98 FOOD CO / ABOUT US
SEEK OUT NEW TASTES.
DEVELOP BRAND FLAVOUR.
CREATE AN APPETITE.
DISH UP THE GOODS.
98 Food Co. is a team of entrepreneurs and tastemakers. Since 1998, we’ve been creating & developing fast casual food concepts. We form creative partnerships with individuals in the food industry who have talent, energy, and integrity. Together, we introduce new brands that fill a niche in the food marketplace. Menu development, branding, interior design, real estate negotiations, operational management & experience with mergers and acquisitions – that’s what we bring to the table.
OUR MISSION: Re-invent the food experience in every market we enter
98 FOOD CO. TEAM
Derek Brock and Jason Cunningham first met in the late 90’s, while working as baristas at Starbucks Coffee. After forming a strong friendship, they partnered to open the first ever Jugo Juice, in 1998. The Jugo Juice brand was a pioneer in the smoothie and juice industry, and grew to 138 stores across the country, prior to the company being acquired in 2011.
In 2007, Derek and Jason cofounded Chachi’s. A gourmet sandwich, made with local ingredients, served in a vintage butcher shop environment. The company currently has locations throughout Canada, and is raising the bar for fast casual food.
In 2015, the first Dirtbelly location opened in Calgary. The fast casual concept is based on gourmet veg salads, grain bowls, fresh greens, bacos, tealadas, and healthy snacks. An instant success with rave reviews, the brand launched an expansion in Calgary, with the first three stores opening within 30 months of inception.
Launched in Fall 2017, Hula Poké is bringing sun, sea and superfoods to the table. The menu includes fresh Poké bowls with international flavours, tostadas, kombucha, and fabulously fun snacks. Hula danced its way into Calgary’s Brookfield Place and Vancouver’s Pacific Centre, and we are continuing an aggressive expansion plan in Western Canada.
We’re proud to announce that the Deville Coffee brand is now part of the 98 Food Co. family, as of August 2017. Bringing their incredibly high standards to the coffee scene in Calgary, Paul Brassard and Mark Nolan, Deville’s co-founders, have grown Deville throughout the city, and are just getting started.
The 98 team is focused on establishing itself as Canada’s leading creator and developer of unique and cutting edge fast casual brands. Meet our Head Office team…
DEREK BROCK CO-FOUNDER
Chief Team Builder and Risk + Reward Pilot, Derek is co-founder of 98 Food Co., who’s passions include Menu Development, New Store Development and Real Estate.
JASON CUNNINGHAM CO-FOUNDER
Food dreamer & ‘5 years from now’ visionary, Jason is co-founder of 98 who focuses on new business development, as well as dotting the ‘i’s and crossing the ‘t’s.
RONNIE OLSTAD VICE-PRESIDENT
Keeping everything on track, Ronnie is the Corporate Navigator and proud “To Do List” guy. Among other things, Ronnie oversees Real Estate Development and Team Leadership for 98 Food Co.
SPENCER CHISWELL DIRECTOR OF CULINARY AND PURCHASING
Spencer knows where to find the best local ingredients, and combine them into amazing recipes. You can usually find Spencer where he feels most at home, in the kitchen exploring a world of creative ingredients for our team.
IT’S ALL ABOUT
PURSUING OUR PASSION +
BUILDING OUR FOOD DREAMS.
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98 FOOD CO. HEAD OFFICE / #3, 1111 – 3rd Street SE Calgary, Alberta T2G 2S8