Who We Are
Mr. & Mrs. Sabrys and Ragaa Boulos
Mr. Adel Boulos
Mrs. Amira Boulos
Marketing & Sales Manager
Sabry and Ragaa Boulos immigrated to Canada, with their two children Adel and Amira, in November, 1978. They brought with them their experience in food from their native country Egypt. Immediately they bought a small pastry and delicatessen shop on Sherbrooke Street West, N.D.G. Sabry and Ragaa worked full time, while Adel and Amira worked part time.
They started a small distribution of nuts and dried fruits from the basement of their house on Sherbrooke Street. Sabry sold and delivered the products, while Ragaa prepared the orders and took care of the accounting. They chose their daughter’s first name as the brand name of the company.
They went into partnership with the late Mr Moheb Matta and the operation moved to Lachine under the name "Canadian Middle East Products".
The partnership ended and again Sabry and Ragaa started on their own by renting a 6000sq ft facility on Mazuette Street in Ville St-Laurent, Montreal, Quebec. They bought a brand new roasting machine and started roasting the nuts instead of buying them already roasted.
After finishing his B.Comm and working for a couple of years in a C.A. firm, Adel joined the family business and started the computerization process of the company.
Amira, the daughter of Sabry and Ragaa, joined the company after finishing her marketing degree. She focused on the chain stores, more specifically food chains and supermarkets. At that time Steinberg was a big player.
Chain stores started asking for pre-packed nuts and dried fruits instead of bulk. Amira concerted with the produce department and products where then delivered to Metro Richelieu and IGA stores. Storage was increased.
The packaging became automated with the 1st Japanese Yamato Scale.
Amira celebrated its 25th year anniversary
The company was using different public warehouse to store its products so they decided to acquire a 65,000 sq ft facility on a 110,000 sq ft land in Ville St-Laurent.With an investment of $3.000.000 this property and the new equipment acquired enabled Amira to operate efficiently and to be ready for expansion. The warehouse has a 5,000 sq ft cold room at 5 degrees Celsius for all the nuts and dried fruits to be stored. Another section of 15,000 sq ft is air conditioned in order to keep all the finished goods at the optimal temperature.