Once upon a time – in the 80’s, retired Louis & Lena were dining at one of their favourite restaurants. Famously warm and outgoing, the couple had become close friends with the chefs of their regular spots. Now it is important to note that a retired “smous,” is still a “smous,” and on this particular night, after great conversation with one of the chefs, Louis decided that he would step up to find and supply them with the salmon of which they were desperately in need. And so, as a hobby, or perhaps, as a part time pleasure of an ageing entrepreneur, CNC, named after their three children, Cyril, Norman and Charlene, came to life.
Hard working mother of two, Charlene lost her job when the company she’d been working at for 10 years closed down. Unperturbed, this feisty, fearless and fabulous go-getter, the couple’s only daughter, joins the family business… and takes it up a notch with her fresh and young zest. CNC became a full-time established business. Within a year their product basket had grown to include feta, nuts and oils. Lena wrote up the books while Louis showed Charlene the ropes regarding sourcing products, sales & customer focus. He always reminded her that it is their personalised service and attention to detail that established their great relationships with their customers. Their customer base grew to include even more new friends. CNC would always cater to the needs of their customers, in the spirit of friendship and family that was its founding principle.
Now by this time CNC was an established and trusted name in food distribution and Kerry-Dale had grown up watching and admiring her mom run the company. As a child Kerry would join her mom on deliveries and marvel at her hard-working supermom and how friendly she was with all the important chefs. Some would say it was fate that pushed her or maybe because of her entrepreneurial blood line, Kerry begins Food Fantasy, a snack distribution business to retail. With her strong independent spirit, Kerry starts from scratch (and some coaching from her mom) and begins to build her brand.
Just 4 years later, Food Fantasy had grown too big to manage alone and merges with CNC. Now united in business, mother and daughter, two business-minded bombshells, create a new vision for the family business.