Master cheesemaker Giuseppe Saputo and Frank, his eldest son, left their small village of Montelepre, close to Palermo, Sicily, and immigrated to Canada, convinced it was the ideal country to provide a better future for their family in the wake of the Second World War.
Two years later, Lino Saputo joined his father and brother in Canada, along with his mother Maria, his brother Luigi, as well as his sisters Rosalia, Elina, Maria and Antonina.
After two years spent in Montréal, Lino Saputo convinced his father, Giuseppe, to start his own business. In September 1954, using $500 to buy some basic equipment and a bicycle for deliveries, the Saputo family founded a cheese making company bearing its name. Saputo quickly established itself in Montréal’s Italian community.
The Company’s first sizeable production facility was built in Montréal’s Saint-Michel neighborhood. This event coincided with the sudden increase in popularity of pizza amongst North American consumers.