Food startup OZO expands plant-based proteins to international retail starting in Canada
Planterra Foods, an innovative plant-based protein startup based in Colorado, announced a supply agreement with UNFI Canada, a subsidiary of UNFI, the largest publicly traded grocery distributor in North America. As part of its efforts to provide accessible, affordable plant-based protein options for people everywhere, Planterra Foods' line of OZO™ products, including plant-based burgers, ground and Mexican Seasoned ground, will be available in more than 200 retail locations across Canada beginning in June.
Darcey Macken, CEO, Planterra Foods: "With such a rapid-changing category, Planterra Foods is engaging like-minded partners to operate with speed and flexibility. This relationship with UNFI Canada is an exciting step in Planterra Food's retail expansion efforts, driving our growing presence in retail and feeding our mission to bring plant-based proteins mainstream by increasing access and encouraging a flexitarian lifestyle. UNFI's focus on the consumer, passion for people and the planet, and value of empowering its partners to win as a team made this the perfect fit to help drive Planterra Food's international expansion."
Through this relationship with UNFI, OZO™ will bring unique products to Canada that consumers can enjoy knowing they are good for their family and the planet, utilizing premium, clean ingredients and an innovative fermentation process that makes plant-based protein easily digestible for the body. All of the OZO™ products are made with non-GMO ingredients, contain no cholesterol and less calories, fat and saturated fat than 80% lean ground beef, as well as other leading plant-based protein brands currently in the market.
Stacey Kravitz, President, UNFI Canada: "We're thrilled to debut OZO™ products in Canada this month. With more people introducing plant-based into their everyday diets, we're pleased to be able to offer OZO™ products to our retailers, providing greater choice and delivering new innovative offerings to store shelves."
In addition to this expansion to Canada, Planterra Foods has also grown its international presence this year in the Food Service channel for both the Baja and Yucatán peninsulas of Mexico while a retail launch is planned for July! OZO™ products are also available in retailers across Puerto Rico, St. Maarten, and other Caribbean islands.