The New Zealand Dairy Free Awards

Celebrating excellence in the dairy-free plant-based alternatives.

Dairy Free Awards

The 2023 Dairy Free Awards.

The future of milk products is plant-based. We hope that the government will help farmers to diversify and transition to growing plants over the coming decade. It’s time for New Zealand to once again become global leaders. We can do this, we can change our economy from meat and dairy based to horticultural based. We will meet our Paris Agreement goals if we invest in our land wisely, grow the right crops in the right environment and increase our organic inputs.

Celebrating excellence in the plant-based alternatives, the Dairy Free Awards entrants are People’s Choice so we rely on your nominations!

2023 is the fourth year that we have run the awards and we look forward to your input from the start!

You can vote on your favourite vegan products in 6 different categories:  this year we have added the exciting categories of cream and desserts!



(these must be plant milk or cream-based puddings eg Instant pudding, mousse, panacotta, custard, cheesecake, creme caramel etc .)

Ice Cream




Tell us the full product name and the company who makes it and we’ll put the most popular ones up for voting in February.

Send your suggestions to by 5th February 2023

Keep in touch with us on Facebook and Insta to see when the voting begins, or keep checking back to this page 🙂

Meanwhile if you haven’t tried Dairy Free and wanna go FebNoDairy – why not kick off with our 7 day Dairy Free Challenge?  Receive daily email support full of tips and recipes!

Check out our Dairy Alternatives page and discover your favourite (then nominate them for our awards!)


Best Dairy Free Milk

Winner ~ Boring Oat Milk ~ original
Runner Up ~ Otis Oat Milk – The Barista

Best Dairy Free Yoghurt

Winner ~ Raglan Coconut Yoghurt ~ vanilla
Runner Up ~ The Collective Plant ~ Natural Yoghurt

Best Dairy Free Ice Cream

Winner ~ Little island ~ Chocolate Organic
Runner Up ~ Duck Island ~ Salted Chocolate Brownie

Best Dairy Free Butter/Spread

Winner ~ Vutter
Runner Up ~ Olivani