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Canadian government invests in Ontario cheesemaker

15 June 2022

The aim is to increase production, competitiveness

Canada's minister of agriculture Marie-Claude Bibeau announced an investment of up to $2,038,092 for Quality Cheese in Vaughan, Ontario, under the Dairy Processing Investment Fund.

Quality Cheese uses cow, goat and buffalo milk to make award-winning Italian speciality cheeses and cheese products for the North American market. The investment is enabling the company to meet growing consumer demand for its products with the introduction of new production lines, cheese cutting, conditioning and ripening equipment, and packaging and storage hardware.

The company is also using a new software system to streamline the handling of all financial transactions and production functions, resulting in greater efficiency. As a result of these innovations, Quality Cheese has added 25 full-time positions, increasing its workforce to 108 people.

"With the help of funding through the Dairy Processing Investment Fund, we have been able to boost production at our facilities by investing in new equipment and talent," said Joseph Borgo, vice-president of finance at Quality Cheese Inc. "We have created 25 new full-time positions to meet our increased production capacity, and by reducing costs, we can focus on product innovation as we continue to be a leading supplier of specialty cheeses for the North American market."

The $100-million Dairy Processing Investment Fund was created to help Canadian dairy processors modernize their businesses and improve their productivity and competitiveness. The fund has supported dairy processors in adapting to market changes resulting from the implementation of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).

 



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