MISSISAUGA, Ontario, October 15, 2014 /Canada NewsWire/ - Gay Lea Foods Co-operative Limited is pleased to announce that an agreement has been reached, effective November 1, 2014, to acquire Hewitt's Dairy. Hewitt's, a family-owned and -operated processor in Hagersville, Ontario, has been in the dairy industry for over 125 years.
"With this acquisition we continue the Ontario tradition of the family farm," says Gay Lea Foods Chair Paul Vickers. "Hewitt's Dairy, like our co-operative, began with a farmer providing fresh milk to local families, and expanded its dedication to rural communities over the course of many years."
"Hewitt's Dairy and Gay Lea Foods have two strong and rich histories in the province of Ontario," says Hewitt's owner and president, Marie Hewitt. "I know Gay Lea Foods is committed to the dream our family created; to our loyal employees; to our valued customers; to our quality dairy goat producers; and to the community in which we live."
Fresh from a country dairy, Hewitt's Dairy produces milk, cream, sour cream, cultured beverages, yogourt and a full range of dairy goat products. The processor specializes in processing and co-packing niche products for its many valued customers. It also offers a selection of more than 100 flavours of regular ice cream, sugar-free and low-fat ice cream, frozen yogourt, sherbet and goat ice cream at its popular dairy bar, located on Hwy 6 north of Hagersville.
"This acquisition will expand Gay Lea's presence in the Ontario dairy marketplace and increase the diversity of our basket of goods," says Michael Barrett, president and CEO of Gay Lea Foods. "We look forward to new opportunities as we welcome such a well-respected brand to our co-operative."
About Gay Lea Foods Co-operative Limited
Gay Lea Foods, founded in 1958, is Ontario's largest dairy co-operative with 1,200 members and 835 employees. Its sales in 2013 topped $560 million. It is a leader in the dairy industry and the co-operative sector, with its head office in Mississauga and seven production facilities across Ontario. Its brands, Gay Lea, Nordica, Ivanhoe and Salerno, have a strong presence in the retail, foodservice and industrial ingredients sectors. www.gaylea.com
About Hewitt's Dairy
Hewitt's Dairy, founded in 1887, is located in Hagersville, Ontario. It has 65 employees. It specializes in the processing of high quality milk, cream, cultured beverages, yogourt, premium ice cream, and a complete line of goat milk products, including organic goat milk in glass bottles and fresh organic chèvre. The Hewitt's brand is well-known in the retail and foodservice markets. www.hewittsdairy.com