Recipe for success

Recipe for success

In 2007, Parmalat Canada announced it was closing the doors on Thornloe Cheese. After nearly 70 years in business, the future looked grim for the historic cheese producer. Then, a non-profit farmer-owned cooperative, Gencor, stepped in with a plan to save the company. With help from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation, Thornloe Cheese expanded and modernized its operations, and went from making cheddar cheese and curds to producing a wide line of award-winning specialty varieties, including asiago, stilton-style blue cheese and romano. Within a few years, Thornloe cheeses were on the shelves of major grocery stores across Ontario and Western Canada, including Loblaws, Metro, Sobeys and Longos. And, they were winning awards at events such as the Canadian Cheese Grand Prix. In 2014, the company won a Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence. “If it hadn’t been for the NOHFC, we wouldn’t be in business today,” says Yves Gauthier, Thornloe’s executive director, who notes the NOHFC provided additional expansion funding in 2016. “Instead, we’re thriving.”

Who
Thornloe Cheese

Where
Thornloe

Program
Enterprises North Job Creation Program