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Gay Lea Foods

Company Overview:

Gay Lea Foods Co-operative Limited is owned by over 1200 farmers - approximately one third of Ontario's dairy farmers. Our family of businesses span over eight Ontario based production facilities in Toronto, Mississauga, Guelph, Hamilton, Hagarsville, Belleville, and Teeswater. We are a dairy market leader with award winning and consumerfavoritebrands such as Gay Lea Butter, Nordica Sour Cream, Hewitt’s Ice Cream, as well as a broad basket of cheese products under Ivanhoe, Salerno and Black River.

Products/Brands or Clients:

Over the years, our innovative products have created new trends in the Canadian marketplace. In the 1960s we were the first to bring frozen cheesecake to your table. We soon followed with whipped cream in aerosol containers, and the fun began! In 2005 our spreadable butter put an end to shredded toast and in 2006 our Nordica single serve fruit bottom cottage cheese won the consumer choice award for Best New Product in the dairy category. In 2015 we made history again, winning Product of the Year with our launch of Nordica Smooth, a truly unique lump-free cottage cheese.

Every day new Gay Lea products create excitement in dairy aisles across Canada!

Corporate Culture:

Here at Gay Lea Foods, we take pride in our Co-operative roots. Being owned by Ontario dairy farmers defines our culture of determination and pride in quality. For almost 60 years, Gay Lea has created and continues to bring innovative and new products to the market.

The reason for our success is simple - it's all about the people.

Since our beginnings in 1958, we have learned that creating exceptional products for our customers begins with exceptional people working together. From the moment our milk is born on the farm until our products reach the tables of Canadian families, we collaborate – farmers, members, employees and customers – to make Gay Lea Foods what it is today.

Getting the right people on board means finding passionate and dedicated individuals who share our Core Values:
- Open Dialogue
- Accountability
- Relentless Pursuit of Improvement
- Recognition
- Personal Growth

Our Mission: Dairy Excellence Through Co-operation.

If you are looking for a growth-oriented company, a culture of innovation, respect and integrity, then Gay Lea Foods is the place for you!


Gay Lea’s Real Coconut Whipped Cream won two Canadian Grand Prix New Product Awards: Best New 2014 Product in the Condiments & Sauces category, and Best New 2014 All Canadian product. The second award in particular gives us pride. Complementing our Ontario farming roots, it is presented only to products produced and manufactured in Canada.

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Industry Packaged Goods 
Location Mississauga, ON, Canada 
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