History

History
 

History of Horizon Distributors & the Horizon Group of Companies

Read about our history. From our roots as a worker owned co-op in the seventies to our position today leading a national network of distributors, Horizon continues to set the pace for our growing industry.

1976

CRS Workers’ Co-op is incorporated, including 3 businesses:

  • CRS Brokerage (est 1973) – a natural foods wholesaler operating out of 1,000 sq ft basement space in Vancouver, BC
  • Uprising Breads Bakery (est 1975) – a natural ingredients and whole grains bakery on Venables Street in Vancouver, BC
  • Tunnel Canary Cannery (est 1975) – a fruit processing and marketing business operating out of the same space as CRS Brokerage
1977

CRS Brokerage and Tunnel Canary Cannery move to 4,500 sq ft warehouse in Vancouver, BC

1979

CRS Brokerage changes name to CRS Wholesale Distributor and moves to 12,000 sq ft warehouse on Odlum Drive in Vancouver, BC.

Tunnel Canary is closed.

1988

CRS Wholesale Distributor changes name to Horizon Distributors and moves to 36,000 sq ft warehouse on Vanness Street in Vancouver, BC

1992

Horizon moves to 56,000 sq ft warehouse on Winston Street in Burnaby, BC

1994

Revenue for CRS Workers’ Co-op is $13.0 million

1995

Horizon expands use of Winston Street warehouse space from 56,000 sq ft to 83,000 sq ft

1998

CRS Workers’ Co-op sells majority control to Eclipse Holdings (a privately held Canadian firm) and Renewal Partners Ventures, a social venture capital investment company.

Ron Francisco, President and majority shareholder of Eclipse Holdings becomes President of CRS Workers’ Holdings Ltd., overseeing Horizon Distributors and Uprising Breads Bakery.

1999

CRS Workers’ Co-op is wound down.

Remaining assets are donated to CCEC Credit Union in Vancouver to support future co-op development work.

2000

Uprising Breads Bakery is sold to Don McGinn, a long-time member of CRS Workers’ Co-op.

2001

Horizon acquires:

  • PSC Natural Foods, a natural foods distributor in Victoria, BC.
  • Christmas Natural Foods, a natural products distributor of personal care and supplements located in Surrey, BC.
2003

Horizon acquires:

  • Anke Kruse Organics, an importer/exporter of organic products from Germany, with operations based in Guelph, Ontario.
  • Corwin Distribution, a natural products distributor of personal care, supplements and dry goods located in Concord, Ontario.

Christmas Natural moves from Surrey, BC to share Horizon warehouse on Winston Street in Burnaby, BC.

 

2004

Revenue for Horizon Group of Companies is $53.0 million

Horizon acquires:

  • Directa Distribution, a natural products distributor of personal care, supplements and dry goods located in Pointe-Claire, Quebec.
2006

Anke Kruse Organics changes name to Organic Horizons

2007

PSC Natural Foods, moves into 50,800 sq ft facility on Jacklin Road, Victoria, BC.

Horizon acquires:

  • Tara Natural, a natural products distributor of personal care, supplements and dry goods located in Richmond, BC.
2008

Horizon moves to 150,000 sq ft built-to-suit facility on Trapp Avenue, Burnaby BC.

  • Includes 24,000 sq ft of temperature controlled cooler and freezer space
  • Christmas Natural and Tara Natural move into the Trapp Avenue facility shared with Horizon.
2009

Corwin Distribution moves from 17,600 sq ft to 39,000 sq ft on Locke Street in Vaughan, ON.

2010

Organic Horizons moves operations from Guelph, ON into the Corwin facility in Vaughan, ON.

2011

Tara Natural operations are folded into Christmas Natural and Tara Natural, the company, is wound down.

2012

Christmas Natural Foods changes name to Christmas Natural Products.

2014

Revenue for Horizon Group of Companies is $150.0 million

Horizon Group of Companies (2014)

  • Horizon Distributors, Burnaby, BC
  • Christmas Natural Products, Burnaby, BC
  • PSC Natural Foods, Victoria, BC
  • Corwin Distribution, Vaughan, ON
  • Organic Horizons, Vaughan, ON
  • Directa Distribution, Pointe-Claire, QC
2015

Horizon acquires:

  • Planet Foods, a natural foods distributor in Calgary, Alberta.
2017

Horizon acquires:

  • Ontario Natural Foods Company (formerly Ontario Natural Foods Co-op), a natural foods distributor in Mississauga, Ontario.