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Vegan Vietnamese Cuisine and the Plant-Based Revolution

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 and breaking tradition to chase her dreams.

Ever since I switched to a plant-based diet, I feel a lot better and more energized. It’s also a more sustainable choice as a chef.“- Chef Kim Vo

🎧 Listen to the full episode to learn more about her journey and the benefit of a plant-based diet!


Human Connection Through Food in Pandemic

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 self-care to recharge, you’re going to be better off for it and better off longer for it.“- Kevin Mazzone

🔗 Listen to the full episode here: https://the-wellness-hub.simplecast.com/episodes/human-connection-through-food-in-pandemic

Quick Tips For A Healthier Gut

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 to learn how you can optimize your gut health? Listen to the full episode here:


UpMeals Delivers Record Q3 Revenues + Profitability Update 

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 revenues alone were $265K, beating their August 2022 performance by 9%.

The company recently installed 5 SmartVending machines at Vancouver International Airport and completed a deployment at Capilano University. Additionally, the company also became the main provider of healthy, ready to eat meals for Lululemon’s Vancouver headquarters via their partnership with Compass Group. 

UpMeals’ management is forecasting profitability for the company by Q1 of 2023 on the back of strong B2B partnerships and upcoming contracts, improved operational efficiencies and facility upgrades. 

“While UpMeals continues to deliver consistent top line growth, our leadership team is also focused on achieving profitability and strong operating cashflows”, said UpMeals CEO Drew Munro, “This year’s Q3 saw us not only achieve record revenues, but significantly improved Gross Profit and reduced operating expenses. Our leadership team has created a clear road map to achieving positive cash flow based on our upcoming contracts and we look forward to continuing to drive the value of the company for our shareholders.”

*Financial results are from management prepared statements and are unaudited

UpMeals currently has limited availability remaining in their current financing round. To confirm investment allocations or top ups, please email:

Drew Munro

UpMeals SmartVending Machines to receive AI Upgrades

Vancouver, BC, July 27th, 2022 – UpMeals is pleased to share that it has been accepted into Durham College’s Hub for Applied Research in Artificial Intelligence for Business Solutions (AI Hub), a centre of excellence that enables small- and medium-sized enterprises to develop and adopt complex AI solutions to improve productivity and efficiency. The AI Hub offers industry partners access to technical expertise, state-of-the-art facilities and platforms, and student talent.

“We’re thrilled to be one of only ten businesses accepted into the AI Hub program this year,” said Drew Munro, Co-founder and CEO of UpMeals. “This experience will provide us with invaluable research, data and modeling as to how we can expand the AI within our machines to better service our customers.”

The AI Hub will provide approximately 240 hours of service over 12 weeks from students and research associates to assist UpMeals with early-stage research and development to create an AI project prototype, accelerating the feasibility of a proposed AI solution, the quality of the datasets and development opportunities. This will result in a working prototype, supporting code and other materials to execute and scale the prototype for commercialization.

“We look forward to expanding the AI capabilities of our SmartVending machines, offering tailored recommendations on each of our machines depending on item popularity, time of date, consumption trends and more. Just as a streaming service recommends programming based on your history, soon our SmartVending machine interfaces will offer similar functionality to get the right product to the right user to drive sales and reduce waste,” continues Munro.

UpMeals had previously received advisory services and funding support from the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP) to develop and bring to market the UpMeals App. 

About UpMeals

UpMeals is a food accessibility platform on a mission to make healthy, nutritious meals available 24/7. Innovative SmartVending machines, direct to consumer eCommerce, and B2B solutions provide custom, healthy, sustainably packaged meals that meet the highest food safety standards. UpMeals uses proprietary AI-driven software to create their custom meal solutions and reduce food waste. Using the data collected from their platform, UpMeals uses their software to improve menu offerings based on user feedback and popularity.

About the AI Hub

Housed within Durham College’s Office of Research Services, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the AI Hub offers small and medium enterprises a much-needed access point to the rapidly growing field of AI. By offering industry partners access to technical expertise, state-of-the-art facilities and platforms, and student talent, businesses can uncover valuable insights while receiving intelligent and autonomous solutions that increase organizational productivity and growth. The AI Hub services are supported in part by funding from the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP). Companies interested in how AI and digital transformation can enhance their businesses are encouraged to visit www.durhamcollege.ca/theAIHub or contact the AI Hub team directly via email or phone at 905.721.3223. 

UpMeals currently has an open financing round and is inviting investors to participate in the opportunity.

To download the deck and terms, please visit the link below:

UpMeals Investor’s Deck

UpMeals Enters Exclusive Agreement to Create Custom Daily Eats for Facebook’s Vancouver Office

Facebook Vancouver Office

UpMeals is pleased to share that it is feeding the minds, hearts, and bellies of Facebook’s Vancouver employees. Some of the city’s brightest will indulge in custom-created meals, curated according to their food preferences using our proprietary software. UpMeals and the Facebook team collaborated on a unique menu that ensured specific meal preferences and nutritional guidelines were met. Breakfast, lunch and snack menu items will be provided to Facebook employees fresh daily, with new meals entering the rotation on a regular basis to ensure all eating preferences are accommodated and to keep things fresh and exciting.

“Partnering with an incredible organization like Facebook to ensure their employees are equipped with nutritious, satisfying meals is an unforgettable opportunity,” said Drew Munro, Co-Founder and CEO of UpMeals. “Leveraging our custom software, and the logistics we’ve come to master in the past few years of operation, we will own the full experience for up to 125 employees, feeding them healthy, diverse and delicious meals every day.”

Munro and his team will run the day-to-day operations at Facebook’s onsite service facility, owning the complete process from start to finish. This service will commence September 27, 2021 where UpMeals will be the exclusive onsite food services provider to the Facebook Vancouver team.

Chat with us to discuss a curated solution for your team!

This is an internal announcement and is not for general media release or distribution.


Madeleine Davidson



Larissa Dundon



UpMeals’ First Publicly Available SmartVending Machine Launches In Squamish

PlantX branded SmartVending Machine in Squamish

We are pleased to share that our first public-facing and plant-based vending machine is available in Squamish, British Columbia. This installation is a part of our expanded partnership with PlantX Life Inc. (“PlantX”), an e-commerce, plant-based food delivery company. Joining the 15,000 square foot campus, this machine will provide customers access to plant-based food, 24/7.

“We’ve seen an incredible uptake on our delicious plant-based meals in our SmartVending machine since it was installed at Locavore in Squamish,” said Drew Munro, Co-Founder and CEO of UpMeals. “Our plant-based food options have always been popular with our customers and this ease of access means our meals will be available to those who are searching for something healthy, delicious and sustainable, at any time of day.” 

Continued Munro, “We have a fantastic partnership with PlantX helping them to serve the plant-based community delicious and ready-to-eat meals in Canada and soon into the US. The SmartVending machine has logged thousands of interactions and has sold out of salads, juices, wraps and entrees on a regular basis. We look forward to continuing to reach more customers through our unique food-technology solution”

Customers can choose from a selection of up to 35 meals, breakfast items, wraps, salad, juices and snacks. Each item is individually packaged in sustainable material and refrigerated in the temperature controlled SmartVending machine. 

Currently, all other SmartVending machines are located at private businesses, so this is the first machine that allows meals to be purchased by the general public. Customers are encouraged to visit the PlantX campus located at 1861 Mamquam Rd, Squamish. 

About PlantX Life Inc.

As the digital face of the plant-based community, PlantX’s platform is the one-stop shop for everything plant-based. With its fast-growing category verticals, the Company offers customers across North America more than 10,000 plant-based products. In addition to offering meal and indoor plant deliveries, the Company currently has plans underway to expand its product lines to include cosmetics, clothing and its own water brand — but the business is not limited to an e-commerce platform. The Company uses its digital platform to build a community of like-minded consumers and, most importantly, provide education. Its successful enterprise is being built and fortified on partnerships with top nutritionists, chefs and brands. The Company eliminates the barriers to entry for anyone interested in living a plant-based lifestyle and thriving in a longer, healthier and happier life.


Madeleine Davidson



Larissa Dundon



UpMeals Enters Exclusive Licensing Agreement with SMRT1 Technologies

SMRT1 Technologies App Interface

Today, UpMeals is pleased to announce that we have entered into 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. 

Currently, UpMeals’ proprietary software provides automation for all levels of the creative, production, ordering and delivery processes, empowering users to create plans for meals nearing their expiry date and build menus based on the popularity of food items. The new licensed technology will allow UpMeals to develop new and innovative features specific to the SmartVending machines themselves. 

“This strategic licensing agreement allows us to develop and scale the customer-facing technology side of the UpMeals platform, providing our team endless opportunities to push our innovation limits,” said Drew Munro, Co-Founder and CEO of UpMeals. “We also now have full exclusivity and right of first refusal for any fresh food vending competitors that may enter the space using the SMRT1 Technologies software.”

The SMRT1 Technologies software empowers users to manage their machines and products, track inventory, monitor and analyze critical data, generate insightful reports, and schedule and manage service calls. The UpMeals development team will be leveraging the technology to update and develop new customer facing features such as an eCommerce style experience, as well as new mobile app features including a ‘view machines near me’ function; ‘view available items, order, pay & reserve online’; customizable dietary preferences and nutritional goals; and, loyalty points and refer a friend bonuses. 

“We’re excited to partner with UpMeals on this to provide them with a convenient, accessible, and trusted automated self-service solution,” said Terry Van Horn, SMRT1 Technologies CEO. “The technology will revolutionize the way UpMeals connects with customers.”

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UpMeals Completes Another SmartVending Installation in Richmond Residential Building

UpMeals now at Riverport Flats!

UpMeals is delighted to announce another installation of their innovative SmartVending units at a residential property– Riverport Flats located in Richmond, B.C. The newly installed machine will give the 500+ residents access to custom curated healthy meals available in the lobby of the building, 24/7. Residents will be able to grab healthy options on their way to work in the morning, have a freshly prepared entrée in the evening and have access to healthy treats and snacks throughout the day. 

The SmartVending hardware is a refrigerated machine installed in the R5 building lobby, located at 14000 Riverport Way, with a customized interface inspired by Riverport Flats’ branding. The healthy meals will be delivered to the machine at a regular cadence to ensure ultimate freshness. Riverport Flats will have the ability to monitor their SmartVending machine remotely, create plans for meals nearing their expiry date and even build menus based on the popularity of food items.

To curate the menu, residents of the property participated in a survey provided by UpMeals identifying the goals and benefits they want to achieve with the meals and snacks available to them. The survey included their dietary and cuisine preferences, and eating habits, which helped inform their customized menu offering of healthy, fresh, sustainable, and chef-prepared meals, including items like the Signature Breakfast Wrap, Baja Chicken Salad Bowl, Seasonal Harvest Bowl, and Seed Nut Superfood Bar. Any meals that are not sold within their freshness time frame will be donated to communities in need through UpMeals partnership with Vancouver Food Runners

The SmartVending solution is the first of its kind to be offered as an amenity in a residential building in Richmond. Riverport Flats foresees the value add to help encourage long standing tenants, as a selling feature for prospective renters, and to help drive competitiveness in the market.