Master cheese-maker Giuseppe Saputo and Frank, his eldest son, leave their small village of Montelepre, close to Palermo, Sicily, and emigrate to Canada, convinced that this is the ideal country to provide a better future for their family in the wake of the Second World War.
Two years later, Lino Saputo, his brother Luigi and sisters Rosalia, Elina, Maria and Antonina, join their father and brother in Canada along with their mother, Maria.
As was the case with many immigrants, the Saputo family’s first few years in Canada are difficult. Everyone must do their part to put food on the table. After a few years spent in Montreal, Lino Saputo convinces his father, Giuseppe, to start his own business. In September 1954, using $500 to buy some basic equipment and a bicycle for deliveries, the Saputos found their very own company bearing their name. Through the effort, determination, sacrifices and courage of each member of the family, their company got the initial push it needs to establish itself in Montreal’s Italian community. During the same year, the Saputos welcome their newest member, John, born on Canadian soil.
Saputo’s first sizeable production facility is built in Montreal’s Saint-Michel neighborhood. This event coincides with the pizza’s sudden increase in popularity with North American consumers.