Quebec wholesaler takes commitment to sustainability to the next level
Courchesne Larose, wholesaler and importer / exporter based in Montreal, has obtained ECORESPONSABLE ™ certification, level 2. Performance, for its environmental and social requirements. The century-old family business has always placed sustainable development at the heart of its mission and wishes to remain a model for agrifood companies.
The certification, issued by Ecocert Canada, is awarded following a rigorous process that independently and impartially assessed the compliance of Courchesne Larose’s sustainable business processes. The certification applies to its two sites in Anjou and the Marché Central in Montreal.
“We are very proud to obtain the second level of the internationally recognized ECORESPONSIBLE certification. As part of our permanent commitment to sustainable development, it is essential for Courchesne Larose to mobilize its teams and to constantly reinvent itself in order to carry out concrete actions to improve our environmental and societal practices. We want to have a positive and lasting impact on our planet ”, declared Alain Routhier, president of Courchesne Larose.
This step demonstrates Courchesne Larose’s desire to contribute to the transition to a low-carbon economy and healthy food.
A regenerative corporate vision
Courchesne Larose has become aware of its impact on the life cycle of its activities and has set up an eco-responsibility committee to allocate the resources necessary to achieve its sustainable development objectives, both in the training of its employees than in its supply chain.
Recently, Courchesne Larose installed new LED lighting in its warehouses, which allows significant energy savings and also acquired electric trailers for short-term storage of products. In addition, it uses technology in its cold rooms to release the air from ethylene, a gas produced by certain fruits and vegetables, thus allowing better preservation. The company is always looking for new ways to optimize its operations through food preservation and safety, in addition to promoting local purchases when a product is available in Quebec.
“Courchesne Larose makes every effort to offer its customers quality fresh fruit and vegetables. This mission also implies that we must tirelessly contribute to reducing our environmental footprint. We can improve ourselves by integrating sustainable development considerations into our strategic planning, while mobilizing our work teams around a common vision, ”added Frédéric Monette, Vice-President of Operations at Courchesne Larose.
Previously, Courchesne Larose initiated the creation of Loop Mission, a circular economy project that reduces food waste and enhances rejected fruits and vegetables by transforming them into different products. Loop Mission recently won the People’s Choice Award in the Get in the Ring 2021 global startup competition. Also, Courchesne Larose, who has always been concerned about food security in her community, is a major contributor to Moisson Montreal and Moisson Rive- South.