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There’s the typical North American idea of pizza –a heavy, dense crust loaded with cheese, grease and meaty toppings–and then there’s Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria (Famoso). The British Columbia-based chain is serving up authentic, lighter-style Neapolitan pizza while offering a unique premium...

Alfonso Curcio, president of Farmer’s Pick, runs his small-town grocery store with a hands-on approach and the extra amount of customer attention that keeps people coming back. “We’re surrounded by the big-box stores,” he reveals. “We’re right in the middle of Wal-Mart, Target and other large...

Over the last decade, the popularity of Asian-inspired foods has soared in North America. Once a niche business, the Asian foods market is now one of the most prevalent – and fastest growing – segments in the food industry. In Richmond, British Columbia,...

Stephen Clark and Ian MacIntosh established Food Supplies Company Inc. (Food Supplies) in 1993, bringing a renewed emphasis on quality service, quality products and innovation to food processing, food retail and foodservice marketplaces across Canada. Today, clients in each industry segment look...

Fruity, savory, sweet, bitter, buttery — name the flavor and just like a designer fashion label or marketing agency, Foodarom Group Inc. brings it to life with thousands of formulations and a diverse team of experts. Based in Saint-Hubert, Quebec, Foodarom is a...

Before the “Eat Local” boom took towns and cities by storm there was Foote’s Farm Market (Foote’s Market), a family-owned operation that’s been sourcing local products and developing relationships with farmers since 1990. “We’ve always been buying and selling local, maybe that’s why we didn’t...

For 20 years, Frankie Tomatto’s (Frankie’s) has been synonymous with fun, family dining. The Ontario-based Italian buffet-style eatery is celebrating two decades of success and patronage, serving more than 9 million customers since opening in 1994. From a casual family dinner to a relaxing date...

Fraser Valley Packers (FVP) has been operating in Abbotsford, British Columbia, since 1999. The vertically integrated processor, packer and distributor specializes in locally grown and harvested raspberries, blueberries and blackberries. Over the last 15 years, FVP has grown significantly and is...

Tony Singh relocated from Montreal to Vancouver in 1994, opening a simple produce store as a means to provide for his family. Soon, however, he noticed specific scarcities in the marketplace. There was an increasing interest in produce sourced from local farmers, so Singh would get in his van...

Founded in 2007, Fulger Transport Inc. is a freight trucking company serving food and beverage customers throughout the U.S. and Canada. With headquarters in Windsor, Ontario and a U.S. office in Michigan, Fulger specializes in...

Gagan Foods International Ltd. (Gagan) was founded in 1991 as a dealer of imported carpets and woven rugs from India to the western Canada market by Paul and Ruby Arora. “We began as Weavers Canada,” explains Paul, president of Gagan. “We started moving into food distribution and eventually...

General Nutrition Centers Inc. (GNC) set the standard for nutritional supplements. Transparency, ingredient safety, reliability and truth in labeling are the defining characteristics of GNC’s corporate culture. The GNC team aims to keep abreast of the latest scientific findings to develop...

Grass Root Dairies (GRD) is a family-owned and -operated dairy farm situated in Salmon Arm, British Columbia. The business has been around since 1981, when the Gort family established the small operation after emigrating from Holland.

In 2007, Kathy and Gary Wikkerink purchased the farm,...

In the last several years business has been moving quite swimmingly for Great Lakes Food Company (GLFC). Located near the shores of Lake Erie, the Ontario-based smelt processor and international distributor continues to make big waves in the little fish market in North America, and more recently...

In the peak of the summer season, locally-owned H&W Produce (H&W) stocks fresh nectarines, limes, pluots and navel oranges fresh for the taking, but that’s only a fraction of the bounty to be discovered at any of the company’s five markets in Edmonton, Alberta. “We’re proud to be one of...

After 30 years serving the region of Durham, Ontario, Halenda’s Fine Foods Ltd. has earned its reputation as the place to go for all meat products. It started from just one small retail location but has grown from these humble beginnings into a province-wide success with a wholesale distribution...

George Haddad, owner and founder of Handi Foods Ltd. (HFL), has had a passion for food his entire life. Growing up in Lebanon, Haddad learned to make bread by watching his mother, using traditional methods and ingredients.

Haddad studied business administration in the United States and...

 
 
 
 
 
Fad diets come and go, and currently, the entire country of Norway is completely out of butter because of a low-carbohydrate diet, but eventually the staples always make their way back. Ralph Hanscome, CEO of Hanscome Group of Companies (HGC), is pretty...

More than 20 years ago, Donat Koller and his wife, Jasmine, came to scenic Salmon Arm, British Columbia, where they started a small goat farm. Originally from Switzerland, Koller learned the cheesemaking craft at an early age. He brought this passion for the dairy business with him in hopes of...

Since 1963 Hertel Meats (Hertels) has been a mainstay amongst grocery retailers and food service providers in British Columbia, mainly on Vancouver Island. Family-owned and -operated, Hertels is renowned for the fresh, homemade quality of pork products meticulously processed with time and care...

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