Keeping a legacy alive while honouring our own talents, are the secret ingredients to our success story
In 1995 Jimmy, a master chef in Vancouver steakhouses, saw a food service niche and launched his own seasoning with no MSG added. When he passed away his nieces, who were food industry veterans, bought the business. During the pandemic they created a retail division and haven’t looked back.
Grandpa J’s is a Vancouver based seasoning manufacturer that specializes in bulk food service seasonings sold across Canada. To save their business during the pandemic, they pivoted and created a retail division which launched in 2021 and has been growing daily with fun social media and immense publicity.
They continue the legacy of their great uncle Jim and honour their own business experience garnered from their family-owned restaurant - Romana Pizza & Steak House – a North Burnaby staple which was in their family for 41 years.
One thing is certain, the food business is in their blood and the pandemic was their silver lining.
Late Spring 2023
Grandpa J’s is Incorporated by Founder Master Chef Jimmy Voulides, Vancouver
Grandpa J’s Listed by Neptune Foods *Now GFS Canada, Listed by Saputo and Goritsas Brothers
Manufacturing moved to a co-packer facility
Grandpa J's is in 8 retail locations with its one product
75% sales lost due to the pandemic
Grandpa J's in 20 retail locations
AHA Moment for Greko Lemon
Release of Greko Lemon & Vancity Grind with no distributor
90 Retail locations secured
Greko Lemon nominated as a top 10 finalist for Product of the Year Finalist by BC Food & Beverage
Ryan Reynolds shares to his Instagram story our Vanicty Grind shaker with "If this wasn't so good, I'd be upset about the name."
Featured in BC Food & Beverages' Cultivate Magazine
Featured as Female Entrepeneurs by The Georgia Main Group
Featured business story in Boulevard Magazine
Late spring release of new shakers
2024 BIG GOALS
Alberta here we come
BIG Boxes on the East Coast
10,000 Followers on Instagram
Consumer Trade Show
Dragons Den Application