Hanes Hummus was officially established by Yohannes Petros in 2009 from his small home kitchen in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. However, the story of Hanes Hummus’s beginnings go back a decade to his time living in Vancouver, BC. As with all fruits borne from a labour of love, Hanes Hummus is the classic example of a company that became a business despite never intending to become one. Since Hanes Hummus’ early “customers” were friends and family, Yohannes was driven to produce hummus that retained health and freshness as its primary goal. His recipes were based on fresh ingredients he sourced from local Vancouver farmer’s markets and perfected over ten years of slow and deliberate experimentation. Though his friends heaped constant praise for his hummus and suggested he make his hummus available to a wider public, he never took the recommendations seriously. He continued to make his classic recipe available only to those friends and family who entered his home.
In 2009, Yohannes moved back to his hometown of Saskatoon, SK. A family member who worked at a local restaurant brought his hummus for herself to enjoy. The rest of the staff began immediate inquiries as to the availability of the delicious hummus. Once informed that her cousin produced it an order was placed by the establishment, which became the first customer and Hanes Hummus was born. Yohannes continued to produce his hummus for that single business out of his home kitchen. As word and demand increased, he outgrew the capabilities of his small home operation. This required the transfer of operations to a licensed commercial kitchen. In 2009 and 2010 Hanes Hummus was selected as the official hummus supplier for The Greek Pavilion at the FolkFest in Saskatoon. This opportunity brought new retail establishments and Hanes Hummus has never looked back. Yohannes continues to physically source the ingredients and produce Hanes Hummus himself. Today Hanes Hummus employs 10 employees in an expanded commercial kitchen and the company is expanding due to increased demand from national retailers and food distributors. Then and now, Hanes Hummus is driven to satisfy customers who are driven by health and taste while truly caring about delicious food. Yohannes is passionate that as Hanes Hummus grows it must retain this commitment to quality and the highest of standards.