BBQ Québec ranks 155th on the 2019 Growth 500 of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies
Canadian Business unveils annual list of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies
Longueuil (September 13th, 2019) – Canadian Business and Maclean’s today ranked BBQ Québec No. 155 in the annual Growth 500, the definitive ranking of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies. Most impressively, BBQ Quebec is one of the ten fastest-growing retail companies in Canada.
The Growth 500 ranks Canadian businesses on five-year revenue growth. BBQ Québec made the 2019 Growth 500 list with five-year revenue growth of 586%.
“The thing that makes me the most proud is that we are one of the few businesses in the retail industry to benefit from this level of growth in 2019. To be in the top 10 in retail shows that our efforts to innovate and act as trend setters in our industry are being rewarded,” says Max Lavoie, Co-President of BBQ Québec
“The effort and engagement of every staff members is the real win. We would have never achieved this success without the trust clients put in our team. In an industry thought of as being seasonal, it’s incredible to see that we can share our passion for the BBQ 365 days a year.”
About BBQ Québec
BBQ Québec was founded by Max and JP Lavoie, two young visionaries from the Quebec City area, Quebec.
For years they’ve dedicated their lives to BBQ culture, perfecting their grilling techniques and working with different types of BBQs.
In 2012, they created the BBQ Québec brand, later opening their first store in 2014 in Quebec City. They did this in order to offer personalized service, outstanding customer experience and expertise to share their passion with barbecue enthusiasts around the world. Today BBQ Quebec counts four official BBQ Québec boutiques, one franchise, one authorized dealer location and a transactional website. The company also distributes its products across the province of Québec through its distribution channel across almost 800 points of sales. Several Hardware stores, convenience stores, butcher shops and grocery chains that offer “ready to grill” products currently sell BBQ Quebec products.
BBQ Quebec also partnered with Canada’s largest beer company in 2019 to develop a beverage and BBQ campaign that reached over a quarter million households in Québec.
House of BBQ Experts, the English sister brand of BBQ Quebec, was unveiled in 2019 and is already well-known in North America.
BBQ Québec is managed by three cofounders including Ariane Lefebvre, a woman CEO leading the company in a traditionally male-dominated industry. The company’s leadership has cultivated an open and creative atmosphere as they move forward towards growth and success.
BBQ Québec has been on a mission to share its passion around the world. “Together, we can change the world one bbq at a time.”
About the Growth 500
For over 30 years, the Growth 500 has been Canada’s most respectable and influential ranking of entrepreneurial achievement. Ranking Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies by five-year growth, the Growth 500 profiles the country’s most successful growing businesses. The Growth 500 is produced by Canadian Business. Winners are profiled in a special Growth 500 print issue of Canadian Business (packaged with the October issue of Maclean’s magazine) and online at Growth500.ca and CanadianBusiness.com. For more information on the ranking, visit Growth500.ca
About Canadian Business
Founded in 1928, Canadian Business is the longest-serving and most-trusted business publication in the country. It is the country’s premier media brand for executives and senior business leaders. It fuels the success of Canada’s business elite with a focus on: leadership, innovation, business strategy and management tactics. Learn more at CanadianBusiness.com
Stephanie Roy, BBQ Québec, [email protected], 450-693-1227
House of BBQ Experts is a dynamic young and visionary team with a common passion : the grill.
House of BBQ Experts is a Montreal, Quebec-based company that offers BBQ products, knowledge, support and more. Max and JP Lavoie, two young visionaries from the Quebec City area, cofounded the company.
The Lavoie brothers completely dedicated their lives to perfecting grilling techniques, and have been working with different types of BBQs since being teenagers. They inherited their passion for BBQ from their father, who transferred all his knowledge and secrets to the pair.
True gourmets and foodies, Max and JP then decided to rely on quality barbecues, amazing techniques, accessories and tools to promote their barbecue culture and lifestyle. In 2012, they created their own company: BBQ Quebec.
They opened their first store in Ste-Foy (Quebec City area) in 2014. Since then they’ve began offering personalized service to barbecue enthusiasts, from beginners to professionals. There’s now four official BBQ Quebec stores, all located in the province of Quebec. The popularity and originality of this concept has grown immensely popular. The stores and the brand rapidly gained notoriety and the brand has been a success ever since. Their motto? Changing the world, one barbecue at a time.
House of BBQ Experts expansion
Full of ideas and always on the move, Max and JP recently decided to extend their offer to the rest of North America. Our flavours, all the way from Quebec, Canada, are now available across North America through the House of BBQ Experts line. Now everyone can enjoy high-end quality products at very reasonable prices
BBQ EXPERTS TEAM Talents, professionalism and dedication
Pierre-Luc is a brand ambassador for House of BBQ experts… but he wasn’t always the food-loving type of guy. “When I was young, I was so picky about food. I only ate peanut butter toast! It changed around the age of 14 when my dad started smoking meat on the BBQ. I became very interested in different types of foods.” A very sad event changed Pierre-Luc’s life forever: The death of his mother. “I was 21 when my mother passed away. Around that time my dad bought me a large barbecue. It forced me to start eating different kinds of meat and fish. By making my own food on the BBQ, I actually started to eat better.”
Pierre-Luc’s passion for the barbecue was growing, and it wouldn't stop. So much that he began to buy multiple barbecues to get to know them better, and then sell them again. “I bought and sold about 25 BBQs!”