A Vegan, Former NHL Defenceman and Partner Tackle Food Waste by Producing a Vegan Product

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The great thing about food is that it makes it to our plates, delights us with its flavor, and helps our bodies to function normally as a natural fuel. Unfortunately, the majority of people are unaware of how much food is wasted on a daily basis, with the discarding of misshaped or bruised fruits and vegetables. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, almost 1.3 billion tons of food are thrown away each year around the world. By managing food sustainably and reducing waste, we can help businesses and consumers save money, provide a bridge in our communities for those who do not have enough to eat, conserve resources for future generations, as well as help in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. With the same thoughts in their heart and mind, Dr. Darren Burke and retired NHL Hockey player TJ Galiardi gave birth to Outcast Foods – An innovative plant-based technology company that turns food waste into sustainable nutrition.

Outcast Foods, located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, collaborates with farmers to collect imperfect produce destined for the dump and turns it into vegan protein powder to be sold on its own or as an added ingredient in a variety of foods. Outcast Foods is on to something big, as it's tackling many food-related concerns at once. The business is fast expanding, working with large Canadian retailers such as Sportcheck, Sobey's, and Well.ca to distribute its powders directly to customers, as well as food processing firms such as Happy Planet Foods, Greenhouse Juice Co., Earth Animal, v-dog, and Nestlé to include its powders in their edible products.

In today’s episode of the Plant-based profit show, TJ, and Darren talk about how they combined their passion for plant-based diets with their desire to reduce food waste, which gave rise to Outcast Foods. We get more insight into how these two vegan superpowers have joined forces to push their beliefs to a different level, and turn their mission to get everyone involved in helping them save the world. They tell us about their past professions and share the story of how they first met. Outcast Foods recently secured $10 million of venture-backed funding to further reduce food waste by upcycling and has many more plans to grow in coming years.