Bothwell Cheese first Canadian cheese manufacturer to receive Non-GMO Project Status

Manitoba-based company celebrates 80th anniversary, purchases creamery and announces plans to offer Non-GMO Project Verified line of Cheeses.

NEW BOTHWELL, MB, Nov. 29, 2016 /CNW/ - Bothwell Cheese, an independently owned Canadian manufacturer of premium cheeses, today announced that it is the first Canadian cheese manufacturer in a position to offer cheeses made with milk that comes from dairy farms verified by the Non-GMO Project. This distinction comes as Bothwell Cheese celebrates its 80th anniversary, having started as a cooperative in 1936 by a group of Manitoba dairy farmers.

In 2017, Bothwell Cheese will launch a Non-GMO Project Verified product line that will be made with milk from dairy cows that are fed non-GMO crops.

"Bothwell Cheese has a long history of introducing innovations in cheese to provide customers with greater choice," said Kevin Thomson, President, Bothwell Cheese. "Individuals and families are telling us they would like to be given more choice and we are proud to be able to offer this as an option."

The Non-GMO Project Verification is the fastest growing label in the natural products industry representing $19.2 billion in annual sales, and more than 39,000 verified products. Non-GMO Verified products are in demand and the Non-GMO Project Verified seal is the most trusted non-GMO label among consumers.

According to a 2015 Ipsos Reid Poll, 88 per cent of Canadians believe labels (for GMO) should be made mandatory by the Canadian government, 87 per cent said because "I just want to know what's in the food I'm eating".

The Non-GMO Project's Verification Program is North America's only third-party program for verifying a product's ingredients. Its seal gives shoppers the assurance that a product has completed comprehensive third-party verification for compliance with the Non-GMO Project Standard.

Bothwell Cheese has been growing steadily since it began as a cooperative in 1936. Recently, it purchased Notre Dame Creamery on October 31, 2016, a 95 year old company located in South Western Manitoba.  Bothwell Cheese produces and distributes more than 25 varieties of premium cheeses through various national, regional and independent retailers including:  Sobeys, Safeway, Costco, Save On Foods, Metro, Longos and The North West Company serving northern Canadian communities.

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ABOUT BOTHWELL CHEESE:
Started in New Bothwell, Manitoba in 1936 by a group of local dairy farmers, Bothwell Cheese has grown steadily over the last 80 years from the small dairy cooperative to one of Canada's largest independently owned cheese manufacturers. Bothwell Cheese prides itself on providing Canadians with premium cheese made with all-natural ingredients, and 100 per cent pure Canadian milk. The company produces and distributes more than 25 varieties of cheeses in the following categories: Traditional, Flavoured, Smoked, Cheese Curds, Shredded, and Sliced.

ABOUT NOTRE DAME CREAMERY:
One of the few remaining small town creameries in Canada, Notre Dame Creamery was founded in Notre Dame de Lourdes, Manitoba in 1921. The company produces old fashioned style butter using a conventional butter churn and organic milk which is sold and distributed throughout the local Manitoba market.

SOURCE Bothwell Cheese

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