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SASKATOON, Oct. 1, 2018 /CNW/ - It's a small Canadian success story that continually adds new chapters.

Born on the Prairies, Three Farmers Foods has experienced sustained, rapid growth since its introduction on CBC's Dragon's Den several years ago.

Introducing a line of wholesome, plant-based protein snacks, in addition to their camelina oils, Three Farmers has done its part in growing the Canadian economy by providing healthy food options for consumers.

This small company, through innovative practices, forged a path to the national forefront and captured the attention of top business minds in Canada.

Growth 500, which highlights 500 of Canada's fastest-growing businesses, ranks Three Farmers at 170th and is featured, along with the company, in Macleans magazine.

Three Farmers CEO Natasha Vandenhurk and her sister Elysia Vandenhurk, COO and a Red Seal Chef, saw their business take flight four years ago with the introduction of their snack line.

Canada is the world's largest producer of lentils and green peas. As one of the top producers of chickpeas for the world as well, the value-added innovation into pulse snacks was a natural evolution for Three Farmers Foods. Roasted Chickpeas launched in 2014, with roasted Pea Pops two years later. In October, Three Farmers introduces Crunchy Little Lentils.

High demand for these products compelled Three Farmers to expand existing manufacturing facilities. Three Farmers built and moved into a larger facility to accommodate custom roasters designed specifically to create their dry roasted, air-popped pulse snacks.

In growing their brand, Three Farmers stayed true to its values of transparency by allowing customers to track the story of how their food is grown and made with a number stamped on each bag of snacks.

Three Farmers is proudly Canadian. The growing of the products and the production is done on the prairies. Though the brand is sold nationally through independent and mainstream grocers across Canada, with expansion into the United States since January 2018.

"We love the idea of Three Farmers brand being sold around the world," Natasha Vandenhurk said. "Where we are at right now, the idea is to saturate the Canadian market, to grow our brand here, become a household name and trusted food brand… and to replicate that in the U.S."

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VANCOUVER, Sept. 4, 2018 /CNW/ - Koios Beverage Corp. (CSE: KBEV)(OTC: SNOVF) (the "Company" or "Koios") is pleased to announce it will be launching two additional products in October to augment its existing line of beverages.

The first product slated for release in October is a beverage infused with cannabidiol (CBD), a cannabinoid derived from hemp plants, along with Koios' proprietary nootropic stack.

CBD is commonly used in medical practice to deal with inflammation, pain, anxiety, and epileptic seizures. Unlike THC, which is also produced in the cannabis plant, CBD is not a psychoactive cannabinoid and does not cause the sensation of 'getting high' which is often associated with marijuana.

Nootropic supplements are used to enhance human productivity without using harmful chemicals or stimulants.  Koios products can enhance focus, concentration, mental capacity, memory retention, cognitive function, alertness, brain capacity and create all day mental clarity.

"We are just scratching the surface of what cannabinoids like CBD can do for human health," said Miller. "CBD is the best researched of all the cannabinoids within the cannabis plant, and is well known for its restorative effect on human health, and in dealing with various types of pain.

"With our focus on creating optimal human performance and health through our natural supplements, a CBD-infused beverage was a natural next step," Miller added. "With our current nootropic stack we will bring a product to market that aims to produce high levels of natural focus while simultaneously creating calming effects for the end user. A CBD infused beverage will be a tremendous value to the market and will allow us to come one step closer to realizing our vision of helping a billion people live healthier lives."

The second product slated for October will also be released through the Cannavated subsidiary, and will be a collaboration with the Company's partner Keef Brands, a division of CanCore Concepts Inc. (CanCore).

Keef Brands will manufacture, market and sell a line of beverages that are not only infused with THC, but also contain the nootropic supplements from the Koios line of brain enhancing functional beverages. The resulting product will be the first in the world to combine cannabis infusion with nootropic supplements that enhance the consumer's mental acuity.

Keef Brands has the exclusive rights to the Koios blend for Colorado, with the option of expanding the licensing agreement to Canada and the U.S., provided it complies with all rules and regulations in the markets where cannabis has been made legal.

The timing of the release of these products was pushed back due to the overwhelmingly positive result we have had launching our Pear Guava flavour. 

"The product sold out in its first month and forced us to alter our production schedule to meet the demand of our customers and retail partners," said Miller. "The timing on these new releases is critical and we want to ensure proper vertical alignment with our distributors as we approach the busy season."


Fresno, California – July 26, 2018…The California Food Expo has officially emerged. Formerly known as the Fresno Food Expo, the name change and brand unveil kicked off a new era for the nation’s largest geographically-focused food industry tradeshow. Over 135 exhibitors from the state’s finest food and beverage growers and manufacturers touted their high-quality products to more than 650 pre-qualified regional, national and international buyers, connecting and creating worldwide commerce.

“Our production value in both fresh and manufactured products, our innovation and our diversity make California a food powerhouse,” said Amy Fuentes, Manager, California Food Expo. “The Expo’s vision to incorporate all of California enables us to harness the state’s thriving food industry and connect buyers to authentic California brands.”

The California Food Expo brand reveal followed the keynote address by Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, Karen Ross who reinforced the state’s impact on the national and international foodscape, while delivering a vision for sustained growth.

“California is the nation’s top agricultural producing state, accounting for $46 billion in output from over 400 different commodities,” said Ross. “The state is also home to more than 5,500 food manufacturing facilities, twice the amount of any other state in the nation. These astounding numbers give the California Food Expo an incredible platform to fortify California relationships and continue to expand the industry into the future.”

Top buyers attending this year’s Expo included: Bristol Farms, Whole Foods, Grocery Outlet, Smart & Final, Walmart and more. Complementing the domestic buyers were qualified international buyers from India, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, and international export trading firms.

“Discovering and carrying quality California products remains a high priority for our store,” said Randy Ducummon, Vice President for Whole Foods Market, Northern California & Reno. “Having the California Food Expo include food and beverage products from throughout the state provides a unique and incredibly valuable opportunity for us to connect with California brands, while also sourcing new store offerings.”

The 2018 New Product Awards showcased innovative food and beverage products, providing an elevated platform for participating exhibitors to tout a new product or packaging concept. Entries ranged from a berry-infused tortilla to a Hazy IPA and a sun-dried plum BBQ sauce. Judging for the New Product Awards was conducted by members of the new California Retail Advisory Committee including appointees from: Albertsons and VONS, Southern California; Albertsons and Safeway, Northern California; Bristol Farms; Erewhon Markets; Whole Foods Market, Northern California and Reno; and Walmart, in addition to special guest, the Supermarket Guru, Phil Lempert. The 2018 first place winner was ENZO’s Table Peach Jam; second place was a tie between Ampersand Ice Cream Honey Blueberry Ice Cream and Producers Dairy Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream; and third place was 51 Fifty Passion Fruit Orange Guava Energy Drink.

“Our Peach Jam showcases the beauty of California - when a farmer from Clovis can connect with an award winning Chef in Los Angeles like Jessica Koslow from Sqirl - it’s an incredibly humbling feeling,” said Vincent Ricchuiti, Founder, ENZO Olive Oil. “Receiving this award provides an elevated exposure that will help us to drive demand for this product, which will be exclusively sold through our retail and online store.”

New in 2018, the Consumer’s Choice Award provided an expanded opportunity for participating exhibitors to showcase their flagship products. The first round of voting, done online by the public, resulted in over 6,000 votes. The Official Consumer Panel selected the final winner, which were in first place La Tapatia BBQ Tortilla Chips; second place Taco Works Tortilla Chips; and third Bobby Salazar’s Guacamole Salsa.

The Fred Ruiz Entrepreneurial Award, open to any exhibiting California food or beverage company, was presented to a company that is a pioneer in innovation, a steward in their community, has a risk-taking mindset, extraordinary passion for California’s food industry and demonstrates outstanding leadership. Applications were reviewed by a panel of food industry judges, including Fred Ruiz. The 2018 recipient of this prized award was Tioga Sequoia Brewing Company.

During Expolicious, the Expo’s public event, over 1,200 attendees were able to sample new bites created by 11 Central California restaurateurs and celebrity chefs utilizing only products featured on the show floor. Food writer, cook and Food Network TV personality Simon Majumdar was back for the third year to taste and judge the creations; his selected winners for this year were Best Taste, Max’s Bistro & Bar for their Sweet Corn Chilled chowder; Best Presentation, Ampersand Ice Cream for their Rummy Plummy, Oakey Smokey Peach and Almond Amaretto taster plate; Best Use of Local Products, Bella Luna for their Strawberry Watermelon Cooler and Harris Ranch “Short Rib” Slider, which also won Consumers Choice.

“Fresno is the logical location for a world-class food expo, and the expansion and shift to the California Food Expo is the first step on a path to further showcase all regions of California and the incredible food and beverage companies that reside in the Golden State,” said Bill Smittcamp, President, Wawona Frozen Foods. “We’re proud of the Expo’s history and roots in Central California, and we expect continued growth in the diversity and range of products in each coming year along with the quality of retail and foodservice buyers.”

The 2019 California Food Expo will be held on July 24-25, 2019. Exhibitor reservations are now open at the discounted rate of $900 until March 1, 2019. To register, go to:

To watch the California Food Expo brand reveal video, click here: 

To download photos from the show floor, click here:


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