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Sidney, BC —  Umami Bomb Shiitake Chili Oil is now available in two new varieties: Garlic and Extra Hot. The vegan shiitake mushroom-based chili oil, produced by Vumami Foods in Sidney, BC, adds bold, savoury, spicy flavour to any dish from noodles to stews and sandwiches to roasted vegetables. The new Umami Bomb varieties now join original flavours, Medium and Hot, on grocery store shelves throughout BC and online at

The fast-growing company, Vumami Foods, was only launched in June of this year but has already become a staple in the kitchens of home cooks throughout BC. Since launching, Umami Bomb is now available in more than 45 premium markets and grocers throughout BC.

“To give our customers even more exciting flavour profiles to cook with, we’ve added two new Umami Bomb varieties that add an explosion of umami to any meal,” said Vumami Foods founder Nicholas Baingo. “By popular demand, we’re continuing to experiment with our original recipe and looking for new ways to make ordinary dishes extraordinary.”

Umami Bomb Shiitake Chili Oil retails for $8.99 and is currently available at premium markets and grocers throughout BC and can be purchased online from anywhere in Canada at


TORONTO, Nov. 25, 2020 /CNW/ - Nourish Food Marketing, Canada's only full-service marketing agency working exclusively with food, beverage, and agricultural clients, in partnership with Kahntact, leading marketers in the agriculture, food, and life science sectors, have released their annual Trend Report. Heavily influenced by the most unusual year of our lifetimes, the 2021 Nourish Network Trend Report is an intriguing mix of newly-emerged patterns and existing trends radically altered by the pandemic.

"Our fifth annual report looks at the forces driving change across the entire food continuum," says Jo-Ann McArthur, President of Nourish Food Marketing. "The pandemic caused the equivalent of ten years of change in ten months. What we once knew and past behaviours are no longer reliable indicators."

"COVID-19 forced Canada's Food Industry to lift its veil when Canadians experienced food shortages, likely for the first time in their lives," says Len Kahn, President of Kahntact. "This further shows the opportunity and need for clearer transparency around Canadian agriculture. Consumers trust farmers, but not farming, and that is something that needs to change."

The 2021 Report dives into a dozen key trends that will shape the Food, Beverage, and Agriculture landscape in 2021 and beyond. The Trends are:

  • Two Canadas: The Polarization of Society
  • Set the Table: Return of the Family Mealtime
  • Values-based Eating: Social Justice in the Food Industry
  • Knowledge-based Eating: Radical Transparency & Full Disclosure
  • Ethics-based Eating: Reducing Your Environmental Impact
  • Beyond Local: Hyperlocalization of Products & Services
  • Functional Food 2.0: Eating for Resiliency & Preventative Healthcare
  • The Rise of Omnichannel: Part I – Linking Purchase & Prep Through Digital
  • The Rise of Omnichannel: Part II – Unbundling the Restaurant Experience For Home
  • Help Wanted: Filling Employment Gaps in the Agri-food Sector
  • Grassroots Movement: Investing in Soil Health for Industry & the Environment
  • Next-Gen Farming: Accelerated Integration of Digital Tech & Agriculture

The 2021 Nourish Trend Report is online now. To read the full report, click here.


Vancouver, British Columbia, November 24, 2020 – The Very Good Food Company Inc. (CSE: VERY) (OTCQB: VRYYF) (FSE: 0SI) (“VGF” or the “Company”), announced today that veteran plant-based food production executive, Ana Silva, will join VGF as president commencing in January 2021. 


New President Appointment

Management is pleased to enlist a president with such an impressive background in plant-based food production, as the Company scales operations. Silva has spent the past five years with Daiya Foods Inc. (“Daiya”), where she served as chief financial officer. Daiya is a Canadian-based company that manufactures plant-based dairy alternatives available at more than 25,000 stores across North America. During Silva’s time with Daiya, the company underwent a CAD$405 million/USD$326 million acquisition by Otsuka Pharmaceuticals, a Japanese pharmaceutical and nutraceutical company. Along with this significant acquisition, Silva oversaw a period where Daiya was ranked as the fastest-growing plant-based food company in America by SPINS.

“I’m thrilled about the possibilities in the plant-based food industry, and I believe it will secure our long-term global food supply,” said Silva. “Very Good Food offers three unique assets: The founders are innovative risk-takers with a great vision. The core values and purpose are truly inspiring. And finally, this company is at the early stages of growth, which for me, is an important opportunity to contribute.”

Silva's appointment comes at a transformative time as VGF steps into a period of expansion and brings online additional production capacity with its proposed Rupert and Patterson facilities, and expands R&D capabilities with its Mount Pleasant facility, in order to meet strong demand for the Company’s products. Ana’s experience will also guide the Company as it pursues its efforts to expand into the U.S. and other international markets.

“We are fortunate to have someone of Ana’s caliber and experience joining our team at a critical inflection point for our company, as we are on the verge of scaling our operations by a very substantial margin,” said CEO Mitchell Scott. “With significant capacity expansion and a large waitlist of wholesale accounts, Ana’s previous executive-level experience at Daiya Foods will be an invaluable asset to our team.”

Silva has more than 15 years of experience in business finance, with a track record that includes the energy and infrastructure sectors in addition to food. She is a Certified Public Accountant and has an MBA and Honours Bachelor of Commerce from Laurentian University.


Lotus Energy has taken the USA market by storm with over 8,000 food service establishments now offering Lotus. Lotus Energy concentrates are plant‐based and naturally crafted from nature's elite botanicals, super fruits, amino acids, and B vitamins. Lotus harnesses the nutritional power of coffee fruit (cascara) through a patented extraction/stabilization process that preserves the amazing health benefits of the coffee cherry. The process delivers maximized levels of all natural, never‐roasted coffee polyphenols that produce the powerful growth hormone BDNF (brain‐derived neurotrophic factor).

Lotus Energy attracts the coffee industry’s younger audience with a vibrant, flavourful, new way to enjoy the coffee plant without the health concerns of artificial/synthetic mainstream energy drinks. Lotus delivers the strength of an Americano cup of coffee without the acidity and negative side effects associated with coffee.

“The Canadian market has a very health conscious consumer base. We are very excited to offer our plant‐based product line through Specialty Beverage Solutions.” Scott Strader, CEO, Founder of Lotus Plant Energy.

“We have always considered ourselves pioneers in the Canadian market. We invest heavily in seeking out unique, upcoming and innovative products. Lotus Plant Energy is a serious game changer for our client base. Lotus Energy offers a healthy, non‐coffee, pick‐me‐up alternative and upgrades any drink menu with a whole new category of profitable beverages.” Daren Schwengler, President, Specialty Beverage Solutions.


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49th Parallel Coffee Roasters was established in 2004 in Vancouver, B.C., with a focus on sourcing and roasting outstanding specialty grade coffee. Through Direct Trade partnerships with our farmers, we aredirectly investing in quality and sustainability at the farmlevel. We aspire to make every coffee we source a mechanism for positive change in the coffee industry and coffee communities around the globe. Our goal is to offer a diverse coffee selection, resulting in a delicious, balanced cup, showcasing each coffee’s unique qualities and characteristics.

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