Vachon

Our History

  • 1920
  • 1930
  • 1940
  • 1950
  • 1960
  • 1970
  • 1980
  • 1990
  • 2000
  • 1920-1929


    1923

    1923

    After working on their farm for 25 years, Joseph-Arcade Vachon and wife Rose-Anna Giroux borrow $7,000 to purchase the Leblond Bakery in Sainte-Marie-de-Beauce, where they begin by making bread, brioches and pastries. Rose-Anna hopes that the business will encourage their children to return to Quebec from the U.S., where they had gone in search of work.


    1924

    1924

    With some family members working in
    the kitchen and others doing deliveries, J.-A. Vachon & Fils becomes a true
    family business.

  • 1930-1939

    1932

    The Jos Louis is created. This famous little cake is named after two of the Vachon sons, Joseph and Louis.

    The business acquires its first motorized delivery vehicle.


    1936

    1936

    From Chicoutimi to Val d'Or, nearly all of Quebec now enjoys Rose-Anna's little cakes.


    1937

    Vachon expands its territory to include new markets in Ontario and the Maritimes.

    1937
    1938

    1938

    Joseph-Arcade Vachon passes away at
    the age of 70. Rose-Anna and her sons
    take charge of the business and
    modernize the bakery.

  • 1940-1949

    1940

    The business, boasting 125 employees and 30 trucks, stops making bread and focuses on producing cakes.


    1943

    During the Second World War,
    Vachon supplies cakes to military
    bases in Vancouver, Halifax, Nanaimo
    and even England.


    1945

    1945

    Rose-Anna takes a well-deserved retirement and sells her shares to sons Benoît, Paul, Amédée and Joseph.

    1947

    1947

    Success continues unabated. The company produces more than 110 different products, employs 250 people and has a fleet of 70 trucks.

  • 1950-1959


    1950

    Progress can't be stopped! The Vachon brothers set up a research laboratory and hire a chemist.


    1952

    The company has grown to 350 employees and 125 trucks.

    1952
    • Benoît Vachon, Secretary-Treasurer and Chief Executive Officer
    • Paul Vachon, Vice President and Production Manager
    • Joseph Vachon, President and Sales Manager
    • Amédée Vachon, Director.
  • 1960-1969

    1960

    J.A. Vachon & Fils becomes Vachon Inc.


    1968

    Vachon cakes become
    available in Vancouver.

    1969

    1969

    Vachon acquires Lido Biscuits of Saint-Lambert, Quebec, boosting the company's workforce to more than 1,200 employees and 425 vehicles.

  • 1970-1979

    1970

    Mouvement Desjardins acquires 83% of shares in the company.


    1972

    1972

    Following the purchase of competitor Pâtisseries Vaillancourt, Vachon changes its name to Complexe Alimentaire Vachon.


    1974

    Vachon continues expanding, acquiring the facilities of Grenache in Saint-Damien, Quebec.

    1977

    Complexe Alimentaire Vachon which became Groupe Alimentaire Vachon in 1976, changes its name to Culinar.


    1979

    1979

    Culinar buys longtime rival Stuart, makers of the renowned May West since 1932.

  • 1980-1989

    1980

    1980

    The company creates the world's biggest production line for flaky pastries, turning out more than 30,000 units
    an hour!

    1983

    1983

    A first in Canadian food processing history: Vachon turns out its ten billionth cake!


  • 1990-1999


    1993

    Vachon benefits from the success of La petite vie, the first-ever Quebec TV series to attract more than 4 million viewers.

    Culinar purchases the Hostess banner in Canada. The brand enjoys major growth in Ontario and Western Canada.

    Roger Lacasse publishes Le rêve de Rose-Anna Vachon, a book about the early days of this Quebec family epic.

    The family home in Sainte-Marie de Beauce, now converted to an interpretation centre, opens to the public.

    1980

    1999

    The Vachon brand becomes part of the Saputo Group, preserving its original logo, history and culture.

    Saputo
  • 2000-2009


    2006

    To encourage healthier eating, Vachon reduces or eliminates trans fats in all its products.

    2009

    Vachon introduces a line of high-end frozen cakes, a first in the company's history.

    Saputo

    Vachon has completely redesigned the logos and packaging for all of its brands.

  • 2010