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MacKinnon’s Lobster Pound Ltd. (Lobster on the Wharf) has been a landmark in beautiful Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island (PEI), for over 30 years. Since the 1980s, the restaurant and market has been serving up freshly caught seafood and welcoming hungry tourists and locals with open arms....

Norm Campbell founded Made-Rite Meat Products Inc. 15 years ago when he just couldn’t handle being retired anymore. As a seasoned veteran of the meat packing and processing industry, he found himself “really thinking about what he could have done better over the years,” he explains. Using...

Lisa Maltese, co-owner of Maltese Grocery LTD (Maltese Grocery), is passionate about food and her family-owned and –operated store. “We eat a minimum of three times a day so why not love what you eat,” shares Lisa, who continues sharing this passion with customers – who are more like extended...

In the late '80s Al Salomon had all of his time being consumed with the ins-and-outs of his current employer, a Toronto-based catering company. Inside him, however, was welling up the desire to run his own catering business, as he longed for the creative control to cater events in his own unique...

In a boom or bust industry, Mariner Seafoods (Mariner) has been continuing a tradition of family fishing since the late 1970s. In order to meet clients’ varying needs, the family-owned and -operated business is divided into Osprey Marine Ltd (OML), Mariner Seafoods Ltd. (MSL) and Mariner...

Emil Glukler immigrated to Canada after training and working as a pastry chef in Switzerland. In 1963, he founded Mark-Crest Foods Ltd. (MCF) alongside his wife. The couple began making a small line of pie and pastry products in a small space in the basement of British Columbia Ice & Cold...

There are few companies in North America that can claim to have had as much of an impact on any product as the Mastronardi family has had on tomatoes. A pioneer and industry leader in the gourmet tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, eggplant, lettuce and berries industry for four generations, the...

Maximum Seafood (Maximum) is making waves in the ever-popular live and fresh seafood market. Since 2001, the Ontario-based seafood wholesaler has been importing a variety of species from all corners of North America and delivering quality-assured fresh seafood to retailers throughout the...

Spring 2011 - Michael-Angelo’s Market Place has been providing both grocery staples and specialty products to the Greater Toronto Area for almost 20 years. But the roots of Michael-Angelo’s go much deeper.

The company’s story begins in 1954, when...

Michel’s Super A Foods (Michel’s) was established in 1960 and remains an independent grocer today. The Alberta-based grocer sells locally, as Michel’s takes great pride in its community. The family business is now in its second generation, with Michel Beland, current owner, taking over for his...

MiMi Food Products (MiMi) focuses and specializes in dough, but not just dough for pizza, dough for a variety of specialty products.  The versatile, elastic balls of flour are what the Primucci family knows best, so it was only natural that Mike Primucci would leave the family’s Pizza Nova...

When David Lee Kwen founded Misty Mountain Specialties in 1997, the North American mushroom market was still in its infancy. The food service and retail consumers’ only choice was a great proliferation of white mushrooms — period. In those days, nobody had ever heard of shiitake and only hearty...

Based in Petawawa, for more than 30 years Moncion Grocers Petawawa Market (Petawawa Market) has been helping Ontario families bring the best to their table. Petawawa Market is just the right size, large enough to guarantee quality...

Grocery store shelf space is some of the most difficult real estate to acquire in the retail world. To claim and keep a stake on the store shelf, a product must truly stand out from the rest. There's no one in Canada doing that quite like Mountain Meadows,...

Mountain Meadows is the maker of NoNuts Peabutter – that’s right peabutter – and has developed a product that is both peanut- and gluten-free, among a multitude of other health benefits. The Alberta-based company first launched NoNuts in 2000. Since then, the product has rapidly grown in...

In Nanton, Alberta, family-owned and -operated Mountain Top Foods Ltd. has been bringing flavors from around the world, particularly of Asian influence, to the dinner table through a range of fresh and frozen...