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Our Story

Photo courtesy of the Toronto Reference Library

Gambles can trace its roots back to the turn of the century where our two stories began. The present day company was born in 2002 through the merger of Gambles Produce and the Ontario Produce Company. See our timeline below to learn how Gambles Produce became who we are today!

1893

1893

George Youell opened the Pacific Fruit & Produce Co. in Tacoma, WA. Photo courtesy of the Toronto Reference Library.

1914

1914

Max and Maurice Wolfe opened the Ontario Produce company in Toronto, ON to supply army bases with fresh produce.

1930

1930

Gamble Robinson becomes a subsidiary of the Pacific Fruit & Produce Co.

1942

1942

Gambles Robinson and Pacific Fruit & Produce Co. merge to become Pacific Gamble Robinson Co. (PGR). The company grew to nearly 100 shipping, distributing and trucking locations throughout the United States and Canada. Photo courtesy of the Toronto Reference Library.

1957

1957

Max and Maurice Wolfe acquire Oshawa Wholesale Ltd.,with the Ontario Produce company becoming one of its subsidiary companies. It grows from expansion from the 1960’s until the 1980’s, acquiring various retail chains and stores, including Towers, IGA, Safeway, Pharma Plus, and Food Town, converted later to Price Chopper.

1986

1986

Miller Cascade merged with Pacific Gamble Robinson (PGR) to form Food Services of America (FSA). With this acquisition came the Snoboy brand of fresh produce, as well as all PGR shipping points throughout the United States and Canada. In the late 80’s, FSA began selling off shipping and distribution warehouses in Canada

1989

1989

Wayne Giles and Tom Hughes acquire operations in Toronto (at The Ontario Food Terminal) and Bradford from Food Services of America. With this acquisition Gambles Produce is born. Jeff Hughes and Rob Giles, sons of Tom and Wayne, eventually take over operations of the business.

1998

1998

Oshawa Group Ltd. is sold to Sobeys from Stellarton, Nova Scotia. Shortly after, Sobeys sells their foodservice division (Serca Foodservices) and wholesale division (the Ontario Produce Company) to Sysco Corporation from Houston, Texas. Sysco creates a new division named Sysco Canada.

2002

2002

Gambles Produce purchases The Ontario Produce company from Sysco Canada. Operations at the Ontario Food Terminal more than doubles with the formation of a new company, Gambles Ontario Produce Inc. (GOPI).

2006

2006

To keep up with continued growth, GOPI builds a new state-of-the-art 65,000ft² distribution and storage warehouse in Etobicoke, ON. With this new facility, GOPI expands transportation presence in Ontario and begins servicing customers 24-7.

2010

2010

GOPI expands customer base outside of Ontario and rebrands itself as just Gambles.

2015

2015

Total Produce of Dublin, Ireland purchases a 50 percent share in Gambles Group.

2019

2019

In order to optimize customer needs, Gambles expands to include 11 state-of-the-art tarpless ripening rooms at our Dwight Distribution Centre.