50 years . . . such a lot has happened in that time! Changes, worries, investments, risks, joys and sorrows—experienced by three generations of motivated, dedicated, hard-working people, driven by a desire to take agriculture to new heights. In 1967, my parents, Herman and Francine, purchased a business from my grandfather, Adrien Dolbec, consisting of one horse, a plow and 25 acres of land. Thanks to their enthusiasm, discipline, determination and vision, Patates Dolbec has become a leader in the agri-food sector.
Today, I’m grateful to my parents for letting me run around the potato cellar, reverse tractor-trailers, help out in the warehouse after school, drive tractors (and sometimes even break them) . . . What an education it was! Slowly but surely, they transmitted to me their passion for agriculture and their desire to go further, work hard and think outside the box. Thank you for believing in me. Herman, I hope that from on high, you can see all the changes that have taken place. It’s truly fantastic. A special thank you to all those who have supported, and continue to support, Patates Dolbec. Every day, we meet new challenges. Our goal is to remain at the cutting edge of technology, to stay one step ahead of the game. We never take anything for granted.
Our watchwords are: delegate, respect and diversify. Today, Patates Dolbec is a huge family of over 125 colleagues overseeing 10,000 cropped acres. It’s also a story of impressive technological evolution—from a single horse to air-conditioned, GPS-enabled tractors. Just ask my uncle Martial who recently turned 80 and worked with us until he was 76 (ever keen to follow the lead of young people!). He has witnessed all the changes, from the time of my great-grandfather to the present. The evolution is nothing short of incredible: agriculture today is extremely high-tech.
For the future, Patates Dolbec intends to remain a leader in the field by incorporating new potato varieties; ensuring ongoing customer satisfaction; increasing our growing area; protecting the environment at every level; increasing our R&D budgets; reducing production costs; and continuing to offer ongoing training to help our employees attain their career goals.
In short, Patates Dolbec is a fantastic team where everyone does their share to provide customers with a top-quality product. If only consumers knew how much work goes into producing the potatoes they buy at the grocery store . . . It’s a colossal job that has to be carried out with the utmost care—and according to the whims of Mother Nature. For 50 years, we have optimized all of our processes to offer you the best product possible. We thank you for choosing Dolbec potatoes for your favourite recipes!