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2014 Food Industry of the Year Award

2014 Food Industry of the Year Award


Susan Niczowski

Having earned a degree in chemistry and mathematics from the University of Toronto, Susan Niczowski started working as a microbiologist at Shopsy's Foods, a leading meat plant and part of Maple Leaf Foods Inc. In 1991 at the age of 25, Susan identified a niche market for freshly prepared foods designed for hungry, time-pressed consumers. Her degree in chemistry and experience working at a leading meat plant allowed her to develop the technology to preserve the freshness and quality of vegetables in delicatessens.

Armed with 20 recipes first created in her parent’s kitchen, Susan and her mother launched Summer Fresh Salads in a 3,000 square foot facility. Today, the company employs 300 people, occupies 143,000 square feet in two facilities in Woodbridge, ON, and tops $100 million in sales. With a library of more than 3,000 recipes for fresh and flavourful, healthy and nutritious gourmet dips and appetizers, salads and chef-prepared foods for a busy lifestyle, Summer Fresh Salads is a leading North American supplier of prepared foods to the retail and food service sectors, offering thousands of product recipes in addition to private label food products to big grocery chains, many of which are kosher and organically certified.

The company has been recognized with a number of prestigious awards from the food industry and business community. Susan was among 100 women honoured in 2003 and 2004 at the Canada's Most Powerful Women Summit organized by the Toronto-based Women's Executive Network. In 2007, Summer Fresh was named one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies, and in 2011 she ranked 10th among the list of Top 30 Female Entrepreneurs in Canada.

Summer Fresh Salads continues to gain market share in supermarkets and is resoundingly successful with the consumer. The company is constantly developing new products and for those in the industry who work with Susan, it is easy to see that she and her team love what they do – and her passion shows in the highly successful products Summer Fresh Salads creates.

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