Peterborough startup Carrot Bacon wins innovation award and expands nationwide distribution

Peterborough startup Carrot Bacon wins innovation award and expands nationwide distribution
It appears to be like like bacon, however it’s truly made out of carrots. Peterborough-based startup Carrot Bacon not too long ago gained a North American innovation award for its vegan jerky and is expanded distribution to further nationwide retailers. (Picture: Carrot Bacon)

A Peterborough-based startup producing a bacon-like vegan jerky made out of carrots not too long ago expanded its product to nationwide retailers and was an innovation award winner on the largest sweet and snack present in North America.

Based by Tyler Steeves, Carrot Bacon transforms carrots right into a vegan, nutrient-rich jerky that’s crispy and smoky-sweet with an umami style and a slight kick. Shelf-stable, Carrot Bacon is available in a wide range of flavours together with Applewood and Carolina Smoke.

Already out there in Peterborough at Jo Anne’s Place Well being Meals and The Meals Store and nationally at Sobey’s, Carrot Bacon not too long ago launched its merchandise nationwide in Walmart, London Medication, and Complete Meals West, with plans to launch in Longo’s this fall. Discussions are additionally underway with Loblaw and Metro Quebec.

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In Might, Carrot Bacon participated in Chicago’s Sweets and Snacks Expo, the biggest sweet and snack present in North America. Competing within the “Most Revolutionary New Product” class, Carrot Bacon took greatest in present with the “Small Enterprise Innovator Award.”

Canadian monetary providers large Desjardins additionally not too long ago awarded its $20,000 GoodSpark Grant for Innovation to Carrot Bacon, which competed towards greater than 6,000 different enterprise throughout Canada.

“It’s an honour to be acknowledged internationally on the Chicago Expo, and I couldn’t be happier to be awarded a GoodSpark grant from Desjardins,” Steeves says in a media launch. “It’s been extraordinarily satisfying to see our distribution technique coming collectively and to be working with among the giants within the business.”

Tyler Steeves, founder of Peterborough-based startup Carrot Bacon. (Photo courtesy of Innovation Cluster Peterborough and the Kawarthas)
Tyler Steeves, founding father of Peterborough-based startup Carrot Bacon. (Picture courtesy of Innovation Cluster Peterborough and the Kawarthas)

Steeves’ firm has additionally been invited to take part in an unique program provided by KeHE, one of many largest pure meals product distributors in the US. Its program, KeHE Elevate™, nurtures modern manufacturers to maximise their progress and success permitting them to flourish and attain extra cabinets nationwide.

Carrot Bacon is a consumer of the Innovation Cluster Peterborough and the Kawarthas.

“Carrot Bacon’s innovation, willpower, and laborious work is certainly paying off,” says Innovation Cluster CEO Michael Skinner. “Tyler is an inspiration for our different shoppers, proving {that a} startup inside Peterborough and the Kawarthas’ entrepreneurial ecosystem can obtain the assist they should develop and scale their companies regionally, nationally, and past our borders.”

For extra details about Carrot Bacon, go to www.carrotbacon.org.

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