In the early 1950s, Arthur Léger began processing smoked herring bloaters in Cap-Pelé, New Brunswick on the shore of the Northumberland Strait. His market was concentrated in the West Indies.
Arthur's son, Leslie, became active in the family firm in the late 1950s and acquired the business from his father in 1975. Since then, Leslie Leger & Sons Ltd has been a leader in the smoked fish processing industry.
In its beginning, the company’s facilities were very modest, and operations took place only in the spring. Since the early 1980s however, the plant operates year-round.
We incorporated in 1979 and the company has shown continuous growth ever since. Our markets have expanded into the United States and Europe, and continue to expand worldwide.
Operations consisted solely of bloaters until 1981 when pickled alewives (gaspereaux) were introduced to the market. In 1984, an automatic smoker was acquired to process the popular mild cured (Dutch style) herring, and in 1987 frozen herring roe was added to the line of products being processed at the plant.