News - Hortau Inc., a Quebec City-based company that designs and manufactures cutting-edge irrigation management technologies, and Avrio Capital, Canada's leading private equity firm focused on food and agriculture, today announced a $3-million equity financing that will allow Hortau to consolidate its position as the leading precision irrigation management company in North America. Hortau is recognized as one of the world's leading innovators in irrigation management. Its Irrolis™ 3 system considerably reduces the amount of water needed to irrigate agricultural fields, thereby improving environmental performance and yield.
News - Desjardins Group has now revealed the 2012 recipients of the Desjardins Entrepreneur Awards and Fonds coopératif d’aide à la relève agricole grants. The awards, presented yesterday at the annual gala, recognize entrepreneurial excellence as well as outstanding contributions to economic development by ten companies, two figures from the business world and three young farmers.
News - Success really does taste sweet for Josée Vigneault and Jean-René Lemire, the husband-and-wife co-founders of Vigneault Chocolatier Ltée., a Quebec City-based producer of fair trade, certified organic chocolates sold under the Theobroma Chocolat brand.
News - Just a short hop from Quebec City, picturesque Île d’Orléans is home to a treasure trove of homemade culinary delights like old-world cider, black currant cassis and artisanal cheeses. Here’s our road map of the most delectable stops.
News - I’ve been in Quebec City for less than 5 hours and already I’m having a great time. This place has a special vibe to it and so it should it’s the “Old Town” of Canada aka the first real organized city in Canada and I’ll have you know, the only fortified city in North America. Let us discuss a night out in downtown Quebec City at a special restaurant called Savini Resto-Bar\Vinothèque…
News - From super-satiating smoothies to mood-enhancing bars, functional foods are targeting a broadening assortment of consumer health and wellness needs.
News - At IPL Plastics in St. Damien, Quebec, sustainability in food packaging is “a prevalent trend with all of our customers, both large and small,” says IPL’s president and CEO Jan Lembregts. As an example, IPL has developed Trustpack, an innovative square-shaped recyclable and reusable polypropylene container that maximizes space. It allows for up to 40 per cent more containers to be delivered on a pallet than round ones of similar size.
News - The health and environment shift initiated by Boulangerie St-Méthode leads to the establishment of a brand new Quebec industry, based on a cereal seldom cultivated in the province so far: white wheat. (Article in french only)
News - La Coop fédérée, Québec’s largest agri-food company and among the 100 largest cooperatives and mutual societies in the world, today announced that the Fonds de solidarité FTQ and Capital régional et coopératif Desjardins will be making a $100 million equity investment in the company.
News - The Agri Investment Forum is the only program of events in Canada dedicated to showcasing the highest potential emerging and growth stage agri-businesses. The Forum brings together active institutional and private investors with leading edge entrepreneurs and commercialization professionals. The Agri Investment Forum is a semi-annual conference that promotes constructive deal flow between Canadian agri-entrepreneurs and investors from across North America.