The 5.5-acre Bell Boulevard site boasts a full dairy operation producing fluid milk, creams, ice cream and all natural juices and drinks. The dairy operation covers 50,000 square feet of space and has undergone three major additions over the past two decades. "All the processing and packing equipment is state-of-the-art and automated and can be viewed through the store's viewing window," Stephen Quickert said.
Reid's Dairy produces two per cent of the fluid milk supply in Ontario, making it the largest independent dairy operation in the province. It's product is distributed to retailers and institutions from Ottawa to Hamilton.
The dairy employs 90 full and part-time people and is a 24/7 operation between the delivery of fluid milk from area farmers to pouring out the final product, be it milk, table cream or ice cream.
The dairy is an Agriculture Canada inspected plant and has a fully-equipped in-house laboratory and staff "to guarantee quality of products we produce from this facility."
- Reid's Dairy President Stephen Quickert
The dairy has celebrated many "firsts" over the past year. "Last year, we became a peanut-free facility so that all ice cream products are peanut free," he said.
Quickert said it was also the first dairy in North America to introduce the reusable screw cap single serve dairy carton used mainly in schools. The cartons also display healthy messages for children.
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"We are focused on quality because our allegiance is to our customers. We make only highest quality dairy and fruit juice products, and you can really tell how much we care when you look at our packaging."
Stephen Quickert Reid's Dairy President