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The St. Lawrence River spills into the Atlantic near the north shores of Quebec, creating an estuary that is home to an abundance of fresh seafood unlike anywhere on earth. The waters produce everything from whelk to snow crab, lobster to halibut, arctic surf clams, shrimp, turbot and more. In...

Since 1989 Pêcheries Belle Ile Fisheries Ltd. has been providing high quality seafood processing and packaging services to an international market. Based in Sainte-Marie – Saint Raphael, New Brunswick, the business is fully owned by local fishermen.

Approximately 90 percent of the...

When local newspapers found out Penguin Meat Supply sold the building its retail and wholesale distribution center had occupied for 53 years, it was a big story. Customers, politicians and local businesses flooded Penguin Meat Supply with phone calls, seeking...

First, let’s get this out of the way: Penguin Meat Supply Ltd. does not sell penguin meat. The company, which has been operated by the Michaluk family since 1964, processes and distributes just about every other kind of meat, however – including beef, pork, chicken, turkey, lamb, bison...

Pete Luckett established his first Frootique specialty grocery stall in a stand at Victoria Market in Nottingham, UK, one of many small vendors. Grateful for his initial success, though not satisfied and suffering from wanderlust, Luckett relocated to Atlantic Canada to build on his ambitions,...

Cap-Pele, New Brunswick, might seem like a sleepy seaside fishery town on the surface, but the area is actually home to one of the largest lobster distributors in Atlantic Canada. At any given time there are hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of lobster and fresh seafood being processed and...

Bill Johnman founded Pixtar Canada Inc. (Pixtar) in 2011 after 25 years in the poultry processing industry. Johnman was more than ready to start his own business. “I’ve opened nine plants for other people and have also been a consultant internationally,” explains Johnman, still president of...

Puratos Canada Inc. (Puratos Canada) is the Canadian subsidiary of the Puratos Group, an international company dedicated to supplying bakers, pâtissiers and chocolatiers with a wide range of ingredients. The Puratos Group’s product range includes bread improvers, innovative bases and mixes,...

In 1954 Maurice and Patrick (Pat) Quinlan of Red Head Cove bought the business of James F. O’Neill and, in due course, they built a relatively small fish plant on the waterfront. Even though fish had been caught and sold in a variety of ways since early settlement, this was the first fresh...

Red Barn Country Market Ltd. (Red Barn), a small specialty grocer in British Columbia, consists of four store locations on Vancouver Island. Five Red Barn owners took over the business in 2009, and continue to steer the grocer toward success.
The leadership team includes five equal co-...

Headquartered in Kingsville, Ontario, Red Sun Farms, formerly JemD Farms, is the only fully integrated greenhouse vegetable grower and produce distributor in North America. Red Sun Farms not only owns its own farms, but is also...

Sydney-Anne Porter, owner and president of Rikas Grocers Ltd – which operates as AG Valley Foods (Valley Foods) – says she is proud and passionate about her chosen profession. “Find something you love to do, do it well and success will follow,” Porter shares.
Valley Foods has been a...

Rollover Premium Pet Food Ltd. (RPPF) is located in the small town of High River, Alberta. The company has been manufacturing a full line of premium semi-moist dog food and all-natural treats for man’s best friend since 1988. RPPF began manufacturing only a couple of products, but the company...

Rollover Premium Pet Food Ltd. (RPPF) is located in the small town of High River, Alberta. The company has been manufacturing a full line of premium semi-moist dog food and all-natural treats for man’s best friend since 1988. RPPF began manufacturing only a couple of products, but the company...

Rudolph’s Bakeries (Rudolph’s) has been providing customers with high quality German-style breads since 1951, when the company was originally founded by a German immigrant to Toronto. For several decades, the business transcended through generations of family ownership. In 2006 Dave Read and...

Every reputable chef or dedicated foodie will tell you that the importance of using quality products during the food preparation process can never be emphasized enough. Skimping on even one of the ingredients in a meal can disastrously transform your dish. For recipes that require cheese or...

The success of the Sequoia Company of Restaurants (Sequoia) – comprised of The Teahouse in Stanley Park, Seasons in the Park, Cardero’s Restaurant and The Sandbar Seafood Restaurant – is impressive. All of the Sequoia restaurants are located in Vancouver. B.C., and have earned the love and...

In 2004 the Sroka family purchased Lavtor Holdings (Lavtor), an Alberta-based company that operates eight Smitty’s Family Restaurants (Smitty’s). Soon thereafter, Don Sroka purchased the food, beverage and gaming operation at an East End Edmonton Hotel; Don named the operation Tyson’s Grill,...

As most cooperatives are formed, St. Paul and District Co-op Ltd. (St. Paul Co-op), was born when a group of St. Paul, Alberta, citizens decided to pool their buying power for the greater good. But unlike most, St. Paul Co-op now has the size, strength and diversification of a large, full-...

Stemmler’s Meat & Cheese has been serving customers in greater Heidelberg and the Waterloo region of Ontario for decades. Founded on the core principals of innovation, insight and opportunity, Stemmler’s is celebrating its 30th...

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