Earlier this week, Gay Lea Foods, a Canadian-based dairy co-operative, recently completed a deal to buy Thornloe Cheese, an Ontario producer of grass-fed butter and cheeses. The sum was not disclosed.
“Thornloe Cheese has a long and storied history in northern Ontario and holds a special place in the hearts of northern dairy farmers and consumers alike,” Gay Lea Foods’ Chairman Rob Goodwill said in a press release. “We are pleased to keep Thornloe Cheese in the hands of a wholly Canadian dairy farmer-owned co-operative and help keep northeastern Ontario’s rich agricultural legacy alive.”
On its website, Thornloe Cheese notes that its business takes in over three million liters of milk per year to make cheese, curds, and butter and “remains an outlet for local dairy producers who wish to ship to a northern Ontario location.” Thornloe now employs about 30 people, serving wholesale customers including retail and foodservice buyers in northern Ontario and Quebec. It also operates its own central retail store in its home community. It is celebrated for its specialty cheeses, among which are the first to be made with milk sourced from Dairy Farmers of Ontario’s (DFO) Verified Grass Fed program.
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