Thornloe Cheese bought by Gay Lea Foods


Gay Lea Foods Co-operative Limited has confirmed its acquisition of Thornloe Cheese from EastGen.

Located in Northern Ontario,  Thornloe Cheese has been a local producer of cheese and cheese curds near Thornloe, Ont.,  for over 75 years. Employing about 30 people, Thornloe is known for its speciality cheese and recently introduced the first butter and cheeses made with milk sourced from Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO) Verified Grass Fed program. The company now operates one retail store and services a wide range of wholesale customers in Northern Ontario and Quebec.

Left to right: Steve Dolson, director, Gay Lea Foods; David Larmer, president, EastGen (Facebook)

Thornloe Cheese was bought in 2007 by Gencor, EastGen’s predecessor, when it was destined to be closed by Parmalat.

“The EastGen Board of Directors are very pleased that Thornloe will continue to operate under a farmer-owned cooperative. We are confident that Gay Lea Foods will support and contribute to the legacy of making award-winning innovative products from milk produced by Northern Ontario farms,” says David Larmer, EastGen president. “Being a part of Gay Lea Foods will allow Thornloe to continue to expand their markets going forward.”

Gay Lea Foods is a Canadian farmer-owned co-operative with members on more than 1,400 dairy farms across Ontario and Manitoba, more than 4,320 producer and investor shareholders.

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