(Jun. 1/13) Following years of lobbying by Restaurants Canada and its members, the Canadian Dairy Commission (CDC) has lowered the price of mozzarella cheese used by restaurants for fresh pizza. The new price class helps to level the playing field with frozen pizza makers, who have long enjoyed much lower cheese prices under Canada’s outdated supply management system.

The new 3(d) cheese class for foodservice operators took effect June 1, 2013. It covers standardized mozzarella cheeses to be used strictly on fresh pizzas. Foodservice businesses must register with the CDC to have access to the lower-priced cheese.

Key Facts:

  • The mozzarella cheese discount is only for restaurant operators
  • It applies to mozzarella cheese purchased in block, diced or shredded
  • The savings will be 5-10% – the exact amount depends on the mozzarella composition and costs to processors and distributors for administering the program.
  • You must register with the Canadian Dairy Commission to receive the special discount. Register online at www.milkingredients.ca
  • The special discount is currently a 15-month pilot program. We need the support of all restaurants that prepare pizza to ensure this discount continues.

Restaurants Canada members: We will help you get the price you deserve! Here’s what one of our members had to say:

“I found Restaurants Canada to be very helpful with excellent service in support of our registration with the CDC. Member services even helped us with how to go about the online registration process, which wasn’t something we were too familiar with. Anything that helps me save money has to be very good if not excellent. As a result of the information provided by Restaurants Canada and the specifics of the program, we made a slight adjustment in the type of mozza we use, and now save even more money when you consider the price of the product we now use, and the 3(d) discount available.”

Andy Brunelle of Pizza Dee’s in Wasaga Beach, Ontario

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