Vega named company of the year in 2012 VegNews Veggie Awards

Vega One nutritional shake

The Vega One nutritional shake is Vega’s flagship product.

Three food-products companies based in the Vancouver area have won big in VegNews magazine’s 2012 Veggie Awards. No surprise here—we’re talking about VegaDaiya, and Gardein.

Burnaby’s Vega was named the company of the year. VegNews readers also voted Vega their favourite supplement. The magazine notes Vega is a $48-million company with 232 products and a staff of 100. Its plant-based products range from its Vega One nutritional shakes and Vega Sport protein bars to chlorella dietary supplements and maca chocolate bars. “The company has proven that plant protein (such as pea, hemp, and rice) can be more effective than its animal-based counterparts, a message that has enormous potential to get people to re-think their need for meat and dairy,” VegNews says in its November-December issue.

Meanwhile, Daiya won for favourite cheese and Gardein topped the veg-meat category in VegNews’ reader poll. Founded in 2008, Vancouver’s Daiya Foods took the vegan world by storm with its melting soy-free cheese shreds, which are made from cassava. Earlier this year, Daiya took dairy-free cheese to the next level by debuting a line of wedges. Available in cheddar, jack, and jalapeno garlic havarti flavours, the yummy wedges can be sliced, spread, and melted.

Based in Richmond, Garden Protein International manufactures tasty alternatives to meat products such as beef burgers, pulled pork, chicken fingers, meatballs, and sausage patties. If you’ve had your fill of Field Roast and Tofurkey (not possible!), the Gardein holiday roast is another great option for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.