Canada Economic Development

Canada Economic Development

April 09, 2010 10:23 ET

Le Naufrageur Inc. Microbrewery Receives $104,000 in Funding From Government of Canada to Increase Production Capabilities

CARLETON, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - April 9, 2010) - The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of State for Canada Economic Development, today announced the granting of $104,000 in repayable funding to the Carleton-based microbrewery Le Naufrageur Inc. The firm will use this financial assistance to purchase new equipment, including a bottling machine for the production of individual-sized 500 ml bottles as well as fermenters, a pallet truck, laboratory equipment and storage vats for beer carbonation. 

Founded in 2008, Le Naufrageur specializes in the manufacture of traditional ales. After a year and a half of operation, the firm has reached its maximum production capacity of 4,100 litres per month. Now, looking to triple that capacity to 16,000 litres per month, the brewery has undertaken to expand its facilities. This production increase will result in the creation of two new permanent jobs and the maintenance of the company's 12 existing positions. The creation of new bottle formats will also enable the firm to distribute its products on a larger scale through some 235 retail outlets.

"Canada Economic Development has been a partner of Le Naufrageur microbrewery from the outset. We are proud of the success this young firm has achieved in such a short period of time. The quality and exclusivity of its products have already become well known throughout the province. The leaders of this firm play an active part in furthering local job creation and economic diversification," commented the Minister of State.

Le Naufrageur microbrewery operates in the agri-food industry, a sector identified by Canada Economic Development's Gaspésie business office as a regional priority. The assistance announced today has been granted through the Community Adjustment Fund established under Canada's Economic Action Plan, a strategy adopted by the Government of Canada to promote economic recovery, stimulate investment, open up new opportunities and create employment.

For more on Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.

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