The Caudle's First Catch
In the early 1980’s Ron Caudle left his hometown of Halifax, Nova Scotia and headed west to Kitchener-Waterloo to begin a career in retail management. At the time, he had no way of knowing how much his Maritime roots would affect his life’s work.
“Every time I’d go back to Halifax for a visit, people from K-W would ask me to bring back lobster and salmon. There wasn’t much available here in the early ‘80’s,” says Ron.
Sensing a business opportunity, Ron and his wife Sylvia opened their first Caudle’s Catch Seafood retail store – a modest 500 square foot location on Kingsbury Drive, Kitchener – on April 4, 1986.
“As more people started recognizing the health benefits of seafood and adding it to their diet, there was a greater demand for it. That’s basically how our business grew,” states Sylvia.
Grocery stores responded by expanding their seafood offerings. As Caudle’s Catch Seafood has already established a reputation for quality and service, naturally they became the wholesale supplier of choice.
Over 35 Years Later
Today, Caudle's Catch has expanded their retail operations to meet the demand of a growing and loyal customer base. Through their 3,000 square foot seafood superstore, and locations inside Vincenzo's in Waterloo, the Cambridge Market as well as the St. Jacobs and Kitchener Markets, Caudle's Catch Seafood can deliver a broader range of products directly to their customers, at the best price.
Most recently, Caudle's Catch Seafood has expanded to offer their seafood products online! As demand for seafood continues to grow, Caudle's is reaching out to offer their products to individual consumers across Canada. Fresh, delicious seafood on your doorstep is just a click away!
From a humble two-person business, Caudle's Catch Seafood has grown to offer Canada-wide wholesale operations, and six retail locations with over 40 employees, including Ron and Sylvia's three children. They plan to spend the next 30 years as they've spent the last... fishing the waters of the world, to offer you the finest seafood for any occasion!
What Makes Our Seafood So Good
Caudle's Catch Seafood imports products from around the world, including the United States, South and Central America, the Caribbean, Europe, New Zealand, and of course Canada.
The east coast of Canada remains the most popular place for Caudle's Catch to source seafood from. Favourites include Atlantic Salmon, Cod, Haddock, Oysters, Mussels, and Lobster. From the Great Lakes, Caudle's brings in Pickerel, Rainbow Trout, Yellow Perch and Whitefish fillets.
As a wholesaler, Caudle's Catch Seafood distributes over 20,000 pounds of fresh and frozen seafood to stores and restaurants across Canada each week from their 16,000 square foot facility on Otanabee Drive in Kitchener. They supply both a national grocery store chain and a national restaurant chain, so chances are good that you have already eaten Caudle's Catch Seafood!
"We have the largest and what I believe is the finest selection of fresh and frozen seafood in Southwestern Ontario," adds Ron. "You'll find a wide range of products including ready-made, heat 'n serve, live lobster, specialty seafood trays, a gourmet selection of condiments, sauces and marinades, and even sushi."
Striving To Improve The Community
Caudle's Catch Seafood is involved in our community:
- Ron Caudle proudly serves as Chair, Board of Governors of the Grand River Hospital Foundation.
- To date, Caudle's Catch Seafood's annual golf tournament has raised over $200,000 in support of the Grand River Regional Cancer Centre.
- Caudle's Catch Seafood is proud to support over 30 charities in our community each year.
- Partner with the Kitchener Conestoga Rotary Lobster Fest
- Member of the Centre for Family Business and the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce
Caudle's Catch Seafood is in our community:
- Exhibitor at the Grand River Shows, including the Grand Home & Life Show, and the Waterloo Region Food & Drink Expo
Caudle's Catch Seafood is award-winning:
- Winner of the Real Men Can Cook People's Choice Award for Best Appetizer
- Numerous Distinguished Food Service Awards
- Winner of the 2015 Business of the Year for a Medium sized business (20-50 employees) from the Waterloo Region Chamber of Commerce