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 Agropur Expands With Nova Scotia's Cook's Dairy  

Dairy giant Agropur plans to expand its reach further into Atlantic Canada by buying the dairy which makes what's billed as southwestern Nova Scotia's leading milk brand.

The Quebec-based co-operative announced it will buy Chebogue, N.S.-based Cook's Dairy, maker of the Cook's brand of milk, chocolate milk, ice cream, whipping cream, sour cream, eggnog and fruit juices.

Cook's, a family-owned company in business in Yarmouth County since the 1940s, buys from local farms, processes about 2.7 million litres of fluid milk and other dairy goods per year, and distributes to about 200 retailers in the region.

Terms of the family's deal with Agropur weren't released, except that Cook's general manager Don Cook and sales manager Randy Cook have agreed to remain with the business.

Agropur CEO Robert Coallier said the Cook's deal "furthers our strategy to give us a greater reach in this region, as well as deepens our market presence and product variety."

The co-op's members voted in March to approve a merger with another Nova Scotia dairy co-operative, Farmers' Co-operative Dairy, which distributes across Atlantic Canada.

Agropur last year also expanded the operations of Ultima Foods, its joint venture with Edmonton's Agrifoods International, to launch Iogo, a new yogurt and dairy product line.

Source: Canadian Cattlemen

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