Cor, (known as Neil) worked hard in the late 60’s/early 70’s to establish a recognizable and dependable wholesale company. Supermarkets quickly became interested in selling German style sausage and fine imports; this interest led to the company changing its name in 1975 to “Neil’s Wholesale”. A true milestone.
August 7, 2018
In 1960, Cornelis took over distributing Freybe Sausage for Vancouver Island. At that time there were very few grocery stores and delicatessens, so he sold to people at their homes. Soon after, many European delicatessens opened and there became a great demand for premium wholesale products.
In the late 70’s Freybe expanded their business into Alberta. In February of 1979, Cor’s son, Richard van Wiltenburg ventured into sales in Edmonton and built a good following. After a few years of success, Richard moved back to Victoria to work with his father.
Richard transformed Neil’s Wholesale to Lekker Food Distributors Ltd. in December of 1986. His good friend, Mike Ready joined him in 1987 and together they introduced premium cheeses and high-end foods into the marketplace.
Due to increased demand and escalating sales, Lekker outgrew their warehouse and office space. In 2006, Richard purchased a new 12,000 square foot facility in beautiful Victoria, BC which is now known as Lekker’s Headquarters.