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If Debra Lykkemark were told 25 years ago how far her business would go, she never would have believed it. “I started with two partners in a tiny coffee shop with an even smaller electric oven,” laughs Lykkemark, CEO and founder of Culinary Capers Catering and Special Events (CCC).

Today...

Eight days and 85,000 hors d’oeuvres, mini-meals, petite desserts and pastries. That’s the kind of challenge Culinary Capers Catering embraces.

When Nordstrom opened its Canadian flagship store in Vancouver, it didn’t want just one opening event...

Free from layers of corporate ownership, Discovery Foods has been offering customers a better shopping experience since 1993. The family-run company has two stores in the greater Campbell River, British Columbia, region, including Willow Point and Oyster...

Dole Food Company Inc. (Dole) ranks first among the world’s producers of high-quality fresh fruit, vegetables and packaged foods. As the industry leader, Dole sets a high bar for quality, safety and nutrition without sacrificing flavour. After all, the nutrient content of a product won’t matter...

Donald’s Market (Donald’s) was founded in 1986 to provide Vancouver’s Sunrise neighborhood with an independently owned source for the freshest groceries and specialty items. This store, located on East Hastings Street, is a thriving example of how a commitment to offering the healthiest...

In an era when fast food is often the go-to lunch during a hectic workday, the Druxerman brothers believe there is a better option. Without compromising quality or convenience, their company, Druxy’s Inc., provides fresh, nutrition-packed...

For hundreds of years the waters off the coast of Newfoundland have provided a bountiful harvest for those who call Canada’s easternmost province home. The area is said to be home of some of the world’s finest shellfish, with the Atlantic waters helping to create some of the heartiest,...

Situated along the Rocky Bay in the Hamilton Sound on the northeastern coast of Newfoundland and Labrador is the small community of Carmanville, home to Eastern Fish Markets Limited (EFM). The locally owned company has been a Carmanville name since 1980, supporting both retailers and wholesalers...

Centered in the beautiful Comox Valley on the east coast of Vancouver Island, Eatmore Sprouts and Greens Ltd. has been producing certified organic sprouts and microgreens for the last 40 years in Courtenay, British Columbia. The family...

Eaux Vives Water Inc., known better as the company’s brand, ESKA, has been in business since 2006. The source of the company’s product, however, dates back thousands of years. The brand name, ESKA, is a reference to eskers, the underground...

There may be plenty of food distributors, but there are few who manage to uphold the standards of personalized customer service that have come to define Elite International Foods Inc. (Elite). The Edmonton-based company began in 1997 selling Chef Paul’s Magic Seasonings as a part-time venture....

Alfonzo Criminisi and Alberto Tari founded Elite Sweets Brands Inc. (ESB) in 1990 as a small, basement-mentality cake and pastry business. “We both came from the meat industry,” says Criminisi, president of ESB, who still operates the business in partnership with Tari. “We were co-workers at a...

Elizabeth and Steven Marsh have been in the catering business for over a quarter of a century, and the couple is still welcoming challenging events with open arms. The pair founded Elizabethan Catering Services Ltd. (ECS) in their basement in 1985, a few years after moving to Canada from the...

Based in Campbellford, Ontario, Farmer-owned and 135-year-old Empire Cheese Co-op (Empire Cheese) is one of the region’s oldest cheesemakers. The cooperative has perfected its craft for more than a century and is still holding fast to old-fashioned traditions.

“We don’t use additives or...

Engel’s Bakeries Ltd., headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, hasn’t always been in the Harji family, but it seems that way. Originally founded by Gunther Engel in 1978, Engel’s was purchased by the Hirji family in 1988 after a decade of established business. Twenty years later it was purchased...

After one of Epicure’s™ consultants teaches a cooking class at your house, you might be able to turn out authentic pad thai in as little as 10 minutes or whip up a healthy vegetarian omelet using the company’s microwavable cookware.

CEO Amelia Warren says...

Evergreen Herbs Ltd., home of Roots Organic Inc., has been serving the growing demand for fresh herbs, vegetables and organic niche produce items and specialty products for the last 20 years. Evergreen Herbs serves retailers and food...

The Brar family has a long history of farming in Surrey, British Columbia, but by 1996 shrinking margins on crops like onions, carrots and leaf lettuces prompted the younger generation to branch out. Armed with a labeler, printer and the family garage, brothers TJ and Ron Brar established...

Everland Natural Foods Inc. believes in a handful of principles that drive business — and profit isn’t first on the list. The company focuses on doing good first, by way of making healthy, organic and all-natural products — everything from super foods to nuts,...

The functional foods and beverages market is a multibillion dollar industry and it’s expanding every year as consumers search for more bang for nutritional buck. Ontario-based Everspring Farms Ltd (Everspring) has been well ahead of the demand curve in the functional foods sector. Interest in...

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