Plant-based is taking off!

A Mission to Eliminate Food Waste

vancouver Nov 13, 2021

By Syrah Kai, TRENDI

I am the avocado half you didn’t finish, left in the fridge, and now I’m garbage.  

I am the remaining bananas in the bunch; you had good intentions for us, but, unfortunately, we may not make it to the freezer this time because we are way past overripe. 

I am the leftovers from the dinner you made, saying you’d have me for lunch but you went out again. Now I have no option but to turn to sludge and watch as you plug your nose in disgust when you open the container I’m in.

I am the carrot who didn’t grow quite right. The farmers love me, but the grocers think I’m too ugly and that no one will want to eat me despite us tasting the same once we reach the plate. I am the perfect peach one centimetre too small. They don’t think I’m a real fruit, so they let me fall. I’m the truckload of produce that can’t be used, the unnecessary loss of already scarce food.

I am the dumpster full of bread...

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Walking Down the Aisle

vancouver Nov 12, 2021

By Sweet Fruit

Walking Down the Aisle - Guide to Low Carb Plant-based Sustainable Food

Happy Mind, Happy Life!  Nothing feels better than to eat food that makes you feel good physically and mentally.  Find out how our Sweet Fruit founder, Michelle, a food scientist and nutritionist, makes her food choices.

Reading the Nutritional Facts label: I always look at 3 things on a label: serving size, net carbs and sodium.  Serving size is the amount of food it used in order to calculate the nutritional facts.  It would make a huge difference if it used 50g  instead of 250g.  Next, I would look at net carbs because it affects the blood sugar directly as the body needs to break them down into glucose.  To calculate the net carbs, take the total carbs and subtract fiber and half of carbs from sugar alcohols (except erythritol which you can completely subtract from the total carbs).  Last, it is important to look at sodium level.  Excess sodium...

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press release Nov 05, 2021


NOVEMBER 5, 2021, Vancouver, B.C. – Vegan ultra-athlete, author and gifted speaker Rich Roll will be speaking in Vancouver for the first time at the Planted Expo. On November 20th, Vancouverites will have two opportunities to hear about Rich Roll’s plant-based journey and how he became an Ultraman World Champion through a vegan lifestyle. 

Named as one of the “25 fittest men in the world”, Rich Roll is no stranger to the work and dedication it takes to reach high level physical goals. On Saturday, November 20th, Rich Roll will be at the Planted Expo at 1:00 p.m. to speak on “The Plant-based Conversation”. This event is included in the entrance fee of the Planted Expo on Saturday. 

For those who want to take a deeper dive into how Rich Roll went from an overweight, inactive attorney to an accomplished vegan...

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press release vancouver Oct 29, 2021


NOVEMBER 1, 2021, Vancouver, B.C. – Plant-based enthusiasts will have an opportunity to learn about the global vegan movement in-person at the Planted Expo in Vancouver on November 20th and 21st. Attendees will hear from inspirational speakers, leading vegan product creators, sustainability drivers and plant-based cookbook authors as they explore over 200 edible and lifestyle vegan brands during the event.

Plant-based lifestyles continue to enter mainstream conversations with an increased amount of people talking about veganism following its steady rise of recognition since the latter 2010’s. The Economist declared 2019 “the Year of the Vegan” , solidifying its place in public acceptance.

During 2020 and 2021, the world endured a global lockdown and impacted individuals took the time to learn more about the plant-based movement and its impact on...

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Product of the Year Winners

By Alana Moor, Planted Social Media Coordinator

You ate. You voted. They won. 

With so much variety and over 27 product entries from established and delicious plant-based brands, the competition was stiff. 

First Place: Strawberry Sass Gelato by Simply BUCK Official | 

Let’s start by giving a huge congratulations to Planted Expo Silver Sponsor, BUCK, for winning first place in the 2021 Product of the Year competition with their Strawberry Sass Gelato! 

From the first bite of this buckwheat gelato, mouths were watering for more, mumbles and groans of excitement could be heard, and looks of shock, love and delight could be seen in the judges’ faces. This isn’t any ordinary gelato—it’s better than any plant-based gelato that’s come before it. BUCK struck a gold mine and we’re thrilled to be here for it. 

For the competition, they chose to showcase their Strawberry Sass Buckwheat Gelato. When opening...

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Loving the Whole Soybean

vancouver exhibitors Oct 19, 2021

By Yumasoy,

At Yumasoy, we love the whole soybean. Unlike many other companies, we use whole soybeans, so you get all their amazing benefits. Whole soybeans are packed with protein, fibre, healthy fat, and an abundance of nutrients. 

What are Whole Foods? 

Whole foods come from nature and are minimally processed with their edible parts intact. 

Fragmentation of food, like soy, separates the food into different parts and causes important nutrients like vitamins, fibre, and healthy fats to be removed or lost.  Fractionated soybeans appear on labels as soy protein isolates, defatted soy, or textured vegetable protein (TVP). Fragmentation can involve the use of chemicals to separate the protein from the whole food, which may contribute to digestive problems. 

If you’ve always thought you couldn’t eat soy, it might be because you’ve consumed fractionated soy. At Yumasoy, we use whole soybeans, so all-important nutrients are maintained. 


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Developing a Sustainable Mindset as a Chef

vancouver exhibitors Oct 08, 2021

By Jaan Foods

The concept of sustainability has been discussed in many contexts over the past decade, ranging from sustainable materials to sustainable lifestyles. Inevitably, the food industry has also been targeted, with many consumers now looking for clean-label, sustainable products in their local stores. 

As an experienced chef, I have worked in the culinary industry for many years and have seen firsthand how our treatment of food within society could be improved. I have observed the sourcing, preparation and serving of food within restaurant kitchens, and I have worked within a bigger business that manufactured, sold and distributed large quantities of packaged food goods.

In these experiences, I began to recognize the minimal number of local, sustainable options being created within British Columbia. I also recognized the small number of local plant-based and vegan options available to consumers within our local grocery stores. This led to my desire to use my food...

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Ways Herbaland is Embracing Sustainability

vancouver exhibitors Oct 04, 2021

By Herbaland

Embracing sustainability comes down to the daily choices and behaviours that focus on reducing our carbon footprint and impact towards our planet. 

At Herbaland, sustainability is one of our core values. We strive to make decisions in our global community from eco-friendly production technology, ingredient sourcing, and packaging.  Encompassing our core values in everything we do, we are committed more than ever to our goal of providing all of our products in compostable packaging by 2025! 

With the launch of our 100% compostable packaging in our five best-selling vitamin gummies, it is the first step in our mission to achieve our goal! You will find our Vegan D3 + B12, Calm Naturally, Vegan Collagen Booster, Sleep Plus, and Kids Multivitamins in 100% compostable pouches as a refill for your current plastic bottles. Although our plastic bottles are made of recyclable materials, they won’t fully break down for 500 years if they end up in the...

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3 Food Essentials for a Long Healthy Life

vancouver exhibitors Sep 28, 2021

By Phox Foods

We are all aware that eating more plants is good for you.  The research is clear; the more unprocessed vegetables and fruits you eat, the less likely you are to have chronic diseases, like Diabetes, heart disease, or cancer.  But even with the abundance of health-promoting food available in the produce section, there are still several foods that deserve a special shout out for their ability to have remarkable, scientifically proven effects on our health.  These are foods that, when added to our daily diets, even without any other dietary intervention, significantly decrease rates of chronic illness and improve disease-free longevity.


Mushrooms are like rocket fuel for the immune system.  They contain phytonutrients, like beta-glucan, that supercharge the activity of your immune cells, especially those cells that attack and destroy virus-infected and cancerous cells.

And although all cancers should run when they see a mushroom coming,...

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Top 5 Tips to Transition to a Plant-based Lifestyle

vancouver exhibitors Sep 16, 2021

By Plant Veda

“One night we were watching the TV series Ramayana and in that episode, King Dashrath (Father of Lord Rama) passed away. The same night we got the call from India that my father had passed away, possibly due to a heart attack. Later that year when we learned that if my father would have shifted to plant-based dairy, he would have reversed his heart disease.” Plant Veda CEO Sunny Gurnani.

Since the passing of his father about 9 years ago, it became Sunny’s mission to educate and shift humanity to a plant-based lifestyle. He has since created Plant Veda to further that mission, which has landed multiple product excellence awards including 2019 Veg Expo Product of the Year and 2021 clean eating Magazine clean eating choice awards. Plant Veda also recently became the first Canadian publicly traded dairy alternative company, listed under the symbol “MILK” on the Canadian Securities Exchange. 

Here are Sunny’s top 5 tips for anyone...

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