A vegan egg replacer from Australian supplier Orgran has won the top prize at the UK’s Free From Food Awards this week.

Judges described Vegan Easy Egg – which is free from the 14 major allergens – as “seriously innovative”. Comments included: “A fantastic product, so clever, so adaptable, so useful”, and “such an amazing egg lookalike!”

Other winners included Asda Free From Four Seeded Brown Rolls and Wildcraft Bakery Buckwheat Sourdough Loaf (pictured right) taking gold in the bread category. Wildcraft’s sourdough also won gold in the Best Product from a Start Up category, while Nairn’s Rosemary & Seasalt Flatbread won gold in the Savoury Snacks and Crackers category.

“We had fantastic entries this year and, not only excellent products, so many of them free of multiple allergens,” said awards director Michelle Berriedale-Johnson. “Free-from is most definitely still moving onward and upward in every way.”

Free From Food Awards judges included manufacturers, chefs and cookery writers, dietitians, nutritionists, coeliacs and allergy sufferers.

Free From Food Awards Winners

The 2018 Free From Food Award: Orgran Vegan Easy Egg

FreeFrom Hero: Jacqueline McPeake, catering manager Manchester Metropolitan University

Retailer of the Year: Tesco

The Innovation Award: The Progressive Food Company Individual Long Life 12g Soya Milk Portions; andUgo Thrive Pumpkin & Sage Raviolini

Category winners (Gold winners only)

  • Breakfast Foods: BFree Oaty Loaf; Nush Almond Milk Yoghurt Blueberry; and Tesco Free From 4 White Bagels
  • Milk Alternatives: Asda Free From Mature Cheddar Alternative; Bute Island Dairy Free Grated Mild Cheddar Style; Tesco Lactose Free Mascarpone; and Vitalite Dairy Free Spread
  • Bread: Asda Free From 4 Seeded Brown Rolls; and Wildcraft BakeryBuckwheat Sourdough Loaf
  • Store Cupboard: Orgran Vegan Easy Egg; and The Real Yorkshire Pudding Co 4” Gluten Free Yorkshire Puddings
  • Pasta and Pizza: Freee by Doves Farm Green Pea Penne; The White Rabbit Pizza Co Smokin’ Vegan; and Ugo Thrive Pumpkin & Sage Raviolini
  • Superfoods & Sports Supplements: Choc Chick Choc Go Cacao Nibbles
  • Food to go and vending: Jake’s Boost Tiger Boost snack pot
  • Down the pub and the bar: Autumn Brewing ALT BREW NO03 Dark Roast Stout; Daura Marzen Double Malted Beer; and Magic Rock Brewing Fantasma IPA can
  • Savoury Snacks and Crackers: Nairn’s Rosemary & Seasalt Flatbread
  • Meaty and Fishy Ready Meals: Asda Extra Special 6 Pork & Caramelised Red Onion Sausages; Field Fare Gluten Free Chicken, Ham & Leek Pie; and Tesco Free From 2 Crispy Breaded Cod Fillets
  • Veggie Ready Meals: ABCD Celiane Organic GF Vegan Meal: Quinoa with Red Kidney Beans and Tomatoes
  • Products made with FODMAP friendly ingredients 2018: Anila’s Sauces Fruity Mild Curry
  • Children’s food: Rule of Crumb Chocolate Eclairs – Gluten and Dairy Free; and Green Sisters Veggie’Licious Samosas
  • Tea Time!: Asda Free From Hot Cross Buns; and The Gluten Free Kitchen Bakewell Tarts
  • Desserts and Puddings: Booja Booja Chocolate Salted Caramel; and Tesco Free From 4 Chocolate Eclairs
  • Confectionery and Chocolate: Booja Booja Hazelnut Crunch Truffles
  • Bars – cereal, fruit, superfood, grain-free: Pulsin Peanut Choc Chip Raw Choc Brownie
  • FreeFrom Foods for Export: Freee by Doves Farm Plain White Flour
  • No Top 14: Gosh! Sweetcorn & Quinoa Bites with a hint of Harissa & Paprika; My Gammies Mixed Cupcakes; and Orgran Vegan Easy Egg
  • Best Product from a Start Up: Wildcraft Bakery Buckwheat Sourdough Loaf