A ‘mid-life crisis’ led to start of successful samosa-maker Aliya’s Foods

If you’ve eaten a ready-made samosa in North America, the chances are fairly good that it was one of Anis and Noorudin Jiwani’s samosas.

The Jiwanis are the founders of Edmonton-based Aliya’s Foods Ltd., named for their youngest daughter, a business they launched 21 years ago in a modest 3,000-square-foot facility. Today, Aliya’s Chef Bombay brand is sold in most major grocery outlets in North America and the company just moved into a 100,000-square-foot facility.

Aliya’s Foods co-founders Noorudin, right, and Anis Jiwani in Edmonton on October 15. Photo: Amber Bracken/Globe and Mail

They make about 100 million samosas a year, along with another dozen Indian staples like butter chicken and pakoras.”

Samosas were our first item, our entry into the market. What French Fries are to McCain, samosas are to us,” says Mr. Jiwani. “And by the way, we do supply samosas to McCain.”

Aliya’s products are sold in retail packaging, club packaging and as white-label products for supermarket brands.

Complete article by Dene Moore at The Globe and Mail

Author: ismailimail

Independent, civil society media featuring Ismaili Muslim community, inter and intra faith endeavors, achievements and humanitarian works.

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