Lactalis Canada has agreed to purchase dessert manufacturer Marie Morin Canada for an undisclosed sum.
Founded in 2004, Marie Morin manufactures traditional French recipes made from natural ingredients and sold in glass jars.
The acquisition will see the Canadian division of Lactalis Group expand its presence in the dessert category, entering both the Canadian and US markets. The move will complement Lactalis Canada’s extensive dairy portfolio, which includes cheese, table spreads, yogurt and fluid brands.
Through the deal, Lactalis will acquire Marie Morin’s product line of desserts, featuring traditional recipes, such as its signature crème brûlée, chocolate mousse and cheesecakes.
Lactalis will also take ownership of Marie Morin’s production facility located in Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, Québec. Additionally, the deal will result in the integration of 52 employees from Marie Morin, who will join Lactalis’s current workforce of over 4,000 employees in the country and 30 operating sites, including 19 manufacturing facilities spread across Québec, Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia.
Mark Taylor, president and CEO of Lactalis Canada, said: “We are delighted to add Marie Morin Canada and its product line of signature desserts to the Lactalis Canada family”.
“As part of our broad-based dairy portfolio that continues to evolve and expand to meet consumer trends and demands, this acquisition will enable Lactalis Canada to pursue its strategy in developing desserts for the North American market and will further expand our product offering for our valued retail and foodservice customers.”
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