PETERBOROUGH-Carrot Bacon, a Peterborough-based startup and client of the Innovation Cluster, is looking to revolutionize the plant-based snack industry. With the introduction of two new products – Beet Jerky and Onion Cracklings – to its successful line of Crispy Whole-Plant Jerky, Carrot Bacon has garnered international attention, secured a $100k grant, and made its first deliveries to both coasts of the USA.
Carrot Bacon is dedicated to creating innovative plant-based snack alternatives that it says are both delicious and sustainable.
It was the Innovation Cluster’s guidance that enabled Carrot Bacon to apply for Venture13’s thriveFORWARD grant program to receive a $100k grant. This funding, made available through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), is aimed at fueling innovation-driven job creation and growth across southern Ontario.
“The support from the Venture13 team has been an incredible boost for our company,” remarked Tyler Steeves, Founder of Carrot Bacon. “This grant has added momentum to our progress, and I extend my gratitude to John Haydn for his valuable advice and to the team at Northumberland CFDC for believing in our mission.”
Steeves made significant progress in penetrating the US market, largely due to his participation in the Canadian Taste Makers Accelerator 2.0 program. This opportunity introduced him to the Trade Commissioner and eventually allowed him to secure a US distribution deal. Reflecting on this success, he stated, “Our trade missions to Detroit and Buffalo were game-changing experiences, leading to our exciting new partnership with Wegmans.”
The Canadian Taste Makers Accelerator 2.0 program is committed to spotlighting innovative businesses in the food and beverage sector. “We’re thrilled with the positive reception of our new products and are eager to build on our previous successes,” said Steeves. “Our mission is to create ‘Future Food’: delicious, sustainable, nutrient-dense alternatives, and we’re confident that our Beet Jerky and Onion Cracklings will impact the plant-based snack market positively.”
Carrot Bacon has received the “Small Business Innovator Award” at Chicago’s Sweets and Snacks Expo and the $20,000 GoodSpark Grant for Innovation from Desjardins.
Nicole Stephenson, Interim CEO at the Innovation Cluster, lauded Carrot Bacon’s achievements, stating, “Their accomplishments underscore the power of collaboration and the impact of the support provided by the Innovation Cluster. We are incredibly proud of Carrot Bacon’s commitment to producing innovative, sustainable, and cruelty-free snack alternatives.For more information about Carrot Bacon and their innovative plant-based products, visit www.carrotbacon.org