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Griffith Foods Ltd.
Griffith Foods employees hosting a pancake breakfast at the Wexford Residence nursing home in Toronto

Recognized as one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers

Here are some of the reasons why Griffith Foods Ltd. was selected as one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2018):

  • The company recently created the Griffith Cares committee to spearhead its volunteerism and community involvement initiatives -- and created the Griffith Cares App, allowing employees to conveniently access information regarding upcoming volunteer events and opportunities, and share their experiences via social media
  • Griffith Foods invests in the ongoing education of current and future generations, offering academic scholarships for children of employees (up to $3,500 per child per year), as well as tuition subsidies for employees interested in taking courses at outside institutions (to $2,500)
  • Griffith Foods recognizes exceptional performance and achievement through individual and peer-nominated awards, such as the Fresh Ideas Awards for employee innovation and suggestions for improvement
Griffith Foods employees hosting a burger charity event

Highlights

Industry Spice and Extract Manufacturing
Established in Canada 1919
Parent company Griffith Laboratories Worldwide, Inc.
Parent company head office Alsip, IL, United States
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON
Full-time employees in Canada 351
Part-time employees in Canada 36
Average age of employees in Canada 44 years
Longest serving employee 44 years
Long-term savings defined-contribution (DC) pension
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Alternative work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting, reduced summer hours
Vacation allowance new employees receive 2 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 24 months
Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 6 months
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, in-house training, online training, paid internships
Scope of charitable involvement local, national, international
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers

Here are some of the reasons why Griffith Foods Ltd. was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2018):

  • As part of the company's ongoing Sustainable Source Initiative, Griffith Foods has developed partnerships with the Rainforest Alliance, the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Crops and the Sustainable Spices Initiative -- today, more than 50% of the chilies used by Griffith Foods are sustainably produced and the company aims to source additional spices, herbs and raw materials from sustainable growers in the future
  • Griffith Foods has also worked with the Grain Farmers of Ontario Innovation Fund to source flour locally -- flour is a primary raw material used in Griffith products and the company increased its Ontario flour purchases by 50%
  • Griffith Foods hosts lunch-and-learns to educate and inspire employees to green-up their lives, including sessions on backyard gardening, a presentation on the challenges and lessons learned from living off-the-grid, and even a chance to win a free car tune-up through a unique "Dirty Sock" contest, with employees installing new white socks over their automobile's exhaust pipe to determine whose car is most in need of a tune-up
Employees at Griffith Foods planting a tree in honour of Earth Day

Highlights

Industry Spice and Extract Manufacturing
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON
Full-time employees in Canada 351
Employee green team Griffith Canada Sustainability Committee (comprised of two teams, the Cultural Team to address cultural changes and the Core Team to address technical issues )
Senior executive who oversees initiatives General Manager
Formal strategy/policy name "Sustainability - Our Journey" report published in 2015, includes the Griffith Laboratories Sustainability Pledge and the Continuous Energy Improvement Policy, second annual sustainability report (Striving for Better) published in 2016
Green highlights Sustainability Awareness Week, Green Planet (online newsletter), ongoing sustainable food sourcing and asked all employees to sign a "Safe Food Made in a Safe Way" Sustainability Pledge, hosted unique and fun initiatives, including lunch-and-learns about gardening and yard care, living off the grid (highlighting some of the small things people can do in their own lives), and a chance to win a free car tune-up through the "Dirty Sock" contest (new white socks were placed over exhaust pipes to determine whose car needed a tune-up the most), moved to paperless pay-stubs
Extended recycling e-waste, boasts a 100% waste diversion rate at it's Scarborough (Toronto) facility
Commuter amenities secure/sheltered bicycle parking, walk to public transit, telecommuter workstations
In-house environmental audit yes
External environmental audit yes
Some of the green community initiatives Earth Day (tree planting ceremony), Community Clean-Up Day (16 employees volunteered to clean-up a local school yard and park), Sustainable Source Initiative (GSS) includes partnerships with the Rainforest Alliance, the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Crops, and the Sustainable Spices Initiative, worked with the Grain Farmers of Ontario to increase use of locally grown flour by 50%
Other location LEED Platinum
Building footprint includes lighting upgrades to LED fixtures, new HVAC equipment installed to replace less efficient older versions (has reduced electricity and gas consumption)

The Career Directory

Griffith Foods Ltd. has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
Griffith Foods Sales and Marketing employees at a team building event

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Spice and Extract Manufacturing
Parent company Griffith Laboratories Worldwide, Inc.
Parent company head office Alsip, IL, United States
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON
Full-time employees in Canada 250 to 500
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, online training, in-house training
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $2,500 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Typical new grad positions Research & Development Technician, Quality Technician
Starting salary $35K to $40K
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting, employees receive paid time off to volunteer
Vacation allowance new employees receive 2 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

Academic fields recruited


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