A very exciting and new business will soon be opening it's doors for trading right in the heart of the valley. Nutriplant is a new vegan convenience food kitchen, which aims to provide ready made frozen meals for people across the country. These will be not only ultra convenient for people with busy lifestyles, not just deliciously tasty and interesting, but also packed full of nutrition and best of all are completely vegan.
Hadley Pollard, the owner of Nutriplant, met with me to give me some insight into his new business venture.
It was a pleasure to find out more and it was very easy to get caught up in his passion and the excitement of what the business aims to achieve.
I was shown around the premises, which is situated in the outskirts of Hebden Bridge in Mytholmroyd.
Everything is brand new and the kitchen (where all the creative magic and preparation has been taking place) is a completely "vegan only" zone. So there is absolutely no chance of any cross contamination.
The team has done a lot of market research over the last few months and even produced trial boxes of food for the local community to give feedback on.
Personally I'm hoping the Nutriplant lasagne has made the grade as without any doubt it is the tastiest one I have ever had in my 41 years of life!!!
All food and drinks are freshly prepared with top quality ingredients to provide healthy food choices within the convenience meal market.
Nutriplant have been working on juices, protein shakes, super-food porridge, super-food salads and hearty meals. Hadley is hoping to add healthy deserts to the menu too.
Nutriplant is predominantly going to be an online company. People will be able to visit the website and select the meals or juices and then this will be sent out frozen in special freezer boxes to keep them fresh whilst in transit.
Locals will have the option to collect their pre-booked parcels.
It was nice to speak to Hadley about where this business idea had stemmed from. He is an asthma sufferer and he had heard that cutting out dairy would help his symptoms, this was the start of his transition. It led to him learning about many more health benefits when on a plant based diet, as well as the environmental ones and also opened his eyes to the cruel world of the meat and dairy industry.
"It happens in stages. The animal welfare issues, the environment and health are all part and parcel. As you educate yourself to becoming plant based, these subject matters transpire hand in hand and your eyes begin to open"
With him already being in the health and fitness industry it was a natural transition to want to tie the plant based element to what he already does.
Nutriplant's impact on the environment is important to Hadley and the business will aim to recycle as much as possible, whilst at the same time keeping waste to a minimum. As the business matures he will continue to look into new ways to streamline this and reduce their carbon footprint.
The Nutriplant team have lots of ideas for the future, including growing their own herbs. I was shown a perfect outside area, which will be turned into an organic herb garden. Hadley thinks it will be a lovely place for him and his workforce to sit on their breaks, relax and contemplate.
The herbs will also provide a lovingly home grown element to his meals.
When it comes to his target customers Hadley is extremely passionate when he states that people should not feel pressurised to put themselves in a certain category. He wants everyone to know that healthy food is there for everyone. Whether you are vegan or not, Nutriplant meals are delicious and nutritious and anyone can reap the benefits.
3 Valley Vegans wish Nutriplant Nutrition a lot of success. It's so amazing to have yet another vegan business in our valley.
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