VANCOUVER, BC – Modern Plant Based Foods Inc., (CSE: MEAT) (“Modern Foods”) or (the “Company”), an award-winning plant-based food company is pleased to report that Modern Meat Inc., (“Modern Meat”), a portfolio company of Modern Plant-Based Foods, has received a government grant for research and development costs towards it’s new Vegan Seafood project contributing towards year-end of 2022.
As reported, the Company has been in the research and development phase with the co-packer for several months to ensure the facility is able to produce the quality and requirements for the Modern products, specifically for innovative items in the portfolio such as its Modern Crab Cake. “We have had great confidence in our products since inception and it is amazing to see that the government shares the same outlook for our products. We are determined to continue forward with our business objectives and this achievement is a preview to our plans for 2023. Achieving government grants is not a simple process, and we have had to consult with industry contacts in order to successfully obtain these funds,” states Avtar Dhaliwal, Chief Executive Officer of Modern Plant Based Foods. “This will alleviate the majority of overhead costs for the initial project, and the Company intends to continue using all resources possible to maintain efficiency to move forward with our growth plans, including the continual application for additional grants for future projects.”
The Vegan Food Market landscape shifts based on consumer purchase habits and trends in the market, however the overall demand continues to grow. The global Vegan Food market was valued at USD 11300 million in 2019 and is expected to reach USD 16440 million by the end of 2026, growing at a CAGR of 5.4% during 2021-2026. 1
IRAP Funding provides contributions of up to 60-80% of internal technical labour and subcontractor expenses towards a specified innovation project. The organization offers funding to incorporated, profit-oriented small or medium-sized business with 500 or fewer full-time equivalent employees which plan to pursue growth and profit by developing and commercializing innovative, technology-driven new or improved products, services, or processes in Canada.2 Each specific grant is re-assessed on an annual basis and the Company may re-apply for funding each year and may be accepted depending on various components including the number of applications, funds available and details of the project.
About Modern Plant-Based Foods
Modern Plant Based Foods is a Canadian food company based in Vancouver, British Columbia that offers a portfolio of plant-based products including meat and dairy-free alternatives, soups, and vegan snacks. Our products are available at select restaurants and retailers across Canada including our own Modern Wellness Bar located in Vancouver. We take a holistic approach to plant-based living and understand the importance of providing nutritious and sustainable alternatives to consumers without sacrificing taste. We want people to feel good about the food they eat which is why we are deliberate in choosing ingredients free of soy, gluten, nuts, and GMOs. Our mission is to change the way food is produced and consumed for the benefit of people, animals, and the environment by using natural plant-based ingredients.
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