Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Marie-Claude Bibeau, announced an investment of up to $1.5 million under the Dairy Processing Investment Fund to St-Albert Cheese Co-operative while visiting the Cheese Factory Co-op today. The funding will be used to modernize equipment that will help the company improve its productivity and competitiveness.
This investment is part of an upgrade to St-Albert Cheese’s facilities, which will include state-of-the-art equipment that will enhance plant operations and help optimize the value of its by-products. This new equipment will help reduce the impact of power outages and effectively manage the performance of ventilation and humidity levels so refrigeration in the warehouses runs efficiently, enabling the company to increase the volume of milk product it processes while reducing production costs.
- St-Albert Cheese Co-operative is a cheese factory established in 1894 and specializes in making cheese from 100% pure milk. It is recognized for its fresh cheddars of the day, as well as its poutine and ripening cheddars.
- The dairy sector plays an important role in Canada’s economy, contributing $20.9 billion through sales by farmers and food processors.
- In Ontario, more than 150 dairy processors generate $6 billion in sales and create more than 8,600 jobs.
- To date, 32 dairy processors have been approved for funding valued at over $34.7 million under the Dairy Processing Investment Fund, for a wide array of projects in cheese, milk drying, yogurt, cream and butter projects.
- Canada’s dairy sector is also supported by the associated Dairy Farm Investment Program. To date, 1,900 dairy projects have been approved for funding support valued at $129 million, in a wide array of projects from small investments in cow comfort equipment to large ones for automated milking systems.