Our organization provides certification for vegetarian and vegan products and vegan friendly restaurants.
Certification can be applied by companies that manufacture vegetarian or vegan products, and by restaurants that offer vegan options in their menu.
The objective of our organization is to create an environment where vegetarian and vegan options are readily available.
We perform vegetarian/vegan certification with this objective.
There are 3 marks as below.
・VEGAN ヴィーガン Mark：
・VEGETARIAN ベジタリアン -NO MEAT NO FISH- Mark：
Vegan ヴィーガン ベジタリアン対応 Mark：
Restaurants which have vegan dish(es) in their main menus.
* Please read the detail about “VegeProject Vegetarian and Vegan Standards” at the lower part of the page.
Why we think certification matters:
Merits of using our vegetarian or vegan mark:
The demand for vegetarian and vegan products is on the rise. Vegetarian and vegan products are very popular among foreign travelers, and interest on these products is also growing nationally.
In the case of restaurants, stores that offer vegetarian or vegan options tend to attract not only vegetarians, but also groups of friends, families or business partners where one of the members is vegetarian.
CSR and Branding
Vegetarian and vegan products are not only good for health, but also make an important contribution to food sustainability, environmental protection and animal welfare. Offering vegetarian and vegan options is a great opportunity for a press release, and a contribution to the branding of your company.
VegeProject will talk the products and restaurants that have received a vegan certificate on the social media, VegeMap, and our news website VegeTime, reaching the vegetarian and vegan community directly.
VegeProject Vegetarian and Vegan Standards
・Vegetarian：we define “vegetarian” as containing no meat, fish or shellfish, or any product derived of these.
In regards to fried products, vegetarian products must be fried in vegetable oil that has not been used to fry meat, fish or any other kind of animal ingredients. Vegetarian certification will be rejected to any products that have involved animal testing in their development process. Companies offering vegetarian products under our certification must wash the production line before the manufacturing of certified products, and specify to the customer the possibility of cross-contamination on their package or menu in the case that the certified product is elaborated in the same production line or with the same utensils that have been used in the manufacture of non-vegetarian products.
This definition of “vegetarian” is exclusive to our Vegetarian/Vegan Certificate, and may differ from that of other organizations.
・Vegan: we define “vegan” as containing no meat, fish, shellfish, dairy, eggs, honey, or any other animal product.
In regards to fried products, vegan products must be fried in vegetable oil that has not been used to fry meat, fish or any other kind of animal ingredients. Vegan certification will be rejected to any alcoholic beverage that use animal-derived substances in the clarifying or fining process, any product containing sugar which has been filtered or clarified using bone char as an ingredient, or any products that have involved animal testing in their development process. Companies offering vegan products under our certification must specify to the customer the possibility of cross-contamination on their package or menu in the case that the certified product is elaborated in the same production line or with the same utensils that have been used in the manufacture of non-vegan products. This definition of “vegan” is exclusive to our Vegetarian/Vegan Certificate, and may differ from that of other organizations.
＊For detailed information about allergens, users should contact the corresponding manufacturer or restaurant directly.
＊VegeProject will periodically revise that the certified products and restaurant menus are in compliance with the certification standards. It is mandatory for companies using our certification mark to inform VegeProject before any change in the ingredients of the certified product. VegeProject keeps the right to withdraw certification from any product that not longer complies with the corresponding certification criteria.