This article showcases our top picks for the best Canada based Organic Food companies. These startups and companies are taking a variety of approaches to innovating the Organic Food industry, but are all exceptional startups and companies well worth a follow.
We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands.
We selected these startups for exceptional performance in one of these categories:
- Innovative ideas
- Innovative route to market
- Innovative product
- Exceptional growth
- Exceptional growth strategy
- Societal impact
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Top Canada Organic Food Companies
Fody Food creates a delicious, gut-friendly, low FODMAP foods. They believe that nothing should hinder freedom – especially not food.
Through their delicious low FODMAP foods and recipes, they provide people much-needed relief from their IBS symptoms. Fody Food was in 2016 and is based in Montreal, Quebec..
Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery
Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery is an internet grocer of organic and natural foods. The Company offers bagels, beef, meat, sausages, seafood, deli, eggs, dairy beverages, yogurt, cream, cookies, bread, cheese, coffee, tea, chocolates, organic fruits and vegetables, canned goods, groceries, snacks, pet food, and ready to eat products.
It also offers an online platform through which consumers can order and schedule home delivery of groceries, including organic and locally-sourced fruits and vegetables. SPUD was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Lufa Farms is an agricultural and technology company located in Montreal, Quebec. It is reputed to have built the world’s first commercial rooftop greenhouse.
The company’s first greenhouse began operations in early 2011. Its second greenhouse opened in late 2013..
At TruLeaf, we’re leading a new evolution in plant science that improves predictability in agriculture. Our Smart Plant Systems® leverage multi-level farming technology to create efficient, controlled indoor farms that can be located anywhere from the heart of an urban centre to remote locations or harsh climate areas, where growing would otherwise not be possible.
It’s a practical, sustainable solution that avoids some of the challenges of traditional farming, providing a predictable, year-round supply of fresh, high-nutrient plants to meet the needs of grocery retailers, functional food producers, pharma and health product manufacturers. We’re more than plant growers; we’re a multi-disciplinary team with world-leading expertise in plant science, environmental controls, new product development, marketing and supply chain management.
By combining proven agricultural technologies with our own innovations in farm design, racking, lighting configurations and irrigation mechanics, we’re pioneering proprietary, world-leading processes and plant recipes with exciting commercial possibilities in multiple industries.. .
Wholesale buyers from restaurants, retail and institutions place orders using FreshSpoke’s mobile or web app. Delivery is then arranged using FreshSpoke’s shared delivery system that leverages the excess capacity that already exists in the food delivery system, giving commercial drivers, including local food producers, the ability to earn extra income delivering local food.
The entire transaction is paperless; every aspect of the delivery from dispatch and routing, to arrival notification and order acceptance is handled on the driver’s smartphone. FreshSpoke is in the market and commercialized in Canada and the USA with a web app and three mobile apps.
These include FreshSpoke buyers’ app, FreshDispatch app for Drivers and a consumer facing app called Local Food Champion that authenticates the source of local food served or sold by FreshSpoke buyers.. .
The Alasko global supply network reaches over 60 agri-food producers, in 20 countries. All facilities are federally inspected and satisfy all of the H.A.C.C.P.
program requirements. We import, prepare and distribute over 80 million pounds of frozen foods.
Our distribution network currently utilizes 7 warehouses across North America and offers optimal efficiency and control of the cold chain: frozen food requires constant follow-up. Our internal quality assurance program provides for constant monitoring of all products to ensure the highest safety and quality standards are respected throughout the cold chain.
Our Montreal facility is certified by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (C.F.I.A) and has recently received a GFTC gold rating. We also have received organic certification by Ecocert Canada..
Maritime Gourmet Mushrooms
Maritime Gourmet Mushrooms founded in 2014 started as a pursuit of passion for sustainable and innovative farming practices. The cultivation of exotic mushrooms is both a challenge and an exciting endeavor.
Located near Halifax, Nova Scotia we focus on cultivating the most unique and freshest exotic mushrooms available on the market today. We are grateful for the opportunity to pursue our dreams and provide fresh, healthy food for our community..
Fruit d’Or inc
Fruit d’Or inc. is Canada’s leading producer and processor of organic cranberries and blueberries and their by-products, consisting of fresh, dried or frozen fruit and fruit juices or concentrates.
Founded in 1999, the company has four facilities, two of which are located in Villeroy and Plessisville. Fruit d’Or employs more than 250 people..
NutraPonics is a privately held agriculture technology company based in Alberta that is dedicated to the development, sale and licensing of the NutraPonics Growing System (“NGS”), a high-density, organic, sustainable plant production system that addresses the growing global demand for high-value nutritional and medicinal crops. The NutraPonics Growing System NGS incorporates proven, best-of-breed processes and technologies in the fields of high-density horticulture, controlled growing environments, aquaponics and LED artificial lighting, modified and combined to maximize productivity and minimize operating cost.
NGS is comprised of proprietary equipment, structures, processes and methods that have been developed, sourced, manufactured and integrated over two years of research and development to function as a comprehensive growing system that produces a wide variety of crops and that operates anywhere in the world. The NutraPonics Licensed Grower Program NGS is much more than a collection of hardware and processes; it is a complete business system for large-scale producers of food and medicinal plants that is provided and administered through the NutraPonics Licensed Grower Program.
NutraPonics supplies NGS to commercial, government and NGO growers, installs the system at their location of choice, trains the grower for food-safety certified operation and provides ongoing active monitoring and technical support. Further to that, NutraPonics Broker Services are available to market the growers’ produce through established wholesale food service and retail grocer distribution networks or directly to value-added processors.
Business Models Licensed Growers may purchase and operate a stand-alone Commercial Facility or they may purchase one or more Grower Units within a multi-tenant, Urban Agriculture Facility where they share the capital costs of real estate and supporting infrastructure. In both cases, NutraPonics engages the customer in a Lic.
Patats Dolbec is a family-run business that has carved out a place in the world of agri-food thanks to hard work, an unwavering passion for agriculture and a dynamic team that combines experience and innovative spirit in the culture. of the potato.
It is not yesterday that we grow potatoes in the Dolbec family. In fact, the history of our company began 50 years ago in 1967 with only 25 acres of land, 1 horse and a plow! However, always carried by a visionary team with the evolution of the company at heart, it has been evolving for three generations..
Buda Juice Canada
Buda Juice Canada provides beverages made out of organic fruits and vegetables. Every bottle of Buda Juice is full of nutrients, enzymes, vitamins, and raw energy just as nature intended.
The company was founded in 2016 and is based in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.. .
Athena Organic Farm + Eco-Retreat
With California experiencing record droughts, anticipated to continue for possibly decades, and over 70% of BC produce being imported from California, including over 86% of their organic salad greens, coupled with general demand for organics increasing rapidly with 3 times demand to supply, and the Chinese market opening to high-demand for Canadian organics, this presents a ripe market opportunity for BC organic farms. Acquisition of land, buildings, equipment & business -fully operational and profitable 50-acre certified organic farm in South Okanagan, B.C.
with well-established distribution channels in the greengrocer networks across BC and Alberta. The property is easily accessible by highway, making it ideal for crop transportation, only 45 min from US border, and optimally located on the wine country trail, an incredibly popular tourist destination, recently voted the #2 wine region in the world.
Security includes real estate assets with strong valuation to protect investors. Currently operating at adjusted 45% margin, strong efficiencies.
Takeover includes rapid expansion – engaging other farmers to grow product on their behalf, leveraging already established, distribution channels, cold storage, shipping and distribution. Farm is a hub for shipping and distribution, and bringing their total cultivated acres to 350 in their first 3 years, up to 500 acres.
Acquisition includes land, buildings, equipment & business, a new off-grid (solar/geothermal) 6,000 sq. ft.
Wellness Retreat that would open Summer 2015. Their expansion plans are to follow a similar model to Earthbound Farms, a US organics producer, who recently had a $600 million exit.
PlantX is the digital face of everything plant-based utilizing the power of education and accessibility. We aim to be the most trusted and convenient online destination for those interested in a plant-based lifestyle.
Our mission to eliminate the barriers to entry for anyone interested in a plant-based lifestyle, with a goal to help individuals living a longer, happier, and healthier life. We source only the highest quality and 100% plant-based products.
As the plant-based industry continues to grow, PlantX will continue to be an ever-expanding resource to help you live in confidence OUR PROMISE. .
OKANAGAN FRUIT TREE PROJECT
The Okanagan Fruit Tree Project is a Registered Charity that operates in the Central and South Okanagan. Our incredible volunteers grow and harvest fruits, vegetables and nuts through our farming and gleaning projects.
The harvest is then shared among our volunteers, schools, and community organizations that support people who experience household food insecurity. Schools and community organizations use the donated produce in their programming.
We also use some of the produce we harvest to make products that we sell to raise funds for our charity! It’s a win-win-win-win for all involved!. .
FoodByte helps companies develop and maintain food safety plans. With our online SaaS platform, we guide you through the process by laying out all the components based off your custom needs and simplify the requirements down to a series of steps so you can monitor your progress.
Once complete, we generate all the required documents and even generate monitoring requirements to help you adhere to your plan.. .
Sunrise Foods International
Sunrise Foods International specializes in the trade of organic and conventional grains. Sunrise continues to enhance its presence in the agri-food industry by supplying exceptional products to major global brands.
Products include cereal grains (for milling) and feed grains (for livestock), as well as oil seeds and pulses, such as lentils and soybeans.. .
Foodiyo is starting as unique food discovery platform, where they offer new lunch menu everyday selected from different cuisines available around the world. All their lunch meals will be freshly cooked & will be an unique option for users to select and they will deliver it as per user selected lunch time slot, for free.
Their aim is to deliver fresh, unique & healthy food to users. They are determined to deliver food in almost the same condition as it was when cooked.
They want to establish themself as an unique food offering platform where they will new food dishes everyday so that user is never bored of food they eat. They have a complete road-map for next couple of years which involves expanding their service Canada-wide and presenting a platform to monetise any special food recipe a user may have, which they will offer to their user base as a unique daily meal..
FoodBots Robotically Grows, Packages and Delivers 100-top grocery store food items in daily and weekly delivery batches; 30,000 Lettuce per day; 20,000 mushrooms per day, meats, baked goods, and so on. Our teams build robotics, grow and deliver profitable, top quality products with a model that scales to ensure abundance and eradicate extreme poverty internationally.
Come and Grow with Us. .
Urban Cultivator indoor gardens can grow healthy and organic vegetables, herbs, and microgreens in any kitchen. Our seeds are non-GMO, and no sprays or chemicals are added in the growing process.
You’re getting 100% organic, healthy food.. .
Okanagan Specialty Fruits (OSF) is a family-founded tree fruit company specializing in modern approaches for producing high quality tree fruits. The first commercial products are distinctly nonbrowning Arctic® apples, starting with Arctic® Golden & Arctic® Granny.
The OSF team is highly credentialed with leading expertise in biotechnology and tree fruits and is sought out for partnerships and collaborations by government and research organizations.. .
Mum’s Original is a superfoods company that offers a range of food products made from organic ingredients. The company’s product portfolio includes hemp hearts, slow roasted hemp hearts, goji berries, white whole seed chia, cacao nibs, cacao powder, coconut sugar, coconut flour, Himalayan rock salt, oat flour, and more.
Mum’s Original was founded in 2001 and is based in Stayner, Ontario.. .
My Green Space
Greenspace Solutions develops gardening management software. My Green Space, the company’s flagship product, is an end to end solution that simplifies the process of growing fruits and vegetables in any space.
My Green Space eliminates the need for any research or journalling. Customers learn on the fly with daily task notifications & tutorials.
Built-in e-commerce simplifies the process of acquiring the correct supplies by recommending the product required for the user’s specific situation: time of year, location, sunlight, budget & available space. My Green Space is a web application that works on desktops, smartphones and tablets, allowing users to use the app while in their gardens..
Natural Health Group
Natural Health Group creates Chobania, a Greek yogurt protein drink. One of the reasons that Greek yogurt became so popular is that Chobani figured out how to make it taste good.
Greek yogurt has been around for years – but it was not until Chobani® discovered how to make it taste good without smothering it in sugar that the category simply took off. Then there are the health claims.
And it is a good source of protein. Chobani completely changed the conversation about yogurt.
Similar to Chobani yogurt they are about to do the same with protein drinks. They have the ability to make health claims for protein, a far lower sugar content than virtually any other natural protein drink on the market today, fat-free gluten-free lactose-free features, and a great taste that everyone in the family enjoys.
This is a highly experienced team poised to launch – beyond concept, beyond taste testing; with PPM and Due Diligence, formulas and team, suppliers and distributors ready to go. This is a team much further along than similar startups.
Through past experience, they have identified the critical items in this business and how to align them for success.. .
Local Grown Foods
Local Grown Foods tastes better. Their produce is harvested in the dark every day and delivered to hour customers about the same time as you get to work.
When produce from California, Mexico, and other places, the sugars turn to starches, plant cells shrink, and everything loses vitality and flavor. Local Grown Foods is more nutritious.
Once harvested, produce quickly loses nutrients. Since they deliver the same day it’s harvested, their produce retains more of its nutrients.
Their produce ripens on the plant, not in the truck, so it looks appetizing. Even your kids will appreciate the difference.
Local Grown Foods promotes conservation. You know how far California, Mexico and other places are..
This article was written by Benjamin Friedberg from Toast Fried. The editor for this article was Tess Page. If your company is featured in this article and you want to have amendments made please contact us on: [email protected].
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