AAFC has invested over $1.6 million in Quebec cheese processor
La Corporation des Moines Bénédictins (Fromagerie de Saint Benoît-du-Lac) has received an investment from Agriculture and Agri-Food of over $1.6 million to purchase and install modern automation equipment in its new plant.
This investment is expected to lead to lower operation costs, increased production, higher demand of milk and job creation. Fromagerie de Saint-Benoît-du-Lac’s project was supported by the Dairy Processing Investment Fund, a $100 million, four-year (2017-21) program designed to help dairy processors modernize their operations and diversify their product lines to pursue new market opportunities.
Located in the Eastern Township area of Québec, the Fromagerie de Saint-Benoît-du-Lac is a small-scale specialty-cheese and award-winning producer operating since 1943, employing 19 people. It specializes in 13 different types of blue-veined and swiss-type cheese including the Mont-Saint-Benoît, Frère Jacques and Ermite.
Canada’s dairy sector is also supported by the associated Dairy Farm Investment Program, a $250 million, five-year federal investment launched in August 2017. To date, over 1900 projects have been approved for funding support valued at over $128 million, including over 870 projects in Quebec worth over $49 million, in a wide array of projects from small investments in cow comfort equipment to large ones for automated milking systems.