Leahy Orchards Inc.
Franklin Centre, QC
A family business founded in 1979, Leahy Orchards Inc. is the result of the vision and initiative of Mr. James R. Leahy. The company began as a fresh apple packager for the retail market. The rigorous selection process resulted in a large number of apples being rejected. Mr. Leahy decided to salvage and transform these apples. Thus, applesauce was born.
The foresight of Mr. Leahy and his sons allowed the company to find a new market niche by producing private label apple products for a range of major grocery chains. Today, thanks to Mr. Leahy’s business acumen, superior product quality and exclusive production processes, Leahy Orchards produces over 90% of the private label apple products in Canada. With the company’s national Applesnax brands and private labels maintain 70% market share in Canada and approximately 3% share in the US for applesauce sales.
A socially conscious company, Leahy Orchards is actively involved in groups such as the Quebec Chamber of Commerce, the Centre local de développement as well as Food industry associations like the Conseil de la transformation agroalimentaire et des produits de consommation du Québec, the Food Institute of Canada, the American Food Institute and the Food Processors of Canada. The company is also involved in many charitable causes, notably the Canadian Cancer Society, the Children’s Hospital Foundation and the fondation du Centre hospitalier régional du Suroît, where Michael Leahy is the Haut-St-Laurent honorary president for the 2006 campaign.