Quebec dairy co-operative Agropur buys family-run Damafro cheesemaker

LONGUEUIL, Que. – Quebec dairy co-operative Agopur has acquired family-run Fromagerie Damafro in St-Damase, Que.

Damafro employs 195 workers and will become part of Agropur’s fine cheese and ingredients division.

Terms of the sale were not disclosed in Friday’s announcement.

“This acquisition strengthens Agropur’s leading position in the production and marketing of fine cheese in Canada,” Agropur CEO Robert Coallier said in a news release. “We will be able to offer our customers an even wider selection and continue innovating in the fine cheese sector.”

Damafro produces fresh milk cheeses and Greek yogurts. Its product line includes Bries and Camemberts such as Brie Snack, P’tit Connaisseur and Le Manoir. Since 2005, Damafro has been a leading processor of goat’s milk and makes goat cheeses such as Chevre des Alpes and Le Chevre Noir.

A major player in Canada’s dairy industry, Agropur has 3,400 dairy producer-owners and 6,300 employees with annual sales of nearly $3.8 billion.