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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...

Boundary Consumers Cooperative Ltd. (Boundary Coop) is a growing community cooperative with its headquarters in Boissevain, Manitoba. Greg Gill, general manager of Boundary Coop, has been leading the cooperative since formed in 2009. “Three different cooperatives combined to become the Boundary...

For more than 28 years, British Columbia Frozen Foods Ltd. (BCFF) has brought the bountiful harvest of British Columbia’s Fraser Valley to customers across North America and the world.  

In an industry dominated by monolithic corporations, family-...