Black Friday and Cyber Monday holiday promotions led to a significant increase in eCommerce orders of 178% compared to the same promotion in the prior year.
The Very Good Food Company Inc. (NASDAQ: VGFC) (TSXV: VERY.V) (FSE: 0SI) ("VERY GOOD" or the "Company"), a leading plant-based food technology company, today reported record sales from its Black Friday and Cyber Monday eCommerce promotions and demand for plant-based Thanksgiving alternatives amid a nationwide turkey shortage. The week-long online promotional campaign led to 5,795 orders received between the US and Canada, an increase of 178% compared to orders received for the same marketing initiative in 2020.
VERY GOOD saw eCommerce sales nearly triple compared to the year prior for the same holiday promotional campaign due to increased popularity for its holiday boxes and Stuffed Beast; in addition to a longer promotion period than featured in November 2020. The Very Good Butchers’ has experienced record sales for its limited-edition Stuffed Beast, a delicious and carefully crafted plant-based meat made with a variety of seasonal vegetables and spices, leading up to the American Thanksgiving weekend. Sales data indicates that consumers purchased more of The Very Good Butchers' products per order than last year.
“We are thrilled that the eCommerce holiday promotions around Black Friday and Cyber Monday led to stronger sales than the prior year,” said Mitchell Scott, co-founder and CEO of The Very Good Food Company. “Our ultimate goal is to make plant-based eating as easy and accessible as possible, and we’re glad to see that our promotions allowed consumers to stock up on their favorite plant-based meats.”
About The Very Good Food Company Inc.
The Very Good Food Company Inc. is an emerging plant-based food technology company that produces nutritious and delicious plant-based meat and cheese products under VERY GOOD's core brands: The Very Good Butchers and The Very Good Cheese Co. www.verygoodfood.com
OUR MISSION IS LOFTY, BADASS BUT BEAUTIFULLY SIMPLE: GET MILLIONS TO RETHINK THEIR FOOD CHOICES WHILE HELPING THEM DO THE WORLD A WORLD OF GOOD. BY OFFERING PLANT‑BASED FOOD OPTIONS SO DELICIOUS AND NUTRITIOUS, WE’RE HELPING THIS KIND OF DIET BECOME THE NORM.
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The sales numbers in this news release are unaudited based on preliminary results and are subject to customary financial statement procedures by the Company and its auditors. Actual sales results from the holiday promotions could be affected by subsequent events or determinations including potential cancellations or credits. While the Company believes there is a reasonable basis for these preliminary sales results, they involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially. These preliminary sales numbers represent forward-looking information. See "Forward-Looking Information and Statements" above.
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