LAVAL, Que.—The country’s largest pepperoni producer is planning a scale-up project at its plant in the Montreal suburbs.
Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions, or the CED, said it has agreed to loan Laval, Que.’s Viau Food Products $2.1 million. The funding will help the company buy new equipment and add new production lines and is designed to boost both productivity and output.
The company produces dry-cured pepperoni, salami and other deli meats for the restaurant, hotel and wider food industries under its Sila brand, along with for the consumer market under the Fantino and Mondello labels.
“In order to continue to grow, Viau needs to ensure it remains competitive with its much larger, mainly U.S. competitors,” Enzo Reda, the company’s co-CEO, said in a statement, adding that the government funding will help the food process improve its productivity.
Along with boosting cured meat output, the project is expected to create 125 new jobs in greater Montreal as well as increase Viau’s international exports.