Anglia Crown was highly commended in the 2022 Awards for Excellence in Vegetarian Care Catering hosted by Vegetarian for Life.

On Wednesday 23 November, 14 rising stars in vegetarian and vegan care catering were honoured in a ceremony held in the Houses of Parliament and Anglia Crown’s Business Development Manager, Mary Wedge was there as part of the celebrations.

The awards ceremony commenced with inspiring talks and workshops illustrating how those working in the sector could Go from Good to Great with activities, with love for food, and with Vegetarian for Life.

Speaking after the event, Mary Wedge said: “As the winners of the previous ‘Veggie Wholesaler of the Year’, we were delighted to have been recognised in this category for the second year running and our Highly Commended certificate will be proudly displayed in our Colchester Offices.

After becoming the first manufacturer in healthcare to register dishes with the Vegan Society in 2017, we now offer more than 70 vegan and vegetarian dishes. Our commitment to offering a wide range of vegetarian and vegan dishes remains as strong as ever.”

Reflecting on her 20 years as a vegan in her keynote address, VfL Chief Executive, Amanda Woodvine commented: “Vegans and vegetarians in care homes certainly existed back in those early days. I remember being told by one care caterer that he had to buy veggie alternatives in with his family’s food shopping and claim the money back because there was simply nothing available from the care home’s wholesalers.

“Fast forward to today and the difference is staggering. Supermarkets sell a variety of plant based milks, meat alternatives, vegan cheeses, cookies, and even cakes and pastries. And I’m so pleased that wholesalers have followed suit. We were over the moon when the first entirely vegan product catalogues launched.”

First launched in 2016, the Annual Awards highlight the importance of catering well for older vegetarians and vegans. Vegetarian for Life recently surveyed 1,000 care homes to find out how many residents are vegan or vegetarian. Since the survey was last commissioned in 2014, the number of vegans in residential care has increased by a whopping 167%!

With growing numbers of vegetarians being supported by the care sector, it is no surprise that news of the awards has been positively received by care organisations.

It’s becoming impossible to ignore the demand for top-notch veggie care catering.

Mary is pictured far left with some of the other winners. The image is courtesy of Vegetarian for Life.

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