The idea came to unite the know-how of Geneviève Gagnon, granola expert and Geneviève Grandbois, chocolate expert, following the cohabitation of their companies in the same century old building. For more than 10 years, the two women entrepreneurs have shared the same values toward quality products, artisanship and the respect of ingredients.
The Mélange Chocolatier is a granola specifically created for chocolate lovers. We added a rich and creamy chocolate in which you can feel the crunch of maple syrup caramelized pecans, the smoothness of caramelized nuts butter and the subtle bitterness of cocoa nibs. This product will attract the consumer on the lookout for something new, on the search for a special snack or for a different kind of dessert. Moreover, our granola blend is a perfect balance of slowly oven roasted cereals with honey and a skilful blend of natural ingredients sourced for the majority from Quebec.
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Every bag of our Fourmi Bionique granola has a story to tell. They each start with a passion for wholesome ingredients and many a summer day gathering marigold petals, fresh berries and healing herbs in the local woodlands and fields. From local organic farmer to foreign exporter we did go, searching out rare and cared for ingredients, making lasting friends along the way.
Then the finest ingredients of their kind divulged their secrets at the accomplished hands of Geneviève. Designer blends began to sing with harmonious flavour — deep golden oats bellowed their earthy tones, roasted coconuts persisted on a nutty note, caramelized cranberries lifting them all to a supreme aroma until the Plateau neighbourhood sang with the unmistakable aroma of perfection.
People came to see, and taste, and feel the goodness, and the dance of decadent tastes was born — and the demand for more and more of the gourmet granola. Fourmi Bionique was created and a range of ultra-healthy granolas with distinctive personality, Fourmi Bionique granola.
“It takes patience to make great granola. At LFB we’ve transformed this tradition into a passionate new art form. We want people who care about themselves and their world to know there is a healthy pack of goodness ready to help them on their way.”
|2015: DUX Contest 2015 Edition, Winner of the trailblazer award – Product Category for the gourmet granola assortment.|
|2014: Finalist in the CTAC (Council of Food Processing and Consumer Products) Food Product Innovation Awards – Long conservation category: Mélange Chocolatier Special Edition Granola.|
|2012: Geneviève Gagnon was honoured as one of Canada’s Top Female Entrepreneurs by PROFIT and Chatelaine magazines as part of the 14th annual W100 ranking http://www.PROFITguide.com|
|2011: Geneviève Gagnon - winner of the Entrepreneur - small business category at the 11th Quebec Business Women Awards, presented by the Réseau des Femmes d’affaires du Québec. Click here to access the gala Webcast (French only).|
|2011: Fourmi Bionique Aphrodisiac granola was chosen by the Selection Committee of the 2011 Trends & Innovation competition which was held at the SIAL Canada in Toronto.|
|2010: Geneviève Gagnon was awarded the title of ambassador from the Faculty of Communications of the University of Quebec in Montreal at the school's 40th anniversary on March 1st, 2010.|
|2009: The Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Award for Success in Business, presented at the 11th Québec Entrepreneurship Contest Gala.|
|2008: ARISTA Young Entrepreneur in Québec - Small Business. Click here to see winning speech (French only).|
|2007: National Best Business Award, the Canadian Youth Business Foundation. Click here to see winning speech. Click here to see our CYBF capsule on YouTube (French only).|
|2006: Jury’s Pick, Les Anges financiers Contest|
|2005 : Finalist in the Desjardins Young Entrepreneur Contest - Western Quebec.|
|2005, 2007 and 2008 : Synergie Entreprise de l'Office Franco-québécois pour la jeunesse (OFQJ) program - grants to conduct 3 trade missions to France.|
|2004: First Prize in the Défi entrepreneur extrême; first prize in the manufacturing category at the local and regional level of the 6th edition of the Annual Quebec Entrepreneurship Contest.|
|2004: The Mayor of Montreal’s Youth Foundation (FMMJ) awarded a grant for her business venture.|
|2004: the CDEC Plateau Mont-Royal provided a business start-up grant (Jeunes Promoteurs).|
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