Origin of our milk
We guarantee that our cheeses, yogourts, butters, parfaits and creams, whether they are made of regular milk, organic or goat milk, are supplied by local farms based within a radius of 60 km from our production facilities, or by Les Producteurs de lait du Québec (PLQ). Our organic, GMO-free, cow, and goat milks are 100% Canadian. Moreover, all milk protein concentrate is ultrafiltered directly at our plant in Sorel.
Maison Riviera works closely with the goat producers in the Centre-du-Québec and Montérégie regions to develop and raise awareness of products resulting from the processing of goat’s milk so that they can be made available to the greatest possible number of people. Renowned for being easier to digest, goat’s milk and yogourt provide as much calcium, potassium, and phosphorus as other types of milk.
Organic and Pro-Cert Certifications
For the production of its organic products, Maison Riviera is subject to the general principles and management standards of the Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) and the Canadian National Standard for Organic Agriculture pertaining to organic production systems.
These management standards stipulate that within the scope of its organic practices, Maison Riviera is required to use organic milk or ingredients from agricultural operations that use an organic production system. This practice contributes to enhancing biological diversity and provides livestock with organic feed and appropriate care and housing conditions that meet their behavioural needs. These farming practices are aimed at reducing stress, promoting good health, and preventing disease.
Maison Riviera holds certification by Pro-Cert Organic Systems Ltd. attesting that its operations are in compliance with the Canada Organic Regime, according to the Organic Products Regulations (2009), the General Principles and Management Standards (CAN/CGSB-32.310), and the Permitted Substances Lists (CAN/CGSB-32.311).
Responsible production - coconuts
Our Coconut Milk Vegan Delight is an eco-friendly product. Knowing that plant production consumes fewer resources, avoids deforestation, and requires less space, we have developed a product offer whose ingredients are entirely plant-based.
Responding to the main issues surrounding a scarcity of resources and pollution linked to food production, we have taken care to build a partnership with a nearby food processor that is supplied by producers of healthy, sustainable, and fairly grown coconut crops.
Our principal grower-partner is a family-run business that has been in operation since 1920. It follows practices specified in the Good Agricultural Practices (GAP). It makes concrete efforts for the community and the environment: regularly ensuring that employees enjoy good working conditions and that no minors are employed, guaranteeing that no primates are used in picking, and, since 2007, working on biomass energy solutions in the renewable energy sector. In addition, the plants are grown in mixed crop zones with other agricultural plants, such as banana and mango trees, thereby preventing deforestation and preserving the fertility of agricultural soils for future generations.
Committed to using Less Sugar
Considering the many adverse health effects of excessive sugar consumption, it’s no surprise to learn that consumers have a real interest in products that are lightly sweetened. True to its values, Riviera felt it had a duty to be a pioneer in this regard by offering products that meet these concerns. Through this initiative, Riviera hopes to encourage all stakeholders in the category to follow suit by reviewing their preparations so as to considerably reduce the amount of sugar used in their products.
While government work on GMOs is nothing new, a law on the matter is still a ways off. Riviera has chosen to be a Canadian pioneer in this regard and hopes to start a voluntary movement among businesses in order to constantly offer consumers a greater range of choices.
Riviera’s initiative to offer GMO-free products is a significant one. Indeed, the dairy industry is one of the more complex sectors in which to develop GMO-free products, due to supply management and the fact that the many elements in the production chain present risks of contamination between GMO and GMO-free grain.
And what about the cost? Riviera has decided to absorb the premium for GMO-free milk, allowing consumers to purchase its GMO-free products at the same price as its classic products. No matter what they choose, consumers are sure to enjoy a product that is affordable, high-quality, healthy, and local.
2016 Energy Report
Following up on an analysis of the life cycle of our products carried out by an independent consulting firm specializing in organizational responsibility, we targeted certain efforts to be made in the area of energy saving in our facilities. In 2016, even with a 40% increase in sales, we were able to successfully manage growth and reduce our energy costs by 5%.
By investing $700,000 in a cutting-edge filtration system, we reduced our infrastructures’ pollution load by 45% in 2016. The result: a 60% reduction in milk fat discards and a 15% reduction in protein present in white water.
In addition to using vegetable-based inks and ensuring the reduced use of packaging, Maison Riviera encourages the reuse of its glass petits pots by making plastic lids available and promoting the various ways in which the jars can be used. Did you know that by reusing your glass petit pot 5 times—or by giving it a second life—you completely eliminate its pollution load?
Ever mindful of its environmental impact, Riviera realizes that the number of glass petits pots on the market has reached saturation level. For the launch of its new reduced sugar Greek line, Riviera is proposing new plastic packaging that evokes the elegance of its glass petits pots while greatly reducing the packaging’s pollution load.