whitestar Yeast / Winemakeri Inc.
The White Star Yeast Manufacturing Co. Limited was founded in 1895 in Winnipeg, Canada by Alexander Macdonald (1843-1928), originally of Pitlochry, Scotland. This was the first Canadian owned yeast manufacturer, later followed by Lallemand (producer of Lalvin and Danstar yeasts) in 1923. The yeast factory originally produced award winning baker’s and distiller’s yeast to Western Canadian bakeries, breweries and distilleries. At the Edmonton Exhibitions of 1920, 1921 and 1922, they were awarded a total of 56 of combined 60 First, Second and Third prizes, for breads made with White star Yeast. Their slogan:
WANT THE BEST, USE THE BEST YEAST.
Over the years, the company branched out into other food and beverage ingredients including baking powders, extracts, flavorings and alcoholic spirits. Within a few years after the death of Alexander in 1928, MacDonald’s group of companies, along with Royal Yeast and Fleischman’s, became part of Standard Brands, which later then became part of Nabisco Brands. Sadly, the White Star Yeast brand was discontinued for the next 75 years.
Inspired by the pioneering efforts and history of White Star Yeast Manufacturing, Winemakeri Inc. is proud to continue developing Canadian branded specialty yeast and beverage ingredients to the craft food and beverage industries.
With innovative new packaging, and simple online ordering, we are bringing 15 unique strains of craft distilling yeast direct to your distillery door.