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13 Food & Beverage brands in Canada that are inspiring

Bharath Vittal
Bharath Vittal
Jun 22, 2022
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The Canadian food and beverage market is a booming industry that experienced a YTD growth of over 11% in 2021. The Covid pandemic might have hampered production and logistics in 2020 but since then, the FnB market has picked up and grown exponentially (largely due to the digitalization of brands).

In this article, we look at the top 13 food and beverage brands in Canada by size, revenue, and popularity.

1. LCBO

Founder: William Donald Ross
Year Founded:
1927
Location:
Toronto, Canada
Monthly unique visitors:
248,802
Order volume:
50,000+
Web sales:
$25M - $50M

The Liquor Control Board of Ontario, or LCBO, is a government-run company that retails and distributes alcoholic beverages throughout the Canadian province of Ontario. The LCBO is the primary supplier of alcoholic products to all bars and restaurants in Ontario.

The LCBO also sells products—wines, spirits, coolers and beers, directly from their e-commerce store. It is one of the top online eCommerce food and beverage brands in Canada.


2. Chefs Plate

Founder: Patrick Meyer, and Jamie Shea
Year Founded:
2014
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Monthly unique visitors:
48,298
Order volume:
10,000 - 50,000
Web sales:
$5M - $10M

Chefs Plate is a subscription-based meal delivery service serving all major provinces in Canada. People can select the meal type they want, depending on dietary preferences and portion sizes, and then select how many meals a week, all from their website.

Toronto-based meal subscription company HelloFresh acquired Chefs Plate in 2018 but it continues to operate as a subsidiary brand.

3. Tim Hortons

Founder: Tim Horton, Ron Joyce
Year Founded:
1964
Location:
Ontario, Canada
Monthly unique visitors:
173,819
Order volume:
10,000 - 50,000
Web sales:
$5M - $10M

Tim Hortons is a beloved fast food chain in Canada and is often called Tim's or Timmies. They are most famous for their doughnuts, and also serve coffee along with other food items like sandwiches, and other beverages.

Tim Hortons also delivers through their website which is equipped with an end-to-end checkout process. It has quickly become one of the top food and beverage companies in Canada.


4. Purdy's

Founder: Richard Carmon Purdy
Year Founded:
1907
Location:
Vancouver, Canada
Monthly unique visitors:
36,024
Order volume:
1,000 - 5,000
Web sales:
$1M - $5M

Purdy's is a 115-year-old Canadian chocolatier that makes chocolate and confectionery. Their products can be purchased in-store and through their website. All products are prepared and sold by Purdy's itself and then distributed to their chain of retail stores. Some of their most popular products include truffles, chocolate hedgehogs, sweet Georgia browns, and dark chocolate bars.


5. SAQ

Founder: Government of Quebec
Year Founded:
1921
Location:
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Monthly unique visitors:
280,158
Order volume:
Around 100
Web sales:
$10M - $25M

Similar to LCBO, Société des alcools du Québec, or SAQ, is a government-run company that retails and distributes alcoholic beverages throughout the Canadian province of Quebec. 

They are most popular for their collection of wines, but they also sell beers, ciders, meads, and non-alcoholic drinks. SAQ currently has 412 branches across Canada.


6. Gourmet Trading Co

Founder: Paul and Chris Martin
Year Founded:
1990
Location:
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Monthly unique visitors:
4443
Order volume:
500 - 1,000
Web sales:
$1M - $5M

Gourmet Trading Co is a Canadian food aggregator and distributor of speciality food brands. It was launched in 1990. Although they don't have any food or beverage products of their own, they are a popular destination for gourmet and specialty products.


7. Pizza Pizza

Founder: Michael Overs
Year Founded:
1967
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Monthly unique visitors:
61,032
Order volume:
10,000 - 50,000
Web sales:
$10M - $25M

Pizza Pizza is a franchised pizza fast food restaurant in Canada. They have a presence in most of the provinces and serve in over 500 locations. They have all the classic pizza recipes made in-house: Pepperoni, Tropical Hawaiian, Barbeque Chicken, and other favorites.


8. The Low Carb Grocery

Year Founded: 2004
Location:
Markham, Ontario, Canada
Monthly unique visitors:
6137
Order volume:
1,000 - 5,000
Web sales:
$5M - $10M

The Low Carb Grocery is a specialist in keto-friendly and low-carb products and is based in Canada. Founded in 2004, its annual revenue is between $5M and $10M.

Their brand promotes a low-carb and keto-based lifestyle through products and recipes. The Low Carb Grocery does not have products of its own, but is rather an aggregator of brands and handles the order and delivery part of the business. The store hosts popular brands like Atkins, Vegan Pure, Good Dees and Heinz, and sells products like bread, cereal, dips, nutrition bars, shakes and condiments.


9. Toronto Brewing

Founder: Zack Weinberg
Year Founded:
2008
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Monthly unique visitors:
8254
Order volume:
500 - 1,000
Web sales:
$5M - $10M

Toronto Brewing is a Canadian homebrew supply brand with online and retail stores. Toronto Brewing is based out of Ontario, Canada. They have both in-store pickup and home delivery options.

While they have a huge assortment of products and kits for home brewing, they also sell ready to consume beer, cider, whiskey, bubbles and wines. These alcoholic beverages are not prepared by Toronto Brewing themselves but imported from brands like Rainhard, Burdock, Macallan and Willibald.


10. Tealeaves

Year Founded: 1994
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Monthly unique visitors:
22,588
Order volume:
1,000 - 5,000
Web sales:
$5M - $10M

TEALEAVES is a Canadian company that is considered somewhat of a tea connoisseur. Their online store exclusively hosts tea products. There are different types of tea leaves, tea bags, iced tea, and botanical powders - Black, Green, Herbal, Oolong, Matcha, Ashwagandha, Turmeric, and so on. 

TEALEAVES was launched in 1994 in Vancouver, Canada. They strongly believe in being eco friendly and their products are all encased in sustainable material - the packaging, tea bags, sachets, all of it.


11. Detour Coffee

Founder: Kaelin McCowan
Year Founded:
2009
Location:
Ontario, Canada
Monthly unique visitors: 6201
Order volume:
1,000 - 5,000
Web sales:
$5M - $10M

Detour is a retailer of beverages and other merchandising products. Their primary product is their in-house coffee powders. Detour produces its own blends of coffee—Espressos, Dark Coffee, Half Caf, Decaf, and so on.

Along with coffee, they also sell tea products—leaves and bags, homeware products—mugs, tea scoops, towels, and bowls, and merchandise—hats, skull caps, socks and t-shirts.


12. McCain Foods

Founder: Wallace McCain, and Harrison McCain
Year Founded:
1957
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Monthly unique visitors: 44,805
Order volume:
1,000 - 5,000
Web sales:
$1M - $5M

McCain Foods is a multinational frozen food company based in Florenceville, Canada. They are mostly famous for their French Fries. In fact, in 2017 they were named the world's largest manufacturer of frozen potato products.

McCain Foods is a privately owned family enterprise and sells in over 160 countries.


13. Clearwater Seafoods

Founder: John Risley
Year Founded:
1976
Location:
Bedford, Nova Scotia, Canada
Monthly unique visitors:
2614
Order volume:
500 - 1,000
Web sales:
$1M - $5M

Clearwater Seafoods, founded in 1976, is a seafood company headquartered in Bedford, Canada. They are clearly one of the top online food and beverage brands in Canada.

They sell a wide range of seafood products directly from their websites—Scallops, Lobsters, Crabs, Shrimp, and others.


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