From chips & salsa to gourmet cookbooks & wine – Neal Brothers Foods continues to evolve
Excerpt from Spring 2016 issue of The Link:
Growing up in Aurora, Peter Neal ’81 and his brother, Chris, appreciated good food and dreamed of starting something of their own. In 1988, during Peter’s second year at Bishop’s University, they launched a gourmet crouton business under the name Neal Brothers Foods in their mom’s kitchen and haven’t stopped since.
“We weren’t looking to invest in machinery or re-invent the wheel,” explained Peter. “At the time, salad dressings were becoming more upscale. It seemed a logical choice as we both ate a lot of salads and made our croutons from scratch.”
As a young startup, their profit margins didn’t allow for a distributor, so they made their own deliveries. “While we enjoyed meeting our customers, driving around boxes of croutons wasn’t exactly paying the bills. We needed to add more brands.”