A $350k investment in local cheese production

Record Staff

Last week Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, announced an investment of $353,432 under the Dairy Processing Investment Fund (DPIF) to La Fromagerie Nouvelle France, a local cheese processor in Racine, Québec. The announcement follows a celebration of the business’ ten year anniversary.
“I am very grateful to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada for recognizing the potential of our team over the past 10 years,” said Marie-Chantal Houde, cheesemaker and co-owner of Fromagerie Nouvelle France. “ The “Buy Local” concept is also part of the commitment of our government to small artisans like us. Sheep milk production represents a significant and growing niche. It is our identity and our artisanal know-how that shines throughout the country.”
The new funding will allow Fromagerie Nouvelle France to transfer its processing operations of sheep, goat and cow milk from a rental property into their own facility. The funding will also enable them to purchase and install new cheese and yogurt manufacturing equipment, including a controlled ripening chamber, pasteurization tank, automated manufacturing tank and cheese press.
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