The creation of the Coopérative de Solidarité Houblon Pontiac (CSHP) was a logical continuation of a favorable report from the Center for Research and Technological Development Agricultural Outaouais (CREDETAO) for the development of the hop industry in the MRC. The report submitted in 2012, entitled The Culture of Hops for Processing, is the result of three years of research between 2009 and 2012.
With technical and financial support of the CLD and the MRC Pontiac, and following discussions with three local hops producers, CSHP was founded in 2012 to offer its user-member producers goods and services related to the production, processing and marketing of hops. In particular, the CSHP provides a range of services, such as sharing of raw materials, technical information and equipment for the cultivation and processing of hops.
CSHP members include experienced producers. The membership of CSHP also includes smaller hop producers (less than one acre). Efforts by the MRC Pontiac to promote the emergence of new hops contribute to the consolidation and the strategic positioning of the cooperative in the Quebec market.
The cooperative can count on the support of its institutional support members. In January 2015, two categories of members were added: individual support members and those from the brewing community.
The flagship project of the cooperative initiated in 2015 was the acquisition of a high-quality hops pelletizing line. Since user members of the CSHP primarily use hop pellets during the brewing process, they now benefit from a quality service that meets the pelletization standards required by the brewing industry.