We don’t do status quo
Vantage is a nimble and independent niche player on the forefront of value-added protein products and customized processing solutions for leading food brands.
Running ahead of status quo takes a team of determined and energized people who love to innovate, grow, and thrive on challenge.
Does this sound like you?
Vantage History and Future
In the mid-1990’s, Vantage saw a niche case-ready market opportunity emerging in North America. Leading food retailers were seeking to achieve superior meat department performance in an increasingly competitive market by addressing challenges like:
- Access to skilled labour
- Assurance of unassailable food safety
- Creating quality differentiation in the fresh meats case
We assembled a strong and dedicated team to build a business model based on global case-ready best practices in Europe and North America. In 1997, a visionary Western Canadian retailer opened their doors to us. Together we built our first case-ready Service Centre and forged a long-term partnership agreement that held us accountable for unmatched value, superior quality, cost leadership, and open-book transparency.
That first agreement stood the test of time and remains the basis of our long-term partnership agreements. Since 1997, our company has grown from 150 to 1,300 employees working in four operating facilities (three in Canada and one in the US) to meet our customers’ changing needs and be accountable for their success.
We are extremely excited about growing our case-ready business in Canada and the US, which continually evolves to embrace innovation in value-added products and services for our customers. Vantage is also broadening into value-added protein processing solutions in partnership with leading food brands. For example, 2018 will see the launch of our first case-ready fresh seafood Service Centre; and customized processing of value-added export-ready fresh pork for Asia, which is now underway in our Winnipeg Service Centre.
Exceptional people are the reason we continue to grow.
Vantage at a Glance
- Established 1997
- Four highly automated, state-of-the-art, fresh meats processing facilities; three in Canada, one in NE US
- New case-ready fresh seafood operation to open in 2018
- 1,300+ employees, and actively recruiting
- Privately-owned family company with senior management equity participation
To position our partners to lead their markets by delivering value-added protein products through customized processing solutions
Corporate Social Responsibility
We act with integrity to care for the environment, contribute to our local communities, support the well-being of our people, and protect the safety of our products
Strategic Aspiration (BHAG)
To become the custom protein processor of choice, partnering with leading food brands
We will deliver superior value to our partners through quality, cost leadership, and open-book transparency
"The best strategies and business models are ineffective
in the absence of a strong and vital culture.
Culture defines how we show up for work,
treat each other, and collaborate to achieve results.
It is the basis of who we are, what we do, and why we can."
CEO and Founder
Three Core Values Anchor Our Culture
1. We act with Integrity
2. We believe in the continuous pursuit of Quality
3. Food and workplace Safety is what we do
High Performance Culture
In Vantage’s high performance culture, every one of us is accountable for driving success for our customers, which, in turn, grows our business. The integrity of our culture belongs to all of us. It is prefaced on our core values and reflected in the way we treat each other (internally and externally). Vantage is purposely invested in continuous cultural change to keep our customers and our business on the path to growth and profitability by:
- Encouraging Employee Engagement
Engaging and inspiring everyone to relentlessly improve our performance
- Improving the Customer Experience
Continually improving overall service quality and customer experience
- Living our Cultural Practices and Core Values
Acting and behaving in alignment with cultural practices and core values
Cultural Practices: The Vantage Way
What drives an organization committed to quality?
Skilled professionals committed to defining best-in-class quality and exceeding customer needs. Members of Vantage Foods’ Senior Management Team have been selected for their:
- Proven track records as quality driven food production specialists
- In-depth understanding and experience in food processing, retail, and the case-ready fresh meats industry
- Superior communication and technical skills
- Commitment to LEAN Manufacturing practices
- Dedication to Vantage core values