New collaborative partnership will leverage collective expertise to deliver excellence in Canadian foodservice
December 6, 2022 –Toronto, Ontario – Lactalis Canada Foodservice – a division of Canadian dairy leader Lactalis Canada – and the Canadian Culinary Federation, Canada’s national association of professional chefs and cooks, are pleased to announce a new national partnership aimed at delivering excellence in foodservice. As the exclusive National Dairy Partner for the Canadian Culinary Federation, Lactalis Canada Foodservice will collaborate closely with the association’s members on dairy solutions, food trends, flavour, format, product research and development under its best-selling brands Astro, IÖGO, Beatrice, Black Diamond, Cracker Barrel, Galbani Professionale, Lactantia, Mozzabene, Président Professionnel, P’tit Québec, Racolli, and Siggi’s.
“Lactalis Canada Foodservice is very proud to join forces with the Culinary Federation and its 1000+ esteemed member chefs who share a common dedication and commitment to the food industry,” said Iven Zanardo, General Manager, Foodservice, Ingredients & Exports at Lactalis Canada. “With over 140 years of heritage, our purpose is to enrich and nurture the lives of Canadians and we are excited to continue to do just that as the National Dairy Partner for the Culinary Federation.”
“As the Culinary Federation moves into 2023, and the celebration of 60 years of developing and supporting culinary professionals across Canada, we are energized to be collaborating with such an innovative industry leader,” said Chef Ryan Marquis, President at Culinary Federation. “This partnership will bring together experts in product development and manufacturing with leaders in back-of-house execution, and we are excited to share our culinary insights and knowledge.”
“From milk and cheese, to yogourt and butter, as Canada’s one-stop dairy shop for the foodservice industry, we are committed to delivering a wide range of high-quality, tasty products and popular brands,” said Steve Hutchinson, Vice President Marketing, Foodservice and Ingredients at Lactalis Canada. “Through our partnership with the Culinary Federation, we look forward to collaborating with industry professionals and experts to help craft and deliver exceptional dairy solutions for menu preparation, new trends and the overall foodservice experience.”
About Lactalis Canada
With 140 years of brand heritage, Lactalis Canada is committed to enriching and nurturing the lives of Canadians by producing nutritious and great tasting dairy products. Named on Forbes 2022 list of Canada’s Best Employers, Lactalis Canada directly employs 4,000 Canadians, supports hundreds of farming families and contributes to the livelihoods of thousands of Canadians who provide essential services to Lactalis Canada’s more than 30 operating sites including 19 manufacturing facilities. The company’s iconic brands include Cracker Barrel, Black Diamond, P’tit Québec, Balderson, Cheestrings Ficello, aMOOza!, Astro, Khaas, siggi’s, IÖGO, IÖGO nanö, Olympic, Lactantia, Beatrice, Galbani, and Président. Lactalis Canada’s commitment to responsible and sustainable growth has been recognized with the 2021 Canadian Grocer Impact Award for Sustainability and its CDN $2.9 million investment to the communities in which it operates. Lactalis Canada is part of Lactalis Group, the world’s leading dairy company, headquartered in Laval, France. For more information, visit www.lactalis.ca.
About Culinary Federation
Founded in 1963, the Culinary Federation is a Canadian association of professional chefs and cooks with active membership of 1000+ and 21 local branches across Canada. Member chefs come from diverse industry verticals including multi-unit chains, independent operators, international hotel groups, institutional and educational facilities (professors and students), food manufacturers and food distributors. The Culinary Federation gives members the opportunity to connect locally, nationally and internationally with culinary peers – to network and learn from each other, give back to the local community and mentor up-and-coming industry professionals. For more information, visit www.culinaryfederation.ca.
Corporate Communications Manager, Lactalis Canada
Communications and Partnership Development, Canadian Culinary Federation