VANCOUVER, British Columbia--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Eat Well Investment Group Inc., (the “Company” or “Eat Well Group” or “EWG”) (CN:EWG) (US:EWGFF) (FRA:6BC0) is pleased to announce its wholly-owned subsidiary, Sapientia Technologies, LLC (“Sapientia”) has launched its better-for-you plant-based twists to 350 Federated Co-operatives Limited Ltd. (“FCL”) stores under the COOP Pure Brand. The plant-based snacks are created by Sapientia founder and President Dr. Eugenio Bortone, the inventor of the Twisted Cheetos, which generated approximately $200 million in retail sales in its first calendar year.
"Federated Coop is very excited to partner with Eat Well Group to introduce such a breakthrough plant-based snack item under the COOP Pure Brand," stated Sav Bellissimo, Head of Store Brands at FCL. "There is nothing in the category that has this much protein and fibre and still tastes like a regular salty snack and made locally here in Western Canada”.
Eat Well Group is pleased to see Sapientia commercialize its proprietary formulations and intellectual property less than six months after its acquisition by Eat Well Group. This launch establishes the Company’s investment in a white label division, providing Eat Well Group with an additional revenue channel it plans to scale in 2022 with further product offerings.
Sapientia created the plant-based twisted curls for consumers seeking healthier snack foods with increased protein and nutritional credentials. Since these plant-based twisted curls are baked and not fried they deliver approximately 30% less calories with higher nutritional credentials than competitor’s products which are largely corn based.
“Our investment in Sapientia is disrupting the multi-billion-dollar snack food market by providing taste and nutrition without compromise. These plant-based twisted curls deliver the same delicious flavour, crunch and texture as leading snack food brands while providing 3-4x more protein, 4-5x more fibre, with less fat and calories,” stated Marc Aneed, President of Eat Well Group. “Dr. Eugenio Bortone and his team at Sapientia have created a product that you would eat and enjoy, even if you didn’t know it was better for you,” continued Aneed.
The initial launch with FCL shipped on December 8, 2021, and consists of Ketchup and Cheese flavours. The Company is currently developing both Chili Lime and Mediterranean flavours which it anticipates will be available shortly.
With commercialization established, this test market allows Sapientia to validate its operations and commercial processes before expanding further into broader eCommerce and brick and mortar locations across North America throughout H1, 2022.
With more products currently under development, Sapientia and other investee companies of Eat Well Group continue to work with the Saskatchewan Food Centre and other partners to explore utilizing other pulse combinations to create new and exciting products with combinations of fava beans, chickpeas and yellow peas.
Led by Dr. Eugenio Bortone, one of the world’s most preeminent food scientists, extrusion processing experts, and inventor of Frito-Lay’s Twisted Cheetos, Sapientia has created and filed four foundational patents revolving around the “protein twist” and crispy puff style snack. By focusing on the texture and crunch, Sapientia’s disruptive patents solve one of the major problems large-scale snack-food companies have struggled with for years; the utility of the snack; including texture, flavour, and offering a guilt free, not fried, natural and healthy alternative to the majority of snack food products on the market today.
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Eat Well Group is a publicly-traded investment Company primarily focused on high-growth companies in the agribusiness, food tech, plant-based and ESG (environmental, social and governance) sectors. Eat Well Group’s management team has an extensive record of sourcing, financing and building successful companies across a broad range of industries and maintains a current investment mandate on the health/wellness industry. The team has financed and invested in early-stage venture companies for greater than 25 years, resulting in unparalleled access to deal flow and the ability to construct a portfolio of opportunistic investments intended to generate superior risk-adjusted returns.
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