About Us

For the last 50 years, Qualifirst has been on the search for and finding the best specialty foods in the world. This has been a top priority for us and it's one of the reasons why we've been in business for so long. We are passionate about extraordinary products and understand that stellar ingredients are the foundation of every outstanding dish.

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You won't see ketchup lining the shelves at Qualifirst. The gourmet food that we sell has flavour and provenance and the quality always shines through. Our clients and customers are also dedicated to food and are passionate about using only world-class ingredients. This passion is combined with exquisite food presentation through the use of cutting-edge techniques.


Our company started out with a simple concept - dedicate ourselves to finding the ultimate gourmet products in the world and provide them to professionals in the food service industry. This would include specialty retailers, chefs, consumers and food service professionals across Canada. Our primary goal was to become the premier supplier in Canada of fine foods while offering outstanding customer service along with uncompromising quality food standards.

Qualifirst started out in 1983 in Toronto and it wasn't long before we won acclaim from retailers, restaurants and chefs as a trusted food provider and quality ingredient supplier. We assembled the best foods that we could find the world over and as awareness and satisfaction spread, so did our company. Along the way, our passion and commitment to quality food has been unwavering.

Today our state-of-the-art Toronto and Vancouver distribution centres service hundreds of specialty food shops and more than 1,000 retailers and 1,500 restaurants from coast-to-coast. The product line has kept up with this phenomenal growth with more than 3,000 exceptional gourmet ingredients offered. This includes hundreds of hard-to-find food items that are not usually sold in grocery stores. We are also unmatched in terms of gourmet items for gift-giving and products that are authentically-sourced.


We make it our business to go right to the source to find the top quality foods in the world. We search for only the best ingredients such as Spanish olive oils, Italian pastas, Indian curry, Chinese rice, French wine-based vinegars, spices from countries worldwide and much, much more. We have uncompromising standards as do our vendors and together we represent a medley of the best food artisans globally.

Companies That Are Family-Owned

We primarily work with vendors that are family-owned because they tend to be the most passionate about quality. These vendors are more focused on being the best rather than the biggest and here at Qualifirst we share the same values. It's often the smaller companies that are more hands-on and know that every dish tastes its best when there is a quality-commitment to the ingredients at every level. For this reason, we look for foods that are chemical and preservative-free and are made with natural, real ingredients.

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