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Since its creation, Capital Financière agricole inc. (CFAI) has contributed to the start-up and expansion of several Québec food-processing companies, at different levels.

Brasserie Alpha

Québec

The business

Brasserie Alpha specializes in high-end hopped beer production.

The project

CFAI's investment made it possible to support the company's start-up, set up a new brewing facility and acquire the equipment necessary for production.

Image: Brasserie Alpha.

Les Aliments Merjex

Montréal

The business

Les aliments Merjex is a company based in the Montréal-North district that specializes in the production and marketing of tempeh, a vegetable protein made from fermented soybeans. Under the Tempehine brand, the company offers precooked, marinated (or plain), gluten-free and vegan tempeh. The products are organic and Aliments du Québec Bio certified.

The project

CFAI's investment and the support of other partners provided the means for Les aliments Merjex to market a new product: ground tempeh.

Image: Les Aliments Merjex.

Alvéole Montréal

Montréal

The business

Alvéole Montréal is a an urban beekeeping company specializing in the installation and management of hives on rooftops. Its clientele is composed of private and public businesses as well as schools across Canada.

The project

CFAI’s investment will enable the company to ensure its growth, acquire new equipment for extracting and processing honey and expand its facilities.

Image: Alvéole Montréal.

ARTYPAC Automation Inc.

Laval

The business

ARTYPAC Automation Inc. is a Laval-based company building on over 25 years' experience in the design and manufacture of automatic vertical and horizontal packaging systems for production lines, with over 75% of sales dedicated to the agri-food processing sector.

The project

CFAI's investment and the financial support of other partners allowed the business succession transfer of a manufacturing company dedicated primarily to the agri-food industry.

Image: ARTYPAC Automation Inc..

AquaVerti

Montréal

The business

Les fermes AquaVerti specializes in growing vertical hydroponic lettuce. Founded in 2018, the eco-responsible company offers local produce year-round to Quebeckers through supermarkets. Its facilities are located in Saint-Laurent, a borough of the City of Montréal.

The project

Thanks to CFAI's investment and the support of other partners, Les fermes AquaVerti increased their production capacity and expanded their facilities to better meet an increasing demand.

Image: AquaVerti.

Bad Monkey

Montréal

The business

Founded in 2014, Bad Monkey Popcorn offers tasty specialties: ready-to-eat salty and/or sweet popcorn products. The company is based in Anjou, a borough of the city of Montréal.

The project

CFAI's investment and the support of other partners allowed the business to set up an additional automated production line, as part of a second growth phase.

Image: Bad Monkey.

Carrément Tarte

Québec

The business

Carrément Tarte specializes in the manufacture of ready-to-serve and ready-to-fill pie products, marketed under its own brand or private label.

The project

CFAI's investment in 2021 has enabled the company to move into a new factory and acquire additional equipment to better meet growing demand.

Image: Carrément Tarte.

Casa Das Tias

Nicolet

The business

Founded in 2012, Casa Das Tias is a Nicolet-based company specializing in sauces and blends infused with the flavours of Portugal. The vision of entrepreneur Denis Demelo is for Casa Das Tias to be known in the industry as a creator of authentic flavours and for their piri-piri sauce to become as popular with consumers as ketchup, mayonnaise or mustard.

The project

CFAI's investment and the financial support of other partners allowed the business to optimize sauce pasteurization and bottling automation, refit certain parts of the plant and improve working capital.

Image: Casa Das Tias.

Cuisine Poirier

St-Jean-de-Matha

The business

Founded in 1984, Cuisine Poirier specializes in the production and marketing of fresh mayonnaise and dip products. Prepared in St-Jean-de-Matha, in the Lanaudière region, the products are available in chain supermarkets and health food stores.

The project

CFAI's investment and the support of other partners provided the means for four young entrepreneurs to take over Cuisine Poirier and ensure the growth and long-term future of the business.

Image: Cuisine Poirier.

Ferme d'Hiver

Vaudreuil

The business

Founded in 2018, Ferme d'Hiver has developed a concept of vertical farming to produce out-of-season strawberries in a controlled environment and generate electricity to heat adjacent buildings like conventional greenhouses. The company's innovation centre is located in the Montréal suburb of Vaudreuil.

The project

CFAI's investment and the support of other partners allowed Ferme d'Hiver to build an industrial-scale innovation centre and position the venture as a world leader in the design of vertical indoor strawberry production solutions. With such a facility, the company will be able to market some 1,000,000 kilos of strawberries a year while furthering technological research and development.

Image: Ferme d'Hiver.

Les fermes PB

Montérégie

The business

Founded in 1991 and later acquired by Janick Martin in 2017, Les fermes PB specializes in the processing of animal and plant proteins into products including sausages, cold cuts and ready-to-cook meals. Their facilities are located in Marieville, in the Montérégie region.

The project

Thanks to CFAI's investment and the support of other partners, Les fermes PB expanded their production plant in the pursuit of continued growth.

Image: Les fermes PB.

Fromagerie Les Rivières

Québec

The business

A family-run business opened in 2013, Fromagerie Les Rivières is the only milk processing plant in the Québec City area. It is known for its fresh and ripened cheeses made only with milk, no modified milk ingredients.

The project

CFAI’s investment helped the business acquire the equipment it needed to increase its productivity and volume.

Image: Fromagerie Les Rivières.

Fumoirs Gosselin

Cowansville

The business

Fumoirs Gosselin is a family business based in Cowansville since 2016, specializing in maple wood hot-smoked salmon and pork products. Food smoking is a typical Scandinavian preservation method that has stood the test of time. Today, this process is used mainly to impart a unique taste to meat and fish. These tasty products are available in grocery stores under the Fumoirs Gosselin and Fumoirs des Cantons-de-l'Est brands.

The project

CFAI's investment and the support of other partners allowed the company to market bacon hot smoked with real maple wood.

Image: Fumoirs Gosselin.

Grazy

Québec

The business

Founded in 2020 by Maude St-Pierre, Grazy specializes in frozen alternatives to dairy products. Its mission is to create allergen-free vegan products made from plants, namely Canadian oats, with a positive impact on the environment and the community. The range of products offered to restaurant owners is a plant-based preparation for soft ice cream. For consumers, cooking creams and two ranges of plant-based frozen delights are on the market: frozen desserts and ice cream bars.

The project

CFAI's investment enabled Grazy to diversify its product offer with the introduction of the brand in grocery stores. Many thanks!

Image: Grazy.

Hortau

Lévis

The business

Founded in 2002, Hortau makes and markets smart soil moisture monitoring and irrigation management instruments and systems, designed to automate, simplify and increase the precision of field crop activities.

The project

CFAI’s investment helped Hortau continue expanding by developing new markets.

Image: Hortau.

Jus Dose

Saint-Hyacinthe

The business

Founded in 2013, Dose Juice makes top-quality cold-pressed juices that are certified organic, 100% natural and preservative-free.

The project

The CFAI’s investment helped the company acquire the new equipment it needed to expand and raise its production volumes.

Image: Jus Dose.

Natur+L XTD

Saint-Hyacinthe

The business

Natur+L XTD offers cold-pasteurization services using high pressure processing (HPP) technology. This method significantly extends the shelf life of fresh products without chemical preservatives. The company also offers outsourcing services to treat products in various Québec food-processing plants.

The project

CFAI first helped start up the business and then expand its activities.

Image: Natur+L XTD.

Plantations Nicholas

Sainte-Clothilde de Beauce

The business

Plantations Nicholas, located in Sainte-Clotilde de Beauce, specializes in growing Christmas trees.

The project

CFAI's investment enabled the company to continue to expand with the acquisition of fir tree inventories and cutting rights, thereby doubling its production.

Image: Plantations Nicholas.

Productions Horticoles Demers

Lévis

The business

This family business in the Chaudière-Appalaches region specializes in growing greenhouse tomatoes, as well as strawberries and raspberries. Demers sells most of its products in grocery stores throughout Québec.

The project

CFAI’s investment helped Demers expand by building a vast greenhouse complex in Drummondville. The new greenhouses are heated by excess heat from a power plant using biogas generated by a landfill. This project helped considerable increase the company’s production capacity.

Image: Productions Horticoles Demers.

Soya Excel

Saint-Charles-sur-Richelieu

The business

Soya Excel runs two soybean-pressing plants in Montérégie. Pressing adds value to soy production by turning conventional, organic and GMO-free soybeans into soybean oil and meal, among other things. These products are used as animal feed, mainly for pigs, dairy cattle and poultry.

The project

CFAI's investment helped the business complete its facilities and supported its marketing efforts.

Image: Soya Excel.

Technologies Intelia

Joliette

The business

Founded in 2000, Technologies Intelia is a leader in innovative tech-based livestock production tools. It offers farmers complete solutions for controlling the environment, acquiring and managing production data and making informed decisions.

The project

CFAI’s investment helped Technologies Intelia continue its technological and business development.

Image: Technologies Intelia.

Vireo

Québec

The business

Vireo helps students reconnect with Nature through hands-on, meaningful educational projects focused on hydroponic gardening in the classroom. Established in Québec City in 2017 by former teachers and education professionals, Vireo is fully committed to children’s learning and growth. Vireo projects revolutionize teaching by encouraging youngsters to get actively involved in their learning, with opportunities to develop skills essential for their future. Vireo's educational solution provides a stimulating learning environment, which fosters student motivation and development.

The project

Thanks to CFAI's investment and the support of other partners, Vireo continues to grow into a successful business.

Image: Vireo.