There’s a new butcher on the block - and we do things differently. Really. At The Very Good Butchers, we believe in butchering beans, not animals.
We’re on a mission to show that making good choices doesn’t mean sacrificing flavour. We want to make plant-based eating as approachable, nutritious and delicious as possible by creating food that’s Very Good for people, animals and the planet (while having a little fun along the way).
Fed up with the overly-processed meat alternatives available, our founders knew they could raise the plant-based bar. As trained chefs with years of experience, they set out to make the most delicious and nutritious plant-based meats they could, and in our humble opinion, they nailed it!.
After selling out the farmers markets on Denman Island, BC, our bean butchers knew they were onto something. They brought their magic beans to Victoria and opened the Canadian West Coasts’ first plant-based butchery.
A bajillion butchered beans, a Dragon's Den Appearance, 15 new products, and the opening of a production facility later (all in 3 years!), and our (not so) little Butcher Shop is online and ready to put some Very Good food on your plate.
Meat the Bean Butchers
Mitchell Scott | Co-Founder & CEO
Mitchell joined The Very Good Butchers shortly after their first summer at the Denman Farmers Market. He grew up on Denman Island and now lives in Victoria B.C. He's responsible for the business operations and marketing of The Very Good Butchers.
James Davison | Co-Founder & Chief Research and Development Officer
James has been a chef for over 10 years, working in the UK and Canada. Originally trained in classic French cuisine, he became interested in vegetarian and vegan cooking when he moved to the West Coast in 2012. James oversees product and menu development for The Very Good Butchers.
Ana Silva | President
Silva has spent the past five years with Daiya , where she served as Chief Financial Officer. During Silva’s time with Daiya, the company underwent a CAD$405 million acquisition by Otsuka Pharmaceuticals, a Japanese based pharmaceutical and nutraceutical company. Along with this significant acquisition, Silva oversaw a period where Daiya was ranked as the fastest growing plant-based food company in America by SPINS.
Kamini Hitkari | Chief Financial Officer
Hitkari has more than 15 years of corporate finance experience and during that time has held progressively senior finance roles with public companies. Most recently, Hitkari served as the Chief Financial Officer of Experion Holdings Ltd., where she led corporate and financial strategy and helped launch Experion's leading brand, Citizen Stash, across Canada, achieving significant revenue growth. Prior to that, she was the Vice President of Strategic Finance with Aurora Cannabis where she was a key contributor in over ten strategic transactions, ranging from $1 million to $2.6 billion, including valuation, risk assessment and integration activities.
Sarah Hardy | Independent Director
Dela Salem | Independent Director
Bill Tolany | Independent Director