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Matthew Atkins is a professional chef and entrepreneur. He is the founder of The Hemp Pantry and creator of Veurre, the organic plant-based alternative to butter that is free from dairy, nut, soya and palm oil.

Matthew began his chef career at 16. As passionate about travelling as he is about cooking, at 19 he moved to Europe and worked as a chef in restaurants and hotels across the continent.

After four successful years in mainland Europe, he then became a private chef on board luxury superyachts providing 6* service to some of the world’s most influential people, while sailing around the world. It was during this time that he started to develop his own products to cater to his vegan and dairy-free clients and their guests.

Determined to improve many of the early vegan recipes he prepared, he started researching and using more unique ingredients in order to reach the level of excellence he wanted. Not being able to find suitable, high quality plant-based alternatives, he decided to create his own.

For six years, Matthew continually experimented, trialling various recipes and ingredients. One of his biggest challenges was that vegan cakes and pastries, including croissants, were dry and spoiled quickly. They needed a butter alternative, and that is when Veurre was born. By using Veurre, cakes and bakes had a better texture and kept fresher for longer.

Originally, Veurre contained almond milk but Matthew wanted to make it free from all the major allergens so it could be used for his soya-free and nut-free clients. He switched the almond milk for hemp milk and it worked perfectly.

Hemp has numerous health and sustainability benefits, and Matthew decided to use it as a main ingredient in all of his plant-based products. He left the yachting industry and returned to the UK to perfect the Veurre recipe for a further two years before launching The Hemp Pantry.

Alongside its unique flagship butter alternative, Veurre, The Hemp Pantry is developing hemp cheese alternatives as well as sauces, oils, pesto, and hummus. There will also be confectionary, including fudge and shortbread, and a fine pastry range. As with Veurre, all these products will be free from dairy, soya and nuts and will not contain palm oil.

The Vision


Sustainability through hemp 

Matt's vision for The Hemp Pantry is to support and encourage sustainable, plant-based food production, showing that food can be produced with an ingredients list that anyone can understand and that benefits people and the environment now and into the future.


Matt is busy devoting his expertise in The Hemp Pantry kitchen, creating exciting and delicious real hemp food products that he is eager to share with you once perfected.

Dairy, Nut & Soya Free

Hemp Seeds


Cold Pressed Coconut Oil

Cook, Bake, Melt & Spread

Raw Cacao Butter


Cold Pressed Olive Oil


World Land Trust


We Proudly Sponsor the World Land Trust

At the Hemp Pantry we support World Land Trust (WLT) by donating 10p from every packet sold to help WLT and its local partners to carry on their mission.

"To protect and sustainably manage natural ecosystems of the world. To conserve their biodiversity, with emphasis on threatened habitats and endangered species"


World Land Trust is an international conservation charity, which protects the world’s most biologically important and threatened habitats acre by acre.

Since its foundation in 1989, WLT has funded partner organisations around the world to create reserves, and give permanent protection to habitats and wildlife. The World Land Trust's mission is:

  • To protect and sustainably manage natural ecosystems of the world.
  • To conserve their biodiversity, with emphasis on threatened habitats and endangered species;
  • To develop partnerships with local individuals, communities and organisations to engage support and commitment among the people who live in project areas;
  • To raise awareness, in the UK and elsewhere, of the need for conservation, to improve understanding and generate support through education, information and fundraising

visit the World Land Trust


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