Our story

J.B. Cadrin inc. & Jean-Paul Beaudry Ltd The story of these two companies was forged by many generations that knew what it took to stand out from the competition. Each one making their own distinct lasting impression on the company.

Discover our timeline and the events that forged our identity.


Jean-Baptiste Cadrin Senior opened a general store in Saint-Anselme.

He established the company’s head office at this same location. This was the start of one of the largest independent food distributors in Quebec.


A second generation of the Cadrin family joins the company.

Jean-Baptiste Cadrin Junior and his wife Léa Audet got married on September 5, 1905. This union put an end to the conflict between the Cadrin and Audet families.


In October,1917, the first Beaudry grocery store opens on Broadway Street in Montreal-East. This store was operated by Arthur Beaudry.


The third generation from the Cadrin family, Charles-Auguste Cadrin joins the company.


Jean-Paul Beaudry, son of Arthur Beaudry, establishes the family's second grocery store, larger in size, this store was located on Notre-Dame Street in Pointe-aux-Trembles.


Lucien and Maurice Cadrin joined their father. They are the fourth generation of the Cadrin family to work within the company.


Jean-Paul Beaudry expanded his business by inaugurating a wholesale grocery store.

That same year, he had a distribution center built at 9400, Ray-Lawson Boulevard in Ville d’Anjou's industrial park. The Jean-Paul Beaudry ltd company held its offices there until 2005.


Jean-Paul Beaudry made a jump to politics for a few years.

Between 1966 and 1970, he was a Member of Provincial Parliament for the Lafontaine County, and Minister of Industry and Trade. In fact, he is the one that came up with the well-known "Québec sait faire" slogan, which promoted Quebec products.


Lucien’s three sons, Daniel, Normand and Michel Cadrin, made their entrance into the family business.


The third generation of the Beaudry family, Jacques and Robert Beaudry, decided to join the family business.


The birth of Beau-Soir convenience stores.


Alliance with Slush Puppie Canada. Jean-Paul Beaudry became the brand’s official distributor for the Greater Montreal area.


Jean-Paul Beaudry Ltd acquires U. Desrochers, a food distributor located in Saint-Gabriel-de-Brandon.


J.B. Cadrin Inc. celebrated its 100th anniversary as a food distributor.


On April 1st, Jean-Paul Beaudry Limited acquires Oscar Poulin, a food wholesaler from the region of Gatineau.


Acquisition of F. Vermette from Quebec City.


J.B. Cadrin Inc acquires René Tessier Ltd. of Saint-Casimir.


In may 2005, the inauguration of the new distribution center.

To meet the needs of its growing customer base, Jean-Paul Beaudry Ltd transferred its activities in a brand new distribution center near the Metropolitan Boulevard in Montreal. The fourth generation of the Beaudry family joined the business. Robert’s son, François, and Jacques’ son, Jean-Philippe, were well prepared to carry on the family legacy.


Acquisition of Langlois & Langlois in Granby.


February 17th: Jean-Paul Beaudry Limitée merged with J.B. Cadrin Inc., a food distributor in Lévis, near Quebec.

The new company operating under Beaudry & Cadrin is now the largest independent food wholesaler of Eastern Canada.


Beaudry & Cadrin acquired Colabor Group’s retail banners.


Association with Roland et Frères

Together, the three divisions become the most important independent food whosaler of Eastern Canada.


Alliance of F. Charest Ltd. with Beaudry & Cadrin

This partnership is a new asset to our numerous collaborations, such as the one with Wallace & Carey Group on the national level, deserving the west of the country. This alliance will allow us to become the most important hybrid distributor of Eastern Canada.

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