Gay Lea Foods Co-operative Ltd. is growing in Western Canada with the purchase of Alberta Cheese Company Ltd., based in Calgary. The purchase price was not disclosed.
"Much like Gay Lea Foods, Alberta Cheese is known for providing exceptional products with exceptional service," states Michael Barrett, president and CEO, Gay Lea Foods. "We are excited to welcome this highly regarded business to our co-operative as we continue to cultivate our cheese business and work to grow a strong, sustainable Canadian dairy industry that delivers innovative, market-driven dairy products.”
In a statement, Gay Lea said the purchase expand Gay Lea Foods' selection of Ontario-produced cheeses under the Salerno, Ivanhoe and Black River brands. The company will add Alberta Cheese's traditional Italian cheeses under the Franco's and Sorrento brands. The purchase will also help Gay Lea Foods increase production capacity and expand relationships with Alberta foodservice providers and retailers.