MONTREAL — BeaverTails pastries is celebrating its 40th anniversary. In the last 40 years, the brand has grown to 135 locations in eight countries.
The iconic Canadian chain, which still uses the same family recipe, was first started by Pam and Grant Hooker in 1978 at the Killaloe Fair, west of Ottawa. Soon after, the pair opened their first stores in Ottawa at the Byward Market and Rideau Canal.
“I’ve been here for 30 of the last 40 years,” says Pino Di Ioia, CEO of BeaverTails, who with his wife Tina and twin brother Anthony, are now are majority owners of the BeaverTails brand. “We’re very proud of our growth and success, but I can’t say it’s always been easy. Growth needs to be carefully managed and balanced with consistency. If there’s one thing we’ve learned, it’s that we must never lose sight of our customers, our brand or our vision.”
Today, BeaverTails has 120 locations in Canada, nine locations in the U.S. and six international locations in Japan, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, U.A.E., France and Mexico. New locations are planned for Belmont Park, San Diego, Calif.; Calaway Park, Calgary, Alta.; Cavendish, P.E.I; Cowabunga Bay, Las Vegas, Nev.; Jasper, Alta.; Kelowna, B.C.; Waterton, Alta. and Wisconsin Dells, Wis.