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Lactalis Canada Announces Appointment of Martin Santerre as Senior Vice President of Industrial

April 26, 2024

April 26, 2024 – Toronto, Ontario – Lactalis Canada – the Canadian dairy leader behind iconic brands like Cracker Barrel, Black Diamond, Balderson, Astro and Lactantia and a subsidiary of France-based Lactalis Group – is pleased to announce the promotion of Martin Santerre to the position of Senior Vice President of Industrial, effective May 1, 2024. In this position, Martin will have total oversight of Lactalis Canada’s 20 manufacturing facilities for cheese and tablespreads, yogourt and cultured, fluid and dessert across Canada.

“Martin has continuously demonstrated exceptional leadership and a deep understanding of our manufacturing processes, making him a natural fit to be at the helm of Lactalis Canada’s industrial operations as we further strengthen our manufacturing capabilities to deliver on our long-term goals,” said Mark Taylor, President & CEO, Lactalis Canada.

“At Lactalis Canada, we take incredible pride in the craftmanship of our high-quality, nutritious and tasty products that Canadians know and love,” said Martin Santerre, Senior Vice President of Industrial. “In my new role, I look forward to leveraging the skills and passion of Lactalis Canada’s entire industrial team to continue to drive innovation and excellence in our operations, steering us towards even greater success.”

With significant industrial experience, Martin joined Lactalis Canada in 2017 in the role of Vice President, Manufacturing – Dairy Food Group (DFG) focused on cheese and tablespreads. Prior to this, Martin held multiple senior industrial roles at Hood Packaging and Agropur including Vice President, Manufacturing and Procurement – Fluid Division and Vice President, Manufacturing and Technical Services – Fine Cheese Division & Groupo La Lacteo Argentina.

Martin replaces Franck Lallemand who will be taking on a new role as Senior Vice President of Industrial Projects before moving back to join Lactalis France in October 2024, while Ronan Lostanlen will join Lactalis Canada effective July 1, 2024, as Lactalis Canada’s new Vice President, Manufacturing – DFG.


About Lactalis Canada Inc.

With over 140 years of brand heritage, Lactalis Canada is the Canadian dairy leader behind iconic brands Cracker Barrel, Black Diamond, P’tit Québec, Balderson, Cheestrings Ficello, aMOOza!, Astro, Khaas, siggi’s, iÖGO and iÖGO nanö , Olympic, Lactantia, Beatrice, Marie Morin Canada, Galbani, and Président. With more than 30 operating sites including 20 manufacturing facilities, the company and its more than 4200 employees are committed to enriching and nurturing the lives of Canadians through its high-quality products, contribution to communities and partnership with farmers, customers, partners and suppliers. Lactalis Canada is part of Lactalis Group, the world’s leading dairy company, headquartered in Laval, France. For more information, visit



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