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Our History

Macdonalds Consolidated is the wholesale division for Canada Safeway Limited and is based out of Calgary, Alberta. The company was established in Winnipeg by Alexander Macdonald, who came to Canada from Scotland in 1868 and built warehouses across Western Canada. Macdonald also operated a food manufacturing company and a fruit and vegetable company. On top of his achievements, he served as President of Great West Life Insurance Company and was the Mayor of Winnipeg. In 1929, when Macdonald was 86, Canada Safeway purchased the company, and the wholesale division of Canada Safeway came into existence as a separate entity serving independent retailers in Western Canada.