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StoryOctober 23, 2019

Cobourg, Ontario plant has much to celebrate

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The cereal-infused cupcakes, courtesy of Post Consumer Brands team member Amanda Bevan, weren’t the only surprise at Cobourg’s anniversary celebration. A local hunger relief organization also received a significant donation. Current and retired employees, local dignitaries and charitable partners gathered to celebrate Post’s 125th and Malt-O-Meal’s 100th anniversaries, and our Cobourg, Ontario plant’s 40th anniversary.


Cupcakes made by Amanda Bevan with cereal.

MPP (Member of Provincial Parliament) David Piccini recapped a $412,700 grant our Ontario plants, in Cobourg and Niagara Falls, received earlier this year. Cobourg Mayor, John Henderson and Darla Price, Managing Director for the Northumberland Manufacturers’ Association also spoke.

Four men standing at a podium to announce a grant for the Cobourg plant

Left to right: MPP David Piccini, John Henderson (Cobourg Mayor), Mike Midby (PCB VP Manufacturing) and Rick Glab (Cobourg Plant Manager).

Kimberly Leadbeater and Beth Kolisnyk from Northumberland Food for Thought accepted a $25,000 (~$33,000 CAD) donation from Cobourg. This was one of the largest single donations that organization has received. Doug Campbell, HR Manager, and Chris Bevan, a team member involved in community volunteer work, presented the check. The donation will go to local school breakfast programs in the Northumberland Region.

“The donation is very much in line with what we do here at Post Consumer Brands,” said Campbell. Northumberland Food For Thought works to ensure all children in Northumberland County attend school well-nourished and ready to learn.

A tour of the plant and catered meal for employees followed the formal presentations.

Four people standing with over-sized donation check

Left to right: Kimberly Leadbeater (Northumberland Food for Thought), Chris Bevan (Cobourg team member), Beth Kolisnyk (Northumberland Food for Thought) and Doug Campbell (Cobourg HR Manager).

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Rick Glab, Plant Manager, addresses attendees.

We employ 185 people at our Cobourg facility, which opened in 1978. The facility produces approximately 26 million pounds of cereal each year, including the Weetabix®, Alpen®, Barbara’s® and Grain Shop® cereal brands. As a key producer of organic, Non-GMO Project Verified and gluten-free cereals, it holds a number of third-party certifications, including Organic Certification from Quality Assurance International (QAI); Kosher Certification from The Orthodox Union (OU) and the Kashruth Council of Canada (COR); and Non-GMO Project Verified certification.

The next anniversary celebrations will take place in November in St. Ansgar, Iowa and Toronto.