Fresh Start Foods wins for Outstanding Workplace

Joe Lavoie of Fresh Start Foods took home the award for Outstanding Workplace.  - Rob Newell photo
Joe Lavoie of Fresh Start Foods took home the award for Outstanding Workplace.
— image credit: Rob Newell photo

Fresh Start Foods provides the highest quality produce to food service and retail customers. The company offers convenience: handling the washing, cutting, slicing and dicing.

On Wednesday the company won the Outstanding Workplace Award at the Business Excellence Awards.

“We’ve been a 20-year member of Richmond, and we’ve got a plan that’s going to have us here for a lot longer,” said Joe Lavoie, general manager.

A healthy and happy workforce is one of the keys to Fresh Start Foods’ success. In the past two decades, the local company has grown to 250 employees with the majority of employees calling Richmond home.

All production staff receives continuous food safety and hygiene training, vaccinations and free English-as-a-second-language classes.

Fresh Start Foods looks after their own people and their own community, donating over 450 kilograms of fresh produce to charity each week.

Also nominated: MT Disposal King Ltd., Nova Food Services Ltd., Strong International Trading Inc.

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