All aboard to discover Montreal's Épices de Cru, a company that has kept terroirs and producers’ know-how at the core of its philosophy for more than two decades.

Starting on the docks

The early days of a business are rarely easy, and when it came time to import and export their goods by container ship, Ethné and Philippe de Vienne had to learn to navigate the complexities of the business. The Port of Montreal is quite impressive with its many docks, logistics facilities and cruise ships. Fortunately, they have been well supported by shipping agents throughout their growth: "These people have a great deal of expertise... and they' re very nice!" said the two partners, smiling.

The Port of Montreal: an ally for local businesses

When asked why they chose the Port of Montreal, the owners are quick to point out that shipping costs a fraction of air freight: "Being in Montreal makes local shipping costs affordable, and that keeps us competitive in the market.”

Being in Montreal makes local shipping costs affordable, and that keeps us competitive on the market.

Another advantage is that the Port is located about 350 metres from their workshop in the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve district. Having the Port in the neighbourhood is significant for residents and the founders of Épices de Cru alike, as it keeps them connected to their history. Though they no longer clear customs by themselves, the owners remain deeply attached to this symbolic waterway that makes it possible for them pursue their passion every day.

Culinary curiosity is in Montrealers’ DNA

According to Ethné and Philippe de Vienne, the Port to Montreal's proximity to downtown areas has also played a major role in the city's identity. The Port is in Montreal’s DNA, making it a city that has been open to the world since it was founded. Since the Port of Montreal is a destination port instead of a transit port like the Port of Quebec, the Island has always vibrated to the rhythm of arriving vessels. This is reflected in our culture, our character and our curiosity about the world.

The Port is in Montreal’s DNA, making it a city that has been open to the world since it was founded.

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