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Gay Lea Foods acquires Stirling Creamery

October 20, 2016
Consumer Packaged Goods

Gay Lea Foods Co-operative Limited today announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire the business of The Stirling Creamery Limited , effective November 1, 2016.

The purchase builds upon Gay Lea Foods’ existing butter operation in Guelph, Ontario, and supports the co-operative’s plan to create sustainable long-term solutions for growth within the Canadian dairy industry.

Located in the village of Stirling, Ontario, Stirling Creamery is known for its range of artisanal crafted natural and flavoured butters, including Churn 84™ European-style butters, whey butter, Stirling Premium Balls™, and a variety of flavoured medallions and spreads for foodservice applications. The creamery was established by the West family in 1925 and has been owned and operated by Butterball Farms (U.S.) since 2006.

The successful purchase and integration of Stirling Creamery into Gay Lea Foods will add these premium, award-winning butter collections to the Gay Lea Foods product mix, further increase our production capacity, and support our co-operative’s core principle concern for investment in rural communities. The deal will also provide Gay Lea Foods with added flexibility to meet customer needs in the current high-demand market for butter.

Gay Lea Foods intends to maintain full operations at the Stirling plant and preserve all relationships with existing Stirling Creamery customers, suppliers and employees. We look forward to the innovation, growth and new opportunities this latest addition to the Gay Lea Foods family will bring!

Source: Gay Lea Foods

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