Earth Balance, Hampton Creek in the Running for peta2 Awards

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

For Immediate Release:
November 24, 2014

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Los Angeles – With more young people than ever flocking to cruelty-free, mouthwatering vegan foods, peta2, PETA’s youth division, had its work cut out for it when it came to narrowing down a plethora of animal-friendly restaurants and food companies to determine this year’s nominees for the ninth annual Libby Awards. “Libby” is for “liberation”—as in animal liberation—and now, visitors to peta2.com can cast their votes to help peta2 decide whom it should choose as Libby winners and enter for a chance to win a giant Libby prize pack filled with goodies from last year’s winners, including a cookbook, personal-care products, and vegan treats.

Sweet Earth Natural Foods has taken the competition by storm this year with nominations in three categories, including Best Vegan Meat, Best Vegan Burger, and Best New Vegan Food Item! Earth Balance has long been a leader in the world of delicious, animal-free fare, and this year, it could also take home three awards: Best Seasonal Vegan Food Item for ‘Tis the Season Popps, Best New Vegan Food Item for Vegan Cheddar Mac & Cheese, and Best Vegan Snack for Vegan Cheddar Flavor Squares. In the Best Accidentally Vegan Snack category, Kettle Brand‘s Maple Bacon Potato Chips will give the competition a run for its money, and Hampton Creek—manufacturer of egg-free Just Mayo—is up for Best New Vegan Food.

“Demand for vegan food is exploding, and these animal-friendly companies are stepping up with meals and snacks that are as delicious as they are kind to animals,” says PETA Director of Youth Outreach and Campaigns Marta Holmberg. “All of peta2’s nominees are winners because they’re offering some of the best and most delicious food products on the market.”

Voting ends on December 12 at 12 p.m. EST. Libby Award winners will be chosen by peta2—whose motto reads, “Animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, use for entertainment, or abuse in any other way”—based on several factors, including vote count, and will be announced on December 16. 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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