Born On The Farm

Photo of a the sun rising over a barnOur story began in 1958, when a group of Ontario farmers came together with a common vision — to create a dairy co-operative.

And with that, Gay Lea Foods was born. The farmers believed they could build a better future for themselves and their communities by supporting one another, by working collaboratively and living according to their co-operative principles . While it’s true we’ve grown along the way, embracing innovative new products, and responding to evolving tastes, we haven’t really changed. After all, our values are born on the farm. 

Today, we remain a dairy owned by dairy farmers, and they are at the very root of our organization. We embrace and act with co-operative-inspired values – they inform everything we do. From farmers to production facilities to distribution, every member, employee and partner shares a keen understanding that there is no shortcut to quality. It takes commitment, passion and collaboration.

Those are the things we’re made of, and we believe it’s time we share our story. We’re not only proud of what makes us different, but we know that today’s consumer, more than ever, wants real products they can trust. 

Our values and our products, just like the milk and our farmers, are born on the farm.

Gay Lea From the Farm

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