Richardson International expanded its food manufacturing business in Eastern Canada by welcoming Margarine Golden Gate – Michca Inc. to the Richardson family. The Golden Gate plant in Oakville Ontario, built in 2003, is 60,000 square feet. Today, Richardson is one of Canada’s largest fully-integrated canola processing, refining and packaging operations with current facilities in Lethbridge and Mississauga. This new acquisition affectively triples our production volumes in Eastern Canada.
Golden Gate, a Canadian business originally owned by the La Fortune family in Quebec, produces margarines and shortenings for the industrial, food service, retail and export markets and is well-known in Eastern Canada for its brands Mirage and Crystal.
“This acquisition was part of our strategy to continue growing our presence in the eastern part of the country and strengthen our position as a national player in the packaged oil business,” says Pat Van Osch, Senior Vice-President, Quality Assurance and Manufacturing.
“Combined, these facilities will strengthen our capability as a national supplier and increase our capacity to serve all segments of the market, including retail, food service and industrial,” Van Osch. “This is the next step in the evolution of our packaged food products business.”
Richardson first entered the food manufacturing business in 1999 with the purchase of Canbra Foods in Lethbridge, Alberta. Richardson does more than just processing canola, we’re through each step of the process.
“Food safety and quality assurance are paramount in today’s market,” says Van Osch. “With our integrated Richardson network, we have the unique ability to ensure quality food products right through the value chain, from the farm gate to end-use consumer markets.”