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Throw the Best Halloween Party around with Neal Brothers Foods

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Halloween is just around the corner and there’s so much to get ready! You’ve got to think about costumes, trick-or-treating routes, parties, scary decorations, and most importantly – tasty snacks! The Neal Brothers are here to tell you how to be the best host, or guest, at every Halloween party this year!

(Hint: the best parties all have delicious food)

 

During this time of year people are looking to let loose, come up with creative costumes, and chow down on some mouth-watering snacks.  While Halloween candy is bought by the barrel in fall, too much of it will leave you with a terrible tummy ache and many contain scary ingredients. If you’re hosting a Halloween party put out some delicious Neal Brothers snacks to give your guests the best treats around. From our popcorn, tortilla chips and salsa, kettle chips, and pretzels, there will be something for everyone.

 

Add a little festivity to the snack by presenting them in a hollowed out pumpkin or by throwing in some fake spiders and eyeballs, it will make every snacker jump and have your guests laughing all night!

 

So stock up on some Neal Brothers snacks and give your guests some treats they won’t soon forget!

 

 

Bonus Tip: Dress up as your favourite snack food this halloween! Witches, vampires, and animals are always overdone…we guarantee no one will have the same costume as you if you go as your favourite snack! So weather its chips, popcorn, pretzels or some salsa, add a bit of creativity to your costume and you’ll be the centre of attention all night long – people will love it!

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Making Lunch FUN Again – and Healthy!

We love Autumn! The beautiful colours, the changing of season and of course – kids are back at it with school, after school programs and well, things won’t be slowing down anytime soon. This time of year is busy and parents are trying to figure out what to cook up for their families. As every parent knows packing your child’s lunch can be a real chore and coming up with exciting and creative snacks every day can start to feel next to impossible. Before you know it you’ll be hearing “Leftovers again, that’s boring!” However, preparing lunches that are healthy, fun and filling doesn’t have to be difficult!

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We’ve come up with a few tips and tricks for packing yummy school lunches that you AND your kids will love.
Creating extravagant lunches has become a trendy (and time consuming) task but more often than not, your child wants something simple. That’s why we are fans of the classics – with a twist of course.

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Here are some Neal Brothers approved tips for your child’s lunch:

Spicy Thai Tuna Sandwich – Tuna mixed with Neal Brothers Sriracha Mayonnaise, chopped cilantro, sesame oil or sesame seeds topped with red cabbage for some crunch. Spread onto plain bread.

Gourmet Truffle Sandwich – Neal Brothers Truffle Mayonnaise spread onto a ciabatta bun, topped with fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, spinach or basil, parmesan and a balsamic drizzle.

Lime Mayo Chicken Wrap – Rotisserie chicken and coleslaw, topped with sunflower seeds and corn.
o Coleslaw: cabbage, cilantro, lime juice, Neal Brothers Lime Mayonnaise

Turkey Club – Bacon, avocado, turkey, tomato and lettuce on rye with Neal Brothers Classic Mayonnaise.

Truffle Egg Salad – Copped hard boiled egg mixed with Neal Brothers Truffle Mayonnaise, chopped celery and chopped onion, seasoned with salt and pepper, on plain bread.

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With these tasty recipes your kids will be the envy of the other students – and the teachers!
And for a once in a while treat, add a side of Neal Brothers Kettle Chips to add some crunch to their lunch.

From our family to yours.

Enjoy!

Our Team!

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Meet Paul;

 

How long have you been at Neal Brothers and what do you do here?

13 years this October and I am the VP/GM of Operations.

And what does that mean exactly?

Well I do many things from accounts receivable and inventory flow to logistics and warehouse manager but am also a general manager to most of the staff in the office. I wear many hats

Why do you love working for Neal Brothers?

For the most part, I love the people I work with. In my opinion, that’s the most important thing. Surround yourself with good people and it will never feel like work.

My family owned an IGA in King City so I grew up in the grocery world.

I just love working in the food industry and seeing the new inventive products hitting the shelves.

Any other reasons?

I prefer working for a family run business than a publically traded company for many different reasons. The main one being that we can address problems right away and make changes quickly.

Most importantly, Peter and Chris Neal create a real team atmosphere. It feels like working with family.

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Paul’s brother Mike, Paul and his best friend 1992.

 

Outside of work, what would you say was something that lead you to where you are now?

I coached hockey for years.  Mostly Peewee (13-14 year olds). When I was coaching they made some significant changes to the rep leagues in Ontario. Zone triple A was formed which brought the best of certain areas onto one team.  You have to remember that these were kids that were used to playing against each other and were now forced to play on the same team.

It really tested my leadership skills but we came together and managed to win the OMHA championships, and a few other major tournaments.

It’s very cool to look back on. I was only 23 when I was coaching and now these kids have all grown up. Some ended up playing professionally and some just went on to have amazing careers both in and out of sports.

It really did set me up to becoming more of a leader inside and outside my career.

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Richmond Hill-Vaughan Kings AAA Hockey Association 1991-1992

 

What’s your day off look like?

Sleep! Haha. No, really it is mostly spending time with girlfriend Joanna and  my 4 kids. I also love to mountain bike and play tennis when I get a chance.

One of my favourite things to do is explore Ontario’s small towns and try to find the best restaurants, festivals and trails that this province has to offer.

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What’s your Goodness?

I always support cancer research fundraisers both local and national. Like many of us, we have had too many close relatives affected by the disease.

My kids are heavily involved in Relay for Life and I try to support as much as I can.

I still try to stay involved with local sports.

Where is your favourite place to wine/dine in your city and why?

There are so many it’s hard to choose.

We love the Peter Cellar’s Pub at the Mono Cliff Inn, it’s this cozy and intimate place in the middle of nowhere. The food is amazing.

We also love McCarty’s and Land and Fire in Caledon.

It’s so fun to discover these places tucked inside our small towns.

What’s your favourite Neal Brothers product and how do you eat it?

I would have to say corn salsa and blue corn tortillas with flax. I will never pass up a good nacho plate!

What would be your last meal? (Don’t hold back)

A huge steak with a side of back ribs, throw on a shrimp skewer or two. Wash that down with a cold import lager or local craft beer and finish off with a slice of chocolate cake a la mode (make it chocolate).

Our team!

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Meet Karen; 

 

Hey Karen, how long have you been at Neal Brothers and what do you do here?

Two years ago I started on order desk as a seasonal employee and this past January began my full time role as a MCB and pricing administrator

In Lehman’s Terms?

In short, I keep track of budgets and manage retail promotions with some brand management thrown in there.

What is the most memorable milestone in your career so far?

While working at The Stop’s Night Market in 2015 I ate the most incredible waffle.

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What would you say is the most adventurous thing you have ever done?

In 2014 I spent 2 months in Peru completing my final University internship. I fell in love with South America and went back in 2015, backpacking my way across the continent for 4 months. I climbed Machu Picchu for the second time, went whale watching in Ecuador, ate my weight in steak in Argentina, and spent 3 days on the salt flats in Bolivia.

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What’s your day off look like?

Spending time at my friend’s farm with our dogs or more recently throwing axes at a target in a league. I am also training for a half marathon in October.

What’s your Goodness?

I volunteer at Dog Tales. A rescue centre just outside of Newmarket

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What do you do there?

I walk, play and snuggle with dogs that are waiting for their ‘forever homes’

Where is your favourite place to wine/dine in your city and why?

Joia, an Italian eatery in Aurora, ON. They have THE MOST delicious thin crust pizza.

What’s your favourite Neal Brothers product and how do you eat it?

Srirachup kettle chips…and to answer the second part, the entire bag at once.

What would be your last meal? and don’t hold back. 

A giant bowl of mashed potatoes and the biggest, rarest steak.

We are growing!

The Neal Brothers Foods is growing and looking for some passionate individuals to join our incredible team!

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We are looking for positions in the following;

Warehouse Order Selection: We are looking for a full-time order picker for our fast paced warehouse. Must be energetic and ready to join a strong, positive team. Attention to detail is a must. If this sounds like a good environment for yourself then we want to hear from you.  Send your resume to paulb@nealbrothersfoods.com

Thank you

The Neal Brothers team!

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Connie Goes to Kenya

As a company, Neal Brothers is proud of our involvement with different organizations and community programs, and we enjoy participating in various events to help support the community.

Neal Brothers employee Connie Fok is making us proud by helping to support a program near and dear to her heart. She will be travelling to Mully’s Children Family Ndalani in Kenya – a place that provides residential care and rehabilitation for over 600 street children as well as orphaned and vulnerable children. Connie and her daughters Yvette and Chloe will be donating their time from June 27 – July 12 this summer helping out the medical team.

What is needed: $4500 per person (the money raised will be used for community feeding program, medicine, dental equipment and supplies in order to provide free medical, dental and optometry services for MCF children and villagers)

We are happy to help in any way we can and would like to pass this along to all our friends and family at this time.

If you would like to help, please go online to www.mcfcf.org and click on Team Travel, then 1407 RHCCC/NTCAC Team Travel. There is a text box “Add special instruction to the seller” to put in “Support for (Connie Fok/Yvette Hui/Chloe Hui) NTCAC Team“.

 

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The TCHO hunt is on…

CONTEST ALERT*

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We are hosting a contest with chocolate brand TCHO in retail stores all across Ontario over the next few weeks.

Find any TCHO product  in your local store, snap a picture and upload it to Facebook. In order to successfully enter you must include the hashtag #TCHOhunt and tag the store you have found it in. We have placed shelf talkers and info throughout the store like this;

 

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The Prize is a beautiful TCHO chocolate gift basket (just in time for Easter) and a $250 Visa gift card. Simple enough, now time to get snapping

 

Happy Hunting Chocolate lovers!

 

 

 

Contest Rules and Regulations:

PARTICIPATION: To participate in the Contest, you must (i) be at least 18 years of age at the time of entry; (ii) and must follow the instructions to register as a participant and complete and submit an entry as specified. Only registered Ontario addresses will be able to receive prizes.

PHOTOS S are the property of Neal Brothers Foods Inc., which will have the right, without further consideration, to modify and/or use them in its catalog, web site and in any other publication for promotional purposes. Neal Brothers Foods will notify the original owner of the photo & recipe by the contact information that was provided during the time of entry. If for any reason the photos or recipes uploaded for the purpose of the contest are deemed inappropriate by Neal Brothers, we reserve the right to remove the photo from the contest and disqualify the participant.

SELECTION OF WINNERS: There will be 1 Winner who will receive a prize pack of TCHO goodies and other essentials for your kitchen cupboard. TCHO will also include $250 Visa gift card. The winner will be announced on Wednesday April 16 2014 and will be notified on Facebookl. As long as a mailing address can be provided right away, the prize will be shipped out to an ONTARIO address the follwoing day (Thursday April 17 2014)

Neither Neal Brothers Foods Inc. nor any of its agents, employees, parents, affiliates or subsidiaries are responsible for lost, late, damaged, misdirected, incomplete, for hardware or software or any telephone, electronic, network or computer malfunctions, failures, errors or data inaccuracies. In the event the Contest becomes technically corrupt in any way, electronically or otherwise, sponsor reserves the right to cancel, terminate or suspend the Contest. In such an event, winners will be selected for any remaining prizes by random drawing from among all valid entries received before cancellation, termination or suspension.

All aspects of the prize are NON-TRANSFERABLE and no substitutions are allowed. No cash equivalent or exchange of prize is permitted.

Entrants, by participating in the Contest, agree to waive (and potential winners in accepting their prize, agree to waive) any and all claims of liability against Neal Brothers Foods Inc. and their parent, subsidiary and affiliated companies and agencies, representatives and employees from any accident, loss or injury occurring from this promotion or in any way related to the prize or the use or misuse thereof.
Winners hereby agree to the use of their names, addresses (city, state) and likeness for purposes of advertising, trade and promoting in any and all media on behalf of Neal Brothers Foods Inc., without further compensation.

Neal Brothers Foods Inc. has the right to remove any content that, in the judgment of Neal Brothers Foods. is otherwise offensive, harmful, objectionable, inaccurate, or violates any 3rd third-party copyrights or trademarks.

Neal Brothers Foods Inc. will not share your personal information with any other third parties without your permission, other than for the third party application for the purpose of this contest. Neal Brothers will only use your email for the purpose of sending you updates, promotions, etc. on an infrequent basis.

 

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An online auction for EatFit

As you may already know Peter Neal has joined the EatFit team to head up to Cape Dorset, Nunavut next month. He is joined by the students of Stratford Northwestern, their teacher and healthy food advocate Paul Finkelstein, Chef Joshna Maharaj, fitness coach Erin Phelan and photographer Jenny Huesston. They are on an exchange with the Peter Pitseolak School in Cape Dorset to share ideas and knowledge on healthy food and traditions in the kitchen.

The group needs your help to raise the funds necessary for the students to attend. We have some incredible auction items graciously donated from some good friends and supporters of the program.

Please help make this initiative a reality and place your bids now!

Click here to see items

“Let’s use food as fuel for change” – Paul Finkelstein.

 

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EatFit goes to Nunavut

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I wish they had this when we were in high school!

The students of Stratford Northwestern Secondary School with the help of their teacher, Paul Finkelstein created The Screaming Avocado. They offer healthy and delicious daily lunches to the student and staff every day. The meals are prepared by the students using locally sourced ingredients from farmers, producers and their own gardens within the school.

 

Paul and his students are ambassadors of healthy food and of cooking, farming and traditions. As an extension of The Screaming Avocados, they have created the program EatFit. Listen here

 

Our own Peter Neal and his daughter Hannah are headed northbound next month as a  part of the EatFit program. This year EatFit has been invited to visit the Peter Pitseolak School in Cape Dorset, Nunavut.

 

Alongside Peter and Hannah is Joshna Maharaj, a chef, writer & good food activist. Also in attendance is fitness trainer and writer Erin Phelan who will be teaching some simple exercises and lifestyle changes to keep active and healthy.

 

The commitment is to ensuring students have the skills to prepare healthy food and take it beyond their own province.  Every year they reach out to elementary classes to teach simple cooking skills that can be used at home and to spark and interest in healthy eating.  The past few years they have traveled north to share these skills with Inuit and First Nations students in Nunavut, NWT and Northern Ontario.   The focus will be on basic cooking skills, to get the participants excited about fresh food and provide recipes that can easily be reproduced at home.  In turn the Cape Dorset students will share traditional foods for the EatFit team to enjoy.

 

This year they have  added fitness to their mandate.  A healthy lifestyle must include physical activity in combination with healthy eating. Each day our ‘Fit’ leader, Erin Phelan and her fitness team of Avon Maitland students will introduce a new fitness concept to the students and teachers of Cape Dorset.

 

We are thrilled to be a  part of this incredible initiative and are honoured to share the experience with this fantastic team.