While the BCFB 2020 Golf Tournament is cancelled, we still wish to fundraise for its benefactor: The Stan Rogers Memorial Scholarship Fund, benefitting BCIT and UBC Food Technology students. Whether you are a golfer, sponsor, supporting processor or friend of BC Food & Beverage, please consider making a donation to this fund. Thank you for your support of our newest industry employees!
About Stan Rogers: (1948-2014)
Stan Rogers was born to Alfred and Pauline Rogers in 1948 in Armstrong B.C., the youngest of three children. The Rogers family purchased a flour mill in 1951 which became A.J. Rogers Wholesome Foods. Twenty years later Stan Rogers took over to become president of the family business after graduating. Under his leadership, sales grew from $40,000 per year in 1971 to $15 million per year in 1989. In 1989 Rogers Foods was sold to Nisshin Flour Milling of Japan. He built Rogers Foods into a 100-employee export company before moving to the Fraser Valley where he went into real estate development. With residential developments in Abbotsford and business parks in Chilliwack, he “enjoyed building communities for people to live and work in,” according to his son. Rogers may be best remembered for the wholesale transformation of what was known as The Berry Lands on South Sumas at Unsworth. In 1995, a vegetable processing plant on that spot became available. Pillsbury/Fraser Valley Foods had closed down. The site was sprawling with 160,000 sq. ft. of buildings and about 50 acres of vacant farmland. Rogers saw a unique opportunity — to repurpose the buildings for large-scale industrial clients and eventually, the Legacy Pacific Land Corporation was born, housing multiple manufacturers.