Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence

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2014 Regional Award Winner


Quality Cheese Inc.

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Quality Cheese Inc.

Albert Borgo, MPP Arthur Potts and Joseph Borgo

To make authentic mozzarella, you have to start with water buffalo milk. Thanks to five pioneering farmers who have begun raising water buffalo in Ontario, Vaughan-based Quality Cheese has that crucial ingredient. It took plenty of research and even more trial and error, but the fourth-generation cheesemaker succeeded in transforming water buffalo milk into a soft, buttery mozzarella di bufala. Today, Quality Cheese sells its award-winning cheese to national retailers, small boutiques and restaurants across the country. Because it's made here in Ontario, it's fresher and cheaper than imported versions, and it has a smaller carbon footprint to boot. But Quality Cheese hasn't stopped there. With the creation of buffalo ricotta and a third buffalo-milk product currently in development, cheese-loving locavores have even more to celebrate.

Creation Date: November 19, 2014
Last Reviewed: November 19, 2014