Snacks: Royal Nuts 🍁

Name: Royal Nuts

Products: Nuts, dried fruit, trail mix, chocolate almonds

Manufactured In: Concord, Ontario

Where to Buy: Company website and grocery stores

Website: royalnuts.ca

Canadian Owned: Yes

Royal Nuts makes peanut-free and gluten-free products. Gluten-free nuts? Yes – most manufacturing processes add gluten. The nuts are surely sourced outside the country where they are natively grown, but the processing takes place in Concord.

Snacks: Frito-Lay

Name: Frito-Lay

Products: Snack foods (brand list below)

Manufactured In:  Cambridge, Ontario; Lévis, Quebec; Kentville, Nova Scotia; and Taber, Alberta

Where to buy: Grocery and convenience stores everywhere

Website: pepsico.ca/en/Brands/Frito-Lay-Canada.html

Canadian Owned: No

Frito-Lay is owned by the American giant Pepsi, but has several plants in Canada and manufactures the following brands:

  • Lay’s
  • Wavy Lay’s
  • Doritos
  • Stax
  • Ruffles
  • Cheetos
  • Sun Chips
  • Miss Vickie’s

Confectionery/Snacks: Mondelez International

Name: Mondelez International

Products: Candy (Maynards, Sour Patch Kids, Swedish Fish), Chocolate (Cadbury, Mini Eggs, Creme Eggs, Caramilk, Mr. Big, Wunderbar, Crispy Crunch, Crunchie, Dairy Milk), Halls, Peek Freans, Christie cookies, Adams Brand confections cookies in Toronto (East York), Christie Cookies in Toronto and Adams Brands confections in Scarborough

Manufactured In: Candy (Hamilton, Ontario), Chocolate (Toronto, Ontario), Halls (Scarborough, Ontario), Cookies (Toronto, Ontario), Adams Brand (Scarborough, Ontario)

Where to Buy: Grocery and convenience stores everywhere

Website: mondelezinternational.com

Canadian Owned: No

Mondelez is an American multinational giant employing 107,000 people around the world, including a bunch in Ontario making a lot of candies and chocolate bars.

Snacks & Confectionery: Give & Go 🍁

Name: Give & Go Prepared Foods Corp.

Products: Pastries, granola, snacks

Manufactured In: Etobicoke, Brampton, Vaughan (Ontario)

Where to buy: Loblaws, Walmart, Costco, Metro, Safeway, etc.

Website: www.giveandgo.com

Canadian Owned: Yes

Give & Go is a Toronto based food producer that owns several popular brands of snacks and pastries. These include:

  • two-bite
  • Kimberley’s Bakeshoppe
  • The Worthy Crumb
  • Mason St. Bakehouse
  • Prime Pastries
  • Uncle Wally’s Bake Shoppe
  • Create a Treat

All of their products are certified kosher dairy, and they are the number one manufacturer of bite-sized baked goods.

Snacks: Covered Bridge Potato Chips 🍁

Name: Covered Bridge Potato Chip Company Inc

Products: Potato chips

Manufactured In: Waterville, New Brunswick

Where to Buy: Sobey’s, Safeway – grocery stores

Website: coveredbridgechips.com

Canadian Owned: Yes

The potatoes used by Covered Bridge are grown just up the road from their processing facility at their family farm. They are kosher, gluten-free and all natural. You can even buy them online!

Snacks: Canadian Meat Republic 🍁

Name: Canadian Meat Republic

Products: Biltong (high protein dried meat)

Manufactured In: Kelowna, BC

Where to buy: Various retailers in the West

Website: www.meatonly.ca

Canadian Owned: Yes

Canadian Meat Republic is a Kelowna based producer of biltong, a dried meat snack. They use only Canadian beef and no artificial additives. If you’re in the west and looking for a high protein meat snack, here’s the one for you.

Snacks: Old Dutch

Name: Old Dutch Foods

Products: Chips, corn chips and other snacks

Manufactured In: Winnipeg, Manitoba; Calgary and Airdrie, Alberta; Hartland, New Brunswick; Dartmouth, Nova Scotia; Mississauga, Ontario

Where to buy: Grocery and convenience stores everywhere

Website: olddutchfoods.com

Canadian Owned: No

Old Dutch makes the list because they have a variety of production facilities across Canada. They make a variety of products in the US, as well, so keep an eye on the labeling.

Beverages & Snacks: SunRype 🍁

Name: SunRype

Products: Juice, tea, fruit snacks, energy bars

Manufactured In: Primary plant is in Kelowna, BC, two more plants in Washington state

Where to buy: Retailers around the country

Website: www.sunrype.ca

Canadian Owned: Yes

Founded in 1946 in British Columbia, SunRype is a popular manufacturer of fruit and veggie-based products. I remember their Fruit to Go and Fruit Source bars as being a common snack for me as a young boy. Though previously publicly traded on TSX, the company was purchased by the Jim Pattison Group (the largest privately owned company in Canada) in 2013. Their primary plant is in Kelowna, but they have two plants in Washington, in Selah and Wapato. Be sure to check the label when buying if you’re interested in getting a product from Canada, but remember that they are Canadian owned regardless.

Snacks: Dare Foods 🍁

Name: Dare Foods

Products: Crackers, cookies, bread, candy

Manufactured In: Several factories in the US and Canada  (Milton, ON, and North York, ON as well as other locations)

Where to buy: Retailers around the world

Website: www.darefoods.com

Canadian Owned: Yes

Now operating for nearly 100 years, Dare Foods is a manufacturer of some very popular brands of cookies, crackers, and candy. They are best known for their Bear Paws, Viva Puffs, Wagon Wheels, and Maple Leaf Cremé cookies.