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History of the Cantor Family Business

Samuel Cantor was born in 1896 near the Polish-Ukranian border to a family that was in the pastry/bakery business. After learning the trade from his relatives, he set out to make his mark in the world after the 1914-18 war. In 1923, he arrived in Montreal and opened a pastry and coffee shop. Since he was an excellent pastry maker with a flair for business, his enterprises flourished; in the '30s he owned a restaurant, a reception hall and a 10-room country inn in St-Faustin, the Cantor Inn. His family contributed to his success, while acquiring valuable experience in food services.

In the '50s, Samuel's son Max opened his first bakery and convenience store. The venture was so successful that, three decades later, 60 franchised outlets were selling baked goods produced in a centralized facility he owned.

In the '90s, Cantor Bakery purchased Steinberg's pastry division. In addition to supplying supermarkets, restaurants and institutions, the company now markets packaged products sold in vending machines, canteens and cafeterias. The main plant occupies 100,000 sq.ft. in Montreal's St-Michel district.

Grandson Justin started his vending business in 1990 under Cantor Distributions.

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