And the Winners of the 2017 Veggie Awards are …

Our annual list of the very best of veganism is here! Read on for this year’s picks for today’s hottest vegan people, places, and products.


In 2017, veganism skyrocketed. From the explosion of plant-based eateries to the emergence of new dairy-free ice creams to big corporations going vegan, the proof is in the (dairy-free) pudding. Judging by the record-breaking 2.4 million votes we received in this year’s Veggie Awards, we’d say you’re as excited as we are about the growth of the plant-based lifestyle. It’s been a busy 12 months for the veg world, and we can hardly wait to see what 2018 brings. In the meantime, we are excited to give you the very best of veganism.

Here are the winners of the 2017 VegNews Veggie Awards …



Best Cookie
Lenny & Larry’s 

Best Ice Cream
Ben & Jerry’s

Best Milk Brand
Almond Breeze

Best Chocolate
Endangered Species Chocolate

Best Meat
Beyond Meat

Best Staple Cheese

Best Artisinal Cheese
Miyoko’s Kitchen

Best Yogurt
Kite Hill

Best Energy Bar

Best Snack 
Earth Balance Vegan Cheddar Squares

Best Candy
Justin’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups 

Best Accidentally Vegan Treat

Best Cookie Dough
Just Cookie Dough

Best Kombucha
GT’s Kombucha

Best Fresh Juice
Naked Juice

Best Protein Powder
Vega One

Best Condiment

Best Hummus

Best Dog Food



Best Hair Care

Best Makeup
e.l.f. Cosmetics

Best Subscription Box
Petit Vour and Vegan Cuts (tie)

Best Fashion Label
Stella McCartney


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Best Fine Dining Restaurant
Candle 79 (New York City)

Best Casual Restaurant
Gracias Madre (Los Angeles + San Francisco, CA)

Best Vegan Chain
Veggie Grill (Nationwide)

Best Meal Delivery Service

Best Bakery
Vegan Treats (Bethlehem, PA)

Best Doughnut Shop
Voodoo Doughnut (Nationwide)

Best Bar
KINDRED (San Diego, CA)

Best Storefront
The Herbivore Clothing Co. (Portland, OR) and MooShoes (New York, NY + Los Angeles, CA) (tie)

Best Online Store
Vegan Essentials 

Best Vegan City
Portland, OR

Best Animal Sanctuary
Farm Sanctuary (New York + California)



Best Celebrity
Ellen DeGeneres

Best Cookbook
Veganomicon, 10th Anniversary Edition

Best Website

Best Blog
Minimalist Baker 

Best Social Media Star
Kristina Carrillo-Bucaram (@fullyrawkristina) and Tim Moore (@veganfatkid) (tie)

Best Podcast
Food for Thought

Best App

Best Nonprofit Organization
Farm Sanctuary

Best VegNews Issue
The Holiday Edition



VegNews editors carefully selected the companies, products, people, and trends that have played the biggest roles in moving veganism into the mainstream in 2017. 

Product of the Year

Person of the Year
Pamela Anderson

Company of the Year
Elmhurst Milked

Restaurant of the Year
Virtuous Pie 

Book of the Year
Mercy For Animals

Cookbook of the Year
The Vegan Air Fryer

Non-Profit of the Year

Trend of the Year
Ice Cream Gets Cooler

Buzz of the Year
Vegan Films

Story of the Year
Plant-Based Buyouts

Innovation of the Year
Sea Change

Victory of the Year
Down With The Circus

For more on all of our 2017 Veggie Award winners, grab the November+December Holiday Issue on newsstands or the VegNews store today!