Morrison Lamothe is a third-generation family business, founded in 1933 as a bakery in Ottawa, ON by Cecil Morrison and Richard Lamothe. The company began supplying fresh bread and grew into the largest bakery in the capital city area by the 1960s. It also diversified, first into the restaurant and catering business in the late 1940s, and then in the 1960s, into frozen food manufacturing.
Morrison Lamothe evolved as the markets changed. The company moved into the frozen food industry in the 1970s and sold its bakery operations in 1980 in response to a declining market for baked goods. The specialty bakery segment wound down in 1987 and in 1995, the restaurant operations closed.
The entry into frozen meals was designed to position Morrison Lamothe as an efficient, low-cost producer specializing in meat pies and prepared dinners. Expansion and modernization of a plant located in Toronto, ON allowed Morrison Lamothe to acquire the Holiday Farms brand in 1984 and move into the frozen entrée category. The acquisition of Northern Fine Foods in 1990 provided an opportunity to increase our presence in the expanding co-pack and private label segments of the frozen food market.
Morrison Lamothe continues in family hands. Morrison's grandson, John Pigott became President in 1989, succeeding his mother, Jean Pigott, who ran the company from 1967 to 1978. Another of Cecil’s daughters, Grete Hale, took on the position from 1978 to 1989 and continues as Chair Emeritus. Both sisters are Order of Canada recipients and have been recognized for their outstanding public service and community involvement.