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Lactalis Canada Announces Appointment of Stephane Chatel as Vice President, Quality Assurance

April 6, 2022

April 6, 2022 – Toronto, ON – 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 appointment of Stephane Chatel to the position of Vice President, Quality Assurance, effective April 4, 2022. In this position, Stephane will oversee the planning, management and execution of all quality management, quality control and food safety activities within Lactalis Canada.

“We’re delighted to have Stephane join Lactalis Canada as Vice President, Quality Assurance and welcome his global industry experience in Quality Assurance and Food Safety,” said Mark Taylor, President and CEO, Lactalis Canada. “We’re confident that Stephane’s extensive knowledge and expertise will serve to further complement our strong and dedicated team and ensure we continue to enrich and nurture the lives of Canadians with nutritious, high-quality products.”

“This is an exciting and transformative time at Lactalis Canada and I am thrilled about the opportunities ahead,” said Stephane Chatel, Vice President, Quality Assurance. “Lactalis Canada’s iconic brands are known and loved for their high-quality and great taste by consumers across the country and I’m really looking forward to working together with this talented team to continue to offer Canadians with the best of dairy.”

Stephane Chatel brings over 30 years of food industry experience in Quality, Food Safety, Research & Development to Lactalis Canada. In Canada, Stephane most recently served as Vice President of Quality & Food Safety for Weston Foods, Fresh, Ambient, and Frozen Baked Goods business. Prior to this, Stephane held the position of Vice-President Quality, Food Safety & Crisis Management for the Dairy and Plant-based business of Danone Canada. Stephane formerly spent over 20 years working for Danone in France and held multiple progressive roles over his tenure, including but not limited to Corporate Quality in Design Senior Manager, Plant Quality, Food Safety & Environmental Director, Project Quality & Packaging R&D Director and Manufacturing Quality Director.

Stephane Chatel replaces Lactalis Canada’s current Vice President of Quality Assurance Jennifer Boyles who will retire in May 2022.

About Lactalis Canada Inc.

With 140 years of brand heritage, Lactalis Canada (formerly Parmalat Canada) is committed to enriching and nurturing the lives of Canadians by producing nutritious and great tasting dairy products. Named on Forbes 2022 list of Canada’s Best Employers, Lactalis Canada directly employs 4,000 Canadians, supports hundreds of farming families and contributes to the livelihoods of thousands of Canadians who provide essential services to Lactalis Canada’s more than 30 operating sites including 19 manufacturing facilities. The company’s iconic brands include Cracker Barrel, Black Diamond, P’tit Québec, Balderson, Cheestrings Ficello, aMOOza!, Astro, siggi’s, Stonyfield, IÖGO, IÖGO nanö, Olympic, Lactantia, Beatrice, Galbani, and Président. Lactalis Canada’s commitment to responsible and sustainable growth has been recognized with the 2021 Canadian Grocer Impact Award for Sustainability and its CDN $2.9 million investment to the communities in which it operates. Lactalis Canada is a subsidiary of Lactalis Group, the world’s leading dairy group, headquartered in Laval, France. For more information, visit

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Media Contact:

Sarah Sutton
Manager, Corporate Communications, Lactalis Canada
c: (437) 249-2730