Société Bleu Nordique receives $98,968 in funding from Government of Canada for equipment acquisition



    SEPT-ILES, QC, Jan. 12 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Denis Lebel,
Minister of State for Canada Economic Development, took the opportunity while
visiting Sept-Iles today to announce the awarding of $98,968 in non-repayable
funding to Société Bleu Nordique for the acquisition of specialized equipment.
This contribution rounds off the more than $800,000 already invested in the
startup of a berry processing plant in the Côte-Nord region, an initiative
that has resulted in the creation of six local jobs.
    Société Bleu Nordique set up the plant, the first of its kind in the
region, in a former fish processing factory in Port-Cartier. There, the
blueberries harvested by Côte-Nord producers are washed, frozen, and processed
into juice, fruit concentrate and powder by Maison Bergevin de Québec, a
partner in the project. Eventually, these activities may be expanded to
include the secondary and tertiary processing of these fruits.
    "In supporting Société Bleu Nordique's innovative and rallying project,
Canada Economic Development is also helping the Côte-Nord economy diversify
into a sector considered a key priority. Given the current economic situation,
we intend to take whatever means necessary to revitalize our local economies,"
explained Minister Lebel.
    Société Bleu Nordique's project promises to help foster the growth of the
region's berry industry, and the operation of this new plant will encourage
the local processing of these crops.

    This funding from Canada Economic Development has been awarded through
the Community Economic Development Initiative, a measure whose goals are to
support slow-growth communities, encourage diversification of the local
economic base and reduce reliance on single-industry economies.




For further information:

For further information: Claudie Lamontagne, Communications, Canada
Economic Development, (418) 722-3282, 1 800-463-9073,
claudie.lamontagne@dec-ced.gc.ca; Eric Lefebvre, Press Secretary, Office of
the Honourable Denis Lebel, Canada Economic Development, Cell.: (613)
608-7906, eric.lefebvre@dec-ced.gc.ca; Canada Economic Development is online
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