The Most Popular Vegan and Vegetarian Brands from Veg Expo 2018
This year’s Veg Expo in Vancouver, BC had just under 20,000 delegates and over 200 exhibitors innovating in the vegan and vegetarian categories of food & beverage. We had the privilege of getting to taste them and see how they give customers more tasty and accessible options in the growing plant-based industry. Kip Anderson (in our featured image alongside our CEO) from wildly popular, Cowspiracy, was the keynote speaker and helped draw a crowd.
Here are some of our favourites who particularly stood out in taste and popularity at their booths!
We ❤ Fiber! #Didyouknow -Experts recommend adults get between 25-38 grams per day – but the average adult only consumes around 15 grams per day. 🍃 Our Fruit and Veg Fiber gummies are a fun way to increase your intake – or pick up a pack of our protein gummies, which are also high in fiber! 📸: @rosslynmaria . . . . . . #veganfiber #vegangummies #gummyvitamins #veganfood #veganvitamins #veganfoodporn #lifestyle #photooftheday #plantpowered #plantbased #plantbasedlife #whatveganseat #fruitandveg #healthychoices #healthy #healthiswealth #healthyfamilies #fiber #fibre #veganfibre #morefiberplease #morefiber #fruitandveg
Herbaland’s booth was a popular destination as adults and children alike were all over their vegan protein gummies.
Vegan Protein Gummies are an easy, delicious snack and one of Herbaland’s most popular products. They are a good way to fuel your training with additional protein, or for vegans and vegetarians to fill in gaps in their dietary intake.
Each serving has 10g of protein, 28g of fiber and only 1g of sugar. They come in four fruit flavours: Kiwi & Friends, Papaya Paradise, Wild Berry, and Organic Banana – as well as Fantastic Fruit, a mix of all four.
Herbaland products are manufactured locally in Richmond, BC using all-natural, non-GMO ingredients.
2. Bucha Brew
Bucha Brew was in the middle of the action as they had a beautiful bar setup with their different Kombucha’s available to taste. They also showed off their special collab flavour with their friends and neighbouring booth, Wize Monkey.
This Kombucha is 100% raw and brewed right here in Vancouver, BC using the best organic teas and ingredients. Kombucha is a healthy beverage that has been shown to improve a myriad of health issues, including joint problems, obesity, energy levels, hypertension, digestive health, and the dreaded next day hangover.
Bucha Brew comes in five refreshing flavours: ginger, blueberry, green tea, raspberry, and mint and algae.
3. Wize Monkey
SNEAK PEEK 👀 Check out the new Discovery Pack! Get all 7 Coffee Leaf Teas in this powerful little package, plus there’s a bonus inside that you have to discover for yourself 😎🎨😎 It’ll be available online soon and rolling out to select retailers over the summer ☀ Vancouver peeps: we’ll have the first units off the line to sell at @vegexpo this weekend, see you there! 🔥. . . . . #wizemonkey #innovation #coffeeleaftea #coffeeleaves #clt #cltea #wizdom #tea #teatime #coffee #love #startup #tealover #healthy #health #instatea #lifestyle #instagood #fitness #relax #motivation #instadaily #videooftheday #happy #steep #davidstea #teavana
Wize Monkey sampled some very unique flavours and showed off a video of their very own partnered-owned farm in Nicaragua. We were also very impressed with Wize Collective, a push into supporting local artists in developing communities and beyond.
Wize Monkey’s coffee leaf tea is ethically sourced all the way from Nicaragua and packaged locally in Vancouver, BC. Not only does this company produce a unique and innovative product that contains numerous health benefits, it is also making a positive ethical impact on the coffee industry in Nicaragua by providing year round jobs in an industry that typically offers only seasonal work.
The company has recently collaborated with David’s Tea and Bucha Brew and offers a wide array of delicious flavours!
4. Nora’s Ice Cream
💫GOLDEN MYLK ICE CREAM💫We are super stoked to have partnered with our pals @itsblume to create this vibrant + delicious treat. Made with house-blended cashew cream, coconut milk, and Blume’s organic Turmeric Latte mix, this stuff is gold in a pint. It’s available *right now* at @vegansupplychinatown and @dalinavancouver (@juicetrucksteveston + @greensmarketkits will have it tomorrow) and will be rolling out to many more retailers in the coming weeks! Only available for a limited time so get it while it’s hot (cold?)🌞
Perhaps one of the busiest booths of the whole show for the desserts category, Nora’s Ice Cream made some waves. They showed some innovation and community support via their specialty Golden Mylk flavour in collaboration with their neighbouring booth at Blume.
You would never know that this tasty ice cream is certified vegan and gluten-free! With the noble mission to protect the animals, the environment and your personal health, it’s hard to go wrong with this frozen treat.
They feature four flavours made with a blend of cashew milk and coconut milk: vanilla bean, mint chip, strawberries and creme, and peanut butter and chocolate as well as their limited edition flavour, Golden Mylk, which can be seen on their Instagram.
5. Frozen Coconut
This booth was packed with fun and the owners warm and down-to-earth vibe was contagious.
Frozen Coconut ice cream is made with high quality, fair trade ingredients right here in Vancouver, BC. This vegan ice cream comes in six different flavours: Classic Coconut, Chocolate Mint, Lemon Meringue, Mixed Berry, Orange Cream, and Chocolate.
This vegan ice cream is guilt-free not only because of its lack of dairy, but also due to their charitable efforts to donate a portion of the profits they receive from every sale to an important cause.
This booth was generous with their samples and they got very creative with an Instagram photo booth that gave you a physical printout of your Instagram photo. Their flavours are out of this world and you could see it on samplers faces the second the freezie touched their palate.
Tubify freezies are made from all-organic, naturally sourced, real fruit ingredients and coconut milk. There are four unique flavours: Raspberry Raven Lemonade, Minty Moose Limeade, Coconut Koala Cafe Latte, and Mango Tiger. This company is completely transparent, showcasing the nutrition facts for each flavour right on their website. The company is also partnering with FUEL Catering to provide healthy frozen snacks for you local school’s Hot Lunch Program, just visit their website to find more information on this exciting opportunity!
7. Yam Chops
Your favourite Special is back this week! Samosa and Salad Combo for $7 🌿 • • • • • #plantpowered #grownnotraised #plantbased #vegan #vegetarian #whatveganseat #veganto #vegansoftoronto #yamchopsto #crueltyfree #vegansofcanada #veganfoodshare #vegansofig #govegan #veganfood #veganlifestyle #veganfoodporn #plantbaseddiet #plantbasedfood
Yam Chops set up what was arguably a mini restaurant as they pumped out thousands of jackfruit tacos served in extremely generous sizes – it was worth lining up for to have a second bite.
Yam Chops is a company that provides plant-based protein alternatives and other yummy vegan treats! With their brick-and-mortar location situated in Toronto, Ontario this company will deliver their products Canada-wide, right to your doorstep! The company sells a blend of their “YamChops Own” house-made products along with products produced by other vegan companies.
8. Koji Fine Foods
Pina Colada amazake smoothie with fresh foraged salmon berries on a bed of overnight amazake oats. Kids really enjoyed this nutritious breakfast 🌱 . . . . . #koji #kojisalt #kojisweet #amazake #amazakesmoothie #smoothiebowl #vegan #glutenfree #smoothie #dairyfree #dairyfreesmoothie #smoothiebowl #plantbased #salmonberries #salmonberry #beautiful #foraged #fresh #freshberries #pinacolada #vancity #vancityeats #nutritious #healthy #guiltfree #eatlocal #buylocal #supportlocal #instafood #instagood
Hearing the passion and inspiration from their founder on why Koji salts matter deeply to their life and the customer lives they want to impact made the product experience that much sweeter.
Koji Salt is a healthy alternative to regular salt, offering more flavour while drastically reducing the amount of sodium you are ingesting. This innovative product can be added to any recipe that is wet and requires mixing. Check out their website for some unique Koji recipes!
9. KAPOW NOW!
We are hanging out at 188 Pender with @cityofvancouver and @transformation_projects serving snacks, hot tea and telling the people about the updates going on in Chinatown!🍵🏢🏬🏘🏠🏭 #vancity #vancitybuzz #yvr #local #buylocalbc #plantbased #nomnom #healthyfood #healthylifestyle #community #eastvan #chinatown #change #people #empowerpeople
How can you not get attracted to this booth with a name like this? After trying the spreads, our taste buds were doing all sorts of karate moves and we had to buy a sample to take home.
KAPOW NOW! Produces plant-based, gluten-free breakfast cereals, crackers, and glop- a superfood spread that can be used in a multitude of ways.
Based out of Vancouver, BC, this company uses all-natural, healthy ingredients and takes time to educate consumers on the benefits of these minimally processed foods on their blog.
Who else loves making creamy vegan Caesar salad? ⠀ We’re absolutely in love with this recipe: ⠀ 1/2 cup soaked cashews ⠀ 1/4 nutritional yeast ⠀ 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil ⠀ 2 tablespoons lemon juice ⠀ 1/2 tablespoon Dijon mustard ⠀ 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder ⠀ 1 garlic clove⠀ 1/2 tablespoon vegan Worcestershire sauce (we use Wizard’s gluten-free brand) ⠀ 2 teaspoons capers ⠀ 1 tsp each salt and pepper ⠀ Blend together and serve over romaine lettuce with crispy tempeh and crispy chickpeas!
Their pâté was what flew off the shelf at the expo and they were one of the few other companies here (we were also impressed with Elevated Nut) that proved that a vegan plate can keep taste at a high calibre.
Tempea is a North Vancouver-based company that uses certified organic, non-GMO soybeans from right here in Canada as well as from the US to produce their tempeh. The product is unpasteurized and full of plant-based protein and fiber. Tempea features original tempeh as well as some unique products such as their chickpea and lentil tempeh and their tempeh pate.
11. Hippie Snacks
It’s Saturday and it’s ☀! Get out, do something active, and refuel with your fave Coconut Chips. . Pick some up at your nearest @bodyenergyclub in Vancouver. Stay tuned… we’re partnering up with them soon! . 📷: @bodyenergclub . . . . . #realfoodtastesbetter #gethippiesnacks #healthyalternative #whatveganseat #heathierchoices #wholefoods #hippiesnacks #coconutchips #coconut #plantbased #vegansofig #veganeats #veganfoodlovers #healthysnacks #eatandbewell #simplefood #glutenfree #darlingweekend #bodyenergyclub #yvreats
When sampling the different snacks available with Hippie Snacks, it took a good five minutes to try the 10+ samples at their booth.
Hippie Snacks provides a wide assortment of great tasting snacks made from whole food ingredients, such as their seed and nut clusters, sesame snacks, coconut clusters, granolas and coconut chips. All of their products are made with high-quality, sustainable, certified organic and non-GMO ingredients.
Beyond creating healthy and delicious snacks, this company works hard to create a strong social impact in their community, donating a minimum of 5% of their profits to community projects. They also ensure that their employees spend time volunteering and donate healthy food to local food banks. Hippy Snacks places great importance on their environmental impact and is constantly fighting to improve the sustainability of their company.
Seeing their founder speak on stage was inspiring and once we tried some of their incredible cookies and muffins, we truly were in love.
Wise Bites offers a healthier version to traditional snacks by creating products that are high in protein, fibre, and minerals. These snacks have a lower sugar, fat and sodium content than most of the traditional snacks you would find at the grocery store. All of their products are also vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, non-GMO and free from the top 11 allergens, making them an excellent choice for everyone.
Their product selection includes bars, cookies, muffins, and other small treats. You can find these delicious treats in stores or purchase them online!
13. Feeding Change
Their owner Preet was fantastic to interact with and the social model he has with his variety of products was one of the best at the show.
Feeding Change is a company that values the quality of food people put into their body because they know that the way our food is grown and processed can have major effects on people’s long-term health. They are committed to selling coconut products that are sourced from hand-picked farms in Southern Thailand.
Feeding Change creates a positive social impact in their community by providing daily fresh, organic breakfast to underprivileged children in their local school districts. From their fresh Thai coconut water to vegan, nut-free, non-GMO coconut macaroons, this company puts care into every product they sell.
14. Cartems Donuts
Usually known for their incredible donut shops and awesome Instagram account, Cartems made some great surprises with their new set of teas.
Cake, yeast, gluten-free, and vegan, Cartems provides a doughnut for everyone. Now the company also provides the perfect pairing for your tasty treat, tea!
15. Blue Heron Cheese
We are at @vegexpo today, sharing a booth with @laikicrackers …if you missed us at the shop yesterday, we will be selling some cheese at the expo until 5. Come by and say hi to Colin, Wesley, Gwendolyn and Joel! . Also, tomorrow is the first vegan Greasy Spoon Diner! Karen is prepping away with @wholesomeslice. The dinner is a fundraiser for @abetterlifevan . . Finally, we’re happy to share this video by @mixsociety of @karen8mc telling a bit of Blue Heron story and what she thinks makes cheese special. . #busyweekend #vegexpo #greasyspoon #shopday #blueheroncheese #veganchef #innovatefood #vansunfood #yvrfood #cheeseplease #eastvanishome #dairyfree #vegan
Another restaurant at the show which turned some heads was Blue Heron Cheese which is the only one of its kind in Vancouver.
Blue Heron Cheese Shop is a newer shop that opened its doors in the middle of February. Nestled in the heart of Vancouver, BC, this company sells products such as their cashew cheddar, hazelnut asiago, and pink peppercorn and caraway seed gouda.
See Luckie Lifestyle’s coverage of the show.