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Big Mountain Foods to Open 70,000 Square Foot Facility by 2021

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Plant-Based Provider Poised for Global Distribution

November 12, 2020, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada | xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations – Vancouver-based food manufacturer, Big Mountain Foods, announces its expansion into a 70,000 sq. ft. facility to scale up its production capacity by 2021, and compete with other global plant-based brands. 

Founded by mother-daughter duo Kimberly Chamberland and Jasmine Byrne, Big Mountain Foods recently began distributing to Kroger, the largest American supermarket by revenue, which provided the momentum for their expansion. At the same time, they launched four new “Veggie Links” products across Canada and the USA. All nine Big Mountain Foods products are gluten, nut, and soy-free, certified vegan, and non-GMO verified. 

Read more: Big Mountain Foods to Open 70,000 Square Foot Facility by 2021

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Que Pasa launches a new line of organic Grain Free Tortilla chips

Richmond, B.C. (September 8th, 2020) – Tired of corny? Looking for a fresh new, tasty alternative? You’re in luck! Que Pasa – the B.C. based tortilla chip brand – is proud to introduce its new line of Grain Free tortilla chips, launching first in Western Canada in September, before rolling out to the rest of the country in early 2021.

Que Pasa was created with the idea to make a corn tortilla chip that was real – comprised of just a few, simple ingredients, and hand-cut for a genuine taste of fresh, authentic, Mexican-style chips.

But Que Pasa realizes not everyone loves corn, and corn doesn’t agree with everyone, all the time.

Que Pasa’s new Grain Free line of tortilla chips are made in the same spirit and to the same exacting standards as Que Pasa’s traditional corn tortilla chips, but instead, with organic Cassava flour. Like Que Pasa Corn tortilla chips, Que Pasa’s Grain Free line is Certified Organic, non-GMO, and vegan, but also gluten-free and Paleo diet-friendly.

“We like to think of our new Grain Free chips as representing the height of snacking inclusivity,” says Arjan Stephens, President of Que Pasa Mexican Foods. “They suit all varieties of chip lovers and will satisfy anyone – especially those who cannot enjoy traditional corn-based tortilla chips.”

As with the traditional Que Pasa tortilla chips, Grain Free Que Pasa chips use only the highest quality ingredients, so you can enjoy a flavourful snack knowing that you're eating nothing but wholesome, delicious food.

Que Pasa’s new Grain Free tortilla chips come in three delectable flavours: Sea Salt, Nacho (vegan cheese) and Squeeze of Lime. Metro Vancouverites can now purchase their first deliciously crunchy package of Que Pasa Grain Free chips at Save-On Foods, London Drugs, and Costco in Western Canada. Join us in going Grain Free, and take a break from corny!

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Que Pasa is social:

Instagram: @quepasafoods    Twitter: @QuePasaFoods    Facebook: @QuePasaFoods

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Que Pasa Foods is a proudly Canadian, family-owned organic tortilla chip company headquartered in Richmond, British Columbia. Que Pasa joined Nature’s Path Foods, North America’s largest organic breakfast and snack food company, in 2012. Committed to the triple bottom line – socially responsible, environmentally sustainable, and financially viable, Nature’s Path and Que Pasa work diligently to support communities and champion the cause of people and planet. Made with just a few, simple ingredients, Que Pasa products are always organic, non-GMO, gluten free and vegan.

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Toronto, Ontario (October 28, 2020) – The Violife® 100% Vegan cheese alternative family of products has arrived throughout Canada for cheese-loving consumers, just in time for dairy-free holiday cooking and baking. Introduced nationally by Upfield, the world’s largest plant-based food company, Violife 100% Vegan cheese alternative products can be enjoyed straight from the package; stirred, sprinkled or sliced to add to a favourite dish; or, proudly served on a vegan charcuterie board.  Non-dairy, non-GMO, and free of nuts, soy, gluten and lactose, a range of Violife products are available now in the dairy, produce and natural foods sections at major and specialty food retailers across Canada.

“We are thrilled to bring the taste and versatility of cheese to cheese-loving Canadians, but without the dairy,” said Shoshana Price, Brand Director, Upfield Canada. “Violife can be enjoyed by everyone – whether they’re vegan, dairy-free, or wanting to eat more plant-forward. As more and more Canadians switch to a plant-based diet, Violife offers the tasty indulgence of a delicious traditional dairy cheese but made with the goodness of plants.” 

Violife to be ‘Made in Canada’ 

In 2021, Canada will become the first market ever to produce Violife 100% Vegan products outside of Greece, where the product has been perfected by the founding families for over 20 years.  Canadian-produced Violife will supply cheese-lovers, both nationally within Canada and in the United States, with a tasty vegan alternative to dairy cheese. It will be produced at a new state-of-the-art Upfield facility in Brantford, Ontario. 

The Violife Story

Violife was created by three friends who wanted to make a tasty alternative to dairy cheese, one that even the biggest cheese lovers would enjoy. Violife has been a pioneer in the vegan cheese alternative industry and today the products are enjoyed by consumers in over 50 countries worldwide.  The brand continues to innovate by creating tasty, delicious flavours and new dairy-free products. 

Free of nuts, soy, gluten, lactose, casein and preservatives, Violife 100% Vegan products are made using non-GMO ingredients, including coconut oil, and are kosher-certified.   They are available in the following formats and flavours in Canada: 

  • Shreds  – cheddar-style and mozzarella-style
  • Slices – cheddar-style, mature cheddar-style, smoked provolone-style
  • Cream Cheese Alternative – creamy original
  • Wedge – parmesan-style
  • Block – feta-style

Violife 100% Vegan cheese alternative products are available across Canada at major grocery retailers, natural/specialty stores, and vegan shops, with suggested retail product pricing ranging from Cdn $5.79 to Cdn $6.99 per package.  

For more information, or to try Violife in delicious recipes, like Veggie Gnocchi, Raspberry Cream Pie and more, visit


Broll RCT 300wDELTA, B.C.- All Raincoast Trading (Raincoast) canned salmon and tuna products are now MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) certified and eco-labelled, solidifying the company’s position as a sustainability leader in the retail packaged seafood category and allowing consumers to make an informed and responsible choice when shopping.

“The Raincoast brand was established 25 years ago with a goal of making very high quality, sustainable seafood accessible to everyone,” said Steve Hughes, president of Raincoast and Nanaimo, B.C.-based processor St. Jean’s Cannery & Smokehouse. “Our product line and distribution have grown over the years, but sustainability is part of our DNA and is always part of the conversation we have about all of our products.”

All Raincoast products can be traced back to the fishery and boat. Raincoast tuna is individually caught from certified fisheries on the west coast of Canada and in the Maldives Islands. All salmons are sourced from certified North American salmon harvests.

“We began using the MSC eco-label on some products several years ago, but feel it is important to broaden its application,” said Hughes. “We want consumers to feel confident in knowing their food is coming from a local, independent, and audited eco-label. It allows them to be part of the solution.”

MSC is the world’s leading sustainable, wild-caught seafood certification program. It upholds a science-based set of requirements for sustainable fisheries and seafood products world-wide in additional to highlighting efforts to safeguard wild fish populations and their ecosystems.

“We are very happy to see our partner Raincoast reinforcing their commitment to sustainability which will further contribute to making a meaningful difference to the future health of our shared ocean,” said Brian Perkins, Regional Director Americas at the Marine Stewardship Council. “From certified fisheries that are committed to sustainable practices, to companies sourcing sustainnable products, and consumers’ mindful purchases, we all have a role to play in safeguarding seafood for future generations.”


Laval, Quebec, October 21, 2020 – Bio-K Plus International Inc. (Bio-K Plus), pioneer in the probiotic sector and leader in the biotech industry, is pleased to announce the launch of its new line of functional beverages, Essential.


Focused on offering premium quality probiotics that make a real difference in people’s lives around the world, the company is adding the Essential line to its existing Pro and Original lines. In keeping with this tradition of high quality, the Essential line fits perfectly into the active and modern lifestyle of today’s consumer, always looking for innovative ways to stay healthy. Bio-K Plus offers a dose of probiotics in the form of fun, delightful and balanced functional beverages.


This announcement is the result of more than two years of research and development carried out by Bio-K Plus’ experienced team that has developed the best line of functional beverages infused with probiotic bacteria. This project was led by Martin Croteau, Chief Commercial Officer, and was driven by the need to democratize probiotics, making them more accessible for all, and broaden their use to support global health in a more holistic manner.


“For the extended family of Bio-K Plus, this is the beginning of a new chapter. We have an enviable reputation with health professionals, and the fact that now we can integrate into the everyday lives of consumers is a significant achievement for the company. Bio-K Plus remains a reference in the health sector, and our Essential line aims to offer the mass market high-quality, everyday health products that include probiotics in their formulation,” said Martin Croteau. “The functional beverage market in North America is growing at an unprecedented pace, and the Essential line possesses all the qualities to be a major player.”


“The Essential line offers unique, well-thought-out products and with the same high-quality standards that we expect from Bio-K Plus. What’s most interesting about the Essential products is their formulation – with 35 calories or less per portion for iced teas, and 5 calories or less for the sparklingwaters. All products are naturally flavoured and contain no artificial colours, flavours or sweeteners. Furthermore, they are organic, non-GMO and are infused with live and active probiotic bacteria, known for their digestive health benefits,” explained Stéphanie Côté, nutritionist, athlete and author. 

The sparkling waters and iced teas will be available as of the beginning of November across Canada in grocery stores, health food stores, in other major retailers and on


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