Saint-Hyacinthe Technopole confirmed today that Mareiwa Café Colombien inc. will be investing $1.2 M in a manufacturing plant in Saint-Hyacinthe. The company will be setting up its new production unit in a building in the Olivier-Chalifoux industrial park.
The new facilities will give the young company the space it needs to increase its coffee bean roasting and distribution activities to meet growing demand for its high-quality coffee. It will also be launching a new coffee-based product line for retail sale in the spring.
Lorena Meneses, Mareiwa Café’s president, said, “Mareiwa Café’s success, both with the general public and the restaurant industry, has led to very rapid growth. We needed a new production site, which also led us to consider manufacturing new, added-value products. This is an ambitious project made possible thanks to the exceptional support we received from the Saint-Hyacinthe Technopole team, both in the business process and in seeking funding.”
The new products are currently in the production process validation stage, and Mareiwa will launch a marketing campaign in the next several months.
The $1.2 M will go toward making some leasehold improvements in the building on Choquette Boulevard, which the company will rent, as well as purchasing new production equipment. New jobs will be created when production starts up.
Karine Guilbault, Industrial Development Director at Saint-Hyacinthe Technopole: “Mareiwa is without a doubt one of the most interesting and promising entrepreneurial projects we’ve seen in the last few years. Saint-Hyacinthe Technopole is pleased to have been involved in every step of the business process, which shows that our services, paired with young entrepreneurs’ drive and determination, can generate economic activity in Saint-Hyacinthe. We hope Mareiwa will be an inspiration to anyone thinking of starting a business in our area.”
Mareiwa Café Colombien started its production activities in Saint-Hyacinthe in 2016. It imports green coffee beans (100% arabica) directly from Columbia. The beans are roasted and packaged to increase their quality and shelf life and then sold in different retail outlets throughout Quebec. In 2017, Mareiwa also opened a café in downtown Saint-Hyacinthe, where clients can enjoy and purchase its products.
The company was named best new business during the greater Saint-Hyacinthe chamber of commerce’s 2017 Constellation gala. Its president also won the Grand Prix award in the LADN business competition in March of this year.