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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-...

The Canadian Iceberg Vodka Corp. (CIVC) was incorporated in 1994 as a company devoted to producing only the highest quality vodka by using water freshly harvested from the purest source possible: high Arctic icebergs from glaciers over 10,000 years old. Iceberg water is the cleanest water on...

For three generations, Cantor’s Grocery Company Ltd. has been serving the residents of Winnipeg, Manitoba, with quality meats, groceries and dry goods. What began as a small grocery store in the living room of a family of Polish...

Cantor’s Meats & Grocery (CMG) started as a small grocery store in the living room of a family of Polish immigrants in 1927. Joe Cantor, current president of CMG, says his father built up inventory in the early days by bartering food products with farmers in the countryside. “We opened our...

For more than two decades, Canuel Caterers has been serving a range of private, corporate and institutional clients with high quality food service throughout British Columbia. Brothers Brian and Glenn Canuel...

Brian and Glenn Canuel founded Canuel Caterers 20 years ago, and even after expanding across various food service markets the company is still proudly family-owned and -operated. Today Canuel Caterers still operates from the original facility in Surrey, British Columbia, and the team can be...

Captain Dan’s Inc. (CDI) has grown to be a multimillion dollar seafood processing plant since its founding in 1994. CDI specializes in lobster, shrimp and snow crab. From a corporate office in Dieppe, New Brunswick, and a much larger plant in nearby Cap Lumiere, the company supplies freshly...

Carol-Wabush Co-op Society Ltd. (CWC) is a growing cooperative in Labrador City, Labrador. The co-op has been in business since 1968, originating as a small group working for quality food availability in the region. Carson Gibson, local council chairman, has been with the co-op since 1971, when...

Charlesville Fisheries Ltd. (Charlesville Fisheries) is one of Nova Scotia’s few remaining mobile-gear ground-fishing companies. Companies have fallen by the wayside and most are now fishing out of Pubnico Harbour – the home port of Charlesville Fisheries.

While the number of companies...

Fall 2010 - Where do rock stars go when they’re ready to settle down? In the case of Zal Yanovsky, lead guitarist from '60s mega-group the Lovin’ Spoonful, it turned out to be what was then the sleepy bucolic little town of Kingston, Ontario. There, in 1979, Yanovsky...

Nelson Leung, owner and director of City Fish in Calgary, Alberta, has been in the fish business for more than three decades. Just out of school, he took an opportunity while looking for a place to apply his skills. “Before I established City Fish, I had a retail fish shop in Calgary,” he...

Fall 2010 - COBS Bread is a branch of the world’s most successful franchise bakery. Its parent company, Bakers Delight, is an institution in Australia and New Zealand with 650 bakeries spread across the two countries. COBS got its start in Canada in Vancouver in 2003....

In Winnipeg, Manitoba, Cold Country Pork Inc. is one of the largest independently owned pork processors in the province. With 20 employees and a 16,000-square-foot provincially-certified processing facility, the company receives Manitoba-raised pork, and breaks the fresh sides down into a...

In 1994, Geoff Cole and Todd Munro saw an opportunity to build a business out of a strong local resource. “It’s a long story,” Geoff recounts, “but my introduction to trout in Ontario was a cooperative where 40 or so tobacco growers had moved into trout production. The cooperative was the...

Canada currently delivers more than half of the world’s supply of live and processed hard-shell Atlantic lobster, most of it coming from the southern shores of Nova Scotia. In Lockeport, Nova Scotia, Cotter’s Ocean Products Inc. is doing its...

For the last 40 years, second-generation family-owned Country Meat Packing Ltd. (CMP) has been supplying customers in Ontario and beyond with premium processed meat products. The company offers a large selection of items, including...

The Albright family has been farming in New Brunswick since the 1920s. On the old homestead, family matriarch, “Great Grammy Lela,” came up with the original recipe that is still used today at Covered Bridge Potato Chip Company....

Jam, a favorite breakfast spread beloved by so many, is a fairly uncomplicated product, but Crofter’s Food Ltd. is doing its best with this simple fruit spread to make a difference for the planet and the food supply chain. Crofter’s has become one of...

CSN Wine & Spirits (CSN) is anything but an average liquor store, which suits the company just fine since Alberta is something of an outlier amongst the Canadian provinces. CSN was born out of Alberta’s decision to privatize retail alcohol sales, and the Sandhu family invested everything it...

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