Our history starts with Elias “ Loui “ Dermentzis ( Our Founder ) immigrating to Canada from Greece in 1951 at the age of 19.
His first job was that of busboy at a friend’s restaurant. Honing his cooking skills, he then became the restaurants cook.
Saving his hard earned money, he opened his own restaurant in the late 1950’s, a difficult time in the industry. Loui saw this period for what it was and resolved to form Metro Wholesale Grocery Distributors in 1960, whose mandate was to provide efficient goods and services to the restaurant industry.
Relocating the business to be more centralized, he moved underneath the St.Lawrence Market near Toronto’s waterfront and operated there until 1972.
In 1983, he formed a subsidiary company, Demenz Hotel & Restaurant Supplies to expand product offerings to include equipment and supply to the foodservice industry.
During his tenure he helped develop new and innovative products for the industry which included cutting edge types of packaging and cost-effective private label brands.
The next generation, Chris, Tom, Julia and brother-in-law Zoran are actively running the company’s day to day operations with the same passion as our founder,
“Sell the right products, give the best service and find solutions to the customers challenges”
Hence our company mantra: Products ~ Services ~ Solutions
The company continues to evolve form being strictly wholesale distribution to one that innovates and leads in product development.
We seek to create, inspire, and market products and services to the customer’s solution.
That is our company’s future philosophy.
We stock an assorted product offering that encompasses many mainstream cost effective brands. Our product categories include dry, frozen and refridgerated foodservice items.
We have over 50 years expertise in the creation of custom private label brands. If you are a franchise we can produce small product runs that are cost effective.
Our company has a long history in creating products under our own brand labels. We have created these brands to bring value, quality and cost effectiveness to product groups we feel have been under serviced by the national brands.
We stock an assorted product offering that encompasses many mainstream cost effective brands.
Our product categories include dry, frozen and refridgerated foodservice items.
Stop wasting time in shopping around! This place is fabulous!! The moment you walk into the office of Demenz you are greeted with such positive, friendly and caring people. My experience at Demenz has been positive and every visit I am made to feel welcomed with genuine care. My dealings with Chris and his team have been terrific. They do an outstanding job in making sure they are providing the best quality products at competitive prices. I no longer need to shop around I have realized Demenz will always be there for me.
Zoran and his team are fantastic! There are a lot of options these days but very few have their level of customer service, quality and consistency. We have had zero issues since we started working with Demenz 5 years ago. Highly recommended supplier!!!