The journey began back in 1977 with George Haddad, a first-generation immigrant from Lebanon, and his longing for an essential middle-eastern staple in his new home in Canada. Inspired by his passion for his Mediterranean roots and fueled by his unrelenting drive, George established Handi Foods as the original source for quality pita bread in the greater Toronto area. Today, George’s love for the products we make and his commitment to the people who make them, remains as infectious as it was 40 years ago.
The cultures of the Mediterranean and Middle East are renowned for their hospitality and sharing, and food is central to this theme. Family and friends gather around a rich spread of delicious dishes brought together by pita – a versatile, soft flat bread that serves as an edible utensil to dip, a wrap to stuff, or a surface to hold the topping of your choice. No wonder this bread has been a staple for over 4,000 years, bringing nourishment and fulfilment to every meal.
Today, while hot, steaming pita breads still roll off our ovens, Handi Foods, a Canadian family-owned and independently operated company, has transformed and inspired this traditional flat bread, into a host of quality, wholesome, baked pita snacks available in a variety of forms, textures and tastes. Be it pita and flatbreads or snacks such as crackers, puffs, chips or crisps, Handi Foods is eager to provide the highest quality product available in your brand whether you are a manufacturer, retailer or foodservice operator.
As bakers of snacks, pitas and flatbreads, we build enduring relationships with our customers through our flexible, responsive and nimble approach to delivering innovative and wholesome products in flavours and textures that excite the palate.
Handi Foods manufactures product for many of North America’s leading brands and private labels. When you deal with Handi Foods you are dealing with a family of talented people eager and available to make your product development experience smooth, fast and rewarding.
Your relationship can be with all functions of the company – be it sales, R&D, operations, QA, or with George himself – and we are at your service to develop and produce the most innovative and highest quality products that your brand deserves.
Our two facilities in the Toronto area are both BRC AA accredited and Kosher certified. Unwavering commitment to ongoing building, equipment and technology upgrades ensures our facilities have the capability and capacity to meet the growing demand for our products. These investments, complemented by continuous improvement practices rigorously pursued in both facilities, have grown Handi Foods into a snacking leader across North America.
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