Peacasa Snacks to visit Foodland this month


In North Dundas, we tend to be proud of the success stories that have their roots here. One only has to look as far as the Winchester welcome sign, and its long-standing brag of Winchester being the “birthplace of George Beverly Shea”, to see that small towns take pride in those who make a name for themselves. George Beverly Shea was a gospel singer and hymn composer who lived to the astounding age of 104. Now, another Winchester success story might very well be brewing in a startup business called Peacasa Snacks. 

Peacasa Snacks is based out of London, Ontario but has Winchester roots. It was founded in 2020 by Victor Delage and Aaron Johnstone, the former of whom grew up in Winchester. Alex Porteous joined Victor and Aaron in early 2022 after living his entire life in Winchester, which is how he knew Victor. 

“I can pretty much guarantee we crossed paths at some point as I spent a year working at Winchester Foodland and three years at mainly Winchester Post Office,” said Alex, explaining his Winchester roots. Alex now lives in London, helping to grow Peacasa Snacks, which manufactures chickpea chips. “Recently we were able to put our product on the shelves in Foodland and our chips have been flying off of the shelves, which has made us extremely proud,” Alex added. 

Later this month, Alex and Victor will be bringing their product back to their hometown for a customer sampling event at Winchester Foodland. The sampling will take place on Saturday, February 18 from 10 am to 3 pm. The pair is very excited to return and share their story in the community in which they grew up. 

As the name suggests, chickpea chips are chips that are made from chickpeas instead of potatoes or corn. Compared to potato chips, chickpea chips have 2.5 times more protein and 4 times more fibre. They also have 30% fewer net carbs. The idea for the product originated from street markets in the South of France, where “Socca” are sold. Socca are wood-fired crepes made from chickpeas. 

Peacasa chips are made using only chickpeas, sunflower and olive oils, and seasoning. They currently come in two flavours – sea salt and honey dijon. The product is grain free, gluten free, vegan, non-GMO, and Kosher. It is made in Canada and boasts better environmental sustainability vs. snack foods made from potatoes or corn. 

Come out on February 18 to meet Alex and Victor (or maybe catch up with an old acquaintance) and try out what may very well become your new favourite snack food!


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