in three other scents.
Paguro Upcycle – Ando Inner tube Backpack
Ando Inner Tube Backpack handcrafted using recycled rubber in an eco-friendly, sustainable and cruelty free manner. It’s not only contemporary and vegan friendly, the unique materials bring unique character and individuality to the backpack.
Ankh Rah – High Quality Moringa
Moringa has 46 antioxidants, 20 amino acids, 36 anti-inflammatory compounds and a large number of essential Omega oils. India’s ancient tradition of Ayurveda medicine lists 300 diseases that are treated with the leaves of the Moringa tree.
Moringa is an organic plant indigenous in Asian tropics. Its parts are considered to be medicinal in most places around the world. It’s rich in vitamins and minerals that are beneficial to the body’s well-being. These nutrients provide functional energy for the body resulting in great health benefits. In all your body receives over 90 nutrients on a cellular level from this one supplement.
Plant Powered Initiative
Made In Hackney – The Plant-Based Community Cookery School
Made In Hackney is an award winning charity and plant-based community cookery school. Our mission is to inspire people and give them the skills to grow, cook and eat more plants. Last year we delivered 416 events across the capital – giving 5182 people the life changing and planet-saving skills to cook healthy affordable food. We believe everyone should have the right to wellbeing and be empowered to make planet-friendly choices. Therefore we deliver classes to some of London’s most in-need groups including people with learning needs, are in recovery, are vulnerable of homelessness, newly arrived migrants, have a long term health issue, are low income or are in care. We run a diverse programme of vegan masterclasses and team building events in skills such as Going Vegan, Aqua Faba, Cooking With Seaweed, Vegan Wholefood Meats, Sourdough Bread Making, Raw Food, Ethiopian Cuisine and more. The funds raised from these classes help us to fund our vital community work across the capital.
Plant Based Valley
This is not merely a business and investment enterprise, this is an enterprise on which the future of the planet is going to depend,” Vegan entrepreneur Heather Mills, founder / investor.
The former Procter & Gamble factory in Seaton Delavel, Newcastle is 385,000 sq foot is designed to become the Northern powerhouse for the brightest vegan minds and will be bursting with innovative plant powered business, new ideas and discoveries and with the up scalability to deal with the demand for climate-friendly living which without a doubt is going to happen.
Since 2014, Veganuary has inspired and supported nearly one million people in 178 countries to try vegan for January – and beyond. We have worked with businesses to drive up vegan food provision in shops and restaurants, and have made veganism more visible and accessible through our work with national and international media.
Plant Based Health Professionals UK – Evidence-based education on plant-based nutrition for healthcare professionals
PBHP UK focuses on providing evidence-based education on plant-based nutrition for healthcare professionals working predominately within the NHS. In 2019 we held two CPD accredited conferences. The first, a national conference in Warrington and the second, our first international conference, VegMed, in London. In partnership with Winchester University, we have launched the first UK University-based online course on plant-based nutrition, which is now fully booked for this academic year. We have developed a number of factsheets and webinars freely available on our website so they can be used to help counsel patients/clients to transition to a plant-based diet.
The Vegan Society – Vegan & Thriving
In November 2019 we celebrated 75 years of The Vegan Society! In 1944 our founders coined the word ‘vegan’ and created the society, making us the world’s oldest vegan organisation. The vegan movement is thriving, with more people choosing a kind, healthy and sustainable lifestyle every day.
Our new campaign Vegan and Thriving will help you to be healthy and happy on a vegan diet, with a host of nutritionally balanced recipes and support on all aspects of plant-based nutrition.
Lifeafterhummus Community Benefit Society – Hands-on lifestyle behaviour change community nutrition and cooking classes
At our hub in Somers Town, Kings Cross, we teach people how to adopt a low-fat whole foods plant-powered diet using an (A)sset (B)ased (C)ommunity (D)riven model with our Assets being the community that we have created; People. By combining evidence-based nutrition and cooking classes together with a supportive community environment, our beneficiaries are able to tackle, adopt and effect long-term and consistent lifestyle behaviour change from: learning to cook, switching to a plant-based diet, reducing carbon footprint, reducing social isolation, consciousness around food waste, how to save money. Our motto is: Health is a Right and not a privilege.
Aquapax is the original planet conscious pure water, packaged in paper-based cartons.
Having pioneered the eco water category back in 2006, Aquapax has evolved since, establishing themselves in a competitive market, dominated by plastic.
The paper in Aquapax low-carbon impact cartons is sourced from sustainable FSC Certified forests, and the Aquapax screw cap opener made from sugar cane was a UK first.
The carbon balanced brand contributes 1% from every product sold towards a Certified Reforestation Program; committed to collecting indigenous tree seeds, establishing nurseries and creating significant employment with farmers on their own lands.
It’s good to be different!