Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in food and beverage but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Miguel Esparza, founder and CEO of Ramirez Group, located in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

We are a group of international companies with offices and operations in Canada and Mexico. Our MISSION is to partner actively with our customers to provide high-quality fresh produce for the local and BC communities. Our VISION is to be the most successful and respected fruits and vegetables import and distribution company in Western Canada. Our VALUES are to work together for our customers, improving lives, commitment to quality of care, innovation, and enterprise.

Tell us about yourself

As a Mexican/Canadian, I always had the idea of importing Mexican products to Canada. One day I took the initiative to start my own business. I have a strong background in supply chain management, so I found it less challenging to understand the importation and distribution of fresh Mexican produce. We always have a good customer who appreciates our business, but most importantly, I've created and developed my own company.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

Having my own company. Creating commercial relations between growers in Mexico and companies here in Canada.

What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?

The financial part is always the hardest and difficult. I was very lucky to have family and friends who believed in me and supported me until today.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

Be passionate about what you are about to embark. Do a lot of research, and don't be afraid to ask anything. Don't quit! This is your dream!

Where can people find you and your business?

RAMIREZ GROUP – Relax, We’ve got it right

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