Nando’s and Pret were among the winners of the first-ever PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) Vegan Food Awards.

Nando’s Veggie Burger, made from soya and tomato and gently spiced with a dash of cayenne, was the winner in the Best Vegan Burger category, while Pret’s ‘Naked Avocado Bloomer’, served with roasted tomatoes, basil leaves and Kalamata olives, took top prize in the Best Vegan Sandwich or Wrap category.

“Our winners – from restaurant and sandwich chains to artisan food companies to fine chocolatiers – are proof that astute food retailers are taking note that more and more people are ditching meat, eggs and dairy products and moving towards a healthier and kinder diet,” said PETA’s Mimi Bekhechi. “The best thing that people can do for animals, the environment and their health is to go vegan.

“A new generation of consumers is aware that raising animals for food pollutes water and land and is a leading cause of the emissions that contribute to climate change.

“Also, vegans are less prone to heart disease, strokes, diabetes, cancer and obesity than non-vegans are. And going vegan saves the lives of many animals every year.”