Off-Piste Provisions take nature’s most wholesome ingredients and combine them with innovative food technology to create nutritious, quick snacks for your nine-to-five fix, functional fitness or weekend mission.

If you're thinking ‘well, what is in it?’, we can tell you it’s predominantly the humble pea united with water, faba bean protein, olive oil, coconut sugar and other clean label ingredients. But what’s not in it gets us equally excited. Unlike conventional beef jerky there’s no cholesterol, trans-fats or antibiotics. We’ve also done away with soy protein and wheat to ensure it’s soy and gluten free, something pretty rare for a vegan meat alternative. 

All you need to do now is put them to the test, and why not flick us a shot on Insta or Facebook while you’re at it with @offpisteprovisions.

Where are Off-Piste Provisions made?

Right here in New Zealand, from the most wholesome ingredients we can source from around the world. We’ve got plans to source everything locally, so keep an eye out for updates. 

Why the name Off-Piste Provisions?

‘Off-piste’ is a term used to describe skiing off the groomed trails, derived from the French word ‘piste’ that means ‘track’. This idea of being ‘off the beaten track’ reflects the ethos behind the company, finding an alternative route around the food industry’s animal protein heavy, unsustainable direction. It also speaks to the adventurous nature of the founding team and the great outdoors that they are so passionate about protecting. ‘Provisions’ is a heritage term used to describe food supplies that do not require refrigeration, so they can go wherever you go and not spoil.

How are Off-Piste Provisions made?

Check out our process here.

What is the packaging made of?

At this stage, the packaging is made of recyclable soft plastic and we are in the process of crafting a compostable option. In the meantime, put your zip-lock pack to good re-use and when it’s all worn out, see below for soft-plastic recycling facilities near you.

Since when were peas so powerful?

Before we start taking all the credit, we weren’t the first to put legume protein to good use. Vegan Buddists have been milking legumes for all they are worth and turning them into hearty, healthy meals since way back. Pea protein exceeds the minimum daily requirement for all of the essential amino acids except for methionine/cysteine, although it's not short by much. This is not a major issue for those on a balanced diet, as it can be easily obtained from additional Brazil nuts and sesame seeds for example.

What do you mean when you say ‘no BS’?

No additives, preservatives or chemicals with straight up transparency as to what’s in the product, what’s not and how it is made.

How do you off-set your summer camper roadie carbon emissions?

Until we can afford a fully electric camper, we are minimising and keeping track of miles travelled - including other critical trips such as business flights - and off-setting emissions via CarbonClick. Our activities are NZ-based, so 50% of contributions go specifically towards regenerating a native forest in the lowlands of the Seaward Kaikōura Ranges, registered as a reserve under the Permanent Forest Sink Initiative. You can find out more about that here.

The native forest being regenerated has guaranteed protection for a minimum of 99 years, which is crucial when it comes to off-setting carbon. The other 50% helps finance high-impact international projects in developing parts of the world.

Are plant-based meat provisions good for you?

Our plant-based provisions are formulated by two world-leading sports nutritionists to be high in protein and iron, low cholesterol and have no gluten, soy or trans fats. Complemented by a balanced diet, you’d be hard pressed to find a cleaner, more nutritious snack on the market.

What are our plant-based meat provisions made of?

Organic pea protein, water, faba bean protein, olive oil, glucose, maize starch, yeast extract, organic coconut sugar, apple cider vinegar, salt, herbs, roots and spices (depending on your flavour). But it’s just as much about what we leave out.

Soft-plastic recycling for your pouch

Becoming a sustainable company is a journey and packaging is all part of the process. Due to the water content of our provisions, compostable packaging wasn’t an option off the bat. None of the available sustainable options had been tested with our plant-based meat provisions and suppliers could not guarantee the integrity of the packaging overtime.

For now, we are proud to have started with a soft-plastic pouch that is recyclable under the Soft Plastics Recycling Scheme and are working through even more sustainable options with both a New Zealand-based company and an Australian BCorp Certified company as we speak, such as testing the shelf-life of a home and industrial compostable packaging and a BioPE packaging derived from sugarcane that is carbon negative.

In the meantime, reuse your pouch over and over again for other snacks, leftovers or freezing liquids. Once you’ve juiced her for all she’s worth, clean, dry and drop off at your local soft-plastic recycling facility to be turned into planter boxes. Soiled packages won’t be recycled and don’t forget the torn off bit from the top for a 100% recycling rate.

Find your local drop-off point here. If there is no drop-off point near you, feel free to flick the guys a line, their ops are expanding and will likely have a location opening up near you.

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