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Marcel and Michel Khoury are opening a new entertainment establishment, HFX Sports Bar and Grill (HFX), in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The brothers grew up in the food service and entertainment business, and as owners of the former New Palace Nightclub in Halifax, the pair has been involved in the...

Highwood Distillers (HD) has been producing some of the finest Canadian whiskies on the market since 1974. The company takes pride in its prominent local roots, the foothills of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. “We use wheat to produce our whiskies and because we’re situated right on the prairies...

Hilite Fine Foods Inc. (HFF) started as a simple fruit market in 1977 but has expanded into a wholesale produce company that sells hundreds of premium tropical/soft and hard fruits, vegetables, root vegetables and greens, as well as quail eggs, tofu and nuts to the Ontario region. In addition,...

Since 1995, Ice River Springs (IRS) has been dedicated to providing consumers with high-quality natural spring water. Established by Jamie and Sandy Gott, the business has grown from a small bottling facility on the family farm to an international...

Since 1987 property development company Kerr Development & Investment Corp., through restaurant arm Interwest Restaurants Inc. (IRI), has been assisting major franchisors in acquiring and developing properties and running a successful operation throughout British Columbia. IRI has been...

In Beachville, Ontario, Jakeman’s Maple Products is celebrating more than 140 years of maple sugaring, bringing a 100 percent Canadian-made, all-natural product and family favorite to thousands of customers every year. Although Jakeman’s Maple...

In Langley, British Columbia, the Froese family, owners and operators of JD Farms Specialty Turkey, have been producing hormone- and antibiotic-free, vegetarian-fed and humanely raised birds for generations. The family-run farm has been raising a better bird long...

Derek Brock and Jason Cunningham started Jugo Juice in 1998, after working for Starbucks for several years. Their vision was to create an experience as welcoming, tasty, customer-driven and quality-centric as Starbucks … but with fruit. Jugo Juice made waves with its signature smoothies, which...

Juliette Brun established Juliette & Chocolat in 2003 in a small storefront with an even smaller kitchen. The first location served as a full-service restaurant with a limited savory menu, specialty chocolates, desserts and...

Friends, family and customers who knew Albert Krause well say the German immigrant and K&K Foodliners Ltd. (K&K) co-founder had the gift of gab. Every Saturday, even after he supposedly retired in 2006, Albert would arrive at his family-owned, Edmonton-based deli and grocery store to...

Jack and Ila Crowe took a leap of faith in 1937 and bought a small dairy in Bobcaygeon, Ontario. Today that company, Kawartha Dairy Limited (KDL), has grown from a simple three-room building to a plant supplying a wide range of wholesale customers, retail outlets, food service establishments and...

Nancy Carten first opened the doors at Kensington Wine Market (KWM) May 15, 1992, which was two and a half years before the provincial government fully privatized the sale of alcohol. Carten, a local businesswoman, had formed strong partnerships with investors dedicated to the...

Keurig Canada Inc. is the Canadian branch of Keurig Green Mountain Inc., a leader in specialty coffee, coffee makers, teas and other beverages based in the United States. The Keurig innovation dates back to the early 1990s, when roommates at Colby College, Peter Dragone and John Sylvan, began...

Leslie and Glenor Josephs introduced Kisko Pop, a small frozen treat beverage in Jamaica, in the late 1960s. In 1975, the family pulled up roots and moved to Ontario. Faced with negative stereotypical views of immigrants, the husband and wife partners overcame all odds and eventually formed a...

Koolini Italian Eatery (Koolini) has set the standard for what casual Italian dining should be over 15 years. Never one to compromise quality for price, Koolini prides itself on being able to satisfy taste buds at all price points. The Windsor, Ontario, based eatery includes a dining...

When Jeffrey Min immigrated to Canada, the Korea-native had aspirations of starting a tofu factory, but what he found was a much larger opportunity. Min identified a gap in eastern Canada’s Asian food market, and therefore decided to deliver food products from across the Pacific to Asian...

In the North End of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Kucher’s Ukrainian Bakery (KUB Bakery dba KUB Bread) was established in 1923 by Alex Kucher and his partners, A. Andrychuck, N. Doskuch and L. Stoyich. Nearly six decades later, the Einfeld family purchased KUB Bakery and still carries on the family...

Cosimo Lizzi came to Canada from his homeland of Italy. Cosimo later met his wife, Maggie, and the couple purchased a bakery in 1982. In Italy, Cosimo studied architectural and structural engineering; however, he grew up in a service family.

Cosmio’s family ran a convenience store, baking...

Leonard Wholesale Fruit & Vegetable Inc. understands that reputations are earned, not given. For 25 years, the company has worked hard to associate the Leonard Wholesale name with the highest standards of quality and...

Leslie Moutsatsos met her husband – and now business partner – George Moutsatsos over 30 years ago in Sudbury, Ontario. “He was cute and we just clicked,” recalls Leslie, co-owner of Lynsos Inc., better known as Pat and Mario’s Restaurant (Pat and Mario’s). Since Pat and Mario’s founding in 1984...

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