Daiya, Gardein in the Running for peta2 Awards

Food Companies Are Offering More Top-Shelf Vegan Options Than Ever Before

For Immediate Release:
November 20, 2013

Shakira Croce 202-483-7382

Rochester, N.Y. – More than ever, young people are turning away from meat, eggs, and dairy products, which cause animal suffering, and a growing number of food companies are hearing them loud and clear. That’s why peta2, PETA’s youth division, has nominated several top grocery-store brands and products for the eighth annual Libby Awards. “Libby” is for “liberation”—as in animal liberation—and this year’s meat-, egg-, and dairy-free choices are more delicious than ever.

Nominees for Best Vegan Cheese—a new category this year—include Daiya’s Swiss Style Slices, the perfect meltable choice for grilled cheese, veggie burgers, and more. Quickly rising plant-based meat company Gardein is in the running for Best Vegan Meat, thanks to its juicy Sizzling Szechuan Beefless Strips, a wonderful addition to stir-frys, pastas, and skewers. And competing for Best Vegan Snack is GoPicnic’s Hummus & Crackers box, a complete on-the-go kit that even includes a delicious square of dairy-free chocolate.

“Animal rights is one of the fastest-growing social movements in America and worldwide, and young people are leading the charge by insisting on cruelty-free eating,” says PETA Director of Youth Outreach and Campaigns Marta Holmberg. “All our animal-friendly nominees are winners because they’re offering some of the best and most delicious food products on the market.”

Other food-related categories include Best Vegan-Friendly Restaurant Chain and Best Accidentally Vegan Snack. Voting ends on December 13. Winners will be chosen by peta2 based on several factors, including vote count, and will be announced on December 17. See the full contest details here.

For more information and to cast your vote  to help peta2 decide whom it should choose as the winners, please visit peta2.com/Libbys.

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