Since its inception in June of 2014, Yamchops has been providing the Toronto-GTA area with plant-based protein alternatives. They’re strong believers that plant-based proteins can be a staple of any kitchen or diet. Vegan foods have really evolved and is at times, hard to even tell the difference between an actual animal-based product and its vegan counterpart. Toni Ambramson, co-owner of YamChops, has even argued with customers over whether or not the “meat” they just consumed was actually solely plant-based.
Since we last met up with them in September, business has been booming and they have even been featured on Dragons’ Den! Their core products and full service butcher shop remain the same but their store has expanded to include new products such as (even more) cooked food and even pressed juices. What has surprised them is their increase in wholesale business – retail stores ranging McEwan Grocery, local yoga studios and more are reaching out to them to feature their products. While customer favourites tend to vary seasonally (soups are very popular for this winter season!), one emerging category of foods that they’ve seen grow increasingly popular (read: trend alert!) are nut-based cheeses – a nice vegan alternative that tastes exactly like the real thing.
Visit their store at 705 College St. for vegetarian butcher counter items, salads, cold pressed juices, juice cleanses, grab-and-go lunch boxes and so much more. Their corporate location also incorporates natural specialty retail items produced by other manufacturers.
If you haven’t already, read our interview with Yamchops here to find out what they’re all about!