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Do Dragons Dig Quinoa?
Innovative Local Ontario Agricultural Company to Take on the Dragons on
CBC's Dragons' Den
Katan Kitchens has been selected to appear in an upcoming episode of
Dragons' Den, airing Wednesday, March 11th, 2015 at 8 p.m. EST (8:30 p.m.
NFLD) on CBC Television.
Katan Kitchens is an innovative, health food enterprise that seeks to
produce local high quality SuperFoods in Ontario for the "Food for Health"
market. Founded in 2011, Katan has emerged as a leader in the research and
development of quinoa in Ontario over the past three years. Katan was
formed by Jamie Draves, after a health crisis in 2007 that resulted in the
loss of a third of his pancreas. This loss forced him to follow a very
limited diet consisting of high-quality, nutritious foods. SuperFoods, in
particular quinoa, were a key factor in regaining his health. This was the
trigger event that drove Jamie's passion and pursuit to discover and
demonstrate the value of a SuperFood diet in maintaining and regaining
Katan Kitchens entered 'The Den' to seek funds for the development of a
gluten free processing facility in Northern Ontario in order to clean
their quinoa varieties called Quinta quinoa for sale in North American and
global markets. With four years of industry-supported research, the
company has developed quinoa varieties that are higher in nutritional
quality, purity, and taste than that of quinoa imported from South
America. Make sure to tune in on Wednesday, March 11th at 8 p.m. EST to
see how Katan faired against the Dragons!
Follow the story along on Twitter - @KatanKitchens, @QuintaQuinoa,
@cbcdragonsden Watch a video release from OAFT on Katan Kitchens and their
For more information on the company, please contact:
Jamie Draves - President and CEO, Katan Kitchens
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