It all began in Toronto in 1929 when Michael Leonard Catania created M.L. Catania Inc., a produce import and distribution business to service the Toronto area market. In 1946, Paul Catania Sr. joined his father in the business and M.L. Catania Inc. continued to grow to become the highly respected operation it is today.

In 1975, Paul Catania Jr. joined the family business and developed a vision of an international business operation with northern and southern hemisphere operations, extensive grower network and self-production. He led expansion of the Catania group of companies with the establishment of Catania Worldwide.

Stellar Distributing was established in 1992 by the Catania Family, Paul Sr. and Paul Jr.  They assembled an experienced staff which included Kurt Cappelluti as the centerpiece to manage all day-to-day operations for the new company.  With the Catania family’s multi-generations of experience in the produce business and Mr. Cappelluti’s background in fresh figs, kiwifruit, and international sourcing, Stellar Distributing quickly became a major force in the international produce scene.