Hubbert Industries History

“Serving the food industry for over 100 years”

Hubberts Industries – A Family Affair

Hubberts Industries is a family owned business that dates back to 1899 when the founder, Walter Hubbert, opened a butcher shop on Queen Street in Toronto.  In 1901 Walter moved his operation to Ossington Avenue and his six sons joined the business.

Of the six sons, Gordon took the lead role.  In 1960 Gordon’s son Ken joined the family business and became a full partner in 1968.  Today he is still at the helm as the CEO.  Ken took the company from a small shop operation to a full blown production facility and was greatly assisted by Ray Graham, a friend and colleague, who worked side by side with Ken for over 35 years.

When Ken’s son, Bruce, joined the Company in 1986 he started in the plant and learned the business from the ground up.  Bruce  has been developing the export market.  Ken’s step son, Craig Simpkins, was brought on board in 1988 and followed a similar path progressing to Systems Manager.

Hubberts business philosophy has remained the same throughout 4 generations:

Quality Products - Fair Prices - Good Service

It is a tradition that has stood the test of time and will continue for generations to come.

Business Development Timeline

1899

Walter Hubbert opened first butcher shop on Queen Street in Toronto.

1901

Walter moved to the business to larger premises on Ossington Avenue and set up a small rendering operation in the back of the shop.

1950

Walter’s son Gordon and his five brothers are all worked in the family business.

1960’s

Gordon’s son Ken joined the business.  The business was diversified into producing take-out boxes for fish and chip shops.

1968

Ken became a full partner and purchased a 24,000 sq ft plant on Torbram Road in Mississauga. 

1982

The Company acquired a deodorizer and two votators.  This additional capacity enabled them to expand the product range:  blended beef shortenings, lard, vegetable oil, and vegetable oil shortening.  This rapid growth resulted in changing distribution channels from direct end user sales to using food service distributors throughout North America.

1987

Hubberts Industries made the required upgrades and received certification as an Agriculture Canada inspected plant – Establishment #534.  Hubberts could then ship throughout Canada and export to any country where Canadian meat products were accepted.

1990

A freezer storage facility was being installed at the Torbram Road facility allowing Hubberts to produce “low temperature partially defatted beef fatty tissue” with shipments to the US market.

1991

With the continued expansion in sales and product range, Hubberts sought out a larger facility and purchased a 72,000 sq ft building on East Drive in Brampton and set up operations there in addition to the Torbram facility.

1993

Hubberts obtained Kosher status.  Later that year the decision was made to sell the box division.

1994

With a solid domestic market share, Bruce further developed the export market. 

1998

Hubberts received HACCP recognition from the CFIA for the rendering plant.

1999

Hubberts built a new larger refinery and deodorizer

2001

The plant at 109 East Drive was expanded to over 100,000 sq ft and all activities were consolidated at this location and the Torbram Road facility was sold.

2003

Full HACCP recognition was achieved in June.

2004

A rail siding was added to permit bulk rail tanker receiving and shipping.

2012

Hubberts continues to expand its product base to meet our evolving customer demands, including zero trans-fat and cholesterol-free tallow. Two new kosher certifiers Badatz Toronto and the Triangle K are supervising our company, which allows our products to be sold as kosher internationally, since both certifiers meet the highest standards of kosher.
2013

 September 2013 Hubberts Industries acheived our BRC Certification. Hubberts Industries is the first oil processor in Canada to have this Certification.

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) is the leading trade association for UK retailing.  Although the BRC food safety standard began in the UK, it is now recognized as a global standard.  There are over 17,000 BRC certified sites worldwide, and a large network of BRC certification bodies in 90 countries. BRC initially developed its Global Standard for Food Safety in order to help the food industry meet legislative requirements of the EU General Product Safety Directive and the UK Food Safety Act 

2017 June 26,2017 Bank Bros and Sons Purchased Hubberts Industries from Ken Hubbert
2018

January 2018 Hubberts became  IFANCC Halal Certified. We now offer a fill line of Hubberts Branded Halal Certified Vegetable Oils; and have extended our Sales in the MIddle East.