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Find a collection of our Flanagan news and press releases from summer 2006 to today, including our Whitby distribution centre groundbreaking, 40th anniversary, and Canada's Best Managed Companies designations. For media inquiries, contact Marketing Manager Jackie Oakes.





We Care cheque presentation

33rd Annual We Care Golf Tournament


On Friday, September 24th Flanagan Foodservice held their 33rd Annual We Care Golf Tournament at Granite Ridge Golf Course in Milton. Over 170 golfers participated in the tournament.


Flanagan Foodservice presented a cheque for $50,000 to Tiana Rodrigue, Executive Director at We Care.







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Flanagan Annouces Appointment of Dan Lafrance to President & CEO


Kitchener, ON – October 4th, 2021 – Dan Flanagan, currently CEO, is transitioning into the role of Executive Chairman of Flanagan Foodservice Inc.  Concurrent with this change, Dan is pleased to announce the appointment of Dan Lafrance to the position of President & Chief Executive Officer and to the Board of Directors of the company. 




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Flanagan Foodservice named one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies for the 8th year in a row


Kitchener, ON – May 5, 2021 – Flanagan Foodservice is a 2021 winner of the Canada’s Best Managed Companies Platinum Club designation, having retained its Best Managed designation for seven consecutive years or more.









Dan Flanagan Presents We Care cheque



Flanagan Foodservice raises $40,000 to send  kids with disabilities to summer  camp


Milton, ON – September 29, 2020 – On Tuesday, September 29, 146 golfers gathered at Granite Ridge Golf Course in Milton, Ontario to participate in Flanagan's 32nd  annual "We Care" Golf Tournament. 


September 2020





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Flanagan Foodservice Announces the Closing of its Purchase of Summit Food Service from Colabor Group


Kitchener, ON – May 11, 2020 – Today, Flanagan Foodservice is pleased to announce that the purchase of certain assets from the Summit Food Service division of Colabor Group has been closed. 


May 2020





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Flanagan Announces the Purchase of Summit Foods from Colabor



March 12, 2020 - Today, we made an exciting announcement that will bring two Canadian-owned foodservice distribution companies together – Flanagan Foodservice and Summit Food Service – dedicated to exceptional service, product quality and distribution solutions. 


March 2020





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Flanagan Foodservice Requalifies as One of Canada's Best Managed Companies for Seventh Year in a Row


Flanagan Foodservice is proud to announce that it has achieved Platinum status as one of Canada's Best Managed Companies. 


March 2020


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Flanagan Foodservice Wins 2019 Pinnacle Award for Supplier of the Year


Flanagan Foodservice is honoured to have won the 2019 Pinnacle Award for Supplier of The Year. The Pinnacle Awards shine the spotlight on companies and individuals that have demonstrated excellence in the areas of leadership, initiative and business excellence.


September 2019


Flanagan Foodservice at QSCC Award Event


Flanagan Foodservice Receives QSCC Golden Link Award for Supply Chain Excellence


Flanagan Foodservice Inc. was presented with the Golden Link Award for Supply Chain Excellence from The Wendy’s Company and Quality Supply Chain Co-op (QSCC), the purchasing cooperative for Wendy’s.


September 2019






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Flanagan Foodservice Recognized As One Of Family Business Magazine's Top 30 Family Businesses


To celebrate its 30th anniversary, Family Business honored outstanding family businesses, and Flanagan Foodservice was recognized as one of 30 family businesses who have made significant progress in governance.


September 2019


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Flanagan Foodservice Requalifies as One of Canada's Best Managed Companies for Sixth Year in a Row


Flanagan Foodservice was recognized for overall business performance and sustained growth with the prestigious Canada’s Best Managed Companies designation and has requalified as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies for the sixth year in a row.


March 2019


Flanagan Family with John Tibbits, Conestoga College


Flanagan Foodservice Recognized for Support of Conestoga College Campus Expansion


During a special event held on February 19, a culinary skills lab at Conestoga College was named in recognition of Flanagan Foodservice for its generous support of the recent expansion and re-development project at the John W. Tibbits campus in Waterloo. 


February 2019




New President Dan Lafrance


Flanagan Foodservice Announces New President


Dan Flanagan, CEO of Flanagan Foodservice Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of Dan Lafrance to the position of President. Mr. Lafrance will join the organization on February 19, 2019.


January 2019


Flanagan Foodservice Whitby distribution centre


Flanagan Foodservice Whitby Distribution Centre Now Open


Flanagan Foodservice’s new distribution centre in Whitby is now open for business. The new facility represents one of the largest undertakings in the history of the company.


July 2018


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Flanagan Foodservice Requalifies as One of Canada's Best Managed Companies for Fifth Year in a Row


Flanagan Foodservice won its initial Best Managed award in 2013 and has successfully retained its status for five consecutive years, retaining the Gold Standard designation that was awarded to Flanagan’s in 2016. 


March 2018




Flanagan Foodservice Local Food Champion Award


Flanagan Foodservice and Local Line Receive Local Food Champion Award from Greenbelt Fund


At the Greenbelt Fund Local Food Symposium on November 8, Flanagan Foodservice and Local Line received the Local Food Champion Award in recognition of their partnership to increase local food offerings.


November 2017


Flanagan employees celebrating 40 years


Flanagan Foodservice Celebrates 40 Years in Business


The Flanagan story dates back to 1977 when Joe and Dee Flanagan opened Bob’s Surplus Food Outlet in Waterloo, Ontario.


June 2017


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Flanagan Foodservice to Invest in Local Food Project with Grant from Greenbelt Fund


The funding supports Flanagan’s goal to expand sales of Ontario food by increasing its local food offerings and investing in a promotional campaign to improve awareness of Ontario food. 


June 2017




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Flanagan Foodservice and Local Line Partner to Increase Access to Ontario Local Food


Flanagan Foodservice and local food e-commerce platform Local Line have partnered to create a local food program that revolutionizes access to Ontario products for foodservice operators.


May 2017


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Flanagan Requalifies as One of Canada's Best Managed Companies for Fourth Year in a Row


Flanagan Foodservice won its initial Best Managed award in 2013 and has successfully retained its status for four consecutive years, becoming a Gold Standard winner in 2016.


March 2017


Flanagan Foodservice receives TELUS Business Community Champion Award


Flanagan Foodservice Proud Recipient of TELUS Business Community Champion Award


The TELUS Business Community Champion Awards recognize business customers who make a substantial and measurable impact in their local communities.


December 2016




Groundbreaking photo for Flanagan Foodservice's Whitby distribution centre


Flanagan Celebrates Groundbreaking at Whitby Distribution Centre


New Whitby facility will provide an ideal location to service parts of the GTA and East Ontario and is a key pillar in plans for growing foodservice distribution business.


October 2016


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Flanagan Requalifies as One of Canada's Best Managed Companies


Flanagan Foodservice was a winner of Canada's Best Managed Companies program in 2013 and requalified in 2014 and 2015 to maintain its status as a Best Managed company.


March 2016


Flanagan Contributes $1 Million to We Care


Flanagan's Contributes Over $1 Million to Friends of We Care


Flanagan's is an active and proud supporter of We Care, a foundation that raises funds through the foodservice and hospitality industry to send physically disabled children to Easter Seals camps across the country.


June 2015




New Vice President of Sales and Marketing


New Vice President, Sales & Marketing


Flanagan Foodservice is pleased to announce the appointment of Barry Reid as Vice President, Sales and Marketing effective July 21, 2014.


July 2014


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Flanagan Foodservice Named One of Canada's Best Managed Companies


Flanagan Foodservice is honoured to receive the designation of one of Canada's Best Managed Companies (Best Managed) for 2013.


March 2014


Dan Flanagan


Flanagan's Enters New Era


Nearly four decades old, Flanagan Foodservice has stepped onto a path of evolution and continuous improvement in order to serve its customers even better.


January 2014




Flanagan Foodservice Partners with Ocean Wise


Flanagan Foodservice Partners with Ocean Wise


Offering a wide variety of sustainable seafood choices Flanagan Foodservice, in conjunction with Vancouver Aquarium, now offers customers ocean-friendly seafood choices that help ensure the health of our oceans.


October 2013


Flanagan Supports KW Oktoberfest


Flanagan's Proud to Support KW Oktoberfest


Kitchener-Waterloo is the biggest party in town. In fact, it is believed to be the largest Oktoberfest in the world outside Munich, where all things Oktoberfest first began.


October 2012


Flanagan Foodservice New Look


Fresh New Look


Who are we? What is our vision? What is our mission? What are our key values? These are all fundamental building blocks in the foundation of a successful and sustainable business enterprise.


Summer 2012




s.t.o.p. Restaurant Supply and Lively expansions


Lively, s.t.o.p. Expansions Completed


Two key businesses are celebrating major expansion projects this season. Flanagan's Sudbury facility, in Lively, has completed a major addition, while the Kitchener s.t.o.p. Restaurant Supply put the finishing touches on construction in recent weeks.


July 2011


Flanagan Foodservice Sudbury division expansion


Lively Expansion


Flanagan's Sudbury connection has been in growth mode ever since the facility first opened in 1991. Now, the foodservice centre is experiencing its third expansion in two decades.


February 2011


Flanagan Foodservice Joins Green Hydro Push


The Record: Local Food Distributor Joins Green Hydro Push


"Local food distributor Flanagan Foodservice will be converting the sun's rays into energy, to feed the hydro grid while also making money."


January 2011




Flanagan's ammonia/CO2 brine refrigeration system


Flanagan a First in Canada


As part of its recent 65,000 sq. ft. expansion, Flanagan's became the first company in Canada to install an industrial ammonia/CO2 brine refrigeration system.



October 2010


Service Every Step


Service Every Step of the Way


Selections Magazine was asked to talk about customer service with Flanagan employees from several different departments. It soon became clear that the emphasis on serving customers was universal, company-wide.


September 2010


Flanagan's Sudbury division freezer


Sudbury Doubles Freezer Space


If you were charting the growth pattern of Flanagan's Sudbury Distribution Centre, you would need a taller chart by now.


July 2010




Jim Grieb from Flanagan's and Kevin Collins of We Care at the 22nd annual golf tournament


22nd Annual Golf Tournament a Success


Flanagan Foodservice Inc. held their annual charity golf tournament on Friday, June 5, 2010 at Foxwood Golf and Country Club in Baden.


June 2010


Flanagan Foodservice Receives CAFE Award


Flanagan Receives Family Enterprise of the Year Award


The Southwestern Ontario Chapter of the Canadian Association for Family Enterprise (CAFE) is pleased to announce Flanagan Foodservice Inc. as the winner of the local Family Enterprise of the Year Award.


January 2010



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Flanagan Foodservice Receives HACCP Accreditation


Flanagan Foodservice receives HACCP accreditation on March 26, 2007.


May 2007




Flanagan Foodservice logo on computer


From Recipe Box to Inbox


Flanagan's is using the internet to get timely and unique information to customers.


January 2007


Flanagan Goes Green


Flanagan Goes Green(er)


Green is growing at Flanagan's. Once upon a time, the word "green" simply identified a section of the colour spectrum.


Fall 2006


Breaking ground on Flanagan Kitchener branch expansion


Breaking New Ground


Our Kitchener head office will see a significant expansion this year, with groundbreaking during the first week of September.


Summer 2006