Print Share this page

Our history

1951 - 1960

In 1951, Herman Eiser, with a Masters Degree in Food Chemistry from McGill University founded Empire Dehydrated Products Ltd. naming his first product line Luda, after his business partner’s daughter.  Herman Eiser worked tirelessly to encourage Montreal chefs to try his soup bases, a concept that was, to say the least, unfamiliar to restaurant owners and their chefs.  He listened to their needs however, creating new soup and sauce bases to their requirements, and even making personal deliveries.  Herman Eiser’s devotion to quality and his dedication to his customers were the keys to his early success. 

1961 - 1980

By 1961, a larger facility complete with food processing plant and lab was built under the inspection of the Canadian Department of Agriculture.  However, with sales growing steadily and with the opening of export markets in Australia, Japan and the Middle East, Empire soon had to relocate to another new plant with an expanded R&D department.

Herman Eiser’s son Victor joined the company in 1974 while in 1978, the company name was changed to E.D. Foods Ltd.  The following years saw the decision to bring all printing in-house so that items such as product labels could be provided within very tight deadlines.  A dietitian was added to the technical team to provide professional support as well as nutrition advice.  And with US and overseas sales continuing to grow, plant capacity was doubled and a computerized control system was installed.

1981 - 2000

In 1981 the fine cuisine Inspiration line was launched.  And in 1991, E.D. Foods had added “private label” retail grocery accounts to its customer list.  That, and growth in the foodservice sector, necessitated another expansion, this time to a custom-built 45,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility in Pointe Claire with temperature and humidity controlled processing and packaging areas, 1,600 square feet of labs, new research equipment, a tasting room and advance computer systems to increase the company’s productivity.

2001 - 2011 ED's 60th Anniversary

In 2002, the company added a corporate chef to its team while more recently, Aliments ED Foods welcomed the 3rd generation of the Eiser family to the management group when Robert Eiser came on board in 2006.

For 60 years, ED has been at the forefront of advances in a significant segment of our industry: the development and production of kitchen basics.  From the revolutionary soup base concept created by company founder Herman Eiser to today’s wide range of trusted brands and private label products, ED has focused on being an innovative, reliable source of solutions for our partners in the foodservice industry.


Robert Eiser becomes President of Aliments ED Foods.


The LUDA Inspiration brand is re-launched with new and improved recipes and packaging

2016 ED's 65th Anniversary

Aliment ED Foods gains Halal, Kosher and Gluten-Free Certification

Aliments ED Foods’ milestones
1951 Founded by Mr. Herman Eiser as Empire Dehydrated Products Ltd.
1952 Luda Signature line introduced
1961 CFIA plant inspection certification (plant #207) received
1969 Commenced regular trade with Japan
1974 Victor Eiser, our current president, joins the organization
1978 Our corporate name is changed to E.D. Foods Ltd.
1980 Brought printing in-house to improve customer responsiveness
1981 Inspiration products for fine cuisine launched
1981 Won New Products Contest awarded by Process Prepared Food Magazine for Inspiration Classical Cuisine Demi-Glace Sauce
1983 Inspiration concentrated stock pastes launched
1991 Moved to new state-of-the-art facility in Pointe-Claire (Quebec), Canada
2000 HACCP certified - one of the first Canadian food manufacturers to implement this system
2002 Corporate Chef added to the team to share his culinary experience and menu development expertise
2006 Robert Eiser becomes the 3rd generation of the Eiser family to join the management team
2007 Luda H line for healthier choices added to product mix
2009 Our corporate name and logo are updated to Aliments ED Foods inc.
2011 ED celebrates 60 years of reliable service
2012 SQF 2000 certified and GFSI recognition
2014 Robert Eiser becomes President
2016 Halal, Kosher and Gluten-Free Certification gained. ED celebrates 65 years of reliable service.

Aliments ED Foods, Culinary solutions you can trust