Parmalat Canada the 'big cheese' at Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Dairy Show



    - Company Takes Top Honours for the Second Straight Year -

    TORONTO, Nov. 23 /CNW/ - Parmalat Canada announced today that several of
the company's cheeses took top honours at the 2007 Royal Agricultural Winter
Fair's Dairy Products Show in Toronto, Ontario. This marks the second
consecutive year that Parmalat's cheeses have been recognized as
best-in-class.
    "We're thrilled that our cheeses did well in so many categories again
this year, despite some challenging competition," says Nash Lakha, President
and CEO, Parmalat Canada. "These results reinforce Parmalat's leadership in
the dairy market and reflect our commitment to manufacturing high-quality
products that taste great. Congratulations to our dedicated employees - this
honour is the direct result of their hard work."
    Building on Parmalat's history of impressive showings, the company was
again awarded the "Grand Champion" trophy for the Mild Cheddar class in the
Cheddar Cheese category. All winning cheddars were produced at Parmalat's
Winchester plant in Ontario. Rejean Galipeau, Parmalat's Cheese Specialist and
Master Cheese Maker of the Winchester plant, was also the recipient of the
prestigious "Silver Trier Award."
    Parmalat was also victorious in the Variety Cheese category in a number
of classes. Highlights include first and second place in the Pasta Filata
class for Fromage Mozzarella 20% and 17%, both produced at the Victoriaville
plant in Quebec. In addition, two other cheeses helped round out the company's
overall standing. Parmalat's Brick cheese produced at the Winchester plant
ranked third in the "Firm" class, and Feta cheese from the Grunthal plant in
Manitoba also achieved a third place finish in the "Interior Ripened" class.
    A team of judges awarded points for flavour, body, texture, finish,
colour and appearance. Judging was conducted by food graders from the Canadian
Food Inspection Agency.
    The Royal Agricultural Winter Dairy Products Show recognizes excellence
in the production of Canadian cheese and butter.

    About Parmalat

    With over 120 years of brand heritage in the Canadian food and dairy
industry, Parmalat Canada is committed to the health and wellness of Canadians
and markets a variety of high-quality food products that help them keep
balance in their lives. Parmalat Canada produces milk, dairy products and
ingredients, fruit juices, cultured products, cheese products and table
spreads with such respected brands as Beatrice(R), Lactantia(R), Astro(R),
Black Diamond(R), and Balderson(R).
    Our employees' continued commitment to quality and innovation has helped
Parmalat Canada become one of the largest, most-dynamic food group companies
in Canada, employing more than 2,900 people with 18 operating facilities
across the country. Parmalat Canada has operated in Canada since 1997 and is a
subsidiary of Parmalat S.p.A, of Italy.





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