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LAURA SIMONSON IS SPEAKING AT PLANTED EXPO!
Last November, after a long hiatus due to Covid, the plant-based community came together at PlantedExpo 2021 and now Virchew is preparing for the June 2022 iteration!
Last year, we felt so at home in our 'mini Virchew HQ' booth welcoming visitors to learn about Virchew, inviting them to sign-up for a Free Sample and to enter our (awesome) 3-Month GiveAway, to connect, and, most importantly for us, to listen and learn. Hearing and understanding the needs of our furry companions and their humans is our highest priority.
This June, Laura Simonson will be commanding the stage as a speaker on the topic of plant-based, canine nutrition and the entrepreneurial journey she embarked on to get Virchew to the place it is now.
Join us at the Planted Expo June 4 & 5 for all the plant-powered celebrations! We will announce the day and time of Laura's talk as soon as the schedule is finalized.
VIRCHEW TO BE FEATURED IN VEGAN VANCOUVER DOCUMENTARY
We're delighted (paws up kinda delighted!) to announce that Virchew will be featured in an upcoming documentary! The film, led by experienced documentary producers, explores and celebrates Vancouver's hot vegan market, community, and the businesses that support these culture-shifting times!
CHECK OUT THE TRAILER:
VIRCHEW Invites You to Get Your Paw-ty On!
Spring has sprung and everyone has some extra pep in their step! We're throwing open the doors of Virchew HQ to celebrate with a paw-ty for both doggos and hoomans!
SUNDAY, MAY 15 - 1 TO 6 PM
VIRCHEW HQ AND SHOP
2960 WEST 4TH AVENUE
Save the date and unleash with us at our cool Virchew HQ in Kits on West 4th. RSVP with your pooch(es) for delectable snacks, bevies, and treats for all. If your dog has not tried Virchew yet, enter to win 2 FREE months of Virchew's LOVE BOWLS! PLUS, A WHOLE LOT MORE!
"Should dogs go vegan?
Large-scale study suggests plant-based diet is healthiest and safest."
Is it time for dogs to go vegan? There is a growing movement promoting vegan dog diets, with Formula 1 legend Lewis Hamilton the most prominent proponent.
Now in what the authors believe is the first large-scale study comparing vegan with meaty dog diets, the results suggest a nutritionally sound vegan diet could bring health benefits and fewer hazards for man’s best friend.
The survey study of the guardians of 2,536 dogs looked at links between dog diets and health outcomes.
FEATURED: LAURA SIMONSON, FOUNDER OF VIRCHEW
Championing solopreneurs through storytelling is what Go Solo does best. Whether it is through The Subkit Academy or The Go Solo Show podcast, they share that everyone has the potential to #gosolo and start their own profitable business venture.
We are proud to say that our founder Laura Simonson is in the spotlight at Go Solo this month.
VIRCHEW + VEGAN WOMEN SUMMIT + POWER
We're Feelin' the Power of Diversity.
NEW BLOG POST! Woofoooo! As soon as the plane touched down at LAX for Vegan Women Summit, we were in go mode! Helen and I were in Los Angeles to make an impact and together we served up the story of Virchew vegan food for dogs to everyone who crossed our path.
It was an exciting 3-days in LA where we joined 800+ other compassionate vegan women in downtown LA to listen to, create, and continue powerful conversations on the dramatic changes happening in the world. Key speakers ranged from teenage activists to investment managers, actors, media superstars, food producers, and doctors.
PLENTY TO CHEW ON.
New on the Virchew Blog!
We've just launched a new blog series: "What's in a Virchew Bowl?" and we're delighted to introduce the writer, Tatiana Victorino, BS, Food Engineering, Virchew's Lead of Operations and Research.
Tatiana is dishing up the deets about our nutritious, yummy ingredients that go in every Love Bowl meal for your pooch. Check out her blogs below. We hope you feel empowered and educated after this series! And, we'd love to hear from you and your dog.
Got questions? Tatiana and the Virchew Crew are ready to deliver the answers.
Plant-based dogs - What's the scoop?
Karina Inkster helped us to kick some butt..and answer some key questions about what we are feeding our furry canine companions. Three points you won't want to miss!
1. The myth that all dogs are carnivores and even though the facts are clear, it's not an easy one to answer.
2. Laura's expansive journey from the world of real estate to health and wellness to Virchew.
3. How conventional, animal-based dog food ingredients can cause medical issues and allergies (food sensitivities such as skin and digestive issues).
So get comfy, grab some veggie snacks, and take a listen as these two incredible women share and educate on this very important subject.
With Vegan Family Kitchen!
On any given day, Brigitte Gemme is the incredibly knowledgeable, informative, kind, and very patient founder of Vegan Family Kitchen. Her business consists of creating delicious plant-based meal plans for global families in need of a healthier lifestyle.
It was such a natural fit to get our founder, Laura Simonson, and host Brigitte behind the mics to discuss - 'Can dogs be plant-based?' This question becomes increasingly urgent as, Brigitte points out in her blog, "companion animal numbers increase and the climate emergency looms. On average, a third of dogs’ calories come from meat, and American dogs collectively eat as much as the entire population of France."
Did you know that? This conversation is valuable especially given that this is Veganuary. Going plant-based isn't just for the hoomans in the house!
Virchew is a Recipe for Results!
#ICYMI: Archer's Story - Skin Issues & Ear Infections
Meet Archer - a 115 lb, beautiful boy and mixed breed from AB.
"Archer had skin troubles and ear infections, as far back as we can remember. We cycled through so many different foods. From kibble to exotic meats, home-made with venison, raw food, and at one point, we were so desperate to heal his skin, he was eating special order quail eggs... >
NEW VIRCHEW SHOP & HQ!
Open by appointment and Special Events
The Virchew Shop was in the plan for the future, but the Virchew vision had its own plan to make it happen sooner.
Over the past few months we've been working out of our Virchew HQ office at 2960 West 4th Avenue in cool Kitsilano! Our plan is to start with sampling hours, appointments for our Veterinary Nutrition Programs, appointments with potential customers and community /pop-up events when safe. Also, we'll be offering meal and treat pickup for peeps and pooches who live in the neighborhood. Of course, we're still delivering delight to dogs throughout Greater Vancouver.
Watch for open houses, shop hours, events, and celebration announcements!
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We respect these pros.
From the moment we envisioned Virchew, the goal was to become the industry leader for plant-based canine nutrition research.
We've interviewed dozens of awesome veterinarians in the Greater Vancouver area over the years and we cannot describe in enough words how much we respect these professionals. We've now started to meet, and partner with, veterinary clinics to deliver the foods and services that will bring us closer to the goal of providing the much-needed, evidence-based research through these professional partnerships. And, most importantly to offer a powerful and exciting diet alternative for their patients.
If you're a veterinarian who wants to learn more about our veterinary partnership plans, programs, and research study plans, please contact us.
If you want to schedule a lunch and learn (complete with a delicious plant-based lunch for all!) please email Virchew!
NEW CAPITAL ROUND
Call it Impact, Sustainable or Values-Based Investing. Any way you dish it up, the plant-based pet food industry is going to boom.
Do you remember when we all thought electric cars were a wild, futuristic idea? Tesla recently reached $1000/share to become the first $1 trillion-dollar company! (Update - potential stock split Mar 2022). The world is transforming quickly and without question, fortune favored Elon Musk's bold plans.
As we all know, the world is beginning to embrace another innovative, much-needed, and timely idea: Sustainable Plant-Based Foods. This same market boom is spilling over into the dog food space.
While we obviously cannot predict what Virchew could achieve for share value, we've developed a compelling business development model and hold a very strong intention to achieve extraordinary business goals.
We are leading the first plant-based food for dogs supported by veterinary programs to provide powerful solutions for food sensitivity issues (skin and gastrointestinal).
We've established consistent sales and powerful partnerships. After years of dogged dedication, Virchew is perfectly positioned between two multi-billion-dollar markets - Plant-Based Foods and Foods for Dogs. We're literally ready to deliver, BIG.
If you want your money to be a financial force for good and reap the benefits of investments that are aligned with your values, get in touch to register your name.
Feeding Fido shouldn't be a moral dilemma.
Choose Virchew and do the right thing for your dog, the earth, and your heart, too. A winning trifecta of virtuous good!