Gay Lea Foods on Positioning Canadian Dairy Industry for Growth and Innovation

As a proudly Canadian dairy co-operative, Gay Lea Foods is focused on building and growing strong relationships with our industry and government partners in the Canadian dairy industry.

We look forward to working with and supporting the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, and the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of International Trade as they engage industry stakeholders in a plan to “work towards long-term, sustainable solutions to ensure the Canadian dairy industry can grow and thrive in an ever-changing global economy”.

“We remain confident that with a modern, flexible policy and regulatory framework, that we can create a market environment that supports an innovative, state-of-the-art, green dairy industry that stimulates growth and investment throughout the value chain,” said Steve Dolson, Chair of the Board of Directors.

About Gay Lea Foods

In 1958 a group of farmers came together with a common vision – to better the lives of Ontario farming families and co-operatives.  Gay Lea Foods is 100% Canadian owned and operated, with 1200 dairy farmer owners who produce 35% of Ontario’s cow milk, and more than 3800 members making it the largest dairy co-operative in Ontario.  Gay Lea Foods has now opened its membership to include licenced dairy goat producers in Ontario; and processes goat milk into a range of dairy products as well as serving as a broker in the sector.  Gay Lea Foods is driven by innovation and growing the market for Canadian cow and goat milk. Our products include the consumer favourite Spreadables; North America’s first Smooth ™ Cottage Cheese; and the introduction of an innovative snack made with 100% cheese, Nothing But Cheese ™.


Rosemary MacLellan
Senior Director, Strategy
Gay Lea Foods

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