Québec may be 90 percent French-speaking, but it is perfectly fluent in North American business practices and standards. It has maintained friendly relations with the U.S. for more than two centuries and counts its southern neighbor as its most favored trading partner. In fact, Québec was among the original, and most enthusiastic, proponents of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
What’s more, keenly attuned to ever-changing consumer needs, Québec food processors adapt to new requirements with what has become trademark speed and flexibility.
A Modern Food Industry
Combining the Best of All Worlds
Recognized as a sophisticated culinary capital, Québec, including Québec City and Montréal, is also an ultra-modern North American entity, where age-old pleasures of the table meet 21st century growing, processing and packaging technologies, responsible environmental controls, and health and food safety standards that are second to none.
Government monitoring and traceability requirements are stringent in Québec, from farm to processing plant to retailer. HAACP certification from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is required for any Québec exporter processing meat and fish products. A good global neighbor, Québec is firmly committed to sustainable agriculture and marine stewardship, employing advanced procedures that respect air, water, and soil quality.
Organic production is a growing movement among Québec farmers that extends to categories such as cheese, soy milk, jams, syrups, pasta, prepared vegetarian dishes, sauces, and spreads. Only producers who adhere to strict government criteria may be called “organic.” What’s more, many of Québec’s organic producers are also accredited by the Organic Crop Improvement Association (OCIA).
Fast and Fresh…
Since most of Québec’s food processors are located just north of the border that separates New England and Québec, products can be trucked to many U.S. markets in one day.