The company was founded in 1962 in Montreal by Walter Neufeld under the name Regal Crown, which became Regal Imports Ltd shortly after.
Originally an importer of European confectionery and cookies, the company quickly expanded by adding key departments: packaging, marketing and product development. By 1987, the company officially changed its name to Regal Confections.
Over the past sixty years, Regal Confections has gained exclusive distributor rights to some of the industry’s most prestigious brands. The company specializes in the distribution of nostalgic brands such as Tootsie Roll, Dubble Bubble, Ring Pop®, McCormicks, PEZ and Rockets, to name a few, and distinguishes itself through seasonal innovation.
In addition, Regal Confections markets a wide range of licensed products such as Disney, Lucasfilm, Emoji, Laura Secord, NHL, Mattel, MGA, Nickelodeon, Universal, DreamWorks and Illumination.
Regal Confections has a Canada-wide sales force operating out of Laval (Quebec), Mississauga (Ontario), Woodbridge (Ontario), Calgary (Alberta), Langley (British Columbia), Fredericton (New Brunswick) and Mount Pearl (Newfoundland).
The company's customer base includes warehouse clubs, wholesalers, grocery stores, drugstores, convenience stores, mass merchants, bulk food stores, dollar stores and independent specialty stores.
During peak seasons, the company employs over 400 people across 9 locations throughout Canada.
Throughout the years, Regal Confections has launched its packaging & repacking department, and has acquired several companies in Canada. These strategic acquisitions have allowed Regal to become a manufacturer, to diversify its product offering, to strengthen its presence across Canada as well as in certain distribution channels, to increase its visibility in the United States, and to become your seasonal specialist.
Importer and distributor of gourmet products
Importer and distributor of confectionery, throat lozenges and chocolate
The largest freeze pop manufacturer in Canada
Certified peanut-free and tree nut-free chocolate manufacturer
Creator of gourmet gifts for retailers
Packaging & Repacking
Regal Confections’ packaging and repacking department
Walter Neufeld founded his company under the name Regal Crown, which became Regal Imports Ltd shortly after. At the time, the company, located on Forest Street in Montreal, imported European confectionery and cookies.
Joe joined his father's company. In 1974, he became president and his brother Henri joined him in 1979.
Beginning of the collaboration with World Confections, official distributor of candy sticks. It was not until 1985 that the famous Popeye candy sticks were introduced in Canada.
Regal Imports Ltd. becomes the exclusive distributor of PEZ products in Canada.
Regal Imports Ltd. becomes the exclusive distributor of certain Embaré products (Creamy Caramels) in Canada.
Regal Imports Ltd. moves to Laval on Berlier Street.
Launch of the Packaging & Repacking department.
Regal Imports Ltd. becomes the exclusive distributor of Ce De Candy, Ltd (Rockets) products in Canada.
Logo and company name transition to Confiserie Regal Confections, Inc.
Dagenais becomes the head office. Regal Berlier is retained for packaging & repacking.
Creation of Sweet Expressions as a gift baskets division.
Gradually opening warehouses across Canada. Calgary was the first warehouse to open in 1994, followed by Mississauga in 1999.
Beginning of the joint venture with Wawi Germany (Moritz) which introduces Regal to production.
Regal becomes the exclusive distributor of Concord (Dubble Bubble) products in Canada.
Regal becomes the exclusive distributor of Comet Chocolate products.
Regal enters the business of designing and distributing licensed products. By 2022, Regal is the largest licensee in the confectionery and chocolate segment in Canada.
Regal becomes the exclusive distributor of Tootsie Roll products in Canada.
Regal becomes the exclusive distributor of Bazooka Candy Brands products in Canada.
Acquisition of the private label McCormicks. Since 1906, this brand offers a variety of candy products.
Regal becomes the exclusive distributor of Zaini products in Canada.
Regal decides to expand its business by acquiring Jean-Talon Chocolate, located in Ville St- Laurent.
Hani Basile becomes the president of Regal.
Jean-Talon expands its production and storage capacity from 12,000 to 60,000 square feet. A few years later, Regal stopped buying Comet chocolates and had all its mini eggs, balls and solid figurines produced by Jean-Talon Chocolate.
Acquisition of Euro Excellence (founded in 1985), importer and distributor of gourmet products in Canada.
Purchase of equipment at Jean-Talon Chocolate for colored chocolate.
Regal becomes the exclusive distributor of Terry's Orange products in Canada.
Jean-Talon Chocolate becomes a certified peanut and nut free factory.
Clearsprings Capital Partners, one of Canada's leading private equity firms, acquires a controlling interest in Regal and its divisions.
Acquisition of Tosuta International Sales Ltd, importer and distributor of confectionery, throat lozenges and chocolate.
Acquisition of Kisko Products, Inc. the largest freeze pop manufacturer in Canada.
Now operating with 450 employees and through 5 distribution centers across Canada, Regal is the seasonal specialist and remains one of the largest distributors of global food, chocolate and confectionery brands in the country.
Regal Confections is a proud sponsor of children’s welfare. Not only do our products help bring smiles to children’s faces, but we also support certain causes to give children more reasons to smile.
STARLIGHT CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION CANADA
Making children smile and helping families cope with illness is the mission of Starlight Children's Foundation Canada. For more than 15 years, Regal Confections has been honoured to sponsor the foundation.
To learn more about the Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada, please visit their website.