My name is Sophia Banks. I own Vegan Canteen. We are a fairly new vegan deli and cafe with a meal delivery option. Started two years ago as a meal delivery business.
We make vegan cheese and faux-meats and are excited to bring our products to retail. We recently invested in opening a cafe that also serves as our main production kitchen. We currently offer weekly delivery in Montreal and Ottawa, and are looking to add Canada wide shipping on our vegan cheese powder.
We have however recently been informed by our health inspector that we must do shelf life testing on every single one of our products that we want to keep longer than 7 days. This means all of our vegan cheese such as the fermented cashew cheese, and vegan mac and cheese powders must be thrown out with 7 days of starting the recipe.
We know full well that our vegan cheese is perfectly good for 45 days. The powder cheese will keep for months. But alas, we are required to undergo very expensive lab testing on each and everyone of our products that we want to put a 7 day self life on.
Because we are in Quebec we are also required to do these test in French, so we have limited range of companies to choose from.
These tests are around $500 each and we are needing at least 10 test done.
We are a queer and trans run company with a commitment to paying livable wages. We strive to run our business fair and because we believe strongly in paying livable wages we don't generate as much profit as we might if we were simply paying minimum wage.
So that brings me here, looking for a help to get over this last hurdle, so we can keep moving the business forward as planned.
We have been featured in Chatelaine magazine, VICE, CBC, Montreal Gazette, and more.
Any donation helps us greatly in moving forward with out goals and employing even more folks at livable wages.
It would be rad if we make this goal, but even just getting the total cost of all this down would be really helpful.
If you prefer, you can also head over to our website and purchase a gift certificate which can be used down to road once we start shipping our powdered vegan cheese across Canada.