Agropur acquires Laiterie Lamothe



    DRUMMONDVILLE, QC, March 14 /CNW Telbec/ - Agropur Cooperative, Canada's
largest dairy cooperative, has just acquired the Drummondville-based dairy
Laiterie Lamothe.
    The dairy will join the Agropur Division Natrel, a Canadian leader in
fluid milk and value-added dairy products. "What's special about Laiterie
Lamothe is that it caters to market segments in which we're not active, like
organic milk. This acquisition will allow us to expand our line of products
and to be more active in a region where our presence is less felt," said
Agropur's Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Pierre Claprood.
    "The Laiterie Lamothe has been part of the Centre-du-Québec landscape for
nearly 100 years and the whole region is very proud of it. The Agropur family
is happy to be able to rely on the reputation of Lamothe products and know-how
of its employees," he added.
    "I thank clients and consumers for their loyalty toward Lamothe products
over all these years. I hope they will continue to buy them while now giving
their support to Natrel. I am happy that Agropur is continuing its plant
operations and proud that the company has expansion projects for organic
milk," said Mr. Jean-Claude Lamothe, the dairy's President.

    About Laiterie Lamothe

    Established in 1913, Laiterie Lamothe & Frères Ltée produces a range of
quality fresh dairy products, including fluid milk, flavoured milk, Omega-3
enriched milk and organic milk. Since its foundation, it has been working with
local dairy farmers to make its products, which are available in many stores
throughout Quebec.

    About Agropur

    Founded in 1938, Agropur cooperative is a leader in the Canadian dairy
industry, with sales of $2.45 billion. It has 3,783 members, nearly 4,800
employees and 25 plants in Canada, the U.S. and Argentina, as well as numerous
distribution centres across the country. It processes more than nearly two and
a half billion litres of milk per year and offers an impressive line of
products, which includes such famous brands as Québon, Oka, Sealtest and
Natrel and Yoplait.




For further information:

For further information: Julie Boursiquot, Senior Advisor, Public
Relations and Communications, Agropur, (450) 646-1010, ext. 4563


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