Bakers Journal

Table Talk Pies to relaunch Quebec’s Pâtisserie Gaudet

January 27, 2023
By Colleen Cross

Montreal – Table Talk Pies of Worcester, Mass., has acquired the assets of Acton Vale-based Pâtisserie Gaudet, which was previously under the management of trustee Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton after being placed under the protection of the Creditors Arrangement Act.

Gaudet was at one time a major player in the Canadian pie and tart market but has unfortunately fallen on hard times in recent years, according to a news release.

“We intend to reopen the Gaudet plant to make pies for the Canadian market again and we will work closely with the former employees, as well as local and provincial authorities, to try to get this plant back up and running as quickly as possible,” said Harry Kokkinis, president of Table Talk Pies.

Table Talk has retained the plant’s former general manager, Georges Berbari, to help lead the effort to reopen the plant. Management and production will remain in Quebec, according to Berbari, who added that he was speaking on behalf of the owners of Table Talk, whose three U.S. plants, with 300 employees, already produce nearly 250 million tarts and 25 million pies a year; products that are distributed in 50 U.S. states, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Canada.

“There is no question that the Acton Vale plant’s operations will be relocated to Table Talk Pies’ three U.S. plants,” said Berbari, who is excited about strengthening Pâtisserie Gaudet’s position in Quebec and Canada by creating a strong synergy between the two companies. To capture this synergy, a new company was created, Table Talk Canada, located in Acton Vale.

“With this new company, we look forward to serving Canadian customers with pies and tarts from the Quebec plant and made to the same high-quality standards that North American customers have come to know and love,” Kokkinis and Berbari said.

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