Umano recovers after CVA explosion

Six months after the explosion that completely destroyed the Center de valorisation de l’aliment (CVA) on Bourque Boulevard in Sherbrooke, companies are recovering. This is the case of Umano Fair Trade, which specializes in importing fair trade foods such as cashew nuts, dried mangoes, spices and chocolate.

During the explosion at CVAthe company lost everything: its equipment, its merchandise and its place of business.

Recall that the CVA offered several small businesses common spaces like kitchens and warehouses, giving them access to infrastructure that they could not afford individually.

After the explosion, Umano temporarily relocated to the former convent of the Little Sisters of the Holy Family in Sherbrooke, which allowed the company to maintain its activities. It is now moving to new premises on Saint-Esprit Street.

We really become 100% functional in our operations, and we have the feedback of our productsrejoices the co-owner of Umano fair trade, Alexis Leblanc-Isabelle.

90% of the products we had before the explosion will be back starting next week. We are really starting to feel a return to our activities a little more to normal. We have also succeeded in expanding the team to develop new markets, we have great prospects for our products, we want to relaunch our online store, we want to approach food processors […] It feels good to enter the new premises and turn the page a little on the disaster that happenedhe adds.

About fifteen companies operated within the CVA.

The investigation by the Commission for Standards, Equity, Health and Safety at Work (CNESST) is still ongoing to determine the exact causes of the explosion.

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With information from Marie-Hélène Rousseau