Our corporate history
Walker T. Lynch founded the business in 1942. His expertise was in the manufacture of jams, pie fillings, syrups and dessert toppings. He was a true artisan. He rented 900 square feet on the second floor of MacFeeters Creamery on Jarvis Street in Toronto. Walker, with determination, one 80-gallon steam jacketed kettle and a canoe paddle, began production of our first W.T. Lynch Foods products. Business was brisk for a one-man, one-kettle operation. Some of our first customers were Kresge’s, Woolworth’s, Devon Ice Cream, and concessionaires at Sunnyside Amusement Park. The early products that were manufactured included syrups for cold drinks, milkshakes, and sodas, as well as butterscotch and chocolate for ice cream sundaes. To keep the plant busy during the winter months, hot chocolate, pie fillings, and mincemeat were added to the product line.
The story of Lynch Foods is a family story of success. Walker T. (W.T.) Lynch’s son, Walker J., joined the firm in 1949, and his grandson Scott in 1976 and this great grandson, Kyle in 2001. Four generations, one philosophy: “Treat every customer as if they were your only customer, and make your employees as important as your customers.” Everyone in the company shares in the same dedication to quality and service as the Lynch family itself.
In 1968, an 18,000 square foot plant was purchased in Don Mills, Ontario. Today, after many additions, Lynch Foods Corporate Head Office and manufacturing facility occupies over 150,000 square feet in a world-class plant with land for further expansion.
Another factor in the continuing success of Lynch Foods is having a knowledgeable, in-house research and development team. In 1953 a Research and Development professional was hired to develop new formulations for dry blending and packaging of hot chocolate, iced tea, flavoured drink crystals, soup bases, gravy mixes and dessert powders.
In 2000, Lynch became the first food manufacturer to be awarded Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) Recognition by the Canadian Food Inspections Agency for four commodity groups: processed fruit and vegetables; meat; honey; and maple products. Lynch has maintained SQF Level III since 2013, in the comprehensive food safety and quality management system. This status was gained in honey processing, drinks, soups, sauces, fillings, syrups, mincemeat, spreads, dressings, peanut butter, jams, marinades, gravies, and dessert powders.
Today we are the “Go To / We Do” company:
- New product – fast forward
- Improve Quality – existing products
- Reformulate – less salt, natural colour /natural flavour
Our team makes it all happen.
Lynch Foods is a long-time leader in the food business. Our commitment to innovation, quality, and service is as strong today as when we first began.