Restaurants: Pita Pit 🍁

Name: Pita Pit

Product: Fast food chain serving pitas

Headquarters: Kingston, Ontario

Website: pitapit.ca

Canadian owned: Yes

Pita Pit started in 1995 with a single store serving hungry students from Queen’s University. 23 years later, there are 650 stores across the world, part of this Canadian franchise success story.

Food: Daiya

Name: Daiya Foods

Products: Non-dairy, plant-based cheese products

Manufactured in: Vancouver, BC

Where to buy: Most grocery stores

Website: daiyafoods.com

Canadian owned: No, owned by Otsuka Pharmaceutical of Japan

Daiya manufactures plant-based alternatives to dairy products, from cassava and arrowroot. Their products are free from the top 10 priority allergens.

Breakfast Food: Robin Hood Oats 📈

Name: Robin Hood

Products: Oats

Manufactured in: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Where to buy: Grocery stores everywhere

Website: robinhood.ca

Canadian owned: No (Owned by Smucker’s, which is publicly traded on NYSE)

All we can tell for sure is that Robin Hood oats are being produced in Saskatoon, at a plant that dates back to 1928. As to who produces it, it appears to be made by Ardent Mills, which is a joint venture between American giants ConAgra, Cargill and CHS. The brand itself is owned by Smucker’s. Suffice to say, they appear to be producing the product in Canada with Canadian grain and creating Canadian jobs, so they make the list.

Breakfast Food: Stoked Oats 🍁

Name: Stoked Oats

Products: Oatmeal Blends – Bucking Eh, Stone Age, Aphrodisioats, Red Line

Manufactured in: Calgary, Alberta

Where to buy: Canadian natural food and grocery stores, online

Website: stokedoats.com

Canadian owned: Yes

Stoked Oats was founded in April 2011 by three oatmeal loving athletes. Unable to find the ultimate breakfast to support their busy and active lifestyles, they began making their own oatmeal blends. With the goal of creating the healthiest oatmeal on the market, all Stoked Oats blends include highly nutritious “superfood” ingredients including chia, flax, whey protein, and gluten-free oats. The oats are grown in Saskatchewan and the flax is Albertan. All production takes place in Calgary.

Restaurants: MTY Group 📈

Name: MTY Group

Products: Various restaurants

Headquartered In: Saint-Laurent, Quebec

Where to buy: 5,500 restaurant locations

Website: www.mtygroup.com

Canadian Owned: Publicly traded on TSX

MTY Group is a company, founded in 1979, that operates some 70 brand names of casual dining, fast casual, and quick service restaurants. Much like Cara Operations, they operate some of the most popular brands of restaurants in Canada and the world. Below, find their brands listed. Please note that some of these restaurants are owned by companies that are subsidiaries of MTY.

  • Bâton Rouge
  • Ben & Florentine
  • Big Smoke Burger
  • Café Dépôt
  • Country Style
  • Cultures
  • Dagwoods
  • Extreme Pita
  • Fabrika
  • Giorgio
  • Houston Avenue Bar & Grill
  • Industria Pizzeria + Bar
  • Jugo Juice
  • KimChi Korean Delight
  • Koryo Korean Barbeque
  • Koya Japan
  • La Crémière
  • La Diperie
  • Steak Frites St-Paul
  • Madisons
  • Manchu WOK
  • Mikes
  • MMMuffins
  • Mr. Souvlaki
  • Mr. Sub
  • Mucho Burrito
  • Muffin Plus
  • O’burger
  • Pizza Delight
  • Scores
  • Sukiyaki
  • SushiGo
  • Sushiman
  • TCBY (franchise operator for Canada)
  • Thai Express
  • Thaizone
  • The Works
  • Tiki-Ming
  • Timothy’s
  • Tosto
  • Tutti Frutti
  • Valentine
  • Vanellis
  • Van Houtte
  • Vie & Nam
  • Au Vieux Duluth Express
  • Villa Madina
  • Wasabi Grill and Noodle
  • Yogen Fruz (not listed on MTY’s site, but according to Wikipedia, they are the franchise operator for Canada)

MTY lists several brands separate from the above on their website, though it seems those brands are headquartered in Arizona, and may not have locations in Canada. As such, they are not listed.

Food: E.D. Smith

Name: E.D. Smith

Products: Jams, pie fillings, specialty sauces

Manufactured in: Winona, Ontario

How to buy: Grocery stores across Canada

Website: edsmith.com

Canadian owned: No – owned by US company TreeHouse Foods

Formerly a Canadian icon, E.D. Smith was purchased in 2007 by TreeHouse Foods, a food giant based in Illinois. In 2013, the Seaforth, Ontario plant was closed, leaving Winona as the only Canadian plant remaining.

Food: Strub’s 🍁

Name: Strub’s

Products: Pickles, sauerkraut, horseradish, pepper rings, relish

Manufactured in: Quebec

Where to buy: Grocery stores across the country

Website: whytes.ca/strubs/

Canadian owned: Yes

Strub’s pickles have been an Ontario mainstay since 1929. However, the company went bankrupt in 2012 and Strub’s assets were acquired by Whyte Foods, a Quebec food producer. Production was subsequently moved from Brantford to Quebec.

However, Whyte’s continues to purchase cucumbers from Canadian producers and manufacture the pickles in Canada.

Condiments: Kozlik’s Canadian Mustard 🍁

Name: Kozlik‘s Canadian Mustard

Products: 30+ varieties of mustard, plus rubs, seafood sauce and powders

Manufactured in: Canada

Where to buy: Retailers across the country

Website: kozliks.com

Canadian Owned: Yes

If you’re like me, your knowledge of mustard variety extends to “yellow” and “Dijon”. But after doing a bit of research on this company and their amazing variety of mustards, I know I’m going to be heading down to my local retailer (of which there appears to be a few) and trying this out. (Amazing Maple, perhaps?)

Kozlik’s has been around since 1948, and with the amount of people singing their praises online, I encourage you to check them out.

Food: Nuts to You 🍁

Name: Nuts to You

Products: Nut butters (peanut, almond, etc.)

Manufactured in: Paris, Ontario

Where to buy: Online shops, certain retailers

Website: www.satau.ca/en/our-products/nuts-to-you/?

Canadian owned: Yes

This Paris-based, family-owned company seems to keep a pretty low profile corporately, but their products can be found across the country. They make organic nut and seed butters (see the range here).

Liquor: Glen Breton Rare Canadian Single Malt Whisky 🍁

Name: Glen Breton

Products: Spirits

Manufactured in: Glenora, Nova Scotia

Where to buy: LCBO, SAQ, Independent Liquor Stores Across Canada

Website: glenoradistillery.com/glenora-whiskey

Canadian Owned: Yes

Glen Breton is known as the first distillery in North America to produce a single malt whisky, and is the first distillery to age its whisky in ice wine casks, a practice that is now being copied by huge international brands such as Glenfiddich.