Mike & Mike’s Organics (Woodbridge, ON)
1 Royal Gate Blvd. Unit F, Woodbridge, ON L4L 8Z7
Today, Mike & Mike’s Organics is the only non-farm-based distributor of exclusively certified-organic fresh fruits and vegetables in Ontario. The company delivers more than 200 kinds of fruits and vegetables from organic farms from around the world to 150 retailers in the province, such as major chains as well as many independent health and natural food stores. But its roots, like the industry it helped cultivate, are far more modest.
Mike & Mike’s was launched in 2004 by company president Mike Fronte and vice-president of operations Mike Dattoli. While the pair had known each other since childhood, they reconnected serendipitously when Fronte started his first organic company, Simply Organic.
After recognizing gaps in the fragmented organic industry, which, at the time, was still in its infancy and very grassroots. Fronte sold Simply Organic in late 2002, and asked Dattoli to be his partner and, in 2004, the pair founded Mike & Mike’s Organics.
Over the next 10 years, Mike & Mike’s grew into the leading distributor of organic fruits and vegetables in Ontario. In 2015, they completed an expansion of their Vaughan distribution facility, which more than doubled their storage capacity and added space for an automated flow-wrapping machine to intensify production of their line of packaged fruits and vegetables.