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Summer 2019

Compassionate CEO Profile: Tina Stokes

Like many of us, Tina Stokes grew up enjoying dairy cheese. But after learning about the horrific practices of the dairy industry, she knew that her compassion and love for animals far outweighed her taste for cheese.

Rather than perpetuating animal suffering, she set out to create a dairy-free cheese close to the taste and texture of dairy cheese—products that are healthy and ethical and that entice both vegans and nonvegans alike. She achieved her goal. We asked Tina about her inspirations, what excites her about the future of vegan foods, and for any advice that she has for someone looking to start a compassionate business. Read the interview with Compassionate CEO, Tina Stokes of Vegan Stokes Cheese

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Ontario vegans Magazine

Summer 2019


Refreshing, watermelon summer salad featured on the cover of Ontario Vegans Magazine - summer issue. This delicious salad is the perfect blend of sweet and savoury flavours. The main attraction is Vegan Stokes Herbed Feta cheese! Always a big hit on hot summer days!



edible Toronto magazine

Spring 2019

Cheese Please. Hold the Dairy!

Featured in Edible Toronto Magazine for our locally produced artisanal vegan cheese. This wonderful issue is dedicated to plant based vegan artisans, chefs and products throughout Ontario.


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Ontario Vegans Magazine

Spring 2019

Smokey Tomato Lox on Stokes Cheese

Recipe for Tomato Lox on Stokes Creamy Chive cheese, featured in Ontario Vegans Magazine. The appearance, taste and texture is virtually indistinguishable from smoked salmon.

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Western University Vegan Society

March 18, 2019

Stoked for Cheese? Check out Vegan Stokes Cheese!

Vegan Stokes Cheese is one of the finest brands of vegan cheese available today, but what’s even more incredible is that they are a lovely family operated business! Whilst their story is incredible, they are also committed to giving back and supporting causes that advocate for animal rights, along with the sustainability of the environment. See the full article here



Compassionate Business Award

September 2018

Compassion for animals is at the heart of our values and the foundation of our business. As a cause based business that puts ethics before profits, we are so honoured and grateful to be recognized by PETA with the Compassionate Business Award.

Ingrid Newkirk, President PETA

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Planet Protein

September, 2018

Southern hospitality meets that famous Canadian kindness

The Stokes Family

When the major health hazard within our living space occurred, with nowhere to go and chaos abound, Tina and Neil Stokes opened their home to the Sustainable Duo to provide safe haven. Without even being present, the Stokes’ reminded us of the compassion and caring behind this movement. Beyond their incredible act of kindness, the Stokes also run a small passion project around vegan cheese. Vegan Stokes Cheese has a story similar to Planet Protein’s. Initially shocked by the health and cruel implications of a diet subsisted by animal agriculture, Tina Stokes set out to create her own cheese as she was dissatisfied with the available products and seeking to survive the transition from cheese lover to vegan. Fast forward through today and Vegan Stokes Cheese is stocked throughout the Toronto area, and available internationally via  Tina has since left the corporate world to pursue her passion, making a her remarkable creations. What a story, and an incredible thanks to the Stokes family!


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Vegan + Ethical Lifestyle

July 2018

Vegan Stokes cultured cheeses are “Handcrafted with Passion and Compassion” in small batches, locally in Thornhill, Ontario. So authentic, you might not distinguish that they’re vegan. Read about Vegan Stokes Cheese and the interview with founder, Tina Stokes

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Ontario Vegans Magazine

Summer, 2018

Ontario’s Artisan Vegan Cheese

This artisan cheese producer certainly caught the attention of PETA, and was selected as one of their favourite vegan products in Canada. Founder, Tina Stokes was recognized as one of their favourite female entreprenerus running compassionate business that help animals and President of PETA, Ingrid Newkirk had this to say about Vegan Stokes Cheese “I swear that Stokes Cheddar is phenomenal. The best cheddar I’ve had in decades!”


Peta Living

May, 2018

peta's favourite vegan products available in Canada

PETA is playing favourites! They've compiled a list of their favourite vegan foods available in Canada. We are super stoked that Vegan Stokes Cheese made the list as one of their favourite dairy-free cheeses!

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Peta Living

April, 2018

These Powerful Women are "killing it" with Compassion

TINA Stokes, Vegan Stokes Cheese

"The vegan cheese company founder has this to say about dairy: “Learning of the dairy industry practices made it clear that the word ‘dairy’ which we all once thought of as ‘wholesome,’ ‘natural’ and even ‘necessary’ is actually none of these things.” Stokes founded Vegan Stokes out of her “passion for compassion,” and the rest is herstory. Every product made by the small, family-operated facility is handcrafted in small batches and hand-wrapped."



Sacred LiFe Magazine

Vol. 9 - Spring, 2018

Sacred Loves

Vegan Stokes Herbed Feta

"The perfect addition to any dinner party, this delicious nut-free, and dairy-free Feta will tantalize your taste buds. Pair it with olives and bread, crumble on top of a salad or bake it in flakey pastry, this creamy vegan cheese can be used in so many different ways."


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vanguard society members and peta business friend

We are so proud to support the world’s largest organization dedicated to protecting our most vulnerable individuals: animals. PETA’s strategic and bold advocacy inspires compassion and sparks awareness, prompting the realization that all animals are sentient beings, just like us.