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Grocery industry veteran Bob Singer has passed away

A chemical engineer by training, Singer started his career in the food industry in 1949

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Bob Singer, who spent his career building up successful businesses Thomas, Large & Singer and Reinhart Foods, passed away on Nov. 2 at the age of 93.

Although a University of Toronto graduate in chemical engineering, his family says Bob sought a more entrepreneurial career in the food industry. He found it when he joined his father-in-law’s food brokerage, E.S. Thomas, in 1949.

In the years that followed, Bob put his stamp on the company by expanding its scope of products. The firm grew and in 1957 it was renamed Thomas, Large & Singer (TLS). Among its many successes, TLS is credited for selling the first frozen French fry into the Ontario market, thanks to a partnership with McCain. Bob continued expanding the business, acquiring Reinhart Vinegars (now Reinhart Foods) in 1967 and establishing Emblem Logistics in 1972, which has grown to become a 600,00-sq.-ft. facility servicing the supply chain needs of TLS clients.

It has been a number of years since Bob was active in the business, but in a statement, his family says he was proud that this two sons and grandsons are carrying on the family legacy.

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