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History

As a premier provider of trusted dairy and food products to Canadian consumers, Parmalat Canada’s respected brand roots go back over 120 distinguished years in Canada:

  • In 1881, retired British Army sergeant John Balderson started making cheese in Balderson Corners, Ontario, earning awards at every major cheese making competition both in Canada and abroad
  • Robert F. Hart established Black Diamond Cheese in 1933 making it the first brand-name cheddar in Canada
  • Victoriaville Quebec – famous for hockey sticks – is also where agronomist Lionel Beaudet founded Lactantia Ltd. in 1947 – the first Canadian butter maker to use aluminum wrapping to preserve his butter’s “farm fresh goodness”

In 1997 Parmalat Canada acquired these and other brands making it one of Canada’s largest food companies.

Parmalat Canada has operated in Canada since 1997 and is a subsidiary of Parmalat 
S.p.A of Italy.