FOUR GENERATIONS OF FRESH AND LOCAL FRUITS AND VEGETABLES!
Hector Larivée inc.
Distributor of more than 800 varieties of fruits and vegetables from local producers.
When he opened his small fruit and vegetable stand at Marché Bonsecours in 1940, Hector Larivée might not have known that he had laid the foundations for a company that would soon turn into a major produce distributor, recognized throughout Quebec and Ontario.
The founder’s vision has ensured the steady growth of his company’s business. Hector Larivée soon began specializing in the market for food services (which includes restaurants, restaurant chains, cafeterias, hotels and institutions), where he now ranks first.
From Old Montreal, the company eventually moved to Bercy Street in the borough of Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, where its facilities are currently located. The fourth generation of the Larivée family is preparing to take the reins of the company, which stands out for its desire to support local producers and its proximity to the great chefs of Quebec’s restaurant industry.
In 1940, people often learned their trade on the job, but that’s no longer the case today (not entirely, anyway!). Hector Larivée, which builds on innovation, today has more than 300 employees, who together want to help the company become Canada’s largest independent distributor of fruits and vegetables in the food service industry. To achieve this, they implemented a warehouse management system (WMS) a few years ago, making Hector Larivée the first produce specialist that offers customers full traceability of its products. The team is made up of talented and passionate people.
The first Larivée had the ambition of offering his customers the freshest products, as quickly as possible, while encouraging local producers. Today, in the era of sustainable development, this remains the mission of his successors, who have taken over the helm of the company with great pride and enthusiasm.
“The biggest challenge in our industry is the quality of our services,” says Jessica Larivée, representative of major accounts, who comes from the fourth generation of the Larivée family. “In November 2017, our company became the only produce distributor and specialist in Canada to hold SQF certification, which guarantees the highest standards of hygiene, food safety and quality in the food industry. For us, this certification confirms the importance of our rigour and our commitment to our customers,” she adds.
Being close to local chefs, with whom they often act as advisors on fruits and vegetables, depending on availability and season. “Our discussions with the chefs are so inspiring and rewarding!” says Jessica Larivée.
Always better, always more. This sums up the goal pursued by Hector Larivée, which, working with Michel Lachaume, also helped create Les Artisans des Saveurs, a research and development farm whose mission is to break new ground in biodiversity and create new varieties of fruits and vegetables.
Proximity to local producers, especially the smallest market gardens, is of crucial importance to the company. Hector Larivée is proud to have established a link between “the farm and the consumer’s plate” since 1940.
This closeness also exists with chefs, and the team at Hector Larivée plays a crucial role in bringing together local producers and chefs.
Become Canada’s largest independent distributor of fruit and vegetables in the food service industry, and continue to work with the greatest chefs, so that Quebecers can enjoy the best fruits and vegetables.
Receiving SQF certification in November 2017.
Jessica Larivée loves Asian food, with a preference for sushi. Which Hector Larivée probably didn’t know much about, in 1940!
ENFANT TERRIBLE SINCE 10 YEARS !
Les Enfants Terribles Brasserie collaborates with Hector Larivée inc. since the opening year of the first restaurant on Bernard Avenue in Outremont, in 2008.
“Jardin des Saveurs” in Sainte-Marie-Madeleine, Qc.
All photos © Hector Larivée inc.
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