Vendors: Eligibility criteria

If you represent products made with spent goods, we’d love to hear from you.

We define ‘spent’ as viable food by-products that have traditionally been discarded. Instead, you’ve taken spent food and transformed it into something delicious.

Example 1 – Barley grains from craft breweries.

Traditionally discarded and/or used as industrial animal feed, these spent barley grains from craft breweries can be instead used to feed humans, and this upcycling isn’t considered mainstream yet.

Example 2 – Broken cashew pieces.

We know that broken cashews already have value and an established market of manufacturers who make crackers, plant based milk and cake with them. However, some foodsellers have a policy of discarding products like broken cashews when nearing their best-before date. It’s well documented that tons of food is wasted based on this policy.

As you may know, best-before dates are the manufacturer’s suggested date for best optimal flavour, and they don’t necessarily mean the product will spoil after this date. We’d consider these broken cashew pieces to be ‘spent’ if they are still viable but yet traditionally discarded.

Your challenge is to find suppliers of spent goods and become part of their supply chain by helping them to offload these spent goods to you. You can transform them into delicious foods that reduce climate change while contributing to the local economy.

Ideal minimums:

Incorporate 10% spent goods

Can be shipped safely by mail across Canada (doesn’t require freezing packs or refrigeration).

Shelf stable: 1 week+