Food In Canada

District Ventures, Circle K stores team up to expand reach of Canadian-made products

May 1, 2019   by Food in Canada staff

District Ventures is Canada’s only ecosystem that focuses on bringing capital, marketing, programming and commercialization to companies in the food, beverage, health and wellness industries. District Ventures is led by renown Canadian entrepreneur Arlene Dickinson and comprised of an accelerator, venture capital fund and marketing agency, which operate alongside each other to assist companies in increasing their sales, distribution and ultimately their company’s valuation. (CNW Group/District Ventures)

In a Canadian first, District Ventures has announced a partnership with global convenience industry leader, Circle K, that will see Canadian food and beverage products made more accessible to consumers. Through this newly formed partnership, entrepreneurs who have received capital and programming from District Ventures will be listed in over 400 Circle K locations in Ontario starting May 1.

The first brands entering Circle K under the newly formed partnership are Bow Valley BBQ from Canmore, Alta.,  Little Tucker from Calgary, Alta., Maze Bar from Toronto, Ont., and Zak Organics from Moose Jaw, Sask.

“We are constantly seeking ways to push the envelope for Canadian brands in the food, beverage, health and wellness sectors to help them grow and prosper,” said Arlene Dickinson, CEO, District Ventures. She said that District Ventures has a great opportunity to assist entrepreneurs by expanding their retail distribution with Circle K.

District Ventures is the only ecosystem of its kind in Canada that helps companies with capital, marketing and programming in the food, beverage, health and wellness consumer space. Through District Ventures, companies are well positioned to increase sales, distribution and ultimately valuation.

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Circle K is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Canadian-company Alimentation Couche-Tard. It has nearly 10,000 stores in the United States and Canada and serves over 9 million customers a day across its global network. It is one of the world’s largest company-owned convenience store groups.


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