At the launch of the Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) held at the Alfred College on November 13, Francis Drouin, Federal MP for Glengarry-Prescott-Russell, presented a $20,000 grant from the federal government to help the Tuque de Broue brewery increase its production capacity.
The project and investment will be used to position Tuque de Broue in a competitive manner in the craft beer market and to ensure that the production capacity is up to par with the current demand by helping them buy new equipment. This project will also create the equivalent of two full-time jobs to support production, packaging and distribution while enabling Tuque de Broue to continue innovating.
“This week, when I checked our numbers, we just hit the million dollar in sales in two years. It’s an amazing number to see when you realize that your company just sold a million dollars of Tuque de Broue beer, it’s pretty rock and roll!” said Nicolas Malboeuf, founder and owner of the Tuque de Broue brewery.
After thanking the community for its support, Malboeuf then addressed the young entrepreneurs present by telling them that nobody has the same journey and that his took twenty years to figure out he wanted to start a brewery. He told them to find a mentor and seek advice and help to get them to where they want to go in life. He also joked they could get a lot done between 5 and 7 in the morning before they go to school.
Éric Drouin, Chair of the Prescott-Russell Community Development Corporation praised the FedDev Ontario investment and its potential to help the business community grow in Prescott-Russell. The funds are part of the Eastern Ontario Development Fund and the total cost for Tuque de Broue’s project is $49,900.