Saturday, 4 September 2021

Vegefino’s Tofu Omelette Declared Most Innovative Vegan Product at ZeGeVege

ZAGREB, 4 Sept, 2021 - Agriculture Minister Marija Vučković, who on Saturday visited the 13th edition of the ZeGeVege festival of sustainable living, presented an award to the Vegefino company for the most innovative vegan product: tofu omelette.

The director of the company, Tino Pažur, who received the award, said that they had taken over this vegan brand last year.

The company plans to expand its business in Croatia as well as to neighbouring countries, he said adding that their products are in rising demand.

The minister also conferred awards on the family-run farm "OPG Diana Prpić" and the m-creations company.

The two-day ZeGeVege Festival of Sustainable Living opened in Zagreb's main square Trg Bana Jelačića on Friday, featuring health food, plant-based cosmetics and nine restaurants offering vegetarian food.

Eighty exhibitors are offering products made solely from plants, including traditional Croatian dishes, vegetable soups, sausages, spreads and vegan sweets.

The festival is organised for the 13th time by the Friends of Animals association, after last year's break due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Sunday, 30 May 2021

Animal Friends Croatia Launches Project to Encourage Vegan Production

ZAGREB, 30 May, 2021 - Animal Friends Croatia has launched a project to encourage domestic producers to produce and sell new vegan products.

The project, backed by the Agriculture Ministry, is aimed at launching and intensifying the cooperation of Croatia's agricultural sector focused on the production of plant products and at promoting the visibility of plant products and a sustainable diet.

Animal Friends Croatia said the domestic producers that wanted to take part in the project should produce a vegan product as desired and/or in line with market needs based on their production.

The product should be a plant version of a product otherwise made with animal ingredients that everyone will gladly eat, independently of their diet. The product must be made without meat, eggs, milk or other dairy products, and honey.

The newly conceived plant products and their producers will be promoted at Animal Friends Croatia social media to link them with consumers.

Applications may be submitted as of 15 June, the date of the VegeFair, and Animal Friends Croatia will award the most innovative products at the ZeGeVege festival in September.

The production and consumption of vegan products is crucial for the survival of humankind as a plant-based diet, apart from saving billions of animals, is healthier, pollutes the environment far less and utilises natural resources more economically, Animal Friends Croatia said.

Cattle-breeding is responsible for 51% of global greenhouse gas emissions as well as for 65% of nitrous oxide emissions, which are 296 times more destructive than carbon dioxide, the added.

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