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Wholesale and distribution is a complex business, requiring smart management of supply chains, costs and pricing, and more. Done right, it’s a lucrative line of work. So it’s fitting that the industry is well-represented on the 2016 PROFIT 500 ranking of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies.

The 28 wholesale and distribution firms on this year’s ranking grew their revenues an average of 573% between 2010 and 2015, creating an additional 574 full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs over that period. Collectively they employed 1,058 full-time and 68 part-time employees in 2015.

Here is the complete list of Canada’s Fastest Growing Wholesale & Distribution Companies for 2016.

1. Just Quality International Foods

PROFIT 500: No. 4
Head Office: Toronto, Ont.
Growth (2010–2015): 8,697%
Revenue (2015): $20–50 million
Employees (2015, full-time equivalent): 16

What it does: Imports and distributes frozen food within Canada and the U.S.

2. Vivere

PROFIT 500: No. 38
Head Office: Guelph, Ont.
Growth (2010–2015): 2,050%
Revenue (2015): $10–20 million
Employees (2015, full-time equivalent): 14

What it does: Sells and distributes hammocks and other outdoor furniture

3. BioSyent

PROFIT 500: No. 92
Head Office: Toronto, Ont.
Growth (2010–2015): 815%
Revenue (2015): $10–20 million
Employees (2015, full-time equivalent): 41

What it does: Acquires and licenses pharmaceutical products to bring to market in Canada

4. Marlon Recreational Products

PROFIT 500: No. 161
Head Office: Chilliwack, B.C.
Growth (2010–2015): 422%
Revenue (2015): $10–20 million
Employees (2015, full-time equivalent): 22

What it does: Manufactures and distributes recreational marine and water sport products

5. Pepco

PROFIT 500: No. 168
Head Office: Hearst, Ont.
Growth (2010–2015): 377%
Revenue (2015): $100–250 million
Employees (2015, full-time equivalent): 105

What it does: Distributes fuels, lubricants and other industrial supplies in Quebec and Ontario

6. Ashcon International

PROFIT 500: No. 188
Head Office: Mississauga, Ont.
Growth (2010–2015): 321%
Revenue (2015): $10–20 million
Employees (2015, full-time equivalent): 8

What it does: Distributes industrial and medical products to businesses, utilities and health-care organizations

7. Kasa Supply

PROFIT 500: No. 197
Head Office: Surrey, B.C.
Growth (2010–2015): 292%
Revenue (2015): $10–20 million
Employees (2015, full-time equivalent): 27

What it does: Wholesales and retails housing maintenance supplies

8. Tundra Process Solutions

PROFIT 500: No. 212
Head Office: Calgary, Alta.
Growth (2010–2015): 266%
Revenue (2015): $100–250 million
Employees (2015, full-time equivalent): 159

What it does: Sells, installs and services industrial equipment for clients, predominantly in oil and gas

9. The Canadian Trade House

PROFIT 500: No. 236
Head Office: Calgary, Alta.
Growth (2010–2015): 235%
Revenue (2015): $10–20 million
Employees (2015, full-time equivalent): 10

What it does: Imports and distributes food products

10. Brogan Safety Supply

PROFIT 500: No. 239
Head Office: Grande Prairie, Alta.
Growth (2010–2015): 234%
Revenue (2015): $10–20 million
Employees (2015, full-time equivalent): 71

What it does: Sells, rents and services safety-related equipment

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Other fast-growing wholesale and distribution companies on the 2016 PROFIT 500:

11. Gentek Marketing (No. 244); 12. Cesium Telecom (No. 262); 13. Office Coffee Solutions (No. 269); 14. Weston Forest Products (No. 344); 15. Brock Doors & Windows (No. 349); 16. MD Charlton (No. 366); 17. Creative At Home (No. 373); 18. Non-Destructive Testing Products (No. 378); 19. SpectraLab Scientific (No. 388); 20. Favuzzi International (No. 389); 21. Marina Textiles (No. 402); 22. Kidcentral Supply (No. 411); 23. Bestway Cash N Carry (No. 427); 24. GCP Industrial Products (No. 429); 25. The Next Trend Designs (No. 454); 26. Gordon R. Williams Corp. (No. 458); 27. DG Global (No. 474); 28. MITS Airconditioning (No. 488).

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