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Gerard and Maryann Stemmler founded Stemmler’s Meat & Cheese (SMC) in 1985, cutting and packing high-quality meats in the family garage and taking product to sale at the local farmers market. Within a year, the business began to grow...

The greatest wealth is health, and Sun Valley Fresh Foods (SVFF) has been contributing to the wellness portfolios of consumers for over 12 years. The company has grown in its history from a small-scale producer of private-label ready-to-eat bagged salads to one of the largest suppliers of...

Vancouver is famous for any number of different cuisines from fresh Pacific seafood sourced from 100-mile ingredients to a strong street food culture. The city is also home to authentic Chinese food and some of the best sushi this side of Tokyo, but Vancouver’s Korean-food ties also run deep and...

For more than 25 years, The Cheesecake Cafe (TCC) has been serving customers around Alberta. Founded in 1988, TCC is based in Edmonton, Alberta, with additional locations in Calgary, Medicine Hat and Spruce Grove. The company serves as a small, locally-owned chain of full-service restaurants....

What began as a small organic grocery store in Glenora, British Columbia, has grown into an expanding community movement. The Community Farm Store moved to downtown Duncan, British Columbia, in 2003. Ever since, it has served as a grocery store, home goods shop, wellness center and community hub...

In 1987, Charles Huls purchased The Dutch Market Ltd. (Dutch Market). At the time, it was a single store located on St. Clair Street in Chatham, Ontario, operated by just three employees. Today, nearly three decades later, the Dutch Market employs 23 individuals, supporting the company’s...

The Phoenix Grill Ltd. (Phoenix Grill) is not your average meat and potatoes eatery. When Darrell Achen, now president of Phoenix Grill, established the Calgary-based premium, casual restaurant in 2005 he knew he wanted to do something a little different.
“We’re a modern grill with some of...

Thornloe Cheese Factory Ltd. (Thornloe Cheese) has produced a respected brand of cheese products in northern Ontario for over 71 years. The company, which is 100 percent Canadian and farmer-owned, attributes its success to old-...

Tonica Beverages Ltd., based in Toronto and known as the maker of the Tonica Kombucha brand, is harnessing the healing and health powers of raw, organic kombucha by bottling and serving it in an array of...

Tradition Fine Foods (Tradition) is a family-owned and -operated business that has been making tasty value-added dessert and pastry products since 1982. In the early years, the company began producing frozen muffin batters and...

Tradition Fine Foods Ltd. (Tradition) incorporated in 1982 as a producer of frozen muffin batters and unbaked croissants, and 30 years later the company has grown into a best-in-class global manufacturing solution provider of high-quality, value-added bakery products, using leading-edge...

In 1997, Rick Toller purchased a troubled wine marketing and sales business with the goal of turning it around and selling it. “I was already an avid consumer,” he recalls. “But I’ve fallen in love with this company and I’m not going to sell it.”

Under Toller’s leadership, British...

If Miss Muffet had opted for a creamy-style feta cheese instead of simple curds and whey, she may have been so absorbed in the surprising texture that she would have avoided falling off of her tuffet at the sight of a measly spider. Luckily for fans of children's stories Muffet wasn't living in...

Tru Value Foods (TVF) is a 20-year-old, four-location full-service grocery store chain with a sincere commitment to providing quality, competitively priced products and services that contribute to the health of communities in and around Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
 
“Our...

Fall 2010 - Van Houtte Cafés-Bistros, which also does business as Van Houtte Inc., has produced the very best in gourmet specialty coffee for nearly a century. The company’s green coffee beans are carefully refined with traditional small-batch roasting methods, creating...

Cooperatives have a longstanding history of serving members in remote parts of western Canada. There’s a reason the cooperative model has stuck since the early 20th century: cooperatives work for the greater good, especially in areas where services and supplies are often few and far between. In...

In 1942, Rosaire Brie planted his first apple trees on a small plot of land in Princeville, Quebec. This was the beginning of Verger des Bois-Francs, a strong family-owned and -operated apple producer that has been in business now...

The best dishes are more than a recipe, they also tell a story; in the case of Vito’s Pizza and Restaurant (Vito’s), it’s one rich in family history and tradition. The family-owned and –operated casual fine dining restaurant and Montreal-style pizza shoppe has been a New Brunswick landmark for...

In Whistler, British Columbia, home of one of the largest ski areas in North America and host of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, Whistler’s Creekside Market Inc. has been a family-owned business, situated near the slopes for the last...

Most distributors deliver standard, run-of-the-mill products to restaurants and retail stores, but Winnipeg-based White Cap Distribution (WCD) has made a point over the last 30 years to supply something a little different from the average provider. “Over the years, we have branched into a little...

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