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