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About Our Co-operative

Gay Lea Foods is a leader in the Canadian dairy industry and the largest dairy co-operative in Ontario. Dedicated to innovation, the development of high quality products and growing the market for Canadian milk, our 100% Canadian-owned co-operative is the first of its kind to include licensed dairy cow and dairy goat members, and process both kinds of milk into a range of dairy products – from the consumer favourite Spreadables and North America’s first Smooth™ Cottage Cheese, to Nothing But Cheese™, an innovative snack made with 100% cheese. With members on more than 1,360 dairy farms and more than 4,250 members overall, Gay Lea Foods is as renowned for our co-operative-inspired values as we are for our high quality, innovative and award winning dairy products.  From the moment our milk is “born on the farm”, until our products reach the table, our farmers, members and employees collaborate to meet member needs, contribute to the sustainable development of communities, and ensure our co-operative remains well positioned to lead toward an innovative, profitable and sustainable future in the Canadian dairy industry.

The Gay Lea Foods Story

Our story began in 1958 when a group of farmers came together with a common vision to build a better future for themselves and their communities; today, Gay Lea Foods is a leader in the Canadian dairy industry and the second largest dairy co-operative in Canada. Here’s how we stay true to our Born on the Farm heritage.

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History

Since 1958, our dedication to innovation and the development of high quality products has allowed us to respond to consumers’ evolving tastes and grow the market for Canadian milk and dairy products, while multiple Canadian acquisitions have expanded our product family and further enhanced our reputation for fresh, quality products consumers can trust.

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Our People

Photo of - Rob Goodwill

Rob Goodwill

Chair

Photo of - Marie McNabb

Marie McNabb

Vice Chair

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Don Dietrich

Executive Member

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Steve Dolson

Past Chair

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