BSA Food Ingredients s.e.c/l.p. (“BSA”) was founded through the initiative of its current CEO Marcel Baril. His goal was to create a food ingredient company that would be recognized throughout the industry as a technical resource and as a source of innovation.
BSA began its operations in July of 1989. In the beginning, the company concentrated on selling ingredients and providing personalized technical services to customers. When BSA became the first Québec company to promote the use of irradiation for the treatment of spices, the company quickly gained a reputation for innovation in the industry. Five years only after the company was founded, BSA started to produce its own spices and ingredient blends to ensure that customers could count on a regular supply of products, both in terms of quantity and quality. At about the same time, BSA began to sell equipment designed for use in meat processing plants.
In 1996, in order to secure a stable supply of spices in what is typically a very unstable market, BSA set up its subsidiary BSA India Food Ingredients Private Ltd (“BSA India”). Located in India, the BSA India team’s mandate is to find suppliers in local markets and in other Asian countries to ensure the quality and the freshness of raw materials.
In 1998, after years of continuous growth, the company moved into a new 70,000-square foot facility located at 6005 Couture boulevard in Montréal. Working with exclusive distributors, BSA created a division “Butcher Supplies & Technical Services Inc.” to sell seasonings, spices, and other products to artisan butcher shops and delicatessens.
In 2000, to meet a growing demand and to provide service in the Greater Toronto Area, BSA opened a sales office and a warehouse in Toronto and set up a sales force to cover the Ontario market.
In the spring of 2005, BSA built an extension of 55,000 square feet in Montréal, thus increasing the total size of the facility to 125,000 square feet. This expansion gave the company a new state-of-the-art production area, as well as the extra storage space required for the segregation of allergenic products. This allowed BSA to obtain its HACCP certification.
On April 1, 2008, BSA India officially opened a custom blend plant in order to be in a better position to respond to the needs of the burgeoning Indian market.
In 2008, BSA also launched its first digital catalog. It was very successfull and it became available online by 2010, now always updated. It is an indispensable tool for crafters who want to suit their customers’ needs.
In 2012, BSA launched its line of liquid marinades to serve an ever-growing market for butchers and artisans.
In march 2015, we now offer our website in English, which is meant to be a tool for our partners.
In may 2015, we are pleased to inform you that Frutarom has acquired BSA. This acquisition will strengthen the joint capabilities of our companies by adding new resources in sales, marketing, and research and development to the combined organization, as well as a more complete product offering. Frutarom’s activities in flavors, functional foods, botanical extracts, colors and specialty ingredients are a cornerstone of its growth strategy and in furthering its vision “to be the preferred partner for tasty and healthy success.”
To this day BSA has stayed true to its philosophy by relying on close partnerships with its customers, with whom it shares its technical expertise and considerable experience in the food industry.