Olymel and Cintech agroalimentaire have agreed to share spaces, human resources, and materials at Cintech’s new facilities in St-Hyacinthe, Quebec.
Olymel will develop a chemistry lab in in St-Hyacinthe, where a team will be permanently installed, under the supervision of Eric Pouliot, Director, Food Science and Technology, at Olymel.
“This agreement enables Olymel to demonstrate its leadership in the agri-food industry, especially in the aspects of its activities affecting R&D and quality assurance. It’s inspired by an innovative approach in the R&D field that will generate a profitable synergy for our two organizations,” said Sylvain Fournaise, Vice President, Food Safety and Technical Services, and Research and Development, Olymel. “We’re happy to offer our knowledge and experience in food chemistry while getting access to Cintech agroalimentaire’s research equipment and expertise. This innovative venture is a first for Canada, and we hope it leads to a new approach in pre-competitive research and innovation. This agreement will also allow Olymel to enjoy greater autonomy in the nutritional analysis of foods that the company produces, and it will provide long-term benefits for the entire agri-food industry in Quebec.”
Cintech will share equipment and expertise in the agri-food field. Both companies will pool their expertise, and Cintech aims to meet the technological needs and objectives that have been set.
“By centralizing Olymel’s chemistry lab in our new building, Cintech is taking an important step as an ecosystems builder. This shows that it’s possible to pool our equipment and expertise for the purpose of accelerating agri-food innovation in Quebec so we can, among other things, improve our food self-sufficiency,” said Jean Lacroix, Chief Executive Officer, Cintech agroalimentaire. “Resource sharing and mutual aid are an integral part of Cintech’s culture, and this initiative with Olymel is just the beginning of a mutually beneficial collaboration. This agreement also opens the door to other partnerships that will be announced in the coming weeks, to make it possible to pool R&D for Quebec’s agri-food companies.”