Young entrepreneurs gaspesians acquire the microbrewery Pit Caribou
CARLETON – Two young men in the affairs of the Baie-des-Chaleurs, Vincent Coderre and Jean-François Nellis, acquire the microbrewery Pit Caribou sector-Anse-à-Beaufils in Percé. The co-founder of the company, Francis Joncas, will accompany the new owners over the next three years.
The amount of the transaction is not revealed. Pit Caribou has seen the light of day in 2007 and it has paved a way for five other microbreweries women. Pit Caribou has won during its first 12 years of existence several national and international awards for the quality of its products.
Respectively, graduates in management and administration, MESSRS. Nellis and Coderre sought for two years to invest in a business in gaspé. “In 2017, we said, we rushed! We were looking for in the area of food, to satisfy our fun and epicurean,” says Mr Nellis.
The two partners had attempted a first approach in August from Francis Joncas, who was studying an offer from a company outside of the Gaspésie.
“Francis was held to a confidentiality agreement until 30 November (with the potential buyer). During this time, we worked on our folder in parallel before you discuss with him”, note by Mr. Nellis.
The company has 30 employees split between the microbrewery and the store of l’anse-à-Beaufils, the pub in the city centre of Percé, and the pub at the corner of Rachel street east in Montreal.
In 2017, Francis Joncas became the first microbrewer in the country to convince the federal authorities to open the door to the manufacture of beer with wild yeast.
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Francis Joncas will remain the owner of both pubs, which will be managed by MESSRS. Coderre and Nellis. He sold the building to the microbrewery.
“I will be a full-time employees of Pit Caribou over the next three months, and I will reduce gradually my work time during the next three years”, said Mr. Joncas.
Precursor to the country in the field of beer with spontaneous fermentation, these beers with wild yeasts, Francis Joncas is already working on this project with the name of Brett and Wild.