Bakers Journal

TWI Foods wins Ontario Food Exporter Award

February 4, 2016
By Laura Aiken

Etobicoke, ON – TWI Foods, a bakery, is the winner of the 2015 Ontario Food Exporter Award, which recognizes a company’s successful expansion into new export markets, as well as their commitment to long-term export growth. Toronto’s Handi Foods and Mississauga’s Super-Pufft are the two finalists.

TWI Foods is a specialty food company that produces a range of cake-rusks, cookies, cakes and frozen foods for the South Asian market in North America. With an international footprint reaching into six countries, TWI Foods has focused on making quality products at competitive prices while developing new export markets.  

Founded in 1997, TWI Foods operates two facilities in the Greater Toronto Area. The bakery plant focuses on fresh and frozen production, and the second plant manufactures snack and shelf stable products including short bread cookies, cake-rusks, tea toasts, naan crisps, and almond and cashew cookies.  TWI Foods also offers branded, private label and contracts manufacturing options. It recently started co-packing a bakery snack item for one of the world’s largest food and beverage companies.

During the last two years, TWI Foods has developed export markets in the UK, the U.S., Australia, UAE, Germany and Singapore by working with new distributors and attending trade shows. They have also increased market coverage by increasing their distribution network in existing markets. TWI Foods export business accounts for more than 68 per cent of their total sales.

Handi Foods is a leading pita bread and double baked cracker and snack food manufacturer in Ontario. Established in 1978, Handi Foods boasts two high-speed production facilities to distribute flat breads, pita breads, pita chips, crackers and other healthy double-baked snacks to customers across Canada, the U.S. and overseas.

The company is diversifying its production with new products and flavours to meet consumer trends and demand. Handi Foods is expanding its facilities to accommodate expected growth in the U.S., Australia and Saudi Arabia markets.

Super-Pufft is one of Canada’s largest manufacturers of private-label-branded popcorn, potato chips, extruded snacks and canister crisps. Established in 1987, this snack food company sells to more than 30 countries in five continents. Super-Pufft was the winner of the 2014 Ontario Food Exporter Award.

Super-Pufft is doubling its canister chip production capacity to capitalize on new export opportunities, with 90 per cent of sales of the new products destined for export markets.

Source: Ontario Government Newsroom

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