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Since 1997, we’ve been providing easy access to fresh, healthy, local, sustainably-produced food.

At SPUD our goal is to create relationships with amazing farmers, ranchers, fishermen/women, bakers, and artisans, to make it easy for you to have the freshest ingredients and amazing products delivered directly to your home or office.

We believe that food should be healthy, so we partner with local producers and farmers who you can trust; real people who have integrity, who respect our environment, who care about our community, people who value sustainable farming practices and believe in the humane treatment of animals.

We select local ingredients from partners who care about your food and our environment. 

Mission, Vision and Values

Our vision is to be the leader in local, sustainable food solutions.

Our mission is to innovate food systems for people, planet, and prosperity.

Our values underpin everything that our team members do. They guide our interactions with one another, our clients and our partners, and help us stay focused on what's really important.

Create amazing customer experiences. We are passionate in our commitment to deliver for our customers.

Lead with sustainability and consider our impact.

Learn, grow and make time to celebrate wins together.

We welcome different perspectives. Diversity makes us stronger.

Prioritize, work smart and deliver results for our stakeholders and each other.

We are committed to our mission and that requires resilience, persistence and grit to persevere and succeed.

We create sustainable food systems, and have the lowest food waste in Canada

That doesn’t just mean selling locally grown food, it means sustainability at every stage of our business, from farm to fork. We’re far from perfect, but we’re proud to say we’re Canada’s most sustainable grocery company.

Food waste is a huge problem. More than 1/3 of all food in Canada never gets eaten! That’s why we’re committed to reducing food waste, and have the lowest (0.5%) food waste of any grocery store in Canada.

We sell 'imperfect' produce

We sell imperfect produce items for those who don’t mind their fruit and veggies with a little more character. Other stores reject  produce that isn’t aesthetically pleasing.

We donate food to those in need.

We donate produce and grocery items to mission-driven organizations that help the hungry. We support QUEST Food Exchange and the Greater Vancouver Food Bank in Vancouver, Bissell Centre Food Bank in Edmonton, the Food Bank and Mustard Seed in Calgary, and Rainbow Kitchen on Vancouver Island.

No in-store displays means fewer hands on your food, and less waste!

As an online store, we only purchase what we think we will actually sell instead of creating wasteful, overstuffed displays that allow food to expire or get damaged sitting on the shelf.

Leftovers are overrated, so we only order what we need.

Many products like local bread, salads, soups, and other meals are made fresh when customers order them, so we don’t over-order these perishable, short shelf-life items. Our inventory technology allows for predictive ordering and better inventory control of our produce which helps to keep waste to an absolute minimum.

We love composting

Our offices and warehouses compost enthusiastically and transparently. Unlike other companies, we don’t hide our food waste in locked metal dumpsters.

Single-use packaging is OUT!

Every reusable SPUD bin we pack saves approximately 3 plastic bags from the landfill. Our bins are sturdy, easy to carry, and (most importantly) they keep your food safe.

We also use insulated and reusable freezer jackets to keep your food and the environment cool! Instead of using throw-away insulation, we pick up freezer jackets, wash them, and reuse them.

We LOVE local

We don’t like long distance relationships. Purchasing from nearby farms & producers helps us reduce transportation emissions, build community and circulates 2.6x more into the local economy compared to multinational companies. We currently have roughly 500 local vendors and farms. Our goal is to help local businesses and farmers reach their customers by providing them with a large distribution network under which they can grow.

Food Miles

We list the distance your food traveled from producer to our warehouse, helping you make educated choices about the impact of the things you buy. If something isn’t local we always try to work with sustainable, organic and fair trade growers who are doing the right thing. Our commitment to our customers is to be transparent about where their food comes from!

Let's change the world together

There are tons of ways we can all be more sustainable in our personal lives, so we’re always on the hunt for tips for reducing food waste, saving energy and more. If you’re keen to learn, check out our Let’s Not Waste articles on the SPUD blog to start.

And last but not least, we believe cultivating a healthy community is a key component of sustainability.

SPUD is proud to be a certified B Corporation – a new kind of company that uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. As of our most recent certification in 2022, we're proud to have been given a 99.3 Overall B Impact Score. To put that into context, the median score for ordinariy businesses who complete this assessment is 50.9.

B Corp is to business what Fair Trade certification is to coffee. B Corps are for-profit companies certified to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. Benefiting people and the environment is written into our legal DNA.

We’re proud to add our name to a network of over 2,000 like-minded companies in over 50 countries around the world.

Curious about the B Corp Movement?

Take a look at how our fellow B Corporations are building communities, not just profits.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging

With all Freshlocal companies, diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging are at the core of our culture. Our commitment to this belief system is universal and uncompromising across all of our brands and locations. We know that by including more perspectives in our business, we'll be better positioned to help solve the global challenges of sustainability, food waste and food security.

We are constantly learning and introducing ideas to improve our approach to DEIB, whether through corporate-led programs, or by givinr our business teams the freedom to introduce new local, regional, and global programs.

Internal Development

We take an internal-first approach when a new opportunity arises within any of our teams. That means, top priority for any open position is to exhaust all internal options first before posting a role externally. And unless specific experience is absolutely required on day one, we'll even look for ways to help introduce an internal candidate at a graduated rate to ensure they are successful in their new position.

In support of this program, we have also introduced an internal practicum program, giving our team members the opportunity to explore other parts of the business to hone their development path, orsimply to experience another aspect of the business.

Community Engagement

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