A Family History
A pioneer in the Montreal
smoked meat story
In 1925, Max Lester left Eastern Europe and arrived in Canada with the family’s secret recipe for making smoked meat. In 1931, Max opened a delicatessen on Montreal’s famed and historic St. Lawrence Blvd, better known as "the Main". This was a family affair, with wife Rose and their children Moe, Joe and Helen, all helping to serve customers 7 days a week.
A legend is
The deli quickly became a Montreal favorite, thanks to its famous smoked meat sandwiches. As the popularity and demand for his products grew, Max Lester began selling his products to other restaurants and grocery stores. The Lesters story began to grow.
A second generation
As a young boy, Moe Lester dreamed of giving all Canadians the opportunity to discover the family's unique and delicious smoked meat. In 1964, his dream became a reality with the construction of a 15, 000 square foot plant. The success of this new company was so strong that the plant could not keep up with demand for its smoked meat, hot dogs, salami and many other deli products. In 1971, Lesters moved into a new 40, 000 square foot plant in Laval, a suburb of Montreal. Once again, the plant outgrew its capacity and so a major expansion was undertaken bringing the total size to 140, 000 square feet!
One of the largest in
It's now the third generation's turn to dream. Henry Mizrahi and Bonnie Lester continue Moe Lester’s passion and dedication in producing great tasting products. They continue to invest in plant upgrades and state of the art equipment and technology, ensuring the strictest quality standards possible. They too initiated an expansion, bringing the plant to 160, 000 square feet. Today, Lesters is one of the largest privately-held meat companies in Canada, selling more than 250 different products.