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Federal funding to boost processing capabilities

August 15, 2019  

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Ottawa has announced $747,542 in support of Quebec dairy processor La Fromagerie Champêtre Inc.

The investment, made through the Dairy Processing Investment Fund (DPIF), will help to produce new specialty cheeses and improve its product quality and production capacity through the purchase of state of the art equipment and expansion of the plant.

“Thanks to this investment, Fromagerie Champêtre will acquire state-of-the-art equipment that will allow for better monitoring of production and more precise control over the quality and traceability of our products,”says Kelly Shipway, vice president, agri-food sales and business development, Nutrinor, on behalf of La Fromagerie Champêtre. “This equipment will also allow us to produce more fine cheeses and distinguish ourselves in promising niches, thus pursuing our mission of being a leader in the dairy processing industry in Canada and improving our competitiveness in the face of the massive influx of European cheeses.”

It is expected that the project will allow La Fromagerie Champêtre to increase its milk processing capacity and create six full-time jobs.

“The dairy processing sector is a cornerstone of the Canadian economy and consumers across the country love its top quality products,” says Jean-Claude Poissant, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food. “Our government is committed to helping companies in this sector modernize their operations and remain competitive while creating good jobs for our middle class.”

DPIF was designed to help the sector increase productivity and competitiveness, and help them prepare for market changes resulting from the Canada – European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). The program provides non-repayable contributions to support projects through capital investment or access to expertise.