|160||estimated jobs in research|
|$540||CDN million estimated in sales figures|
Data compiled for the Québec City metropolitan region
The natural health products sector including cosmeceuticals and nutraceuticals in Québec City's metropolitan region
Throughout the western civilization, an aging population is increasingly concerned with its appearance, shape and health. While cosmetics have been primarily of concern to women, they are increasingly in demand by the male population. Researchers and entrepreneurs in the Québec City metropolitan region are meeting this worldwide demand by developing cosmeticeuticals, nutraceuticals and nutritional supplements, with resounding success.
Every day, products developed in the region are shipped to the warehouses of the world's cosmetics giants: Chanel, Dior, Estée Lauder, l'Oréal, Shisheido, Clarins as well as those in pharmaceuticals, specialized chemistry and nutrition.
Some of the innovative leaders and SMEs (small- and medium-sized businesses) in the Québec City metropolitan region's cosmeceuticals and natural products industry are:
The Institute of Nutrition and Functional foods (INAF) is a flagship in Canadian food research, with some of the country's most prominent researchers specialized in issues regarding the interaction of foods and their ingredients with health and nutrition.