Left to right, Christine Bonneau-O'Neill, Glengarry-Prescott & Russell MP Francis Drouin, Champlain Township Mayor Normand Riopel. Photo: James Morgan

Federal funding for better branding at local meat packing business

L’Orignal Packing is receiving a package of cash from the federal government.

The local meatpacking company is receiving $100,000 from the government’s Women Entrepreneurship Strategy, which is designed to double the number of businesses owned by women nationwide by 2025.

Christine Bonneau-O’Neill owns the business and took it over from a preceding generation of her family.

Glengarry-Prescott and Russell MP Francis Drouin announced the grant on April 17 in the retail store at L’Orignal Packing’s facility on Highway 17.

Bonneau-O’Neill plans to use the federal funding to redesign and rebrand product packaging as a way of increasing sales, which she hopes will also allow the company to explore digital advertising options and reach new markets.

“I’m really proud and passionate about what I do,” said Bonneau-O’Neill.

She also thanked her team of 28 employees for helping make the business a success.

“Christine is a leader within the Prescott & Russell business community, and I am proud of our government’s investment in her business,” Drouin said.

Champlain Township Mayor Normand Riopel highlighted the importance of women in business in the local community.

The Bonneau family has owned L’Orignal Packing since 1971.  In addition to operating a provincially-certified slaughterhouse, the business distributes meat and other food products throughout eastern Ontario.

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