GreenVie Foods, a Cyprus-based vegan cheese brand, has beaten dairy cheeses by receiving three Golds and a Trophy award. The prestigious International Cheese and Dairy Awards (ICDAs) for both conventional dairy products and other vegan products is a highly respected UK-based competition judged by a panel of experts, including cheesemakers, chefs, and food writers.

GreenVie Foods was named a Trophy winner for the ‘Best Cheese in Processed Cheese Section’, and it won three Golds in Best Vegan Feta (Greek Style), Best Vegan Cheese Slices (Cheddar Flavour Slices), and Best Vegan Cheese for Pizza (Mozzarella Style Block) categories. 

The brand produces coconut oil-based cheese alternatives from Greek Style to Cheddar, Gouda, and Mozzarella. All of its products are free from dairy, lactose, soy, nuts, gluten, and palm oil. The brand is currently available in Cyprus and Greece.

Maria Palme, the managing director and founder of GreenVie Foods, said in a statement, “We are thrilled to receive these honours… They validate our unwavering dedication to producing high-quality vegan cheese through meticulous craftsmanship.”

In 2022, the vegan cheese market was valued at an impressive $2.24 billion, and projections suggest it will soar to $5.63 billion by 2030. Other pioneering brands of vegan cheese are Daiya, Violife, Miyoko’s Creamery, Follow Your Heart, and Kite Hill. Violife is another brand that uses coconut oil-based products to imitate the taste, texture, and melting properties of classic dairy cheeses, and it has become very popular in the UK, one of the 50 countries where its products are sold. Perhaps when GreenVie Foods begins to expand beyond the eastern Mediterranean region it may become a major challenger of this big brand. 

Jordi Casamitjana
“Originally from Catalonia, but resident in the UK for several decades, Jordi is a vegan zoologist and author, who has been involved in different aspects of animal protection for many years. In addition to scientific research, he has worked mostly as an undercover investigator, animal welfare consultant, and animal protection campaigner. He has been an ethical vegan since 2002, and in 2020 he secured the legal protection of all ethical vegans in Great Britain from discrimination in a landmark employment tribunal case that was discussed all over the world. He is also the author of the book, ‘Ethical Vegan: a personal and political journey to change the world’.