A German researcher presents a lecture to a group of farmers and agronomists. Camelina is mentioned as a new alternative plant in crop rotation: unknown and yet full of promise. Curiosity is piqued: how can a 3,000 year old plant contain so many omega-3, and yet be so mysteriously still unknown?
Beginning of searches. Crosses between different varieties are made naturally in the fields, different cultivation methods are also explored. The goal: to get to know the plant and its needs in order to obtain an oil with a subtle and silky taste with superior nutritional values. The camelina product from these years of research will be unique, with its properties and aromas: an oil with a taste unique to Olimega.
Research is underway at Laval University and in the field with MAPAQ: it is concluded that this plant deserves to be unveiled in broad daylight.
Camelina oil is approved as a new food by Health Canada.
Olimega inc. see the day. Initially, there are seven shareholders, all people from the same family and the food industry, passionate about the virtues of camelina. The goal? Bring a new food to our plates and an alternative plant for Quebec agricultural producers in their crop rotation. We want to both influence Quebec’s eating habits and introduce a new plant in Quebec agriculture.
- The first bottles of camelina oil are sold in a grocery store under the brand name Et Voilà!
- Winner of the Food Innovation Award, long-life product, CTAQ.
- Et Voilà!camelina oil spreads its wings to become available throughout Quebec.
- Media coverage in several media, including Hello Hello, The Montreal Newspaper, Première Radio-Canada.
- Olimega signs agreements with other Quebec agricultural producers for the production of camelina.
- Finalist at the 2016 DUX contest, for innovation towards healthy eating habits.
- Finalist at the SIAL Innovation contest in Montreal with camelina oil. Media coverage in several media.
- Commendable reviews in the Journal de Québec by renowned chef Jean Soulard, former chef of Château Frontenac de Québec.
- 400 points of sale in Quebec.
- Olimega turns a corner and becomes a producer and processor of camelina. The company is continuing its collaboration with its agricultural producers in Quebec, which are important links in development.
- Finalist at the 2017 DUX Innovation contest.
- A branding strategy is initiated to position itself as a leader in camelina and to define our DNA.
- The initial premises are no longer sufficient to meet demand: we are undertaking a factory construction project dedicated to camelina.
- One step at a time, camelina oil is on the menu of the most beautiful restaurants in Quebec, as well as in Toronto, at the famous restaurant in CN Tower, Le 360 °.
- New camelina products are developed: camelina honey and camelina chocolate: we like to do things differently!
- Trade mission to Japan in collaboration with MAPAQ for the Supermarket Trade Show 2018 in Tokyo.
- Major turning point: Signé Caméline becomes the new trademark and will replace the bottles little by little Et Voilà!Same good taste, same nutritional properties and same eco-responsible producers, but under a name that allows us to be a leader in camelina at home and abroad.
- The camelina factory is finalized: relocation of the offices, production and development of a camelina processing center, a world first.
- Beginning of exportation: the first pallets of bottles are sent to Japan.
- Selection of camelina seeds at the SIAL Innovation 2018 competition.
- Launch of camelina seeds on the Quebec market: a new superfood on our plates.
- Undergoing of quality control certification according to GFSI international standards.
- Winner DUPC 2019 Grands Prix, category “Products”
- Project certification verified without GMO.
- Quality control certification recognized according to international quality standards SQF – GFSI Global Food Safety Initiative.