Autonomous regional meat industry

Description of the project

Faced with the impacts generated by the pandemic, we can legitimately ask ourselves the question about the resilience of our food system. The current context makes it essential to deploy new strategies aimed at increasing this resilience. Preventive actions must be implemented in the territorial and regional agricultural and agri-food sectors, and require rethinking certain assumptions on which the current food system was built. 

Quebec consumers, with the help of confinement, have rediscovered “local” products, but this new interest has brought to light the serious technical and logistical deficiencies in the value chains, particularly in remote regions. Despite a proactive government policy in terms of supporting increased food self-sufficiency during the pandemic, there are still many technical, logistical and economic obstacles to setting up 100% self-sufficient regional meat sectors. 

For the RCMs of Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, with the support of MAPAQ, INNOVAGRO consultants characterized the "deposit" of cattle that could be valued regionally thanks to a "mobile slaughterhouse" and reception platforms under a model innovative businessman. INNOVAGRO consultants has also studied several sites in the region for the establishment and development of regional meat cutting, packaging and processing centers. For the Table Agroalimentaire Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, INNOVAGRO consultants characterized the challenges of communication and collaboration between the various players in the “regional meat” value chain. Finally, for the MRC du Domaine-du-Roy, INNOVAGRO consultants has formalized a project to relaunch Boucherie Charcuterie Perron in Saint-Prime as a regional “meat” service center with an A-1 multi-species slaughterhouse under permanent inspection and a cutting, packaging and processing center C1. 

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Client: MRC du Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean et MAPAQ.

Location: Québec