Lactalis acquires Kraft Heinz’s Grated cheese business
By Food in Canada staffBusiness Operations Dairy cheese Editor pick Kraft Heinz Lactalis Canada
Lactalis Canada adds Kraft Heinz’s Grated cheese business to its growing portfolio as part of the Group’s U.S. affiliate completing its acquisition of Kraft Heinz’s Natural, Grated, Cultured and Specialty cheese businesses in the United States and entire international cheese business outside North America.
Under the terms of the agreement, the acquisition includes the Kraft Heinz Grated cheese business in Canada, marking Lactalis Canada’s entry into the ambient category. As part of this transaction, Lactalis Canada acquires production capability, which remains at Kraft Heinz’s plant in Montreal, Que.
“The integration of Kraft Heinz’s Grated cheese business enhances Lactalis Canada’s capacity and capability to provide Canadian consumers with quality household brands and perfectly complements our growing portfolio of broad-based dairy products with the addition of parmesan,” said Mark Taylor, president and CEO, Lactalis Canada. “This transaction reinforces our long-term investment in Canada and its food processing sector and marks Lactalis Canada’s foray into this part of the category.”
The addition of the Kraft Heinz Grated cheese business builds on Lactalis Canada’s growth strategy that includes the 2019 acquisition of Kraft Heinz Canada’s Natural cheese business, which included the Cracker Barrel, P’tit Québec and aMOOza! brands as well as the March 2021 acquisition of Agropur’s Ultima Foods, which comprised the IÖGO, IÖGO nanö and Olympic brands.
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