Agrifood: a thriving industry

Nestled in the St. Lawrence Valley, site of the most fertile land in Québec, the Agglomération de Longueuil boasts exceptional agricultural potential thanks to its agricultural zone, which accounts for nearly one-third of its territory.

With its processing, distribution and procurement companies, all levels of the supply management chain are represented on the territory.

The Agglomération ranks among North America’s largest commercial and economic networks. The region offers direct access to more than 135 million consumers within a 1,000-kilometre radius.

Companies located on the Agglomération’s territory include:

  • Agropur
  • Weston
  • Molson Coors
  • Dare Foods
  • Provigo
  • Danone
  • Bridor

Due to its strategic location, the Agglomération de Longueuil is a thriving hub for the agrifood industry. Its industrial landscape is highly diversified. From small to large businesses, all sectors of the food processing industry are represented.

  • The highest concentration of industrial bakeries in Québec (e.g., Weston, Bridor and Saint-Hubert) can be found on the territory.
  • Several national and international agrifood companies also have production plants (e.g., Danone and Newly Weds), head offices or sales offices (e.g., Agropur, Ultima, Olymel and Exeldor) in the Agglomération de Longueuil.
  • Major distribution centres (e.g., Olymel, Agropur, Provigo, Sobey’s and Gadoua), as well as several agrifood logistics companies (e.g., Congebec and Robert Transport) also do business there.

Source: https://www.mapaq.gouv.qc.ca/fr/Regions/monteregie/lamonteregie/longueuil/Pages/agglomerationdelongueuillatransformationalimentaire.aspx

Conseil de développement bioalimentaire de l’agglomération de Longueuil  (CDBAL)

The territory’s agrifood industry benefits from the presence of a partner dedicated to the development of agricultural land and biofood companies.

The CDBAL supports the creation and development of companies in this sector, from primary production to product distribution, throughout the territory of the Agglomération de Longueuil.

Institut de recherche et de développement en agroenvironnement (IRDA)

The IRDA is a non-profit research corporation whose mission is to engage in agro-environmental research, development and transfer activities that foster agricultural innovation from a sustainable development perspective.  

Source: www.irda.qc.ca/en

Plan de développement de la zone agricole (PDZA)

The PDZA is development plan for the agricultural zone, as well as agricultural activities and production in the Agglomération de Longueuil. Produced jointly with local stakeholders (farmers, processors, elected officials, etc.), the PDZA identifies concrete actions for stimulating agricultural development on the territory.

The PDZA is a complement to the Agglomération’s various planning initiatives. Specifically, it will be used to support the land use and development plan with respect to the priority use of the agricultural zone for agricultural purposes.

To find out more, consult the Plan de développement de la zone agricole de l’agglomération de Longueuil (in French)

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