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Sisters Tracey Hebden and Deb King grew up in the bakery business. When their family moved to British Columbia from England in the 1960s, the women’s father took a job working for a deli called Brandywine. He worked as a lead baker for more than a decade. When his wife passed away in 1981, he...

Retirement just is not A.J. “Gus” Lanzarotta’s cup of tea. “I used to own three popular produce markets here in Toronto,” he explains. “I decided it was time to retire and sold them, but I got bored.” It started when local restaurateurs contacted Gus looking for high-quality produce to sell in...

According to Chicken Farmers of Canada, there are some 2,700 poultry producers from coast to coast. While chicken is produced in all provinces, the majority of farms are located in Quebec and Ontario. In Etobicoke, Ontario, ADP Direct Poultry Ltd. (ADP) has offered fast, secondary chicken and...

AquaTerra Corporation (AquaTerra) is celebrating 130 years as Canada’s oldest and largest nationwide direct-delivery drinking water company. The national bottler is fittingly bringing together water and the Earth with a dedication to sustainability and commitment to the cleanest, freshest...

With a central facility in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and five branch locations throughout northern Saskatchewan, northwestern Ontario and remote Nunavut, Arctic Beverages has been serving Canada’s northernmost grocery, convenience, gas station...

Ardiel Investments Ltd., better known as Scotch Creek Super Valu and Scotch Creek Esso (Super Valu), might just be the biggest little store in interior British Columbia. Super Valu offers a true one-stop shopping experience by offering a variety of amenities, which include a full line of...

Since 1993, Atlantic Potato Distributors has been providing grocers in Canada and the United States with high quality potatoes grown throughout eastern Canada and the Northeast U.S. Ralph Hanscome established the business...

Based in Perth-Andover, New Brunswick, the Hanscome family has been a longstanding name in the potato business as a full grower, packer and distributor. Ralph Hanscome established Atlantic Potato Distributors (APD) with his wife, Nancy in 1993 as a...

Today’s consumers are more informed in their shopping choices, making product authenticity a major factor in buying decisions. Based in Toronto, Aurora Importing & Distributing Limited has been on a quest to deliver the highest level of product...

Today, consumers in Canada can access any number of imported items, from California grapes down to grass-fed beef from New Zealand, but it wasn’t always that way. Nunzio Tumino, Sicilian-born founder of Aurora Importing & Distributing Limited (Aurora), was one of the first entrepreneurs in...

Sabine Veit’s grandfather, Albert Veit, opened his first bakery in Stuttgart, Germany in 1927. That fine bread company has grown for over 80 years, and it now operates 75 retail outlets in the country. In 1987 Sabine brought Bäckerhaus Veit Ltd. (BV) to Canada. The name means “the Veit House of...

Bailey Ventures has served its region for over a quarter century, operating as the umbrella corporation for four Boston Pizza restaurants throughout the Alberta province. Boston Pizza International Inc., a large national franchise specializing in presenting family-friendly casual dining and a...

The Bamford family knows produce, which is no surprise considering fresh fruit and vegetables have been the family business for over 130 years. Since 1881 the Bamford family has specialized in putting the highest quality fruits and vegetables to Toronto’s tables as a food distributor under the...

British Columbia Frozen Foods Ltd., d.b.a. BC Frozen Foods Ltd. (BCFF), has been processing and packing competitively priced high-quality frozen fruits and vegetables for bulk, industrial, food service and retail customers since 1988, with a client base that extends from Canada to the Pacific...

Lower Mainland Vegetable Distributors Inc. was founded in 1992 to supply British Columbia with quality root vegetables from the fertile Fraser Valley, historically an agricultural centre of British Columbia. By 2007, however, the company had outgrown the original name, and a rebranding was in...

Belmont Meat Products Ltd. (Belmont) originally began operating in 1966 as a broad scale meat distributor in Ontario. Over the past 50 years, the company has evolved significantly. In the 1990s, the company shifted focus to beef sales and processing, dropping other products and building up a...

The Whistler Grocery Store (The Grocery Store) serves as an anchor in the heart of British Columbia’s busy Whistler Resort Village, offering a destination where tourists and locals alike can access a vast selection of fresh, specialty foods. Owned and operated by Bevendale Enterprises Inc., The...

The roots of Big Erics Inc. (BEI) stretch back to the 1950s when Sanitary Products Inc. was established in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. At the outset BEI provided primarily sanitation and janitorial products and services but quickly added food service equipment to capitalize on the...

Seafood sales are moving swimmingly as Canadians now consume more fish per year than before the recession. This means big business for Boreal Foods Ltd., a fish and seafood wholesale distributor serving some of Ottawa’s largest retailers and fine restaurants from Cornwall to Belleville, Ontario...

Bos Smoked Fish Inc. (BSF) was born out of Rein Bos’ personal passion for fish. Bos moved to Canada from Urk, Holland, a small fishing village, in 1989. After a visit to a local farmers market with his brother-in-law, Jan, the duo had an idea to sell smoked fish at the Saturday market; Jan knew...

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