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Lactalis Canada Foodservice Partners with Association of Italian Chefs of Canada (AICC)

October 12, 2023

October 12, 2023  – Toronto, Ontario – Lactalis Canada Foodservice – a division of Canadian dairy leader Lactalis Canada – and the Association of Italian Chefs of Canada (AICC) are pleased to announce a new partnership which will see Lactalis Canada’s Galbani Professionale brand as the official sponsor.

This new collaboration aims to strengthen ties between Lactalis Canada Foodservice and AICC members, consisting of independent restaurants and chefs, to further promote Italian food products and authentic Italian cooking in Canada. AICC is affiliated with the Federazione Italiana Cuochi (FIC), a widely recognized federation dedicated to promoting culinary art, boasting 15,000 members globally, including Canada.

“As the company  behind Galbani Professionale, Italy’s #1 cheese brand, Lactalis Canada Foodservice is delighted to partner with AICC and bring its top-of-the line cheeses to AICC’s 200 members of culinary professionals who uphold the same high standards of excellence and share our passion for Italian cuisine,” said Iven Zanardo, General Manager, Foodservice, Ingredients & Exports at Lactalis Canada.

“I’m delighted to be the president of FIC as we revamp the association and equip our members with the necessary tools to succeed, utilizing quality products such as those from Lactalis Canada. We are thrilled to have Galbani Professionale join us on this mission and join forces in combining the expertise of product development and manufacturing with the leaders of back-of-house execution. Together, we are looking forward to sharing our culinary wisdom and skills as we progress.” said Luciano Schipano, President of Federation of Italian Chefs of Canada (FIC Canada).


About Lactalis Canada

With 140 years of brand heritage, Lactalis 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 more than 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 20 manufacturing facilities. The company’s iconic brands include Cracker Barrel, Black Diamond, P’tit Québec, Balderson, Cheestrings Ficello, aMOOza!, Astro, Khaas, siggi’s, IÖGO, IÖGO nanö, Olympic, Lactantia, Beatrice, Marie Morin Canada, Galbani and Président. Lactalis Canada is part of Lactalis Group, the world’s leading dairy company, headquartered in Laval, France. For more information, visit


About Federation of Italian Chefs of Canada (FIC Canada)

Federation of Italian Chefs of Canada (FIC Canada) is a non-profit, apolitical organization created to maintain an interest in Italian food and authentic Italian cooking in Canada. With full membership open to professional chefs with an Italian background or extensive Italian cooking experience, associate membership for professionals involved in Italian food products either as producers or importers, and student membership for those studying hospitality, the (FIC Canada) strives to elevate the professional standards of the food and hospitality industry in Canada. In cooperation with other organizations, the FIC (Federazione Italiana Cuochi) a worldwide federation, provides support and exposure for its members, organizes carefully designed programs to introduce students to the industry, and assists in the promotion of Italian products and wines.


Media Contact:

Sarah Sutton

Corporate Communications Manager, Lactalis Canada

C: 437-249-2730