Michael Higgins, left, and Paul Higgins Jr.

Michael Higgins, left, and Paul Higgins Jr.

Paul Higgins Jr. and Michael Higgins, co-chairmen and members of the founding family of Mother Parkers Tea & Coffee Inc., have been appointed to the Order of Canada.

Mother Parkers is a Canadian family-owned company and one of North America’s largest manufacturers and distributors of coffee and tea products. Paul and Michael Higgins are the third generation of the Higgins family to lead the business, which has grown from a small wholesale grocery distributor in Toronto in 1912 to a global industry leader that employs more than 1,000 people in North America and supplies some of the world’s largest retailers, restaurants and brand owners.

The brothers took over from their father as co-chief executive officers in 1993 and steered the business through periods of phenomenal growth, innovation and transformation. Earlier this year, they transitioned to the roles of co-chairmen of the Mother’s Parkers’ Board of Directors.

In learning of their appointment, Paul Higgins Jr. said he was “shocked, thrilled, humbled and overwhelmed to be recognized by our great country and to join the ranks of a group of truly great contributors to Canada.

Michael Higgins added that it’s “an amazing honour to be given the Order of Canada and it is humbling to receive one of the highest awards in this great country that we love so much.

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