Pontiac Hops Co-op wins regional prize and $7,000

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On behalf of the Pontiac Hops Cooperative, Mireille Allard and James Nugent received the Prix de la Fondation and a $7,000 grant from president of the Foundation, Alain Roy.

Peter L. Smith



On behalf of the Pontiac Hops Cooperative, Mireille Allard and James Nugent received the Prix de la Fondation and a $7,000 grant from president of the Foundation, Alain Roy.

Peter L. Smith

PONTIAC – The Pontiac Hops Cooperative received the Prix de la Fondation (Regional Prize for Development) from the Foundation for the Development of Coop-eratives in the Outaouais and a $7,000 grant to complete their marketing phase, October 21 in Gatineau. The Coop will hire a marketing agent to promote their pelletizing and packaging services to other hop growers across Quebec and Ontario. The grant allows the brewing industry to offer stable and consistent pellets throughout both provinces.
The MRC Pontiac has been a strong supporter of the Pontiac Hops Cooperative and of the hops industry in general since it first began. The Cooperative was formed in 2012 and is comprised of producers Anglo-Prussian Hops (Clarendon), Bristol Hops, Houblon Pontiac Hops (Luskville), Houblonnieres Lupuline (L’Isle-aux-Allumettes) and Houblonniere Mireille Allard and Jacques Lance.
The local municipalities of L’Isle-aux-Allumettes, Fort Coulonge and Mansfield are supporting members of the Hops Coop on the institutional level while five breweries, L’Ancienne Banque (L’Isle-aux-Allumettes), Brauwerk Hoffman (Litchfield), Brasserie Dieu du ciel inc. (Montréal), Microbrasserie Dieu du ciel inc. (Saint-Jérôme), and Le Cheval Blanc (Montréal), are also members.
The Pontiac Hops cooperative was also a finalist in the Conseil québécois de la cooperation et de la mutualité et innovation category at the Découvertes Coopératives Gala held in Quebec City on October 11.  The Découvertes Coopératives is a group that helps members achieve their development plans and full business potential.