Food Processing Incubator
Since its foundation, the CDBQ – QAIC’s growth has been steadily exponential. One of the key elements of this growth was the investment of 10M$ in 2004 to build a biofood incubator. Since that turning point, the CDBQ – QAIC has continually invested in the acquisition of state-of-the-art food processing equipment. One of the most significant of these was a $1.5 million cold pasteurization system (High pressure processing, HPP). Today, the CDBQ – QAIC offers a full line of professional food processing services in dairy products, juices, alcohols and fermented beverages, functional foods, baked goods, meat and seafood products. We also do business incubation and help startup companies to develop by providing services such as research and development, and office and pilot plant space.
The Lower Saint Laurence region’s excellence in peat moss and agroenvironmental technology development was recognized in the wake of the ACCORD program launched by the Government of Quebec in 2002. The CDBQ – QAIC subsequently received funding for a $4.3 M project to modernize its agroenvironmental facilities. In 2013, the CDBQ – QAIC decided to continue along this path by setting up an Open Agrobiotechnology Innovation Platform, which required an investment of $4.5 million. These advances allow the CDBQ – QAIC to offer a wide range of services to companies in biotechnology and natural health products.
The CDBQ – QAIC acquired the assets of the Centre québécois d’expertise en production porcine in 2009. This hog production facility in La Pocatière is dedicated to training and technology development.
In addition to ovine meat production, the ovine team focuses on developing scientific knowledge for ovine breeding, welfare, health and biology in close collaboration with the Centre d’expertise en production ovine du Québec (CEPOQ).
For more information, visit: www.cepoq.com
Biomass Heating System
Along with its other projects, the CDBQ – QAIC undertook the construction of a $1.5 M forest biomass heating system in 2012 in collaboration with La Coop Fédérée. This investment enabled a 60% reduction in energy costs. The new system has become a technology showcase and a research tool for the industry.