History

COMPANY'S HISTORY

Paul's Food Factory started manufacturing and distributing subs and sandwiches in 1982. In our humble beginnings we sold our product on a part-time basis from the back of the family station wagon, while operating a convenience store full-time. In 1986 we closed our convenience store and went on the road full time. From the outset, we strived to become the leader in the sub and sandwich business.

Throughout the years we maintained and continue to maintain a good relationship with the retail outlets in Cape Breton. We are committed to quality of product and service. Throughout the 1980s, company sales grew. 1989 was our break through year. The purchase of modern packaging equipment, a vacuum pack machine, automatic label dispenser equipment, walk-in cooler and our second delivery vehicle solidified our position as a leader in the industry.

During the 1990s, competition was our biggest concern. Every one who owned a pizza shop, to laid off steel plant workers took a chance in the sandwich business. Some competitors lasted 3 months, while others survived for 3 years. There was also an invasion of Cape Breton by mainland competitors. Companies from Halifax, New Glasgow, Ontario and as far away as Alberta came knocking on the doors of our customers. Yet, Paul's Food Factory continued to lead the field. The year 2000 gave birth to a new direction in advertising. Thirty second television commercials were purchased. Sales grew quickly to one million dollars in 2001 and today, we continue to grow.



Milestones:

  • Successful expansion to mainland Nova Scotia , 2006.
  • Business Person of the year, Sydney Chamber of Commerce, 2006.
  • Excellence in Business Award, Sydney Chamber of Commerce, 2003.
  • Think Cape Breton First Award, 2002.
  • Introduced second sub line, "Rueben's Subs", 1996.

Paul's Food Factory was:

  • First in color coded labels.
  • First to offer twice-a-week delivery.
  • First in refrigerated trucks.
  • First in vacuum packaging our product.
  • The only company to lease microwave ovens to convenience stores.