The Ocado Rising Stars – THE WINNERS
We had an amazing response to our Ocado Rising Stars awards. We asked you to vote for your favourite small and independent brands on Ocado, and we’re very excited to reveal the results after receiving over a quarter of a million votes. Thank you to everyone who voted and a huge congratulations to all our winners. We think you’ll agree they are all very deserving of the title. Take a look at all our winners to find out a little more about them and their fantastic products below which you can also find on Ocado.com.
Best Alcohol Product
English Sparkling by Hattingley Valley
A family-owned business in the heart of Hampshire, Hattingley Valley has been winning international awards since 2013. Their English wine project began in 2008 and has developed into a custom built, eco-friendly winery, farming some 24 hectares of vines. They are the first UK winery to adopt solar power, and use traditional methods to make their wines.
Their vibrant English sparkling wine contains a blend of several vintage wines and barrel ageing, adding complexity to their signature style.
Best Chocolate & Best Indulgence Product
Milk Chocolate Caramel Sea Salt by Tony’s Chocolonely
Tony’s Chocolonely are the chocolate makers on a serious mission to end slavery in the chocolate industry. With incredibly tasty chocolate, they lead by example to show the world that chocolate can be made differently: in taste, packaging and the way you do business with cocoa farmers
Winning both chocolate and indulgence product awards, their milk chocolate caramel sea salt bar is ever so more-ish, with the perfect combination of sweet and salty flavours, you won’t want to share!
Best Eco-Friendly Brand
Faith in Nature
Faith in Nature have been on an ethical and sustainable mission since 1974 in making natural, vegan, cruelty-free beauty products affordable for everyone. All their products are made in the UK, using organic and natural ingredients.
Discover their collection of award-winning natural beauty products here.
Best Free-From Product
Smokin’ Vegan Gluten Free Pizza by The White Rabbit Co.
Co-founders, Teo and Nick, met at The White Rabbit pub, Oxford, where they realised the growing demand for plant based and free-from pizzas. The White Rabbit Co. turned Teo’s recipes into delicious products so that whatever your need or lifestyle, you can enjoy delicious Italian food.
Their Smokin’ Vegan gluten-free pizza is one for the dairy-free decadents. Chargrilled peppers and succulent sautéed mushrooms are nestled in a bed of MozzaRisella and finessed with a sprinkling of baby spinach.
Best Kids Product
Fruit & Veg Rocket Lollies by Little Judes
Since 2002, family-run business Jude’s has been making delicious, carbon-negative ice cream. They’re now on a mission to help your little ones eat better too.
Your children will love their tasty Rocket Lollies, with roughly half the sugar content of a typical ice lolly, these sweet treats are made with 7% vegetables!
Best Newcomer Brand
Hawksmoor believe the key to great steak is happy cattle. Since they opened our first restaurant in 2006, they have been working with passionate British farmers doing things the old-fashioned way. Slowly, carefully, always focusing on the health and happiness of the animals and the land on which they graze.
Their 35-Day Dry-Aged British Porterhouse Steak, combines two steaks in one: tender fillet and flavoursome sirloin, and is recommended served medium-rare.
Best of British Brand
Hunter & Gather
Hunter & Gather is a dynamic food pioneer re-writing the rule book for real food, changing the way people think about what it means to eat well, and creating the ‘tools to thrive’ to pave the way for optimal health & wellness.
Shop their tasty and nutritious range here.
Best Plant Based Product
Natural Bamboo Toilet Tissue by The Cheeky Panda
The Cheeky Panda champions bamboo because it’s brilliant. It grows super-fast, it’s sustainably sourced and there’s tonnes of it to use. They’re also proudly B Corp certified, making eco-friendly, sustainable bamboo essentials for the benefit of you and the planet!
Their Natural Bamboo Toilet Tissue is 100% bamboo and Cheeky Panda makes a donation to the World Land Trust for every pack purchased.
Best Soft Drink Product
Organic Kombucha Passion Fruit by Lo Bros
Lo Bros is on a mission to bring drinks to life with our unique range of organic, fermented soft drinks. All their drinks are UK-brewed, organic, vegan, gluten-free and naturally low in sugar.
Their Organic Kombucha Passion Fruit drink is brewed in small batches, ensuring each serving is packed with millions of living cultures.
Most Instagrammable Product
Lobster, Crab & Prawn Tortelloni Dinner for 2 Kit by Pasta Evangelists
Pasta Evangelists claim authority in fresh pasta, and invite you to prepare restaurant-quality pasta in 5 minutes and experience the authentic flavours of Italy.
Their Lobster, Crab & Prawn Tortelloni are handcrafted and served with delicate sage butter and fresh samphire. A taste of Itay’s sun-kissed coastline at home. Buon appetito!
Best Baby Product
Baby Bedtime Bubbles Tangerine by Child’s Farm
At Childs Farm, their multi-award winning products are suitable for dry, sensitive and even skin that may be prone to eczema. They produce a range of mild, kind and safe products that the whole family can use by only using the best natural ingredients.
Their multi award-winning bubble bath in wonderful wonderful smelling organic tangerine, is so mild and gentle it is perfectly suitable for newborns & babies with sensitive skin.
Best Convenience Product
Parchment Baking Paper Sheets by If You Care
Founded in 1990, If You Care’s mission is to reduce the amount of waste. Nothing should remain after the product has been used and properly disposed of. The packaging is made from unbleached recycled cardboard or paper which can be recycled again.
Their FSC certified parchment baking paper sheets have quickly became a best-seller. These baking sheets are hugely versatile and are perfect for baking, roasting, reheating and wrapping.
Best Ethnic Minority Owned Brand
These African-inspired snacks by Chika Russell (who previously appeared on Dragons’ Den) are all natural, vegan, high protein, gluten-free with no GMO, additives or flavorings. Every pack sold goes towards empowering girls through education with their Snacks4Change program with World Vision.
Experience bursts of flavour and taste sensations by shopping Chika’s range of nuts and crisps here.
Best Fruit & Vegetable Product
Baby Plum on the Vine by Keeling’s
The only Fairtrade tomatoes in the world, supplied by Keeling’s, are delicious. Growing is in the Keeling’s family nature, who select only the best global growers sharing passion for quality produce.
Keeling’s specially selected strabena tomatoes on the vine is a new small plum tomato with a unique strawberry shape. Tasting as good as it looks, the shiny red fruits outshine other varieties in aroma, texture and appearance.
Best Lifestyle Product
Beeswax Food Wraps by Tala
Tala has always been known for its innovative products and high quality. Originally founded in 1899, Tala still provides our homes with a wide range of kitchen essentials, from tools and gadgets to bakeware and baking accessories over 120 years later.
These Beeswax Food Wraps are a natural substitute and can be used in place of traditional plastic sandwich bags and cling film. Handcrafted organic cotton sheets are combined with 100% natural ingredients including sustainably harvested pesticide-free beeswax tree resin and organic jojoba oil.
Best Low-Alcoholic Product
Rosé 0% Sparkling Wine by Belle & Co
Belle & Co. provide refreshing and perfectly balanced non-alcoholic alternative beverages, which are vegan, gluten-free and even low-calorie.
Belle & Co. Rosé is the perfect sparkling tipple without the alcohol, combining sparkling fermented grape juice blended with premium green tea and a hint of organic black carrot.
Best Organic Product
Mylk & Pink Himalayan Salt by Raw Halo
Raw Halo make organic vegan chocolate bars from ethically sourced, plant-based ingredients sweetened naturally with coconut sugar. They are also sustainably wrapped in 100% plastic-free, recyclable packaging.
Their Mylk & Pink Himalayan Salt chocolate bar has a glossy shine, satisfying snap and melt-in-your-mouth smoothness you won’t be able to resist.
Best Snack Product
Chickpea Puffs – Sweet & Smokin’ by HIPPEAS
Hippeas want us to give chickpeas a chance! They think ‘tastes good’ and ‘do good’ can be in the same sentence, and this is reflected in their totally vegan, gluten-free, delicious snacks.
Their Sweet & Smokin’ chickpea puffs are made from the humble but mighty legume baked into a light and crunchy snack, and are even low-calorie!
Most Innovative Product
Vegan Chocolate Mochi by Little Moons
Little Moons was founded by sister and brother duo, Vivien and Howard Wong. Mochi are soft and chewy rice dough wrapped around balls of ice cream to create a distinctive, bite-sized and delicious dessert that’s bursting with flavour.
Indulge in their Vegan Chocolate Mochi which delivers the rich taste of Belgian chocolate and real cocoa while still being perfectly vegan.