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Planting Hope’s Hope and Sesame® Sesamemilk Wins Good Housekeeping Best Creamer Award and Expands Distribution to Hannaford Stores

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CHICAGO, IL and VANCOUVER, BC / ACCESSWIRE / November 22, 2022 – The Planting Hope Company Inc. (TSXV: MYLK) (OTCQB: MYLKF) (FRA: J94) (“Planting Hope” or the “Company”), a plant-based food and beverage company focused on producing the world's most nutritious and planet-friendly products, is pleased to announce that Hope and Sesame® Sesamemilk is continuing to gain momentum and recognition from retailers, the media, and major awards.  

Leading grocery retailer Hannaford Supermarkets, with 185 stores across the northeastern United States, has added both Unsweetened Original and Unsweetened Vanilla Hope and Sesame® Sesamemilk to the shelf-stable plant milk assortments in the Grocery section of 162 of their stores. This distribution expansion adds 324 Total Distribution Points for the Hope and Sesame® brand across Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, and New York.  

Hope and Sesame® Barista Blend Sesamemilk Receives Good Housekeeping Award for Best Novel Creamer

Hope and Sesame® Barista Blend Sesamemilk was recognized with the award for ‘Best Novel Creamer’ in the 2022 Good Housekeeping Best Coffee Awards. The Good Housekeeping editors spent months testing product submissions and reviewing products on attributes like innovation, performance, and ease of use, collaborating with Coffee Project New York to assist with evaluation.

Hope and Sesame® Barista Blend Sesamemilk has received the award for Best Novel Creamer in the 2022 Good Housekeeping Best Coffee Awards!

Continued Major Media Coverage Spotlights Hope and Sesame® Sesamemilk and Sesame as an Ingredient as Up-and-Coming Trends

Forbes Magazine highlighted sesame as a trend in ”Why the Tiny But Mighty Sesame Seed Is The New Superfood”. Per the article: “Sesame milk is better for the planet, demanding 95% less water than almond milk. It also offers 8 grams of complete protein per serving. On top of that, it foams like milk, making it a favorite of baristas,” and additionally, “Hope and Sesame won the Best Plant-based Milk awards at the 2022 World Plant-based Expo for its Barista Blend. The brand offers the first commercially-available sesame milk globally. The parent company spent five years developing it.”

Forbes coverage continues the media interest in sesame, which has been building momentum in recent months with coverage in Good Morning America, The Washington Post, Thrillist, Consumer Reports, and more. For media coverage and articles, please visit our website’s press page by clicking here.

“Sesame is the superfood that everyone knows, but until now it has been relatively untapped in terms of its potential as a great source of human nutrition, with the most nutritious parts of the sesame seed either being discarded or used for animal feed after sesame oil extraction,” said Julia Stamberger, CEO and Co-founder of Planting Hope. “A highly sustainable crop that has been cultivated for more than 4,000 years, sesame is getting new opportunities for consumption through products like our Hope and Sesame® Sesamemilk, which delivers the full nutrition of the sesame seed in an easy-to-consume beverage that’s a delicious alternative to dairy milk and low-nutrition, resource-intensive plant milks like almond milk. Receiving accolades like the Good Housekeeping Award, given their rigorous testing standards and discerning criteria, is truly an honor and further indication that soon sesame milk will become a mainstream product in households, supermarkets, and cafes throughout the United States, just as oat milk did. All signs point towards sesame milk realizing its potential to be the new ‘it’ category in plant-based milk.”

About Hope and Sesame®

Hope and Sesame® has cracked the code on unlocking the dense nutrition in tiny sesame seeds to create a plant milk that’s good-for-you, planet-friendly, and delicious! Sesame is highly sustainable, thriving in arid climates with very little water, is naturally drought- and pest-resistant, and can self-pollinate. Nutritionally comparable to dairy milk, Hope and Sesame® Sesamemilk delivers 8g of complete protein per serving (including all nine essential amino acids) – that’s 8x the protein in most almond and nut milks and 3x the protein in most oat milks! Developed for and approved by top baristas, Hope and Sesame® Barista Blend Sesamemilk froths, steams, and foams like a dream, is great for latte art, and delivers 4g of complete protein per 8oz serving. Sesamemilk is an excellent source of both Vitamin D and Calcium and its core ingredient is the ultra-nutritious pulp upcycled from sesame oil extraction. All Hope and Sesame® products are vegan, Certified Gluten-Free and Certified Kosher, free from soy and dairy, Non-GMO Project Verified, and Certified by the Plant Based Foods Association.

Hope and Sesame®’s products have received myriad industry and consumer awards, and they keep coming:  Hope and Sesame® Barista Blend Sesamemilk was awarded Best Novel Creamer by Good Housekeeping in their 2022 Best Coffee Awards, won Best Product at Coffee Fest Chicago 2022, received the international GAMA 2022 Innovation Award for Best Hospitality Product, and was a finalist for Best Product of the Year at the 2022 Specialty Coffee Awards; Hope and Sesame® Sesamemilk was awarded Best Milk Alternative and Best Plant-Based Sustainability in FoodBev’s 2021 World Plant-Based Food Awards; signature Chocolate Hazelnut Sesamemilk flavor received the 2020 Sofi Award for Best New Product, Plant-Based Milk from the Specialty Food Association.

About The Planting Hope Company Inc.

Planting Hope develops, launches, and scales uniquely innovative plant-based and planet-friendly food and beverage brands. Planting Hope's award-winning and cutting-edge products fill key unmet needs in the skyrocketing plant-based food and beverage space. The Planting Hope brand family includes Hope and Sesame® Sesamemilk, Barista Blend Sesamemilk, and Sesamilk™ creamers, RightRice® Veggie Rice, Mozaics™ Real Veggie Chips, and Veggicopia® Veggie Snacks. Products from Planting Hope brands are available in more than 9,000 doors and more than 50,000 total distribution points at grocery retailers throughout North America, and are carried by key distributors to grocery, foodservice, and cafés. Founded by experienced food industry entrepreneurs, Planting Hope is a women-managed and woman-led company focused on nutrition, sustainability, and diversity.

For more information about Planting Hope and where to find its award-winning plant-based brands please visit plantinghopecompany.com, sign up for Planting Hope news emails HERE and follow on LinkedIn. An informational webinar on The Planting Hope Company from CEO and Co-founder Julia Stamberger is available HERE. To follow the brands on Instagram and Facebook, please visit: @hopeandsesameco, @veggicopia, @rightrice, @mozaicschips.

Company Contact:

Julia Stamberger 
CEO and Co-founder 
(773) 492-2243 

For Investor Inquiries 

Glen Akselrod,
Bristol Capital 
(905) 326-1888 ext. 1 

Caroline Sawamoto,
IR Labs 
(773) 492-2243 

For Media Inquiries 

Alex Jessup,
Jessup PR 
(323) 529-3541 

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Forward-Looking Statements

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