The Sweetest Things
Like a kid in a candy store, there’s no such thing as having too much fun for Michel Cousineau. And who could possibly hold that against the owner of a thriving little supplier of popcorn and other fun snacks and treats that find their way into some of Canada’s largest stadiums and other host venues for leading sporting and entertainment events attended by thousands of funseeking Canadians?
“If you’ve ever been to a Blue Jays baseball game at the Rogers Centre, or a Maple Leafs or Senators hockey game, you’ve probably had some of the products we distribute,” the affable, high-energy president of Poppa Corn Corp. told Canadian Packaging on a recent visit to the company’s 22,000-square-foot facility in Mississauga, Ont., where the 14-year-old firm does its lion’s share of processing and packaging popcorn, cotton candy, caramel corn, candy apples, all-day lollies, nachos and cheese, buttery flavor toppings and other treats enthusiastically gobbled up by countless sports fans, moviegoers, and visitors to major expo events such as the venerable CNE (Canadian National Exhibition) in Toronto.
“If it’s a fun food, we can provide it at a quality and price that will ensure our customers are successful entrepreneurs,” says Cousineau, explaining that besides the food itself, Poppa Corn also supplies concession-stand operators with all sorts of carry-out bags, boxes, cartons, trays and other such takeout packaging, as well as a comprehensive offering of related equipment ranging from popcorn carts and hot-dog grills to drink-freezers and waffle-makers.