C$300,000 (US$227,000) in financial assistance in the form of a repayable contribution has also been given. The funding, provided under CED's Quebec Economic Development Program, will allow the company to purchase and install equipment to digitize production.
La Trappe à Fromage's ongoing expansion is expected to increase production and use of milk, lower production costs, expand markets in Quebec and Ontario, and improve the company's competitiveness.
Gilles Joanisse, president of La Trappe à Fromage de l'Outaouais, said the funding will provide the company with assistance modernizing its facilities and to open a large production factory.
“With this support, La Trappe à Fromage will be able to increase its production of fresh cheeses, ripened cheeses and other products as well as expand its distribution network by strengthening its offerings in the Outaouais region,” Joanisse said.
“Our focus on buying local and our support for the region's farms will be enhanced thanks to the strength of our company."
The expansion and automation project is supported by the Dairy Processing Investment Fund, a C$100m (US$75.8m), four-year (2017-21) program designed to help dairy processors modernize operations and diversify product lines to pursue new market opportunities.
Gatineau-based La Trappe à Fromage, which has a staff of 60, is a small-scale enterprise in operation since 1995 (incorporated in 2010), which specializes in soft cheddar, vintage Brick, Colby and cheddar, specialty farmhouse cheese and raclette, and Brie.