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Gay Lea buys northern Ontario cheesemaker

Reading Time: 2 minutes Ontario’s first producer of verified-grass-fed butter and cheeses is set to become part of the province’s biggest dairy co-operative. Gay Lea Foods said Monday it has completed a deal to buy Thornloe Cheese from its current owner, Guelph-based dairy genetics firm EastGen, for an undisclosed sum. Thornloe Cheese on its website says the business takes […] Read more


Dairy co-op Gay Lea buys Calgary cheesemaker

Reading Time: 2 minutes Ontario dairy farmer co-operative Gay Lea Foods’ plans for expansion into Western Canada now include Calgary cheesemaker Alberta Cheese Company. Gay Lea announced Monday it has bought the family-owned processor, effective Friday (Oct. 13), for an undisclosed sum. Set up in 1976 by cheesemaker Frank Talarico, Alberta Cheese makes “traditional” Italian cheeses for sale under […] Read more

Peter Gould, general manager and CEO, Dairy Farmers of Ontario. (John Greig photo)

Ontario dairy sector optimistic with expanding demand

Reading Time: 4 minutes Ontario’s dairy industry is in a period of unprecedented growth, with over 15 per cent more quota going to dairy farmers in less than two years. There are almost certainly more quota increases to come, in order to increase milk production to displace significant volumes of butter now being imported. “It’s an absolutely great time […] Read more

(Scott Bauer photo courtesy ARS/USDA)

Dairy ingredients strategy starts to drive investment

Reading Time: 3 minutes Ontario’s Gay Lea Foods has announced $140 million in projects to be spent over four years to dramatically increase dairy ingredient processing in the province. The announcement last week in Teeswater, Ont., is the result of several years of work to bring revitalized ingredients processing to the province and to stem the flow of milk […] Read more

Stirling Creamery, which next month becomes part of dairy co-op Gay Lea Foods, is a sponsor of the butter sculpture displays at Toronto’s Canadian National Exhibition (CNE), including this sculpted butter tribute to city internet star Dead Raccoon TO. (

Gay Lea to buy central Ontario butter maker

Reading Time: 2 minutes A U.S.-owned artisanal butter processor in central Ontario is set to become an arm of Ontario dairy co-operative Gay Lea Foods. Michigan-based butter producer Butterball Farms has agreed to sell Stirling Creamery, based at Stirling, Ont., north of Belleville, to Gay Lea effective Nov. 1. Financial terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, though Gay Lea […] Read more


Gay Lea buys Ontario artisanal cheesemaker

Reading Time: < 1 minute Another storied eastern Ontario artisanal cheesemaker is set to go co-op. Gay Lea Foods, billed as Ontario’s biggest and Canada’s second-biggest dairy co-operative, announced a deal Wednesday to buy Black River Cheese Co. effective June 1 for an undisclosed sum. Based in Prince Edward County at Milford, about 45 km southeast of Belleville, Black River […] Read more

Farm boards are under intense pressure to put more tools in the hands of their farmer members.

Not your same old board

Today’s farming is increasingly sophisticated. Now its boards are too, which is good news all around

Reading Time: 5 minutes Agricultural boards are under pressure. They can no longer do business the way they always used to, says Rob Black, chief executive officer at the Rural Ontario Institute, a charitable organization in Guelph, Ont. that helps build leadership skills. This time, though, the pressure is coming from their farmers, and especially from the farmers they […] Read more