Who We Are
Marc Paquin and Blandine Arseneault, the founders of Cuisine Soleil, have been involved in organic agriculture for some time.
Marc Paquin graduated from Alfred College at Guelph University in 2002 in farm management and technology with a specialization in Organic agriculture. He has worked in sustainable farming across Canada, from Annapolis Valley to the Okanagan, in Europe and in South America.
Blandine Arseneault is a graduated biologist from the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi. She was raised in a homestead environment in Northern Quebec where she learned all the basics of healthy and nutritious foods. Today, she is in charge of a Private Sector Environmental department.
It was obivous to the founders that, what gluten free food was available in natural and health food stores, were seriously lacking healthy and nutritious attributes. At the time, there were virtually no organic gluten free products on the market. They saw it as an opportunity to launch there own enterprise to provide a real healthy and organic alternative for gluten free food. Cuisine Soleil launched operations in 2005.
At first, products were sold in various local public markets in North-West Québec and in the Montreal area. Today, Cuisine Soleil still attends the public market in Rouyn-Noranda - the home town of the company. Customers can enjoy Cuisine Soleil's products and give direct feedback on new organic and gluten free products waiting to be commercially launched. The company owns a certified organic vegetable garden and sell their fresh produce at the market and some local restaurants.
|2007||2007 marked the beginning of the distribution of Cuisine Soleil's products in independent natural health food stores of different regions in the province of Québec.|
|2009||Cuisine Soleil's products are distributed all over the province of Quebec by Aux Mille et Une Saisons, a division of UNFI. Our Brown rice and buckwheat flour can be found at Sobey's under the IGA name in Québec.|
|2010||Cuisine Soleil expands its product line and introduces an organic gluten free all purpose mix. Later the company adds to its list of products, an organic chickpeas flour and a tapioca flour.|
|2011||Cuisine Soleil expands the distribution of its products to Ontario and across Canada with Ontario Natural Food Co-op and Puresource. We are planning a new line of healthy and organic products for the end of the year.|