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Vegusto vegan cheese winner

Vegusto, the Swiss company who have taken the UK vegan food market by storm with their tasty range of cheese and meat alternative products, have been awarded a prestigious food award. The No Moo Mild Aromatic dairy-free cheese

was crowned with the ‘Fair’ trophy for the Best FreeFrom Food in 2012 at an award ceremony in London in the spring. All five judges said the cheese was the best thing

they’ve tasted in years. The award was presented by celebrity chef Antony Worrall Thompson. Michelle Berriedale-Johnson, chairman of the

judges for the FreeFrom Food Awards, said: “For years dairy-free and vegan manufacturers have struggled to make a really tasty ‘cheese’ substitute, but they have never been able to crack it. Which makes Vegusto’s achievement so exciting. “We are not talking vintage cheddar here, but we

are talking a very pleasant, tasty ‘cheese’ that you could serve to anyone on a cracker or in a sandwich and they would not even notice that it was dairy-free.” Director of Vegusto UK and Eire Ltd, Mark Galvin,

was delighted. He said: “Vegusto have created a range of

‘cheeses’ based on coconut, rapeseed and sunflower oils, almonds and cashew nuts which really do taste like cheese. Our Mild Aromatic Dairy-free cheese had the dairy-free judges whooping with excitement! And what’s more, the cheeses are not only dairy-free but gluten-free, soya-free and egg-free, too.” Vegusto have very kindly donated £200 to Viva!

after collaborating with us for a Viva! and Vegusto month in March. Thank you to them. The Vegusto range can be purchased from

Juliet debates Hinduism and vegetarianism

In March, Viva! founder and director, Juliet Gellatley, joined a parliamentary style debate in London discussing whether vegetarianism is still just as important for British Hindus today as it was for the previous generation. The event was hosted by the City Hindus Network (CHN), in conjunction

with the CMS Cameron McKenna Hindu Network. Juliet was joined by Hemal Randerwala, campaign director for Go Dharmic,

in favour of the motion: “This House believes vegetarianism is still just as important for British Hindus today as it was for the previous generation.” She said: “Hindus have long believed that eating animals is detrimental

for the mind and for spiritual development. This has not changed! Modern Western society has just proved that this is so. We suffer from more chronic diseases than ever in our history. Heart disease is the UK’s number one killer and yet entirely preventable by a vegan diet. We, as a society, are riddled with disease and yet have never been so materialistically affluent. “Never before has the Hindu belief in vegetarianism been so needed,

been so relevant to healing us and our precious world.” Motions against were presented by

Elephant escape highlights circus cruelty

In March, an elephant with the Courtney Brothers Circus, escaped its captors and ran loose in a car park – sparking a public outcry at its use in the performances, which have been touring Ireland. The incident highlighted an ongoing campaign by

Animal Rights Action Network (ARAN), who have been protesting the circus at each stop, speaking out about the animal welfare and safety problems of keeping wild animals in a travelling circus. The group are now working to encourage local

councils across the nation to adopt legislation to ban animal-act circuses. For more information, visit

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Hindu priest, Madhava Turumella and CHN chairman, Pratik Dattani. The debate was won, around 40 people for and 20 against.

Congratulations to Spring Raffle Winners

Congratulations to Ms M Patson of London for winning Viva!’s spring raffle, receiving the first prize of £1,000.

Mrs M Roxburugh of Merseyside came in second place, winning £300, followed by Mrs G Daire of Nottingham, winning £100.

Lucky runners up also received a delicious bar of Daisy Roots chocolate from Montezuma.

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