October 4, 2023
Lallemand celebrates one century of yeast production in Montreal, Canada
Lallemand celebrated last month 100 years of yeast production at its production plant on rue Préfontaine, Montreal, Canada.
Lallemand employees from all around the world, clients, partners and local politicians joined company executives for the celebration of this important landmark.
"This is a great opportunity to pay tribute to our supportive business partners, valued customers and our talented employees who have all played a part in our success story," said Antoine Chagnon, president and chief executive officer of Lallemand. "I raise my glass to those who built this factory, originally dedicated to baker's yeast for the local market, and the visionaries who made it a launching platform for the global company that Lallemand has become today."
Chagnon took the helm of the company in 2015, succeeding his father Jean and grand-father Roland before him.
Lallemand's Préfontaine plant has a bright future ahead due to the potential of microbes to help addressing some of the most pressing issues today, Lallemand said.
"We are all facing new challenges: climate change and feeding the entire planet are on the menu for the coming decades, and innovative microorganisms can play a key role in facing them," Chagnon said. "Among others, they can help us reduce carbon emissions, lower the use of antibiotics and chemical preservatives, and promote the use of microbial fertilisers or biological crop protection products that reduce the use of fossil products.
"We are also working on the next generation of probiotics to promote further health benefits."
Lallemand has now a diverse and global presence in 50 countries over five continents, employs more than 5,000 employees and operates 48 production facilities, including 24 yeast and 10 bacteria plants. The company develops, produces and markets yeast, bacteria, fungi and derivatives of these microorganisms for applications in baking, wine, beer, distilled spirits, fuel ethanol, animal and human nutrition, pharmaceutical industry and other food and agricultural industries.