About Us

Company Overview

Bona Foods is a food processing company that manufactures and distributes a variety of Italian-style deli meats throughout Canada. Offering over 50 types of sausage products, Bona is proud to serve the Canadian food industry year after year.

Our company sales representatives and delivery trucks service the Toronto area and outlying regions on a daily basis. Food distributors across the country aid us further in delivering the unique taste of Bona Foods products to people across Canada.

Founded in 1966 by Alfredo Arnone and his father Saverio Arnone, Bona Foods remains a family owned and operated company (now run by Alfredo’s children, Rino Arnone and Tina Arnone-Medina).  With a staff of approximately 20 employees, we strive to maintain the highest quality in both our products and services.

Our Mission

To enhance the lives of all that use and taste our products by continuing to produce and distribute quality foods in the tradition Bona has maintained since 1966.

Our Strategy

Excellent communication with our suppliers helps to ensure uniformity in our raw materials – which translates into consistent finished products. Our experienced and skilled staff use only high-grade industrial equipment within our federally inspected plant to safely create delicious and appealing sausage products. Finally, by listening and building long-term relationships with our clients, we are able to address their requirements to exceed their expectations, and ultimately better serve the end consumer.

History

Excellent communication with our suppliers helps to ensure uniformity in our raw materials – which translates into consistent finished products. Our experienced and skilled staff use only high-grade industrial equipment within our federally inspected plant to safely create delicious and appealing sausage products. Finally, by listening and building long-term relationships with our clients, we are able to address their requirements to exceed their expectations, and ultimately better serve the end consumer.

Turchiaro and Arnone Importing and Distributing began importing numerous Italian consumables in 1955. The company was able to establish exclusive North American importing and distributing rights to a large line of Italian baking products popular in Europe. With the great influx of European immigrants to Canada during this time, the pair felt confident that genuine Italian consumer products would be in great demand by those new to the country. They started modestly – the Arnone family garage served as the company warehouse with Tony’s car as the delivery truck for many years

In early 1966, the importing business had outgrown the Arnone garage and Alfredo and Tony decided to purchase a commercial building on Toryork Drive to store their inventory of imported goods. It turned out that storing the inventory in the warehouse left significant room to spare. Spotting the opportunity in this unused space, and with the addition of Tony’s brother, Salvatore Turchiaro to the team, it was decided to use this area to wholesale non-imported Italian food products.


They began simply by purchasing Italian foods in bulk from manufacturers and skillfully distributing them throughout the growing city of Toronto. Deli meats, cheese, coffee, pasta, and antipasto were all sold and shipped out of the Toryork warehouse. The deli meats, in particular, were packaged and sold under the “Bona” private label. Bona Foods was born.

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The Bona Foods business flourished, soon becoming a full time job for the trio. Drawing upon their contacts in the food industry, and a good deal of hustling, Bona Foods was able to develop a small but solid client base. Tony, Alfredo, and Salvatore did well enough wholesaleing meats to encourage them to experiment with producing, in-house, the same type of meats they were already distributing. They realized that there were greater profit margins to be made by moving up the supply chain and manufacturing their own products – especially with a loyal number of existing clients and a successful distribution network.

With the proper salami specialists, they refined the process to produce Italian sausage products. Industrial-scale processing equipment was imported from Europe (grinder, mixer, stuffer, etc.). Gas ovens, each big enough to park a car in, were constructed for producing cooked products like mortadella, capocolli, and pepperoni. Large drying rooms were built to hang and dry cure various meats.

In 1970, the Toryork plant was expanded to about double its original size and underwent major renovations to increase the production capacity of the plant. Offices and staff areas were moved and enlarged to free up factory floor space and better accommodate the increased number of labourers employed. An office was also built for the in-house Agriculture Canada Inspector (now the CFIA Inspector) This government inspector constantly confirms that Bona Foods operates within Canadian meat processing regulations and allows us export priviliges.

While many aspects of the Toryork plant have been upgraded and renovated with new technologies, the building and production processes are quite similar to those started in the 1970s. The unique flavour and quality of Bona Foods’ products have endured throughout the years.

The business has remained family owned and operated since 1966. Tony, Salvatore, and Alfredo are still active in the management of the business. Bona Foods is now also proud to employ 2nd and 3rd generation members of the Turchiaro and Arnone families.

How we started

While many aspects of the Toryork plant have been upgraded and renovated with new technologies, the building and production processes are quite similar to those started in the 1970s. The unique flavour and quality of Bona Foods’ products have endured throughout the years.
The business has remained family owned and operated since 1966. Tony, Salvatore, and Alfredo are still active in the management of the business. Bona Foods is now also proud to employ 2nd and 3rd generation members of the Turchiaro and Arnone families.

In 1970, the Toryork plant was expanded to about double its original size and underwent major renovations to increase the production capacity of the plant. Offices and staff areas were moved and enlarged to free up factory floor space and better accommodate the increased number of labourers employed. An office was also built for the in-house Agriculture Canada Inspector (now the CFIA Inspector) This government inspector constantly confirms that Bona Foods operates within Canadian meat processing regulations and allows us export priviliges.

Regular Delivery Schedule

Aurora

Wednesday

Bolton

Thursday

Bradford

Friday

Brampton

Monday & Thursday

Cambridge

Monday & Friday

Concord

Monday-Friday

King City

Wednesday

Maple

Tuesday & Wednesday

Mississauga

Monday & Thursday

Oakville

Thursday

Oshawa

Tuesday

Richmond Hill

Wednesday

Scarborough

Wednesday

Toronto (GTA)

Monday-Friday

Woodbridge

Monday-Friday

Also meet an Italian Fine Sausage Company with over 50 years of experience.

Questions you want to know

Our main office is open and able to receive telephone orders from 8am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday.

When placing an order it is helpful to have your customer number ready. If you are unsure of the names of any of the products being ordered, feel free to quote the product codes or ask the order taker for assistance. Our order takers are able to assist with most questions about our products.

We request that our customers place their orders at least one day prior to requested delivery date (ie. do not expect same day delivery). For most customers within the GTA, delivery is usually the following business day after placing an order. See our current DELIVERY SCHEDULE for more details.

FAX- (416) 749-2558

Orders can be sent to our office fax. Our fax number is (416) 749-2558.
NOTE: After-hours faxed orders will not be processed till the following business day (Mon-Fri).

  1. Your establishment name and address
  2. Quantities and full names of products required – use product codes for accuracy
    (NOTE: Please specify the quantity unit – whether it be pieces, packages, kgs, or lbs)
  3. Special delivery instructions (if necessary)
  4. Contact name and telephone number (to be reached between 8am-4pm)

If your establishment has an assigned sales representative, you should receive regular sales visits and calls. All orders should be placed through your sales representative who will be familiar with your particular needs. As well, your representative can be instructed to observe vacancies in your store’s self-serve bins and place orders for what is necessary on your behalf.

Once your sales representative has your order, he/she can then relay those orders to the office or factory in batches to save time.

Our sales team is very knowledgeable about the products that Bona Foods carries and can usually answer most questions with ease. They can help determine which products best suit your needs.

EMERGENCY ORDERS CAN BE CALLED DIRECTLY INTO THE OFFICE IF NECESSARY.

Get In Touch

Address

Bona Foods Limited
184 Toryork Drive
Toronto, Ontario
M9L 1X6

TEL: (416) 749-2466
FAX: (416) 749-2558

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