We create exciting, nutritious vegetable & cashew spreads to compliment your meals.
Our passion is simplifying healthy eating, providing no-nonsense, nutrient-dense food that will pleasure and enchant the senses while nourishing the body with the fuel it needs to thrive.
We started making these spreads because we wanted to eat more whole foods, more vegetables and we wanted them to be honest,
without preservatives and thickeners. Only real food ingredients. Something we could use everyday and know that it was genuinely
good stuff that would make us feel good physically and mentally.
We gather our vegetables from local farms that practice natural farming methods and support non-GMO agriculture. Each flavour is an adventure, exploding with taste, as fresh and as natural as if you made it at home because we care about what you put in your body. The spreads can be used cold for dipping crackers or veggies at parties, the beach, or eaten as a snack! They also taste great on sandwiches instead of hummus, mustard or mayo. Get even more creative and serve them warm as a condiment to enhance grilled meat or sautéed veggies. They can also be used as a way to freshen up a meal, by stirring into soups or pasta, dressing salad leaves, marinating meats or spreading on to a pizza base.
The Range Includes
- Beet – This natural bright pink dip uses the sweet flavour of beets and balances it with balsamic and creamy cashew.
- Cilantro – This raw dip combines cilantro with iron-rich pumpkin seeds, freshly squeezed lemon juice and garlic.
- Spicy Carrot – Carrot combined with a blend of spices, fresh lemon zest and cashew.
- Jalapeno Cashew Cream Cheeze – A dairy free cheese alternative this creamy cashew spread combines the flavours of fresh jalapeno and lemon.
- Chive & Garlic Cashew Cream Cheeze – A dairy free cheese alternative this creamy cashew spread combines the flavours of chive, garlic and lemon.
It’s Important To Us To Be Kind To The Environment
We care about the environment and our impact. We use our cargo bikes for pick-ups and deliveries and are part of the city’s car-sharing community. We compost and recycle everything and are proud to be extremely close to being totally waste free because it’s important to us to be kind to the environment. We started out using compostable PLA containers but after lots of testing we found that these were not the best choice for the dips. We found out that PLA plastics have a zero oxygen barrier which means that everything in the air can pass freely through the containers and into the dips. In order to offer the best, freshest dips we can we made the switch to a high quality plastic container. We will continue to strive to be the most environmentally responsible that we can so that we can help make the world a safer, happier place.
We Changed The Packaging Here’s Why
Thank you guys for all the compliments on the new packaging. That graphic design course I took a while back came in handy after all! But some of you have also expressed concerns about how the switch to a cardboard sleeve might affect the environment, so here’s a little explainer and a chance for you to weigh in further:
There are certain labeling laws for type size and information that I wasn’t meeting with my old stickers and I didn’t have the room to increase / include things using my old labels. So I had to make a change and after careful consideration and research I choose to go with the cardboard sleeve.
It turns out the cardboard sleeves are actually more environmentally friendly than the waterproof stickers I was using before. There are the same number of packaging pieces even though things might look a little different. The sleeves are made of 100% recycled paper and printed with vegetable-based inks so they are 100% biodegradable / recyclable.
I originally didn’t want to include a sticker on the top at all since getting the sleeve but after taking others’ opinions into consideration I decided to try it out. The reason was because people said once it was in the fridge it would be hard to tell what it was. What are your thought on this? Part of me wants to eliminate the top sticker altogether now that all the info is on the sleeve. I was thinking of doing a simple printed lid instead. Would you guys prefer that?
The new top plastic seal is replacing the side tamper-evident snap, which makes the dip last longer without adding preservatives. This will help cut down on food waste. The seal is also recyclable. The old small plastic tamper-evident snap piece I worry ends up lost in the landfill or worse in our waterways. The seal felt like the better choice.
I really care about the environment. It’s our most precious ally. Whenever I have to make a decision like this I always ask three questions. 1. Is it good for the environment? 2. Is it good for the body? 3. Overall does it feel like the right thing to do, not the easy thing but the right thing?
Having a small growing business comes with responsibilities and I truly want to be the change I wish to see in the world. At the kitchen facility where I make Spread’Em we are almost zero waste. We compost and recycle everything, I mean everything! The only waste is from the disposable hairnets and gloves. We even use cloth towels and communicate with our suppliers to cut down on shipping waste. I’m learning as I go but I always put the environment and real food first when making decisions.
I really want to build the type of company that has open dialogue and transparency with the people who have invested in me by buying the dips and who trust me to supply them with good food. I look at all the angles and do my research when changes have to be made. I will always be accountable and open to discussion. Thanks so much for your time. Please keep reaching out with your concerns and ideas, it’s the best way we can improve this little creation of ours!