How to find the best vegan foods in your area
Vegan food stores have a long and storied history in Canada.
In recent years, the company behind them has taken a step in the right direction, offering vegan food products at a lower price point than their traditional counterparts.
We spoke with a couple of the country’s leading vegan food stores to learn more about how they make the best of their vegan offerings and what the future holds for them.
The Vegans and their stores When it comes to the food at your local store, you can probably count on two things: You’re going to get a vegan-friendly selection and you’re probably going to have some good vegan food on tap.
At the Vegans, the two are inextricably linked.
“I have to be very careful not to give away too much, because the Vegas will be the ones that will have the best selection,” says owner and founder and former vice-president of food marketing for the Canadian company Lava Inc. Lava co-owner Chris Larkin said he has to make sure his stores are vegan friendly because the company doesn’t want to leave anything out.
Larkin has been vegan for almost 20 years and he is very proud of the product he and his team are able to create for customers. “
We know that when we have to take that on, we need to make it as vegan friendly as we can possibly make it.”
Larkin has been vegan for almost 20 years and he is very proud of the product he and his team are able to create for customers.
He has vegan-focused stores in Toronto, Kitchener, KitchenER, Edmonton, Lethbridge, Regina and Vancouver.
Larkin says the Vegals have one of the best lines of vegan food available.
“A lot of people ask us how we do it.
The answer is we take great care of the ingredients, and our staff know what they’re doing.
I think that really sets us apart,” he said.
“I think that’s why the Veges have been able to stay afloat and keep going.”
As far as the products are concerned, Larkin does have a little secret: “It’s a vegan menu,” he says.
“If you go in and check out our website, you’ll see we have a Vegan menu that we serve, but we also have a whole vegan menu of sauces and everything that we do.”
He says they offer a wide variety of vegan options to meet every taste bud’s preferences, but the Vegains are not just focused on meat-free food.
“[We] cater to all different tastes, from vegetarians to meat eaters, vegan and vegetarian,” he explains.
“They all come together.”
Lakin’s vegan options are well-known around the country, but not in the U.S.
Larkin says he started his company more than 20 years ago with the idea that he would make it a healthier choice for people.
He started with just one item at a time, which he calls the “vegan sandwich.”
“We used to make vegan sandwiches, but it was just really hard to find something that was good and that was nutritious.
It was kind of a disaster,” he recalls.
So, he decided to create a new concept: a vegan sandwich.
Lakin says that, for the past three or four years, he has been creating his own vegan sandwich, a vegan pizza and even a vegan cheeseburger.
He says that the Vegers have been one of his biggest supporters and he even helps with sales at the Vegens store, which serves up their product as well as a wide range of products from tofu to organic fruits.
“The Vegains have been fantastic,” says his son, Chad Larkin, a former director of marketing for Lava.
“It helps us sell a lot of our products to people who don’t normally buy vegan products.”
With that, Lakin is the main guy at the front of the line, helping customers pick out a vegan meal.
When asked if he is worried about his customers, Laker says he is concerned, but he’s not afraid.
He’s got plenty of options to choose from and he can even choose the food items for the table.
He even has the option of having customers choose the type of meat they want.
I’m always worried about my customers, so I’ve got a lot more options than I ever had before, says Lakin.
Chad Larkin started his career in the food business and has had his own experiences with customers and his own biases.
He believes that vegan food is an option for everyone and that a big part of the appeal is the quality and diversity of the products.
This is something that is so important to me, so that’s what I do every day, and that’s really important to people,” he explained.
A few years ago, Chad started a new venture called Lava Burger, which is