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Proud to be Best Managed Platinum Club

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.


The 2021 Best Managed program award winners are amongst the best-in-class of Canadian owned and managed companies. The award recognizes companies who demonstrate leadership in the areas of strategy, capabilities and innovation, culture and commitment, and financials to achieve sustainable growth.


Now in its 28th year, Canada’s Best Managed Companies remains one of the country’s leading business programs. Applicants are evaluated by an independent judging panel comprised of representatives from program sponsors in addition to special guest judges. The Best Managed program is sponsored by Deloitte Private, CIBC, Canadian Business, Smith School of Business, and TMX Group.


“It’s an honour to be recognized as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies for the 8th year in a row.  It’s particularly special considering the significant challenges that we and the entire foodservice industry have faced during the pandemic.  We’re proud of the resilience, creativity and unwavering commitment by our employees to ensure that our customers have continued to get the “Difference they Deserve”, said Dan Lafrance, President of Flanagan Foodservice. 


“To become a Best Managed Platinum Club winner is nothing short of remarkable.  Their continued adaptability in an era of uncertainty sets the standard for how to overcome new barriers and demonstrate resilience at the highest levels,” said Kari Lockhart, Partner, Deloitte Private and Co-Leader, Canada’s Best Managed Companies program. “This year’s Platinum Club winners are the Canadian cornerstone for outstanding business in 2021.”






About Flanagan Foodservice

Flanagan Foodservice is the largest Canadian family-owned foodservice distributor in Canada.   The company was founded in 1977 with an emphasis on customer service and has maintained this focus by always putting the customer first, enjoying over 43 years of consistent growth and expansion. Flanagan Foodservice is constantly improving by refining its services, systems, product mix and offering the flexibility to meet its customers’ challenges and changing needs.  For more information on Flanagan Foodservice please visit



About Canada’s Best Managed Companies

Canada’s Best Managed Companies continues to be the mark of excellence for Canadian-owned and managed companies with revenues over $25 million. Every year since the launch of the program in 1993, hundreds of entrepreneurial companies have competed for this designation in a rigorous and independent process that evaluates their management skills and practices. The awards are granted on four levels: 1) Canada’s Best Managed Companies new winner (one of the new winners selected each year); 2) Canada’s Best Managed Companies winner (award recipients that have re-applied and successfully retained their Best Managed designation for two additional years, subject to annual operational and financial review); 3) Gold Standard winner (after three consecutive years of maintaining their Best Managed status, these winners have demonstrated their commitment to the program and successfully retained their award for 4-6 consecutive years); 4) Platinum Club member (winners that have maintained their Best Managed status for seven years or more). Program sponsors are Deloitte Private, CIBC, Canadian Business, Smith School of Business, and TMX Group. 


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