By Adam Brazeau
CORNWALL, Ontario – You know you have a recipe for success when you’re a Global Supreme Champion and a regional recipient of the Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence.
Glengarry Cheesemaking Inc. owner Margaret Peters was presented with the award at a ceremony held in Ottawa on November 12.
“On behalf of council, I would like to extend our congratulations to Glengarry Cheesemaking on this exceptional achievement,” said Mayor Ian McLeod.
“We are proud of our agricultural businesses and their contributions to our community and are thrilled that the province has recognized Margaret’s innovative approach to cheese production.”
The Premier’s Award is given to members of the agriculture and food industry for contributions to the creation of new products, adding value to existing products, helping support job creation, and building economic growth in Ontario.
The Lancaster business is renowned for its unique and innovative approach to pasteurizing and aging their cheese.
It starts with high-quality local milk. Next, Peters uses a passive high-temperature, short-time pasteurizer – one of the first of its kind in Ontario. Imported from Sweden, it offers a safer and more energy-efficient alternative to conventional systems.
GC’s other innovation is using a unique, European-designed flow system to age its cheeses.
As a result, it can produce a number of different specialty cheeses, including their flagship product, Lankaaster Aged Loaf, which won the Global Supreme Champion award at the 2013 Global Cheesemaking Competition in Summerset, UK.
They’re the first Canadian company to win the award in the competition’s 153-year history.