Dr. Oetker Opens New Production Facility in London, Ontario

Expansion will be the company's pizza production hub for all of North America

LONDON, ON, May 21, 2014 /CNW/ - At an event held yesterday afternoon, Dr. Oetker Canada, the maker of many beloved frozen pizza brands, dessert brands and dry baking products for both retail and food service, officially opened the company's new frozen pizza production facility in London, Ontario. The plant, which has been in operation since mid-March, will act as a production hub for the company's North American pizza operations.

"Canada is an excellent market for Dr. Oetker," said Dr. Christian von Twickel, Executive Vice President at Dr. Oetker Canada. "Canadians are particularly receptive to our type of innovative and high-quality products and we are excited to have opened our first North American frozen pizza plant in London, Ontario.  We are confident in the local workforce, the Ontario agri-food sector and the North American market and we are honoured to be part of the London community."

The London facility houses production of the company's pizza lines, including Ristorante, a thin-crust gourmet pizza, Casa di Mama, its Italian homemade style pizza and Panebello, its bakery crust pizza.  Over time, the facility will produce up to 50 million frozen pizzas every year for both the Canadian and U.S. markets, and will source millions of pounds of high-quality raw ingredients from Ontario farmers and food processors.

Dr. Oetker Canada has been in operation since 1960 and ranks as one of the top five subsidiaries for the food organization which operates in over than 39 countries. Dr. Oetker's Canadian operation includes manufacturing and R&D facilities located in Mississauga and now in London, Ontario that produce over 190 products.  With a clear focus and a culture that thrives on innovation, quality products and fresh thinking, Dr. Oetker Canada has enjoyed strong growth, with the business having more than doubled in size over the last ten years.   Dr. Oetker is the acknowledged market leader in the thin crust pizza category in Canada, and positioned number two in the overall Canadian pizza meal market.

About Dr. Oetker Canada

Since 1960, Dr. Oetker Canada Ltd. has provided innovative quality food products to Canadian consumers.  Recognized as one of the fastest growing food manufacturing companies in Canada, Dr. Oetker  produces and distributes a variety of desserts mixes and baking ingredients (Shirriff and Dr. Oetker branded) and frozen pizzas (Ristorante, Casa di Mama and Panebello). The Canadian company is a subsidiary of the family-run Oetker Group which is currently led by Mr. Richard Oetker, great-grandson of the original founder. Established in 1891 with the launch of Germany's first baking powder, today Dr. Oetker carries out a legacy rooted in the belief that "quality is the best recipe" and a commitment to building a sustainable presence in the communities in which it does business.  In 2013, sales for Dr. Oetker were over $3 billion worldwide.

Image with caption: "Dr. h.c. August Oetker speaking at the grand opening of the company's new pizza plant in London, Ontario. (CNW Group/Dr. Oetker Canada Ltd.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140521_C9295_PHOTO_EN_40593.jpg

SOURCE: Dr. Oetker Canada Ltd.

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Media contact:
Patrick Jordan
FleishmanHillard
416-645-8207
patrick.jordan@fleishman.ca

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