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Crawford Packaging named one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies for the third year in a row

By Crawford Packaging   


London, Ont. — May 9, 2023 — Crawford Packaging was recognized for its industry-leading performance, its global business practices, and its sustained growth by receiving the prestigious 2023 Canada’s Best Managed Companies award. Celebrating its 30th anniversary, Canada’s Best Managed Companies program awards excellence in private Canadian-owned companies with revenues of $50 million or greater. To attain the designation, companies are evaluated on their leadership in the areas of strategy, culture and commitment, capabilities and innovation, governance and financial performance.

“We are incredibly honoured to once again be recognized as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies. This award is a testament to the dedication and hard work of our team, who consistently strive to provide innovative packaging solutions and exceptional service to our customers. As we look towards the future, we remain committed to our core values of integrity, collaboration, and continuous improvement, and we will continue to invest in our people, technology, and processes to drive growth and success for our business and our customers,” said John Ashby, President of Crawford Packaging.

Canada’s Best Managed Companies is one of the country’s leading business awards programs recognizing innovative and world-class businesses. Every year, hundreds of entrepreneurial companies compete for this designation in a rigorous and independent evaluation process. Applicants are evaluated by an independent panel of judges with representation from program sponsors and special guests.

Crawford has had a decade of consistent growth and top-tier performance, which has led to an industry-wide recognition of leadership. With rapid growth in the produce industry, the company has expanded warehousing facilities across North America to make the packaging supply chain more efficient for our clients. In recent growth, the company is building a Mexican operation to be a sustaining resource for local clients with Mexican sales representation, technical support, and warehousing. Through six acquisitions in the Greater Toronto Area, the company has strengthened and expanded its packaging solutions offering and added to its internal skillset. The company has been awarded Industrial Member of the Year from the Balpex buying group six times in recent years; most recently the Trailblazer award for continued growth. These wins are a testament to our team’s dedication to servicing our clients and our promise of improving their performance.


The 2023 Best Managed companies share common themes such as having a people-centric culture, targeting effective strategies and accelerating operational digitization.

“It has become increasingly important for businesses to foster collaborative workplaces where employees are empowered to make valuable contributions to their organizations,” said Derrick Dempster, Partner with Deloitte Private and Co-Leader of Canada’s Best Managed Companies Program. “This year’s Best Managed winners, including Crawford Packaging, embrace a people-first mentality, enabling employees to cultivate important capabilities and integrating diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives into their core strategy. By prioritizing employee wellbeing and championing professional development, these companies are harnessing their talent pool’s fullest potential and in a stronger position to attract the talents needed to embrace the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.”

2023 winners of the Canada’s Best Managed Companies award will be honoured at galas across the country. The Best Managed program is sponsored by Deloitte Private, CIBC, The Globe and Mail, Salesforce, and TMX Group.

About Canada’s Best Managed Companies

Canada’s Best Managed Companies program continues to be the mark of excellence for privately-owned Canadian companies. Every year since the launch of the program in 1993, hundreds of entrepreneurial companies have competed for this designation in a rigorous and independent process that evaluates their management skills and practices. The awards are granted on four levels: 1) Canada’s Best Managed Companies new winner (one of the new winners selected each year); 2) Canada’s Best Managed Companies winner (award recipients that have re-applied and successfully retained their Best Managed designation for two additional years, subject to annual operational and financial review); 3) Gold Standard winner (after three consecutive years of maintaining their Best Managed status, these winners have demonstrated their commitment to the program and successfully retained their award for four to six consecutive years); 4) Platinum Club member (winners that have maintained their Best Managed status for seven years or more). Program sponsors are Deloitte Private, CIBC, The Globe and Mail, Salesforce and TMX Group.

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About Crawford Packaging

Established in 1963, Crawford Packaging is North America’s leading resource for innovative packaging automation equipment, materials, solutions, and support. Headquartered in Ontario, Canada with warehouses in Mexico, Georgia, Texas, Calgary, and Winnipeg. We work with customers ranging from small startups to large-scale operations in industries such as manufacturing, industrial, distribution, produce, food processing, and more. Our mission is to develop a knowledge-based culture that delivers value-added solutions to our clients.


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