Kateryna Bandura, New Pathway – Ukrainian News.
Canadian dairy company M-C Dairy has signed a business expansion contract with a Polish company Infis. The $10 million expansion plan is expected to be completed in 1.5 years.
Borys Wrzesnewskyj of M-C Dairy and Mihal Tomaszek of Infis signed a six-part business expansion plan at Toronto’s Polish Consulate, near Royal York Road and Lakeshore Boulevard. The contract between M-C Dairy and Infis is the biggest bilateral contract ever signed at the Consulate.
“There are three simple rules at M-C Dairy,” Borys Wrzesnewskyj said Monday, December 23. “We make our products traditionally, they have to be natural, and they have to be best in class.”
Wrzesnewskyj said that he searched for four years for the best dairy production line for tvorozhnyj syr (cottage cheese). He finally settled on equipment from Infis as, according to him, today some of the best dairy technology and engineering come from Poland.
Former MP for Etobicoke Centre, Wrzesnewskyj retired from politics in 2019 and continues his business as the owner at Etobicoke-based Future Bakery and M-C Dairy. His relationship with M-C began with the making of the best “syrnycky” – small pancakes with soft white cheese. M-C Dairy started as an 800-square feet garage operation in the Junction neighborhood in Toronto after the Second World War, “with three Ukrainian refugees, who took a leap of faith to build a dairy operation in Toronto,” Wrzesnewskyj said.
“And today, once again, I’m taking a leap of faith making this major investment,” Wrzesnewskyj said.
Today, M-C Dairy is a 12,000 sq. ft. plant that produces high-quality farmer’s cheese and other dairy products. Wrzesnewskyj said the contract will guarantee a state-of-the-art production facility of the highest quality not just in Canada, but in North America.
Among the attending dignitaries was Mary Ng, federal minister for small business, export promotion and international trade.
“It’s an example of how a small to medium-sized company like M-C Dairy can grow, building opportunities while strengthening our national economy,” Minister Ng said at the signing ceremony.
Small and medium-sized businesses are the cornerstone of the Canadian economy, Minister Ng said. They make up 99 per cent of all businesses in Canada and they employ more than 10 million Canadians. To help these businesses thrive, the Liberal government has lowered business taxes for small businesses, removed regulations and made doing business easier through the Canada Business app. All this helps to access the 1.5 billion customers in the international marketplace, available to Canadian businesses in 50 countries through Canada’s current free trade agreements, said Ng.