Best-Rated Plant-Based Food Brands

Canstar Blue’s plant-based food brands review has compared Gardein, Linda McCartney’s, Beyond Meat, AngelFood, Daiya, Veganz, Bio Cheese and Plantitude on range variety, taste, texture and consistency, quality of ingredients, packaging, value for money and overall satisfaction.

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Best plant-based food

Most Satisfied Customers | Gardein

Aussies rated Gardein best for vegan-friendly food products, giving it five stars for overall satisfaction in Canstar Blue’s review. It also received top marks for quality of ingredients, variety, texture and consistency and packaging.

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Gardein is top seed in plant-based foods review

Consider yourself a vegan, vegetarian, flexitarian, a ‘meatless Monday’ enthusiast, or simply curious about trying non-meat alternatives? The market for plant-based foods has exploded in recent years, now offering a huge selection of finger-lickin’ meatless alternatives, like jackfruit patties, to rival even the almighty beef burger. Plant-based foods are also great for people with certain allergies and intolerances to certain foods, such as dairy, so that you can have your cheese and it eat too!

To help you find the best plant-based foods for your tastebuds, we asked more than 700 Australian consumers for their feedback on the plant-based food products they’ve purchased (and consumed) in the last 12 months, including items purchased from a supermarket or specialty health food store. Brands were compared and rated on taste, texture and consistency, quality of ingredients, range variety, packaging, value for money and overall satisfaction. Those that received at least 30 responses are compared in our report.

Gardein was rated the plant-based food brand with a five-star review for overall satisfaction and in the majority of categories.

Best Plant-Based Food Brands

Gardein plant-based food

Here are the best plant-based food brands in Australia, as rated by consumers in Canstar Blue’s review:

  1. Gardein
  2. Linda McCartney’s
  3. Beyond Meat
  4. AngelFood
  5. Daiya
  6. Veganz
  7. Bio Cheese
  8. Plantitude

Gardein thrived in our first-ever plant-based food ratings, achieving the only five-star review for overall satisfaction. Most other brands achieved four stars, while Veganz, Bio Cheese and Plantitude rounded up three stars for overall customer satisfaction.

Linda McCartney’s took the cake in terms of taste, receiving full marks, while Daiya was rated as the best for value for money. Both brands also impressed on texture and consistency, with Daiya also joining AngelFood as one of the top performers when it came to range variety.

About the Winner ─ Gardein

Gardein plant-based food compared

Craving juicy burgers, chicken wings and fish and chips? Whether you’re planning on going meatless every day, or just for ‘meatless Monday’, Gardein goes beyond chickpea salads and tofu stir fry. The brand boasts a wide plant-based food range including meatless classic meatballs, seven-grain crispy tenders and mandarin orange chicken. Gardein says its products are made with plant protein and are vegan-friendly, dairy-free, GMO-free and kosher-certified. You can find Gardein foods from the frozen section of select Woolworths, Coles and IGA stores.

Some dishes to tuck into include:

  • Gardein The Ultimate Beefless Burger
  • Gardein Sweet & Sour Porkless Bites
  • Gardein Crispy Chicken Patties
  • Gardein Sweet & Tangy Barbecue Wings

Gardein received five-star reviews for range variety, quality of ingredients, texture and consistency, packaging and overall satisfaction. It got four stars for taste and value for money.

What is plant-based food?

A plant-based diet involves avoiding consuming foods and drinks that contain animal products. This includes avoiding any meat, poultry, wild game and seafood, and in some instances eggs, dairy and even honey. Instead, people who follow a plant-based diet, like vegans and vegetarians, tend to stick to eating vegetables, fruits, beans and legumes, nuts and seeds, grains and protein substitutes including tofu, tempeh, seitan and ‘faux meat’. While most plant-based foods are considered healthy, remember that many are processed to look and taste like real meat and therefore can contain more refined ingredients, including grains, vegetable oils and sugar.

Is eating plant-based foods good?

Following a plant-based diet is said to have various health benefits, including reducing chronic diseases like heart disease, obesity, hypertension (high blood pressure), diabetes and certain types of cancers, according to government health information. Many people also like to consume vegan-friendly products for environmental and ethical reasons. The fact that just nearly one in five (19%) people we surveyed said they strictly follow a vegan diet suggests plant-based food is really something everyone can enjoy and incorporate into their daily meal routine.

However, many Australians we surveyed said they found vegan products to be more expensive than non-vegan options (45%) and 36% wish there was a greater selection of products sold in supermarkets. Fortunately, a large portion of people also said they felt the quantity and quality of vegan options is improving (44%). From the options currently available, most respondents seemed to be happy with what’s on offer (46%), while nearly a third (28%) could go either way.

About the author of this page

This report was written by Canstar Blue’s home & lifestyle journalist, Tahnee-Jae Lopez-Vito. She’s an expert on household appliances, grooming products and all things grocery and shopping. In addition to translating our expert research into consumer-friendly ratings reports, Tahnee spends her time helping consumers make better-informed purchase decisions on all manner of consumer goods and services, while highlighting the best deals and anything you need to be aware of.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Canstar Blue surveyed more than 3,000 Australian adults across a range of categories to measure and track customer satisfaction, via ISO 26362 accredited research panels managed by Qualtrics. The outcomes reported are the results from customers within the survey group who have purchased and eaten plant-based food products in the last 12 months (note: this includes items purchased from a supermarket or specialty health food store) – in this case, 702 people.

Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included. Results are comparative and it should be noted that brands receiving three stars have still achieved a satisfaction measure of at least six out of 10. Not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey. The ratings table is first sorted by star ratings and then by mean overall satisfaction. A rated brand may receive a ‘N/A’ (Not Applicable) rating if it does not receive the minimum number of responses for that criteria.

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