Saputo Inc

Saputo Inc.
Public (SAP)
Industry Food - Major Diversified
Headquarters Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Area served Canada
Wales (United Kingdom)
United States
Key people

Lino Saputo (Executive Chairman)

Lino A. Saputo, Jr. (Vice-Chairman, CEO, President)
Revenue Net income
Employees 9,200 (2008)[2]

Alto Dairy Cooperative

Dairyland Canada

Neilson Dairy

Vachon Inc.

Saputo Inc. (mergers and acquisitions.

Saputo operates in Canada, as well as in the United States, Germany, Wales and Argentina. It is the largest dairy processor in Canada,[4] third largest in Argentina, and among the three largest cheese makers in the United States. About a third of its revenues come from the company’s United States operations. Saputo has the Canadian rights to Hostess Brands products (one scenario, with the bankruptcy & closure of Hostess Brands, has Saputo making some or all of the brands, like Twinkies, for the U.S. and possibly the world market).[5]


Saputo acquired Dairyworld Foods and its stable of brands including "Dairyland" milk and "Armstrong" cheese, which was the production and marketing arm of Agrifoods International Cooperative Ltd, in 2001 for C$407 million.[6][7] Agrifoods International was itself the result of a series of mergers between dairy cooperatives in Western Canada in the 1990s. Armstrong Cheese was formerly an independent cheese maker based in Armstrong, British Columbia which was acquired by Dairyworld in 1997. After Saputo obtained the brand, it closed the plant in Armstrong.

In 2008, Saputo continued its series of acquisitions by purchasing Neilson Dairy from George Weston Limited for C$465 million.[8]

Saputo announced in 2012 it would buy Morningstar Food for US$1,45 billion.[9] The US company makes 2/3 of its sales from products sold to restaurants, including coffee, whipped cream, ice cream, cottage cheese and sour cream.


The number of trade-marks is large. There are 650 trade-marks registered in Canada.[10] Brands by Saputo include: Saputo, Alexis de Portneuf, Alto, Armstrong, Baxter, Black Creek "Wisconsin Classic", Dairyland, Danscorella, De Lucia, Dragone, DuVillage 1860, Frigo, Kingsey, La Paulina, Nutrilait, Neilson, Ricrem, Stella, Treasure Cave, HOP&GO!, Rondeau and Vachon.[11]


See also


  • Dairy Foods, August, 2004. Saputo is golden: Canada's top dairy celebrating anniversary
  • The Globe and Mail, September 15, 2003. Saputo to close two plants , sell one.
  • National Post: Saputo aims to stay a big cheese
  • Food & Drink Weekly, April 4, 2005. Saputo, the largest dairy processor in Canada, is to buy the manufacturing, marketing and distribution rights to Fromage Cote SA's and Distributions Kingsey Inc's cheese business for C$54 million

External links

  • Official site
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