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Alfonzo Criminisi – Elite Sweets Brands Inc.

There’s no faking the taste and texture of an authentic Italian dessert. That, at least, is the opinion of Elite Sweets Inc., which says it brings the flavor and quality of grandma’s delicious chocolate almond tortetufo, white raspberry cheesecake and other classic treats to the freezer aisle. The Brampton, Ontario, Canada-based company makes and distributes […]

Allan Bieganski – Four Rivers Co-op

Its geographical footprint having expanded over the decades, a name change seemed appropriate last year for the former Vanderhoof and Districts Co-op, that had served the remote and far-flung areas of central and northern British Columbia since 1944. “Over the years, we had amalgamated with smaller retail co-ops in the area and outside it, and […]

Aurora Importing & Distributing Limited

Today’s consumers are more informed in their shopping choices, making product authenticity a major factor in buying decisions. Based in Toronto, Aurora Importing & Distributing Limited has been on a quest to deliver the highest level of product quality and authenticity in traditional Italian imports and fine foods from around the world more than 61 […]

Barkman Concrete

When sales reps for Barkman Concrete go to tradeshows, they run into a problem not uncommon in sales: people don’t believe them, but it’s not for the usual reasons. Barkman’s recent line of wood replica products so closely imitate the real thing it’s hard to tell they’re actually made from concrete. “People are down on […]

Brian Saulnier – Sea Crest Fisheries Ltd

What a difference just a few years makes, muses Brian Saulnier, president of a southwest Nova Scotia operation that, not too long ago,  was thriving in its support of the province’s then-booming mink farms. For as recently as 2014, those pelts comprised one of Nova Scotia’s top agricultural exports, a $140 million industry, with China, […]

Chris Laxdal – Kitchen Craft

If you’ve ever hosted a dinner party, you know the phenomenon: Rather than mingle on the porch or in the living room—where you’ve spent hours getting the music and ambiance just right—guests always seem to congregate in the kitchen. There’s a reason they call it the heart of the home, after all, and for the […]

Claudio Petti – Drainstar Contracting

Without them, we wouldn’t have clean drinking water at the turn of a tap. Prior to their widespread adoption in the mid-19th century, the most sanitary way of diverting waste involved hauling buckets to a nearby cesspool. And yet, we walk and drive over them every day, taking their existence—indeed, their engineering brilliance—almost completely for […]

Epicure

After one of Epicure’s consultants teaches a cooking class at your house, you might be able to turn out authentic pad thai in as little as 10 minutes or whip up a healthy vegetarian omelet using the company’s microwavable cookware. CEO Amelia Warren says her company wants to remind people how easy it is to […]

Mike Scholtens – Manchester Pet Supplies

Companion animal may be the preferred term to pet nowadays. Especially by millennials, who make up a most valuable demographic for those in the business of providing the essentials for keeping domesticated critters happy and healthy. Satisfy this very discerning crowd and a company may prosper. As is Manchester Pet Supplies, a Canadian distributor primarily […]

Osprey Marine and Mariner Seafoods

Business and politics don’t always mix, as was the case in 2014, when war in Ukraine and subsequent embargoes by Russia sent the companies that supply those markets scrambling to find new customers. Luckily, after more than 40 years, the Mann family says it knows how to navigate both meteorological and political storms. The family […]

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My experience with the team at Vision was great. Their professional and courteous staff took every opportunity to make the production of our article a real pleasure. From the initial contact, through the interview and all the way into production, the process was easy and fun. On behalf of the members of Anza Electric, thank you for highlighting what we do here to make rural living and cooperative membership more valuable in our community and across the country.
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