We have been really busy lately making our Hub Gourmet Vegan range even better and are chuffed to announce that we have gained Vegan Certification, launched a new pie flavour- Chana Masala and a Vegan Café Roll.
Our Hub Gourmet Vegan range of pies have been around for a while but we wanted to take things to the next step and get them Vegan certified so that our customers could have 100% confidence that they were the real deal. We enjoyed working with the NZ Vegetarian Society in collaboration with the Vegan Society of Aotearoa New Zealand to meet their strict requirements.
What’s Involved in Gaining the Vegan Certification?
The Vegan Certified programme is administered by the NZ Vegetarian Society, in collaboration with the Vegan Society of Aotearoa New Zealand. The Vegan Certified trademark helps consumers to easily identify vegan products from reputable manufactures.
In order to be granted the certification we have to guarantee that all our Hub Gourmet Vegan pies and Café Rolls are free from animal-derived ingredients.
The NZ Vegetarian Society Vegan Certified trademark cannot be displayed on any product that contains, consists of, or has been produced with the aid of products consisting of or created from, any part of a living or dead animal, or any substance that has originated from an animal.
No cross-contamination during production
In order to be eligible for the Vegan Certified trademark, cross-contamination must not occur between the vegan product and non-vegan products/ingredients during production. If the same production line is shared with non-vegan products/ ingredients, thorough cleaning must be carried out before vegan production commences. This extends to all associated machinery, equipment, utensils, surfaces and clothing, which must remain free from non- vegan products/ingredients before vegan products are touched, prepared, produced or packaged. Clear procedures must be in place to ensure correct packaging is used and errors do not occur.
Genetically modified ingredients or products containing genetically modified ingredients are not eligible to be licensed to carry the Vegan Certified trademark. (An exception is made for ingredients that contain genetically modified material at levels of less than 1% of that ingredient.)
We also took the opportunity to revamp our packaging to make it easier for our customers to identify our vegan range in the pie warmer or freezer. Show packs
Our new flavour Chana Masala is a delicious combination of chickpeas, potatoes, and kumara cooked in a spicy onion tomato and creamy coconut masala gravy, wrapped in our flaky vegan pastry.
As a result of customer requests for a vegan alternative to a kiwi favourite we have launched a Hub Café Vegan Sausage Roll, so that vegans, vegetarians or those who want to eat less meat can still enjoy the sausage roll experience. Our Café Sausage Roll is a plant-based twist on a sausage roll, nicely seasoned and wrapped in a delicious flaky pastry.
To find out more about ingredient and nutritional information click here https://goodtime.co.nz/goodtime-hub-pies/hub-gourmet-vegan-pies/
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