Food In Canada

2017 Leadership Awards

By Jim Menzies   

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Presenting the winners of the 2017 Leadership Awards

We are very pleased to once again partner with Food in Canada in presenting the 2017 Leadership Awards. These awards recognize Canadian food and beverage companies for their achievements in Growth, Innovation, Stewardship, Community & Industry Leadership, and Health & Wellness. It is clear that the companies being recognized this year once again demonstrate qualities that truly exemplify leadership in the industry, an industry we are very proud to be associated with.


Here in Canada and around the world, food and beverage companies continue to invest in new offerings and new markets. Many also focus on how they can provide healthy new products in an environmentally friendly way to positively impact their local economies and communities. Canadian consumers continue to look for improved quality and value in their food and beverage choices, while retailers continue to promote goods that bring consumers into their stores and move product off of their shelves.



The industry leaders recognized this year are exemplary examples of successful Canadian food and beverage producers. Muskoka Brewery’s Moonlight Kettle Project exemplifies an innovative program that develops products uniquely and quickly. Canadian Prairie Garden Purees’ approach to creating puréed products with “more goodness” has greatly enhanced their customers’ health and wellness choices. From a stewardship perspective, Petcurean’s partner evaluation and scorecard process serves them very effectively, while Mrs. Dunster’s leadership role in bringing independent bakeries together has strengthened that sector in Atlantic Canada. Finally, the growth demonstrated by Riverside Natural Foods in recent times is a great example of how Canadian producers can expand and diversify very successfully here in Canada and internationally.


Canadian producers have clearly shown that they are up to the challenges of a dynamic Canadian and global economy. At Grant Thornton LLP, we’re dedicated to serving the food and beverage industry, and are very privileged to recognize these 2017 industry leaders.

To read about all the winners click here, or visit our April 2017 digital edition.

James Menzies,

National manufacturing leader

Grant Thornton LLP

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