Scottish companies to support this Veganuary and beyond - including oat milk and vegan cheese

If you're planning on sticking to a plant-based vegan diet this month, take a look at these Scottish businesses and products.

Published 10th Jan 2024
Updated 25 th Jan 2024

From oat milk made in East Lothian to sweet and savoury treats, there's a surprising amount of vegan produce created by Scottish companies.

Brose oat milk, East Lothian

If you've given up dairy, even just for January, then you'll be looking for milk alternatives. Oat milk is increasing in popularity due to its low food miles.

If you want to make sure those miles are very low, then pick up some Brose oat milk, which is made using all Scottish oats, in East Lothian.

Set up in 2017 by Josh Barton and farmers Tommy and Robbie Dale, you can buy original Brose or barista style Brose for an authentic cafe-style coffee at home.

Find out more on their website.

Sheese vegan cheese, Isle of Bute

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Picture: Sheese

One of the things people may struggle to give up for a plant-based diet is cheese. But, did you know that one of the biggest vegan cheese brands hails from the Isle of Bute?

The production processes for Sheese, which is available ins blocks, slices and grated, are completey animal free and take place in a free from factory on the Isle of Bute.

A massive success story, Sheese is now available across the UK, Europe, Canada and Asia.

Vegan cheese is typically made from plant-based ingredients such as nuts (cashews, almonds), soy, coconut oil, nutritional yeast, and various flavourings.

The texture and flavour of vegan cheese can vary depending on the brand and type, ranging from spreadable to sliceable, and classic to herb infused.

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Fetcha chocolates, Campbeltown

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Fetcha Chocolates is a female-owned and operated confectionery business based in Campbeltown.

Since its inception in 2019, Fetcha Chocolates has been dedicated to creating high-quality chocolates that cater to a variety of dietary preferences, including vegan and free-from options.

With a passion for craftsmanship and a commitment to excellence, Fetcha Chocolates is one to check out if you've not already thanks to their innovative creations including Glen Scotia whisky chocolates.

Find out more and buy here.

The Scottish Honeyberry Growers, Perthshire, Angus and Fife

The cooperative of Scottish honeyberry growers have been making waves since they launched their first products in 2017.

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The honeyberry, also known as blue honeysuckle, is native to Russia and Japan and very tolerant of cold weather. This makes it ideally suited to the Scottish climate.

Treat yourself to a vegan breakfast or snack with their Honeyberry jam.

Galloway Lodge, Gatehouse of Fleet

If you love chutney and pickles, be sure to check out Galloway Lodges preserves.

A family business since 1971, it is run by Fiona and Ruaridh Hesketh and has products such as mustards, jams, marmalades and condiments.

The signature Poacher's Pickle, chilli jam, marmalade and apple and fig chutneys are all vegan friendly.

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Find out more on their website.

Lazy Day Foods, Shotts

This company, whose name surely sums up most of January, was set up in 2006 by food scientists Dr Sally Beattie and Emer Bustard.

The products which include a range of whole cakes, and traybakes such as rocky road are made in a free-from bakery just outside of Glasgow.

Beattie and Bustard have a particular (and personal) interest in food intolerances and wanted to offer high quality treats for everyone to enjoy.

Vegans should look out for the range of tiffin snacks, including orange and chocolate.

Find out more here.

Duncan's of Deeside, Aberdeenshire

This award winning family business produces a range of traditional Scottish oatcakes and shortbread, which you may think you'll have to forgo if you're choosing a plant based diet.

But that's not the case here as their Scottish shortbread rounds are made with vegetable fat as are their Scottish oatcakes

Find out more here.

Coco Chocolatier, Edinburgh

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Picture: Coco Chocolatiers Facebook

Coco Chocolatier is an artisanal chocolate company committed to creating unique chocolates including some vegan options.

With their eye-catching packaging, which often includes collaborations with artists and designers (such as Glasgow's Timorous Beasties and their latest range, a celebration of Poor Things film), the business has a range of high end chocolate bars.

For vegans, there's Colombian dark, Isle of Skye sea salt dark, cold brew coffee flavour, passion fruit as well as fruit jellies and hot chocolate.

Find out more and buy here.

Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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