What does Verdient Foods do?
Verdient Foods was created to address the current and future global sustainable plant-based protein food demand and will operate using a state-of-the-art, food grade, pulse crop processing facility.
Plans for production capacity increases are already in place such that the production volumes are expected to increase to over 160,000 metric tons. Verdient Foods Inc. is developing additional product lines and products in conjunction with research being undertaken along with the Saskatchewan Food Industry Development Centre (“Food Centre”).
The Cameron Family
The Cameron Family, as growers, buyers and processors of organic food crops, will affect changes that are needed in current farming and industrial processes to make food production more sustainable and more profitable.
The aim is to acquire farm land, produce and purchase organically grown crops, add value to these crops using company operated processing facilities, and increase the level of value added products through partnership with various like-minded companies.
About four years ago, director James Cameron began an all-plant based diet. A long-time environmental advocate, Jim made the change explicitly to help save the planet, namely by lowering his carbon footprint, but he also found that it also drastically improved his health.
Suzy Amis Cameron
The Camerons watched the documentary film “Forks Over Knives” and their understanding of healthy eating immediately shifted. After a complete change in diet to plant-based foods Suzy had another wake-up moment: Animal agriculture is a major factor in climate change, water and air pollution, biodiversity loss and deforestation. As a strong environmentalist, this knowledge made her more passionate than ever about a plant-based diet and actively sharing what they had learned with others.
Where is Verdient Foods located?
Verdient Foods is based in Vanscoy, Saskatchewan
Verdient Foods Inc., 1 Verdient Way, Vanscoy, SK S0L 3J0
PO Box 458, Vanscoy, SK S0L 3J0
Why is Verdient Foods located in Vanscoy, SK?
Vanscoy, SK is in the heart of Saskatchewan’s pulse-crop production region. A critical tenet of sustainable food production is proximity to producers. Verdient is further benefited by relationships with the Food Centre, the University of Saskatchewan and other global leaders in the agri-food industry.
Who is responsible for operating Verdient Foods?
Verdient Foods has engaged the services of PMC Management, LLC and PIC Investments Group to manage its daily and strategic operations. PMC is a team of experienced, trusted and dedicated business management experts who are responsible for the operations of Verdient Foods and other components of the global sustainable agriculture operations of Verdient’s majority shareholder.
Verdient Foods hired Francisco Gardulski as its Plant Manager and he will be located at the Vanscoy facility.
PIC Investment Group Inc is a diversified holding company that uses venture capital investment and provides hands-on management in order to grow. Through a set of investments including joint ventures, wholly-owned & partially-owned Operating Companies, loans, bridge financing, and minority investments, PIC provides service and support to all of the companies they invest in. They look for every opportunity to find synergy, the intent is to maximize our return by bringing some expertise to the business.
What is the size of Saskatchewan’s Agriculture and Agri-Food Industry?
Saskatchewan’s diverse agri-food sector is world-renowned for consistently supplying high-quality, agricultural food and ingredients. In 2016, Saskatchewan exported $14.4 billion CAD in agricultural products to countries around the world and is the leading global exporter (by value) of lentils ($2.075B CAD) and dry peas ($1.346B CAD).
Saskatchewan has 18.2 million hectares of cultivated farmland representing more than 40% of Canada’s total farmland. Extensive transportation infrastructure and irrigation capacity support the province’s agri-food sector.
How big is the Plant-Based food industry?
Global retail sales in 2016 from the plant-based food sector (excluding data from Whole Foods Market) exceeded $6 billion CAD with plant-based meat sales exceeding $730 million CAD. The plant-based meat sector alone is projected to reach $6 billion CAD by 2020.
What is Verdient Foods’ relationship with the Food Centre?
Verdient Foods and its majority shareholder, T Base 4, are very proud of its long-term relationship with the Food Centre. T Base has made a significant, renewable long-term financial commitment to further expand the value-added capabilities of both the Food Centre and T Base’s agri-food investments around the globe.
The Food Center is a non-profit organization, providing full service assistance to food processors wanting to add value to their products for domestic and/or international markets.