Winnipeg, Manitoba – (October 17, 2016) Vitalus Nutrition Inc (“Vitalus”) and Gay Lea Foods Co- operative Limited (“Gay Lea Foods”) today announced plans to invest in new dairy processing in Manitoba.
Vitalus and Gay Lea Foods have entered into a joint venture to process dairy ingredients and butter in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The joint venture includes plans for significant upgrades to modernize an existing food manufacturing facility, creating a need for new skilled labour, increased drying capacity in Western Canada, and new butter production to respond to market demands.
The Vitalus-Gay Lea Foods joint venture also provides a new market opportunity for milk from Manitoba dairy farms, as Dairy Farmers of Manitoba will be supplying the raw milk for the new processing facility. In addition, dairy farmers in the province will have the opportunity to join Gay Lea Foods as member owners.
(Vancouver, BC): The Boards of Directors of the Alberta Dairy Council (ADC) and the British Columbia Dairy Council (BCDC) are pleased to announce the formation of a new organization to represent the interests of dairy processors in western Canada.
On June 5, 2017 the Western Dairy Council was incorporated under the Canada Not For Profit Corporations Act. The Western Council is a new organization and will have a mandate to represent the dairy processing industry across all four western provinces.
“The idea of merging the Alberta and BC Dairy Councils has been on our minds for a number of years,” explains Ian Tott, Chair of the Alberta Dairy Council. “In light of the many changes that are taking place in the dairy industry today, we believe the time is right. Most of these changes are driven by forces at the regional, national and even international levels so increasing our presence in these forums is timely and important.”