Gerhard and Gabi Latka (who still own Crofter’s today), grew up and met in a rural village in Germany. Gerhard’s father owned a food flavor and extraction company where Gerhard absorbed the importance of flavor and high-quality ingredients. After a road-trip through North America, Gerhard fell in love with the sheer beauty of the landscape and returned home with a clear vision. He convinced Gabi that moving to Parry Sound, a small Northern Ontario community, was simply the right thing to do. And that’s how it all started in 1989.

Even when Crofter’s was just a dream, a nutritious, low-sugar, organic product was still the goal. We do, indeed, create tasty, tasty spreads, but every time we get in more fruit, or start the boilers, or cap another batch, we have health in mind too. Because your taste buds’ happiness should never be separated from your body’s wellness.


Latka Family, 2019