Krispy Kernels is all about family. Since 1951, three generations have overseen the development of our expertise and know-how so that we can offer tasty, top-quality products. Every day, we bring our enthusiasm to the table.
When Paul Jalbert took the train to New York on business, he had no idea how significant the trip would turn out to be. After seeing Krispy Kernels peanuts bags on a shelf in a store, he decides to take a little detour and visit the Newark, New Jersey company behind these delicious products. Paul obtains the exclusive distribution rights for Krispy Kernels peanuts in Canada, which he begins selling through his already well-established newspaper distribution network.
The decision to open a processing plant in Quebec City is obvious at a time when sales are so successful in Quebec.
Paul Jalbert buys back the shares of his American partner. Krispy Kernels becomes a 100% Canadian company. The old logo featuring two Confederate Army colonels of the Civil War era is replaced by the one with the little boy we know and love, which has become company’s hallmark.
Paul Jalbert seizes the opportunity to expand the product range he offers through his distribution network and acquires Yum Yum Chips, a company founded three years earlier in Laurierville by the Bergeron family.
Denis, Paul's eldest son, follows in his father's footsteps and takes on the role of CEO. He becomes the company's sole owner in 1990.
The time is ripe for the third generation to get involved. Two of Denis' four daughters, Renée-Maude and Valérie, join the family business. Having grown up snacking on company products and driven by their grandfather and father's determination and passion, they quickly learn that no compromises should be made when you want to offer only the very best product.
In early 2013, Valérie becomes President and CEO, supported by her sister Renée-Maude in the role of Marketing Director. That same year, Paul Jalbert passes away at the age of 94, completely at peace knowing that the legacy he has taken a lifetime to build will survive for generations to come.
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