KFC’s Original Recipe Vegan Burger has won a major award.

The sandwich, which was launched by the fast-food giant earlier this year after a trial last year, scooped the Best Vegan Chicken award in advocacy organization PETA’s eighth annual Vegan Food Awards.

The awards boast an impressive 24 categories, with PETA allocating most prizes to products which are ‘social distancing–friendly, as they’re available to grab and go, as takeaway, or for delivery’.

‘Explosive growth’

PETA director of vegan corporate projects, Dawn Carr, said: “The pandemic has demonstrated that widespread societal change is possible, and that includes the explosive growth in the already booming demand for vegan foods.

“The winners of PETA’s Vegan Food Awards are making it easier than ever to go vegan by dishing up everything from creamy dairy-free ice cream to satisfying vegan fried chicken.”

The charity adds that ‘confining and killing animals for food has led to the emergence of swine flu, bird flu, SARS, and now COVID-19’.

Vegan winners

Other products to scoop awards include Tesco Plant Chef which picked up the gong for Best Vegan Range, and Richmond Meat-Free Sausages which were deemed to the Best Vegan Sausage.

Nando’s Vegan PERInaise scooped Best Vegan Mayo, OGGS Victoria Sponge Cakes were awarded Best Vegan Cake, and the coveted Best Vegan Pizza accolade went to Papa John’s The Vegan Works.

Other winners include Pukka (Best Vegan Pie), Co-op (Best Vegan Burger), Greggs (Best Vegan Pasty), Aldi (Best Vegan Ready Meal), Subway (Best Vegan Sandwich), Eat of Eden (Best Vegan Mac & Cheese), and Pret A Manger (Best Vegan Cookie).

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