Beginning in May of this year, Uncle Dan's Salad Dressings, Dips, and Seasonings began expanding into eastern Canada. Uncle Dan’s products can now be found in over 1,000 retail outlets across all of Canada from Victoria, B.C. to St. John's, Newfoundland.
“Uncle Dan’s has been the number one selling dry mix salad dressing and dip mix in western Canada since 1971,” says President Chris Stephens. “We’ve been working to expand into the rest of Canada for some time and it’s exciting to see that hard work paid off.”
Approximately 220 new stores were added from Sobey's Ontario and Atlantic divisions in Canada. That’s in addition to 690 stores including independent grocers; Safeway; Buy-Low; IGA; Sobey's West, East and Atlantic divisions; as well as Save-On-Foods with 180 stores, Fed Coop with 220 stores, Quality Foods, and Fairway stores. There are seven different SKU's available depending on the retailer. Some outlets list all seven SKUs and others like Sobey's have chosen to list four SKUs nationally in all their stores across Canada.
Uncle Dan’s worked with longtime distributor Star Marketing, Ltd. to make this expansion possible. Star Marketing has done a masterful job of overseeing the listing process.
Last week, in Vancouver, Canada, hundreds flocked to the Gluten-Free Expo to celebrate gluten-free products and a gluten-free lifestyle. Uncle Dan’s World Famous Dressings and Seasonings was proud to mingle with fans, old and new, from far and wide, who were thrilled by Uncle Dan’s entire line of gluten-free products. We even had a whole family of Uncle Dan’s fans stop by the booth -- three generations of dip-lovers! A big thank you to the Expo and to everyone who came out for a gluten-free good time! Until next year, Vancouver!
On May 21st, 1966, at Wray’s Thriftway in Yakima, Washington, the man we would come to know as Uncle Dan wowed shoppers with demos of his dry dressing and seasoning packets. Fifty years later, Uncle Dan returned to Wray's, joined by his son and present General Manager of Uncle Dan’s Salad Dressings, to celebrate half a century of work and flavor, to connect with the community Uncle Dan’s came from, and, of course, to offer in-store demos of his dry dressing and seasoning packets.
Loyal Uncle Dan’s fans came from far and wide to meet the man behind the dressing, and hang out with two generations of Dans. Some even left with their own priceless dressing packets personally signed by Uncle Dan!
Thank you to everyone who made this anniversary special, and stay tuned throughout the year for special events and discounts in honor of Uncle Dan’s half a century of delicious dressings.
The Gluten-Free Expo in Vancouver, BC early January may have been low on gluten, but it was packed with fun and flavor! Uncle Dan’s had a corner booth at the show, where Chris Stephens, General Manager, handed out samples of Dan’s dressings and seasonings, paired beautifully with other gluten-free grub. Neal Brothers mayo provides an excellent base for Dan’s dressings packets. Terra Exotic Vegetable Chips are colorful, funky and supremely dippable! Lundberg Rice Chips are another dipping classic, straight off the farm! All in all, the event provided an unparalleled opportunity to meet other creative food producers with products for the gluten-free community, while meeting awesome, friendly British Columbians and Vancouverites, and getting to do what we love-- share good food and Dan’s dressing. Thank you to everyone who came out to the show, all our new friends and fans, everyone who helped volunteer at the show and our booth, and all the other exhibitors who made the expo a gluten-free good time!