Bunzl Canada’s Annual Week of Giving Supports Local Communities

BURLINGTON, ON – December 19, 2023 – Bunzl Canada is pleased to announce its third annual Week of Giving, in partnership with Food Banks Canada, to provide much needed personal care, hygiene and safety products to foodbanks across Canada during one of the most critical times of the year.

Last week, Bunzl Canada’s Cleaning & Hygiene and R3 Redistribution businesses delivered 16 pallets stocked with non-food essentials, including toilet and tissue products, hand soap and sanitizer and other cleaning products to Food Banks Canada for distribution to food banks across the country. Many of the products donated are critical to keeping families healthy during winter – the height of cold and flu season. However, for many Canadians in need, the expense of these necessary products often presents the unfortunate choice between health and personal hygiene or putting food on the table.

“2023 has been a challenging year for many Canadians, as economic pressures and inflation have exacerbated issues such as food insecurity and homelessness,” said John Howlett, President of Bunzl Canada. “At the heart of our business philosophy, culture, and values is the dedication to give back to our communities by supporting these organizations in their exceptional efforts. These values are a common thread among our employees and our customers.”

Bunzl Canada is an enthusiastic participant in a wide range of other community events across the country. This year, Bunzl continued its partnership with Food Banks Canada through financial and food donations and rallied corporate partners to donate more than 27,000 rolls of toilet tissue and other paper products as part of its National Toilet Paper Day initiative.

In May, Bunzl Canada delivered necessary cleaning and hygiene products to 1,500 evacuees impacted by wildfires in Alberta and Northwest Territories. Bunzl Canada also partnered with Alberta Avenue Community Care to build a community scale, solar-powered greenhouse, providing an Edmonton community with fresh, year-round produce. In July, the company held its 23rd Annual b.r.a.i.n.child golf tournament to fund pediatric brain tumour research at Hospital for Sick Children, which has raised over $1.75 million to date.

“We’re thrilled to have completed our third annual Week of Giving. Bunzl Canada is made up of local businesses with longstanding connections to the communities we serve,” said Margo Hunnisett, Vice President of Marketing and Communications. “This event highlights our commitment to investing in and participating actively in our communities across the country.”

 

About Bunzl Canada

Bunzl Canada Inc. (bunzlcanada.ca) provides the cleaning and hygiene products and equipment, food and retail packaging, safety products and industrial supplies which keep over 45,000 Canadian businesses running optimally, every day. The company brings its customers the advantage of global sourcing, product innovation and national scale combined with responsive local service and deep category expertise. Bunzl Canada Inc. is a division of Bunzl Distribution USA, LLC.

About Bunzl Distribution

Bunzl Distribution USA, LLC (bunzldistribution.com), headquartered in St. Louis, Mo., is the largest division of London-based Bunzl plc, an international distribution and outsourcing group. With more than 100 distribution centres throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean, Bunzl supplies a wide range of products to food processors, supermarkets, retailers, convenience stores and other users.

About Food Banks Canada

Food Banks Canada provides national leadership to relieve hunger today and prevent hunger tomorrow in collaboration with the food bank network from coast-to-coast-to-coast. For 40 years, food banks have been dedicated to helping Canadians living with food insecurity. Over 4,750 food banks and community organizations come together to serve our most vulnerable neighbours who in March of this year made nearly two million visits to these organizations, according to our 2023 HungerCount Report. Over the past 10 years, as a system we’ve sourced and shared over 1.4 billion pounds of food and Food Banks Canada shared nearly $168 million in funding to help maximize collective impact and strengthen local capacity – while advocating for reducing the need for food banks. Our vision is clear: create a Canada where no one goes hungry. Visit foodbankscanada.ca to learn more.

Media Inquiries

Margo Hunnisett
Vice President, Marketing & Communications
Bunzl Canada Inc.
margo.hunnisett@bunzlcanada.ca
(905) 630-3749

 

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Bunzl Cleaning & Hygiene A Certified Great Place to Work

BURLINGTON, ON – November 22, 2023 – Bunzl Canada is excited to announce that Bunzl Cleaning & Hygiene has been awarded the Great Place to Work certification, recognizing employers who exceed standards of employee satisfaction compared to typical Canadian workplaces. Through making talent development, diversity and culture a top priority, Bunzl Cleaning & Hygiene has successfully cultivated a vibrant workplace buzzing with opportunities for learning, supportive camaraderie, and a team-based approach to growth and success.

Great Place to Work CertificationTM showcases employers who create an outstanding employee experience and a positive, inclusive workplace culture. Certification has two steps, starting with the Trust Index™ Employee Survey that provides an in-depth analysis of the company’s culture strengths and weaknesses through candid employee feedback about the business’ work culture.

“We work hard to create a work environment where everyone feels valued and shares our commitment to delivering service excellence for our customers,” said Brock Tully, Vice President, Bunzl Cleaning & Hygiene. “We’ve taken a lot of time to focus on improving what we do and how we do it to create a welcoming and supportive workplace culture, and we are thrilled that our employees’ feedback confirms we’ve been successful in doing that.”

Bunzl Cleaning & Hygiene has a proven track record of supporting its employees and striving for excellence under Tully’s leadership. The company’s approach to putting its people first reflects the values of the Bunzl organization globally, particularly the belief that motivated people result in happy customers.

Great Place to Work Certification™ is an accreditation that demonstrates a company is an employer of choice while helping them become an even better workplace through the second step in the process: reporting, analysis and identification of continuous improvement opportunities. The program is aligned with Bunzl’s global investments in talent development, employee health and wellness, diversity, equity and inclusion, and sustainability programs in North America and around the world.

Bunzl Canada continues to improve its ability to create value for customers through a skilled and highly engaged workforce. A wide range of initiatives have been implemented to advance the company’s position as an employer of choice, including the launch of the company’s global employer brand through the recent release of the We Believe Canadian video. Other initiatives include a new employee communication program, the development of a bilingual employee intranet, the introduction of several new employee training programs, employee development events and more.

“The dedication, commitment, and the exceptional work our people do each and every day for our customers is what makes Bunzl successful,” said Bunzl Canada’s President, John Howlett. “So, there’s nothing more important to me then ensuring we continue the great work we’ve been doing, building a positive, inclusive workplace culture, embracing diversity, recognizing and supporting individual potential, and celebrating and rewarding success.”

To learn more about Bunzl Cleaning & Hygiene, please visit bunzlch.ca

 

About Bunzl Canada

Bunzl Canada Inc. (bunzlcanada.ca) provides the cleaning and hygiene products and equipment, food and retail packaging, safety products and industrial supplies which keep over 45,000 Canadian businesses running optimally, every day. The company brings its customers the advantage of global sourcing, product innovation and national scale combined with responsive local service and deep category expertise. Bunzl Canada Inc. is a division of Bunzl Distribution USA, LLC.

About Bunzl Distribution

Bunzl Distribution USA, LLC (bunzldistribution.com), headquartered in St. Louis, Mo., is the largest division of London-based Bunzl plc, an international distribution and outsourcing group. With more than 100 distribution centres throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean, Bunzl supplies a wide range of products to food processors, supermarkets, retailers, convenience stores and other users.

Media Inquiries

Margo Hunnisett
Vice President, Marketing & Communications
Bunzl Canada Inc.
margo.hunnisett@bunzlcanada.ca
(905) 630-3749

 

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New REGARD Products Make Commercial Cleaning More Sustainable

Bunzl Canada Launches smart, environmentally friendlier cleaning chemical alternatives.

 

Burlington, ON – September 28, 2023 – Bunzl Canada announced today the recent launch of its new, environmentally preferable cleaning product line under the REGARD™ brand banner. Utilizing smart, innovative packaging is just one way the new line effectively reduces the environmental impact associated with procurement and delivery.

Consistent with Bunzl’s commitment to offering more sustainable solutions to customers in all its business segments, REGARD™ Eco-Friendlier Cleaning Solutions is a new line of ECOLOGO® and Green Seal™-certified, environmentally responsible cleaning products. The line is formulated to be non-caustic, hypoallergenic and provide a safer and healthier cleaning alternative. Most importantly, the high-performance products deliver exceptional cleaning results.

“More than ever, there’s a greater awareness of the importance of more sustainable cleaning practices,” said Jay Creek, Bunzl Cleaning & Hygiene’s Director of National Accounts. “Expectations have increased to ensure both the cleanliness and overall health of the building, its occupants, and it’s cleaning staff.”

The “eco-friendlier” aspects of these new products extend to both packaging and formulations. From disinfectants to washroom cleaners, each product is designed to minimize waste and resource consumption. REGARD™ Eco-Friendlier Cleaning Solutions’ packaging is made with 100% post-consumer recycled content, which exceeds the ECOLOGO® standard. The exclusion of virgin plastics is critical in reducing the amount of crude oil, gas and emissions required to for new plastic production. This initiative further supports the circular economy and the secondary market for recycled plastic.

REGARD™ Eco-Friendlier Cleaning Solutions are packaged to ensure every shipping pallet contains more units than pallets carrying products with traditional packaging to achieve a lower overall ecological footprint. Although many traditional cleaning chemicals come in circular bottles that provide stability and good pouring flow, they also leave a lot of unused space inside boxes when packaged and are not efficient in shipping. REGARD™ Eco-Friendlier Cleaning Solutions bottles have been purposefully designed in a unique ellipses shape that results in more product per box and less warehousing and transportation resource waste.

The concentrated formulas in the new REGARD line also help reduce environmental impact by providing more end-use cleaning solution delivered in fewer shipments. A single 3.78L bottle of highly concentrated REGARD™ Eco-Friendlier Glass and Multi-Surface Cleaner can produce more than 245 litres of diluted solution, equivalent to 64 containers of 3.8 litre pre-mixed glass cleaner—a significant environmental and cost savings.

“REGARD™ Eco-Friendlier Cleaning Solutions are world-class products with world-class performance – at a price that’s competitive and more sustainable,” said Creek.

According to Brock Tully, Vice President, Bunzl Cleaning and Hygiene, the company’s customers increasingly seek more sustainable cleaning product alternatives with the required efficacy for a wide range of commercial cleaning applications.

“Our customers count on us to lead the way with innovation that helps them achieve their sustainability objectives while maintaining the highest standards of cleaning quality,” said Brock Tully, Vice President, Bunzl Cleaning and Hygiene. “Our new REGARD™ Eco-Friendlier Cleaning Solutions offers a complete line of products designed to do exactly that.”

For more information on REGARD Eco-Friendlier Cleaning Solutions and the full line of products, visit bunzlch.ca/products/regard-eco-line/

2023 Bunzl Canada Scholarship Program Recipient Announced

On August 17, Bunzl Canada proudly awarded its annual Bunzl Canada Scholarship – a program dedicated to promoting academic merit and fostering the pursuit of higher education of its employees’ children.

A committee of Canadian university and college representatives selected Julianna Squires as the deserving recipient of the 2023 Bunzl Canada Scholarship. Julianna is the daughter of Judy Squires, Bunzl Cleaning and Hygiene’s Customer Service Manager in Toronto.

Upon receiving the award, Julianna expressed her gratitude and shared her perspective on the importance of this scholarship for her future:

“Being awarded the Bunzl Canada Scholarship is a tremendous boost as I enter into McMaster’s Life Science program,” said Julianna. “As I work towards professional school and a career in healthcare, this scholarship serves as a steppingstone, not only fostering academic excellence but also nurturing the skills and experiences necessary for my future success in making a meaningful contribution to healthcare.”

The Bunzl Canada Scholarship Program is administered by Scholarship Partners Canada (SPC), which is an independent, non-profit organization that administers the scholarship on behalf of Bunzl Canada. The SPC committee evaluated eligible recipients based on academic performance, extracurricular activities or volunteer/community involvement, the quality of their reference letters.

“With the resources and opportunities this scholarship provides, I can actively engage in research, extracurricular activities, and gain a well-rounded education,” said Julianna. “This financial support paves the way for immersive learning, removing some financial barriers and allowing me to focus entirely on my studies.”

Bunzl Canada recognizes the importance of supporting the next generation of learners, especially those who are keen on making a meaningful impact in fields like healthcare.

“Thank you, Bunzl Canada, for supporting University Students and playing a part in me working towards my dreams,” Julianna added.

This fall, Julianna will begin her post-secondary journey in McMaster University’s Life Sciences program. The scholarship serves not only as a testament to her achievements, but also as an investment in a future where she is primed to make significant contributions.

On behalf of all Bunzl Canada employees, we congratulate Julianna on her accomplishments, and we look forward to seeing her grow and excel in her chosen field.

Bunzl Canada Rolls Out National Toilet Paper Day Donation Campaign

National distributor partners with industry-leading manufacturers and Food Banks Canada

Burlington, ON – August 24, 2023 – Bunzl Canada is proud to mark National Toilet Paper Day on August 26, 2023, by partnering with Food Banks Canada to make a delivery equal to 27,424 rolls of toilet tissue to communities in need across the country. This collaboration aims to highlight and address a critical need for personal hygiene products and other non-food essentials many Canadians from coast-to-coast-to-coast struggle to afford.

“Access to restroom facilities and toilet tissue is fundamental to human health and dignity,” said Margo Hunnisett, Vice President, Marketing & Communications at Bunzl Canada. “We’re proud to participate, along with our vendor partners, in this annual initiative to both draw attention to this critical need, and to help address it through our donations to local food banks and other support centres.” Bunzl donated its own REGARD and DuraPlus brand toilet tissue in collaboration with industry-leading vendor partners, Essity, Kruger, and Kimberly-Clark. A collective donation equal to over 27,000 rolls of toilet tissue will be distributed by Food Banks Canada to local food banks across the country.

“As lingering effects of inflation and other economic challenges continue to increase the cost of living, it’s more important than ever to come together and support those who are most affected,” said John Howlett, President of Bunzl Canada. “We are honoured to partner with Food Banks Canada and our colleagues at Essity, Kruger, and Kimberly-Clark to support the well-being of individuals and families nationwide.”

Food Banks Canada’s track record in implementing transformative projects, along with Bunzl Canada’s national distribution network and long-standing relationships with leading paper products manufacturers, made for a natural partnership for this endeavor. With Bunzl Canada’s support, Food Banks Canada has greater resources to further focus on its mission to relieve hunger today and prevent hunger tomorrow – a mission that resonates deeply in a time when many individuals and families are grappling with scarcity on multiple fronts. Providing hygiene products to Canadians in need alleviates some of the costs on essential household items, which puts families in a better position to use those cost savings to purchase food and other essential items.

For more information on how individuals and businesses can help reduce food insecurity and contribute items of greatest need, please contact your local food bank or visit www.foodbankscanada.ca.


About Food Banks Canada

Food Banks Canada provides national leadership to relieve hunger today and prevent hunger tomorrow in collaboration with the food bank network from coast-to-coast-to-coast. For 40 years, food banks have been dedicated to helping Canadians living with food insecurity. Over 4,750 food banks and community organizations come together to serve our most vulnerable neighbours who in March of last year made nearly 1.5 million visits to these organizations, according to our 2022 HungerCount Report. Over the past 10 years, as a system we’ve sourced and shared over 1.4 billion pounds of food and Food Banks Canada shared nearly $168 million in funding to help maximize collective impact and strengthen local capacity – while advocating for reducing the need for food banks. Our vision is clear: create a Canada where no one goes hungry. Visit foodbankscanada.ca to learn more.

Swinging for Hope – Bunzl Raises Record Funds for Revolutionary Pediatric Brain Tumour Treatment

Burlington, ON – July 13, 2023 –Bunzl Canada is proud to have hosted its 23rd annual Ripple of Hope golf tournament in support of the Arthur & Sonia Labatt Brain Tumour Research Centre at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children.

On July 11th, Bunzl Canada, its vendor partners, and customers of its cleaning and hygiene, safety, industrial, grocery/retail/processor business segments gathered at Greystone Golf Club in Milton, Ontario. Participants enjoyed a day of golf, fundraised and increased awareness for Toronto SickKids’ advanced pediatric brain tumour research initiatives.

Over the last two decades, Bunzl Canada and its supporters have raised over $1.75 million to fund the revolutionary work at SickKids Hospital to combat life-threatening pediatric neurosurgical conditions. This year’s 23rd annual tournament surpassed $60,000 in donations alone.

Distinguished as the world’s largest research centre for brain tumour research, the team at Toronto’s SickKids Hospital, led by Dr. James Rutka, has led to the discovery and development of MRI-guided focused ultrasound technology to treat children with brain tumours. This revolutionary breakthrough offers a less intrusive way to deliver targeted chemotherapy to aggressive and terminal Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) pediatric brain tumour.

Since the last annual fundraising event, Dr. Rutka and his team, in partnership with the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, received approval to begin a world first clinical trial with the newly developed MRI-guided technology.

“I’m very pleased today to announce that we’ve enrolled the first patient on this clinical trial. This is the first patient in the world who has been treated for this disease with this [MRI-guided] technology,” said Dr. Rutka.

“I’ve been at this for over 30 years, and this is the first time in my career I’ve been able to take a research breakthrough from the bench to the bedside, treating the very first patient in the world with this novel strategy,” said Dr. Rutka.

MRI-guided focused ultrasound technology allows doctors to bypass the blood-brain barrier and directly target aggressive tumours within the brain stem. Dr. Rutka and the research team at Toronto’s SickKids Hospital plan to continue clinical trials of this transformative treatment, and hope to open the trial worldwide.

“Bunzl has been amazing in its support of our research efforts over more than 20 years now which is pivotal for us to do these types of clinical trials,” said Dr. Rutka. “Without that support, we wouldn’t be talking about going from concept to clinical trial as we can today.”

“Words can’t express our appreciation for the support and contributions from our vendor partners and customers,” said John Howlett, Bunzl Canada’s President. “We’re excited to continue to support Dr. Rutka and his amazing team at SickKids Hospital as they continue to develop revolutionary treatments for children battling this devastating disease.”

Bunzl’s Canadian National Sales Conference, 2023

Whistler, British Columbia – May 5, 2023 – In the last week of April 2023, Bunzl Canada held its first Canadian National Sales Conference in beautiful Whistler, B.C. Over 250 Bunzl team members and 50 industry-leading vendors gathered at The Westin Resort & Spa – Whistler for an opportunity to focus on category growth and go-to-market alignment, attend valuable meetings and spend unprecedented quality time meeting other professionals.

Our teams across all five segments – Cleaning & Hygiene, Safety, Industrial, Grocery, Retail & Processor, and R3 Redistribution Canada – learned what it takes to be “ALL IN” – the theme of the multi-day event. Embodying “ALL-IN” revolves around common goals with team members and vendors, and our vision to provide customers with product innovations, expert knowledge and all the tools they need to make their business more efficient.

To get everyone into the swing of the ALL-IN attitude, Bunzl Canada President, John Howlett kicked off the National Sales Conference with a Welcome Ceremony to energize Bunzl Canada staff. Later in the evening, Bunzl employees joined vendors for a networking and social dinner, which provided a chance to exchange ideas, gain insights and connect with colleagues and partners.

The Sales Conference really kicked off on April 25, traditional Squamish welcome to Whistler. The welcome was led by Kyle Lawrence, a Key Account Manager with Bunzl Industrial and member of Squamish Nation, who used the moment to educate Bunzl Canada guests about the history of traditional Squamish and Lil’wat territories on which Whistler sits. Joined by Nory Woolnough, a Regional HR Manager and member of Curve Lake Nation in Ontario, Lawrence explained how Whistler is the final resting place of Thunderbird, the great protector who taught Squamish and Lil’wat nations to work together – a lesson that mirrored the ALL-IN theme.

Once formally welcomed, the Canadian National Sales Conference began in earnest with a special address from Bunzl North America CEO Jim McCool, who highlighted the success and strategies shared by Bunzl Canada and its North American colleagues.

McCool was followed by John Howlett, who mapped out Bunzl Canada’s strategic vision through 2026, and highlighted how data analytics, e-commerce and category management will be critical in supporting customers and achieving Bunzl Canada’s goals.

Jeff Zettler, Vice President of Category Management and Margo Hunnisett, Vice President of Marketing & Communications elaborated on these points of focus, energizing the Bunzl Canada team and reinforcing the importance of collaborative efforts.

The General Session culminated in a Keynote Address from Jeremiah Brown, “The Four-Year Olympian.” Brown inspired the Bunzl Canada team by describing his dream to win an Olympic medal and how he became a member of the Canadian men’s eight rowing team at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Brown used his personal story and humour to encourage Bunzl Canada staff to find the courage to reach their goals and overcome the psychological traps and emotional pitfalls that lie hidden along the way.

Check out the highlight reel from the event:

Later in the day, Bunzl Sales teams gathered for focused breakout sessions where customer success stories were shared and sales professionals from across the country could further align on best-in-class solutions that respond to customer challenges and prioritize sustainability.

Day 1 culminated in the Northern Lights Achievement Awards Gala Dinner where John Howlett and Jim McCool, CEO of Bunzl North America, presented both vendors and Bunzl salespeople with awards and recognitions. All attendees celebrated the achievements of their peers, colleagues, and friends.

Several recently retired former employees who made significant contributions to the success of Bunzl Canada were honoured during the event, including Dave Huck (Vice President, Bunzl Safety), Doug Phillips (Director, Category Management, Bunzl Canada), Brian Fox (General Manager, Bunzl Canada and R3 Redistribution) and Sue Creelman (Director, Purchasing Logistics, Bunzl Canada).

Some of the other notable honours handed out during the gala included Sunset Paper (Jean Jobin) being named Bunzl Canada’s Vendor of the Year, Chris Martin (Bunzl Industrial) winning the award for Sales Manager of the Year and Corene Willoughby claiming the Top Gun Award as Bunzl Canada’s top sales professional of 2022.

Following a night of celebrating success, it was time to explore the Vendor Showcase, which provided a unique opportunity for Bunzl’s salespeople to meet with vendors to discuss strategy, innovations, create new business relationships and learn from industry experts.

The conference ended on a high note with an all-attendee dinner, leaving everyone feeling motivated to put their newfound knowledge and connections into action. We want to thank everyone for participating in the first ever Canadian National Sales Conference and exhibiting why Bunzl Canada continues to stay at the forefront of creative solutions and innovations.

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Bunzl Canada powers year-round community food production in Edmonton

Edmonton, Alberta – January 24, 2023 – Bunzl Canada is proud to announce its sponsorship of a community scale, solar-powered greenhouse at the Alberta Avenue Community League (AACL) in Edmonton. This state-of-the-art initiative will provide the community with access to fresh, locally grown produce year-round.

The innovative project was initiated by Edmonton’s own Exceed Solar, a local start-up business founded on passion for the environment and a commitment to making a meaningful impact on the planet by promoting alternative energy and sustainable living. The new greenhouse will feature advanced technology, including a 1.2kW solar energy system, heating and cooling ductless pump, and an Internet of Things (IoT)-based environmental monitoring system.

“We are very excited to partner with Exceed Solar and the AACL on this innovative project,” said Margo Hunnisett, Bunzl Canada’s Vice President of Marketing and Communications. “We believe that access to food, especially fresh produce, is essential for building strong, sustainable communities. We’re committed to supporting initiatives to address food insecurity and hope this new greenhouse will serve as a model for other communities to follow.”

Bunzl Canada provides the cleaning and hygiene products and equipment, food and retail packaging, safety products and industrial supplies to over 45,000 Canadian businesses. The company supports local foodbanks across the country as well as contributing to in-school nutrition programs.

“We are thrilled to have the support of Bunzl in bringing this exciting project to our community,” said AACL Facility Manager, Karen Mykietka. “The greenhouse will not only provide us with fresh produce but will also serve as a valuable educational resource for our members. We look forward to seeing the positive impact it will have on our community.”

The AACL will provide educational resources and workshops, allowing members of the community to learn about sustainable farming practices and how to properly care for the plants in the greenhouse.

Construction of the greenhouse is set to begin in the coming weeks and is expected to be fully operational by Spring 2023, according to Elliott Putters, Exceed Solar’s founder and CEO. “We’re very excited to see the positive impact this initiative will have on our local community, thanks to our partners, Bunzl Canada and the AACL”.