21 September 2021
Café William invests more than $10 million in a new ecofriendly roasting plant
PRESS RELEASE – The Sherbrooke-based coffee roaster William Spartivento Coffee is undertaking the construction of a new eco-responsible plant of more than 100,000 sq. ft. It will be located on Robert-Boyd Street in the Sherbrooke Regional Industrial Park. Work will begin this fall and will be completed in 2023.
This new plant represents an investment of more than $10 million for the Quebec company, which is one of the largest importers and roasters of organic and Fairtrade certified coffee in the country.
Innovation, sustainability, and social responsibility are at the heart of Café William’s core values. In addition to working to develop sustainable packaging and processes, Café William participates in the local circular economy in the Eastern Townships by providing raw materials to local businesses who have a use for them.
It is therefore in perfect alignment with its values that the company is committed to building a new head office with a greener conscience. Café William is aiming for LEED Certification for this new smart factory. By meeting and exceeding established and recognized thresholds in terms of sustainable building, here are some examples of achievements that can be measured and/or qualified:
- Increasing the quality of air and light in workspaces
- Optimizing energy efficiency
- Reducing drinking water consumption
- Ensuring sound local management of rainwater
- Encouraging the use of healthier and more ecological means of transportation
- Choosing greener material for users and for the environment
- Planting, on vacant areas of our land, trees that will be returned to the Sherbrooke population during a future expansion.
“Thanks to this new plant, we will be able to double our current production capacity and add more than 40 employees to our team of 100 coffee enthusiasts to continue our local and international growth”, indicates Remi Tremblay, President and CEO of Café William.
In its efforts to acquire land, Café William was able to count on the support of Sherbrooke Innopole, in collaboration with the City of Sherbrooke. “We are delighted with the major expansion project that Café William is about to roll out in Sherbrooke. The plant will be at the cutting edge of technology in terms of both automation and eco-responsibility, two levers that are essential in the post-pandemic economy. This will allow this Sherbrooke flagship to accelerate its growth and its positioning in new markets,” comments Nathalie Prince, Director ‒ Business Services for the Advanced Manufacturing key sector at Sherbrooke Innopole. The paramunicipal economic development organization serving the industrial and technological sectors is financed mainly by the City of Sherbrooke through the Bureau de coordination du développement économique.
About William Spartivento Coffee
Established on Belvedere Street in Sherbrooke since 1988, Café William is a Quebec roaster focused on the production of organic and fair-trade coffees for the retail market. Their coffees from around the world are distinguishable by their exceptional quality and the desire of the company to make them accessible to the greatest number of consumers by offering a price comparable to that of conventional coffees. The Quebec company is one of the largest importers of Fairtrade certified coffee in Canada, a certification the brand has carried since its inception. Its roasting plant follows the highest food safety standards in the industry, namely the SQF (Safe Quality Food). www.cafewilliam.com
Source: Café William
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