Gay Lea Foods Ready for the Next Line in the Sand


Change is good. Change is the only constant. Be the change you want to see in the world.

There’s no shortage of sayings that reference change. Michael Barrett, president and CEO of Gay Lea Foods, prefers, though, to use imagery when discussing change and being ready for it. In his words, there are lines in the sand, points in time where there’s no going back, where from here on in everything will be different.

As a company, Gay Lea has been crossing lines for some time — on a grand scale, such as committing $140 million to dairy ingredient processing, to company-wide, such as adding goat dairy to the co-operative, and even down to the launch of new and seemingly ever-changing dairy products in the grocery store (smooth cottage cheese, anyone?)

In the discussion below, Barrett references just how much change the dairy industry is experiencing, how the co-op is adapting and anticipating change, and how the newly announced Class 7 is an exciting opportunity for Gay Lea Foods.

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