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It All Started in Paraguay

The story begins in two rural townships in Paraguay, South America.

Alcides (Al) and Guillermina (Mina) arrived in Canada in 1987 and raised their four boys on traditional Latin comfort foods and strong work ethic.

As the boys grew, the Villars searched for new opportunities to provide for their boys and found success in their local community with Mina’s food, especially her empanadas.

The boys loved their momma’s empanadas. They grew excited helping mom kneed dough as the aroma of abuela’s (grandma’s) stuffing filled the air and the feeling of togetherness gathered them around the table.

Al and Mina set out to share this passion with the wider community having set up their first factory in Brampton in 2008. Pioneering the empanadas in the grocery store chains, the Villars worked passionately to share their brand of Canadian made family friendly food products.

Villar Foods is now located in a federally approved HACCP recognized facility in Woodbridge, Ontario with empanadas available at all major retail stores Canada-wide.

The Villars ultimate success is working closely with family and sharing a wholesome experience the boys grew up with and continue to cherish as young men. All four boys work at Villar foods today.

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