The 2016 Veggie Awards

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 2016, veganism skyrocketed. From the explosion of plant-based eateries, to the emergence of mind-boggling burgers, to big corporations going vegan, the proof is in the (dairy-free) pudding. Judging by the record-breaking 1.7 million votes we received in this year’s Veggie Award reader poll, we’d say you’re as excited as we are about the growth of veganism. It’s been a busy 12 months for the plant-based world, and we can hardly wait to see what 2017 brings. In the meantime, we are excited to give you the very best of veganism.

Here are the winners of the 2016 VegNews Veggie Awards … 


Favorite Cookie
Alternative Baking Company

Favorite Ice Cream
So Delicious

Favorite Milk
Almond Milk

Favorite Milk Brand

Favorite Chocolate
Endangered Species Chocolate

Favorite Meat

Favorite Staple Cheese

Favorite Artisinal Cheese
Miyoko’s Kitchen

Favorite Yogurt
So Delicious

Favorite Energy Bar

Favorite Snack Food
SkinnyPop Popcorn

Favorite Condiment

Favorite Hummus

Favorite Candy
Justin’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Favorite Accidentally Vegan Treat

Favorite Kombucha

Favorite Fresh Juice
Naked Juice

Favorite Protein Powder
Vega One


Favorite Makeup
Urban Decay

Favorite Hair Care

Subscription Box
Vegan Cuts

Fashion Label
Matt & Nat

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Favorite Fine Dining Restaurant
Avant Garden (New York City)

Favorite Casual Restaurant
Gracias Madre (Los Angeles + San Francisco)

Favorite Vegan Chain
Veggie Grill (Nationwide)

Favorite Meal Delivery Service
Purple Carrot

Favorite Bakery
Vegan Treats (Bethlehem, PA)

Favorite Doughnut
Voodoo Doughnut

Favorite Bar
Pine Box Rock Shop (New York)

Favorite Store
MooShoes (New York + Los Angeles)

Favorite Online Store
Vegan Essentials

Favorite Veg-Friendly City
Portland, OR

Favorite Animal Sanctuary
Farm Sanctuary (New York + California)


Favorite Celebrity
Peter Dinklage

Favorite Cookbook
Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking

Favorite Website

Favorite Blog
Oh She Glows

Favorite App
Happy Cow

Favorite Podcast
Food for Thought

Favorite Nonprofit Organization
Mercy for Animals


Product of the Year
Beyond Burger

Person of the Year
Chloe Coscarelli

Company of the Year
Follow Your Heart

Restaurant of the Year
Little Pine

Book of the Year
The Humane Economy

Cookbook of the Year
The Taco Cleanse

Non-Profit of the Year
Plant Based Foods Association

Disrupter of the Year
Hampton Creek

Fashion Trend of the Year
Vegan Leather

Story of the Year
Ben & Jerry’s Vegan Ice Cream

Media Darlings of the Year
Aubry & Kale Walch

Social Media Star of the Year

Global Victory of the Year
The Fall of Animal Entertainment

For complete features on all of our 2016 Veggie Award winners, subscribe to VegNews here and receive this special edition! Or purchase a single copy from the VegNews Store here.

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