Starbucks, Parle, Staeta Among Winners Of PETA’s First-Ever Vegan Food Awards

For Immediate Release:

3 June 2014


Benazir Suraiya +91 9004547382; [email protected]

Bhuvaneshwari Gupta +91 9167937382; [email protected]

Companies Honoured for Delicious Cruelty-Free Foods In Advance of World Environment Day

Mumbai – Vegan eating is taking India by storm, and there is no better time than now, with so many delicious vegan options on the market and just in advance of World Environment Day (5th June), to get in on the delicious excitement. That’s why after tasting scores of the best vegan products available–items that are free of meat, eggs and dairy products –PETA is announcing the winners of its first-ever Vegan Food Awards:

  • Best Dairy-Free Milk: Staeta‘s Kesar Pista Soya Milk
  • Best Dairy-Free Cottage Cheese: Morinaga‘s Mori-Nu Silken Firm Tofu
  • Best Vegan Chocolate: Nestlé India‘s Dark Chocolate
  • Best Faux Meat: Sunshine‘s Everbest Mock Chicken
  • Best Vegan Burger: Ahimsa Food‘s Veggie Champ Veggie Burger

Other winners include First Vegan Tiffin Service: Vegan Bites; Best Vegan Coffee Drink:  Starbucks‘ Soya Vanilla Latte; First Vegan Dog and Cat Food Company Selling in India: Benevo; Best Vegan Cookie: Cadbury‘s Oreo Cookies; First Dairy-Free Ice Cream Parlour: White Cub; Best Vegan Candy: Parle‘s Mango Bite; and Most Innovative New Vegan Product: Chetran Foods‘ Soya Milk Raita.

“Our winners are proof that food producers are taking note that more and more people are ditching meat, eggs and dairy products and moving towards a kinder diet”, says PETA India nutritionist Bhuvaneshwari Gupta. “The best thing that people can do for animals, the environment and their health is to go vegan.”

Celebrities and other notable individuals from around the world who are vegan include former US President Bill Clinton, Jacqueline Fernandez, Alicia Silverstone, Mallika Sherawat, Joaquin Phoenix and Ayesha Takia.

The consumption of meat, eggs and dairy products is responsible for animal suffering on a massive scale. In today’s industrialised meat and dairy industries, chickens have their throats cut while they’re still conscious, fish are suffocated or cut open while they’re still alive on the decks of fishing boats and calves are taken away from their mothers within hours of birth.

Also, eating meat and other animal-derived products is devastating to the health of humans and our planet. The consumption of animal products has been conclusively linked to heart disease, strokes, diabetes, cancer and obesity. Moreover, raising animals for food is a leading cause of water pollution and land degradation, and a recent United Nations report concluded that a global shift towards a vegan diet is necessary to combat the worst effects of climate change.

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