Fermented Food For The Soul: what we eat affects how we feel and our connection with the environment. This episode features Lyndsay Scott, a loving mom and CEO of Kindred Cultures – a beverage company making waves as the emerging non-dairy probiotic drink in the market. Together with renowned chef and UpMeals CEO Drew Munro,… Read more »
Vancouver, Canada, May 1st, 2023 – UpMeals, a leading Canadian food technology startup, is proud to announce a strategic partnership with Sodexo Canada, a leader in the food services and facilities management industry. This collaboration will empower Sodexo to leverage UpMeals’ innovative technology to enhance the accessibility of healthy, nutritious meals across various sectors, including… Read more »
This episode features CY Iwanegbe, life coach, fitness expert, and founder of BRIO – an online wellness platform designed to help individuals unlock their super strength from within. Together with renowned chef and UpMeals CEO Drew Munro, they explore how CY’s experiences and adversities transformed him to find his true calling of motivating people to… Read more »
Satori Clarke is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and a devoted practitioner of Conscious Connected Breathwork. She joins us to share her perspective on exploring the connectedness of food, mind, body and mental health with our CEO, Drew Munro. Our conversation with Satori touches on everything from the complexity of our neural systems and mechanisms all… Read more »
Nihal Elwan is the Founder and CEO of Tayybeh, a social enterprise that empowers Syrian refugee chefs by providing an opportunity for employment, financial independence, and a sense of community, all while offering delicious and authentic local Syrian cuisine. In this episode, Nihal Elwan shares her experience founding Tayybeh, her incredible career fighting for woman’s… Read more »
Chef Kim Vo arrived as a refugee in Canada at the age of 2. She now runs a plant-based Vietnamese ghost kitchen and catering concept. Her experiences with food at a young age were the inspiration behind the launch of her innovative take on classic Vietnamese dishes. Learn more about her story of overcoming adversity… Read more »
The hospitality industry has been one of the hardest-hit industries during the pandemic. In this episode, our CEO, Drew Munro talks to Kevin Mazzone, General Manager of Lazy Gourmet Catering & Events about how the pandemic has transformed businesses and how human connection through food has survived via catered virtual events. “You have to schedule… Read more »
1 out of 7 people in Vancouver is facing food insecurity. Michelle Reining is the Executive Director of Vancouver Food Runners, a non-profit organization working to reduce food waste and tackle food insecurity in the Vancouver area. She and our CEO Drew Munro talk about the importance of food waste and food insecurity and how… Read more »
Evan Elman is the owner of Vancouver Private Dining, Co-Owner of Urban Tadka, and Executive Chef at Dinner in the Sky Canada. He and our CEO Drew Munro dive deep into the thoughts behind decisions leading to becoming the Gary Vaynerchuk of cooking. “I try to be completely open to new opportunities and people. All… Read more »
Brad Pommen is the President and Founder of SMRT1 Technologies. He and our CEO Drew Munro talk about the journey to upcycle a multi-billion vending industry, building technology that retrofits onto almost any vending machine in the world, powering them with incredible data analytics and allowing them to move into exciting new markets. “The idea… Read more »
A healthy gut is the key to optimal health! In this episode, Sam and Natalia dive into the importance of gut health and a few tips you can start implementing now to support your gut so that you can feel your best. “80% of your immune system is working in the gut.” – Natalia Want… Read more »
The Wellness Hub is joined by the CEO and co-founder of UpMeals Drew Munro to talk about how this Vancouver-based company is disrupting the modern food industry and providing access to healthy food 24/7 through innovative technology. “My passion has always been to nourish people and to use food as a vehicle to bring joy… Read more »
Vancouver, BC, October 6th, 2022 – UpMeals is very pleased to announce another record performance in Q3 2022, with revenues growing 148% YoY from Q3 2021. September was also a single-month revenue record for the company. The company posted revenues of $690K in Q3 2022, beating their forecast and increasing 148% from Q3 2021’s performance. September 2022… Read more »
Dogs are so much more than just pets, and owners consider them to be members of their families. This mentality is very natural and common, although you must be careful when it comes to food because no matter how tempting it may be to give some of your meal to your dog, only certain foods… Read more »
Between schoolwork, studying for exams and paying tuition fees, it can be difficult for students to eat healthily. Eating healthy can be incredibly challenging for a student on a tight budget. Still, the right tips will help balance the demands of student life and eating healthy. Stick To Whole Foods Fruit, vegetables, whole grains, proteins… Read more »
Our food choices affect our heart, liver and other body parts, including our brain. A healthy diet can improve brain performance and preserve brain function, so you must consume healthy fats like nuts, fatty fish, lots of fruits and vegetables, and very low amounts of processed and sugary foods. Eating high-fibre whole grains and legumes… Read more »
Meal prepping allows you to remain healthy while on-the-go. Time and time again, many individuals find themselves making a pit stop at the closest fast food restaurant and feel trapped with this sub-par nutritional option. After all, you are what you eat—consuming processed, greasy fast food on a consistent basis will lead to increased body… Read more »
You only get one body, so it is a must that you take good care of it. A happy, healthy and active lifestyle is crucial, and the following tips will help you take care of your body: Get Enough Sleep Adults should average 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night. Quality sleep is essential… Read more »
Certain foods will boost your brain and memory, so consuming these items is essential as your brain is the control center of your body. Your brain keeps your heart beating and lungs breathing, and this also allows you to move, feel and think. For these reasons, it is a must that you keep your brain… Read more »
As a woman ages, her body will undergo significant changes with several side effects. New and different approaches may need to be taken to maintain a healthy life. You may need to consider a specific diet to ensure you receive all the necessary nutrients. Women can alter their diets to better adapt to the natural… Read more »
This summer, travellers moving through Vancouver International Airport (YVR) have more options for a fresh and delicious meal thanks to the installation of SmartVending machines. UpMeals – Canada’s leading fresh food SmartVending provider – recently deployed five of its machines throughout the airport, offering individually-packaged and ready-to-eat salads, bowls, juices, healthy snacks, wraps and more. UpMeals SmartVending… Read more »
UpMeals accepted into competitive AI Hub program to expand AI capabilities on SmartVending machines
UpMeals is pleased to announce record revenues in April due to an increase in demand across their SmartVending, B2B and D2C platforms, surpassing April 2021’s revenues by 61%. Additionally, the company reported strong growth in Q4 (Oct-Dec 2021) of 81% from previous Q4 results, and 53% growth in Q1 (Jan-Dec 2022). UpMeals is experiencing a… Read more »
PCOS, or polycystic ovarian syndrome, affects about 1 in 10 women of child-bearing age. If you’re one of many affected, there are diet and lifestyle changes you can make to reduce or overcome your symptoms. What is polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)? PCOS is characterized by hormonal imbalances, it involves not only the reproductive hormones, but… Read more »
It’s important to eat well during your pregnancy so that your newborn baby gets all the nutrition they need to grow up strong and healthy. Not only is it important to eat high-quality foods during pregnancy, it’s also important to eat more. It’s recommended you eat an extra 300 to 400 calories per day, especially… Read more »
Creating a successful at-home workout routine is easier than you think- because there are so many resources at your fingertips. The fitness industry has changed, and you no longer need to be in a gym everyday to get in shape. There are so many virtual ways you can access health experts, fitness plans, and trainers.… Read more »
All of the holiday fun can leave us feeling a little tired and off. Here are 5 ways to get back on track!
Tired of failed new year’s resolutions? Here are three ways to make stronger, more successful ones.
Have you ever wondered why everyone loves holiday food so much? Here are three reasons
Dec 13th, 2021 – Today, UpMeals, the healthy, fresh and sustainable vending machine solution, announced that it has completed the installation of 4 of its SmartVending machines in a single week as demand for their innovative solution continues to climb. The installations took place at the following locations: GEC Pearson Student Residences (Western Canada’s Largest… Read more »
Meals crafted by restaurant notables Kissa Tanto, Tayybeh, and Chầm Chậm and numerous chef-created healthy meal and snack options now available direct to consumer. Vancouver, BC, November 24, 2021 – Today, UpMeals, the healthy, fresh and sustainable vending machine solution, launched its ready-to-eat meal subscription service, their first direct-to-consumer offering. Available in two, three, and… Read more »
Co-Founder and CEO of UpMeals, Drew Munro, named as one of Business in Vancouver’s Forty under 40 award recipients
We’re thrilled to share that Co-Founder and CEO of UpMeals, Drew Munro, has been recognized alongside notable business leaders across British Columbia as one of BIV’s 2021 Forty Under 40. For more than a quarter-century the BIV Forty under 40 awards have recognized entrepreneurs, executives and professionals under the age of 40 who have demonstrated… Read more »
We’re thrilled to share that one of our SmartVending Machines will soon feed employees at Canaccord Genuity Group in Vancouver’s downtown core. Canaccord Genuity is a leading independent, full-service financial services firm, with operations in two principal segments of the securities industry: wealth management and capital markets. Due to COVID-19, return to work plans must… Read more »
SmartVending machines installed at Sauder School of Business and Irvine K, Barber Learning Centre give students access to nutritious food options 24/7
Everyday more and more research comes out supporting the notion that our guts are heavily involved in our overall health, and mental health is no exception. This is where the gut-brain connection comes into play.
Here are 10 rules (five “dos” and five “don’ts”) to support your gut microbiome to keep healthy levels of bacteria and other necessary agents that keep our guts functioning well.
UpMeals will be providing breakfast, lunch, and snack items to Facebook Vancouver employees fresh daily as part of an exclusive agreement.
We are pleased to share that our first public-facing and plant-based vending machine is available in Squamish, British Columbia.
Gut health has become a large concern among health and wellness experts in all areas, and the importance of a healthy gut seems to be more and more significant for overall health.
UpMeals is happy to announce we are expanding our partnership with PlantX Life Inc.
Chronic stress affects most of our lives and comes with long-term effects. Here’s what you can do to mitigate it.
UpMeals is pleased to announce an exclusive five-year licensing agreement with SMRT1 Technologies, enabling UpMeals to create and own all new technology features and IP that are built for our unique fresh food vending platform.
They may not seem related at first glance but sleep and diet are tightly related. Our quality of sleep can dictate what and how much food we eat!
UpMeals is happy to announce the appointment of our newest Board Member — entrepreneur, author and the inventor of Pictionary®, Rob Angel.
UpMeals is delighted to announce that we have partnered with Simon Fraser University (SFU) to install a SmartVending machine at their Burnaby campus this fall.
UpMeals is pleased to announce the expansion of PlantX’s Canadian meal delivery that will enhance outreach to its growing plant-based community.
The rise of chronic diseases is linked to our eating habits, and our eating habits are linked to what we’re exposed to. The way food is being marketed may be causing more harm than good, and the food industry doesn’t have our health as a priority.
UpMeals is delighted to announce another installation of their innovative SmartVending units at a residential property– Riverport Flats located in Richmond, B.C.
Whether it’s a business lunch or a holiday dinner, shared meals bring people together, build community, and create a sense of belonging.
UpMeals announced today that it has partnered with ShareWares in an effort to further its sustainability mandate.
Meal delivery apps are making our lives easier but at what cost? Let’s look at the health pitfalls of online food services and how they can better support public health.
Healthy eating culture can make or break your wellness program. It’s one of the most crucial and overlooked ways to enhance employee wellness.
Ever thought about starting a fast? Intrigued about the potential benefits of strategically timing your meals? You’re in the right place!
Feeling sluggish and disengaged? We’ve put together a few quick, science-backed tips to help you boost productivity and make the most out of your days .
UpMeals Launches First SmartVending Solution in Residential Building as Alternative to Meal Delivery Services
Today, UpMeals launched its first SmartVending machine at a residential property– Devonshire Properties’ Larch Tower in Vancouver, B.C.
From Cultured Meat to 3D Food Printing, these three food tech innovations might be the future of sustainable eating.
UpMeals recently closed its seed capital raise at $800,000, oversubscribing due to strong investor demand.
More than just a healthy vending machine for your office! SmartVending is the perfect way to have custom, healthy meals accessible 24/7 through technology.
Keto diets have been all the rage in the fitness, wellness, and nutrition world. Wondering what it’s all about? Let’s break it down here!
To close off the crazy year of 2020 we have put together some of our favourite wellness-driven New Year’s intentions to share with you.
Want to make something special for your household Christmas dinner? Treat your loved ones to this healthy but still super tasty treat!
Christmas is just around the corner, so how about surprising your family with this super easy, vegan minty chocolate mousse?
To help you navigate the season we put together a few tips for staying healthy during the holidays.
Let’s take a look into some of the pros and cons of calorie tracking tools.
The innovative technology solution provides safe food accessibility in retail locations or offices.
We’ve put together a few ideas you can whip up quickly before you are off to work or school.
If you’re currently still working from home and having trouble sticking to a healthy, mindful eating routine, read on, these tips are for you!
Read on to learn about some of the benefits of meditation and why you should start practicing now!
Here are a few tips to take care of your sleep, boost your mood and productivity throughout the day, and improve your overall health.
Waste is a major concern for everyone in the food industry, to remedy this we’re now working with HPP West Coast to make our meals stay fresher for longer.
UpMeals is proud to announce its partnership with Vancouver Food Runners, a non-profit organization on a mission to redirect food surplus to those in need.
These foods are great to naturally increase your energy levels, feel more motivated, reduce feelings of stress or anxiety, and just overall boost your mood.
The first big question when making the leap to a vegan diet is “where will I get my protein?” Fortunately, there are plenty of options!
Here are three super easy, super clean, plant-based milk recipes you can try out at home.
Most chronic illnesses are linked to widespread inflammation in the body. Luckily, reducing chronic inflammation can be safely done through diet.
Because we love everything tech and wellness we wanted to give you a little snippet of what this new era has brought into the wellness world.
These ingredients can give you a valuable immunity boost, and you most likely already have them laying around in your kitchen.
UpMeals will be designing, preparing and packaging a rotating menu of plant-based meals that can then be purchased on the PlantX website.
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