It began with the forward thinking vision of a Canadian woman, Dorian Kingsmill, who, with the help of her husband Bill, was determined to help the lactose intolerant population feel better and obtain good nutrition. Her aim was to eliminate the unpleasant symptoms of lactose intolerance and decrease the risk of osteoporosis.
This vision became a reality when an alliance was formed between Kingsmill Food (Dorian Kingsmill and Bill Kingsmill), Gelda Scientific (Dr. Sen Gelda and Arvind Gelda) and Gaylea foods (a cooperative dairy owned by farmers). In 1987, after 3 years of research and assistance from the University of Guelph and the National Research Council they were successful in launching the first “Lacteeze” Lactose Reduced Milk in Canada. Soon after Lacteeze lactase enzyme supplements were introduced.
Fast forward to Australia, 2009.
Sydney mother Sheena Cole was struggling to help her lactose intolerant daughter, Courtney, who had been diagnosed with lactose intolerance as well as a wide range of food allergies. Courtney had a very limited diet due to her allergies, and missing out on dairy as well was extremely restrictive. Courtney was finding social occasions hard as she had to avoid a lot of the treats that her peers were enjoying, while Sheena worried about Courtney not enjoying the nutritional benefits of dairy. Sheena researched lactose intolerance to see if there was some way to help Courtney. She read a lot of clinical trials showing how the use of lactase enzyme supplements enabled children just like Courtney to enjoy dairy again with no unpleasant symptoms. There were no lactase enzyme products in Australian but she did find Lacteeze tablets in Canada. So she started purchasing Lacteeze tablets from Canada and found the whole world of dairy was opened up again for Courtney. The joy of birthday cakes and ice cream was a revelation for Courtney, while the health benefits of milk, yoghurts and cheeses were a relief for Sheena.
Realising that Courtney was only one of many, many people affected by lactose intolerance, Sheena, with her company Allergyfree, obtained the distribution rights to Lacteeze in Australia and New Zealand. Today, thanks to her hard work and dedication, the Lacteeze range can be found in all major pharmacies and many health foods stores across Australia – opening up the world of dairy again to thousands of customers.
Many of you have shared your stories with us, from the difficulties of trying to eliminate dairy from your diet to the joy of discovering Lacteeze. From babies smiling for the first time after months of pain, to children enjoying birthday parties and ice cream at the beach, to people finally being able to eat out in restaurants without having to go through the menu with a fine-tooth comb – we thank you for sharing your stories and invite you to continue to do so.
YOU are why we are here, every story brings enormous joy to us and reminds us of how worthwhile our jobs are – thank you!