About
La Fourmi

Here at La Fourmi, each one of our granola blends tells a story.

It begins with Geneviève Gagnon, who started her venture in 2002. A Montreal native, Geneviève’s passion for exceptional local products led her to go meet with producers, artisans and farmers. Her goal was to understand their craft and gain a true appreciation of the fruit of their labour, commitment and passion. She spent countless hours in the kitchen, baking and perfecting her recipes, chopping the chocolate by hand, removing flower petals one by one and carefully packing her blends in paper bags.

As the years passed, Geneviève learned the secrets to perfect granola. Her recipes achieved an exquisite harmony. Shoppers discovered her products, gave them a try, and didn’t look back. To meet the growing demand, she rolled up her sleeves and worked to achieve her dream. Her hard work was quickly rewarded with several top entrepreneurship prizes over the years.

Today, Geneviève is an accomplished CEO and a mother of three. She is proud to run her company her way, without compromising her values, or La Fourmi Bionique’s mission: to create unique, healthy, and gourmet granola blends while promoting local producers of natural, organic and fair-trade ingredients.

Here at La Fourmi, each one of our granola blends tells a story.

It begins with Geneviève Gagnon, who started her venture in 2002. A Montreal native, Geneviève’s passion for exceptional local products led her to go meet with producers, artisans and farmers. Her goal was to understand their craft and gain a true appreciation of the fruit of their labour, commitment and passion. She spent countless hours in the kitchen, baking and perfecting her recipes, chopping the chocolate by hand, removing flower petals one by one and carefully packing her blends in paper bags.

As the years passed, Geneviève learned the secrets to perfect granola. Her recipes achieved an exquisite harmony. Shoppers discovered her products, gave them a try, and didn’t look back. To meet the growing demand, she rolled up her sleeves and worked to achieve her dream. Her hard work was quickly rewarded with several top entrepreneurship prizes over the years.

Today, Geneviève is an accomplished CEO and a mother of three. She is proud to run her company her way, without compromising her values, or La Fourmi Bionique’s mission: to create unique, healthy, and gourmet granola blends while promoting local producers of natural, organic and fair-trade ingredients.

Our certifications

A company you can trust!

Years of experience

La Fourmi Bionique Inc. has been producing granola since 2004! It is clear that we have a solid foundation for success based on healthy values and responding to the needs of our customers.

Strong values

We have always advocated healthy values, especially those of the Slow Food Movement. In short, we believe in good, fair, and clean sourcing. Find out more about eco-gastronomy.

Many awards & recognitions

We have won more than ten prestigious prizes and competitions, which have rewarded the fruit of our efforts in several different areas.

Demanding certifications

The variety of demanding certifications we qualify for guarantee the excellence of our production, from our supply to manufacturing. A continuous improvement process is at the heart of our priorities.

«Creating exceptional granola blends requires patience. By renewing this tradition with passion, La Fourmi has made it an art. We want people who care about their well-being and the world around them to be able to count on our healthy products and all the benefits associated with them.»

Geneviève Gagnon
Founder President of La Fourmi.

Soulful products

From day one, we have always preached for pleasure above all at La Fourmi! Today, we are in an era where topics relating to food unleash passions and where consumers are more and more lost and anxious about everything that is recommended to them, and sometime even imposed on them. We believe that it is best to learn to trust ourselves again. Indeed, our bodies know what they need, and they communicate that to us willingly if we listen.

Let’s take a break from this tornado of doubts and savor the simple and natural pleasures. Indeed, since 2004, we have never ceased to highlight the quality and sourcing of our products. While we still emphasize the importance of this quality, we believe now more than ever that it is necessary for consumers to rediscover wellbeing through the pleasure of eating in harmony with oneself. In this spirit, the purpose of La Fourmi has always been to create soulful products. This is expressed at the core level of many aspects associated with our products: from the sourcing and selection of ingredients, the balanced nutritional profile, and the pursuit of pleasure in every bite.

Soulful products

From day one, we have always preached for pleasure above all at La Fourmi! Today, we are in an era where topics relating to food unleash passions and where consumers are more and more lost and anxious about everything that is recommended to them, and sometime even imposed on them. We believe that it is best to learn to trust ourselves again. Indeed, our bodies know what they need, and they communicate that to us willingly if we listen.

Let’s take a break from this tornado of doubts and savor the simple and natural pleasures. Indeed, since 2004, we have never ceased to highlight the quality and sourcing of our products. While we still emphasize the importance of this quality, we believe now more than ever that it is necessary for consumers to rediscover wellbeing through the pleasure of eating in harmony with oneself. In this spirit, the purpose of La Fourmi has always been to create soulful products. This is expressed at the core level of many aspects associated with our products: from the sourcing and selection of ingredients, the balanced nutritional profile, and the pursuit of pleasure in every bite.

The Story

2003

Very beginning of the Fourmi Bionique story. 

2004

The company is incorporated by Geneviève Gagnon. The first three granola flavours, Vitality, Aphrodisiac and Essential, are sold to retail for the first time.

Geneviève wins the first Regional Prize at the 6th Edition of the Quebec Entrepreneurial Awards.

2006

La Fourmi wins the Coup de coeur award at the Financial Angels event organized by the Montreal Young Chamber of Commerce in 2006 and the company moves into its own production facility.

2007

The granola line expands; two new flavours (Divine and Natural) are introduced and a new family-size format is introduced to the retail market.

Geneviève wins the National Grand Prize from the Canadian Youth Business Foundation.

2008

The brand crossed over the other side of the Atlantic and our products are now sold in some stores in France. Geneviève wins the Arista Contest in the Young Entrepreneur – Small Business category.

2009

The new Euphoric granola flavour is introduced to market. Geneviève wins the Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Success in Business Award at the 11th Quebec Provincial Entrepreneurial Competition.

2011

Geneviève wins the Small Business Award at the 11th annual Quebec Businesswomen’s Awards, presented by the Réseau des Femmes d’affaires du Québec (The Quebec Businesswomen’s Association).

2012

The new dried fruit, chocolate and nut snacks Beatitude and Exciting are launched to market.

Geneviève Gagnon is part of the 14th annual W100, a ranking of the top 100 female entrepreneurs in Canada.

2015

Launch of two new granola flavours: Chocolatier and Tonic.

La Fourmi wins a prize at the DUX Awards as a New Food Product Precursor for the Gourmet Granola line.

2016

A new logo: the little flower that is so emblematic of the brand is revisited.

2017

The launch of a new granola blend, the Zen sweet and salty.

La Fourmi earns a place in the annual PROFIT 500 list, a ranking of the 500 fastest-growing companies in Canada.

Expansion of our headquarters and major renovations: We are now HACCP and SQF certified.

2018

We obtain the GFSI and gluten-free certifications. 

The new Nutbrown grain-free granola line wins two prizes at the prestigious Canadian Grand Prix New Product Awards including the sought-after All-Canadian Award. 

Zen and Tonic flavours are added to the Nutbrown line.

La Fourmi introduces a new branding for its Gourmet Granola line, which become the Grand Granola, and wins two prizes at the Gaïa Awards, including the special Aliments du Québec prize for the quality of its new packaging design.

2019

A new flavour is added to the Nutbrown line: the Divine blend.

The snack line goes through a complete makeover, with new branding and packaging, the introduction of a third flavour called Inspiring, and a new family-size 200g format.

Geneviève Gagnon wins in the Entrepreneur – Medium Business category at the 19th Annual Quebec Businesswomen’s Awards, presented by the Réseau des Femmes d’affaires du Québec (The Quebec Businesswomen’s Association).

The Nutbrown grain-free line is now offered in a family-size format.

2020

The Müska line, an innovative low-sugar cereal that can be enjoyed either as muesli or an overnight porridge, is launched to market.

La Fourmi is a finalist in the entrepreneurship category at the 40th edition of Quebec’s most prestigious contest The Mercuriades Awards.

La Fourmi earns a place in the 32nd annual GROWTH LIST, a ranking of Canada’s Fastest-Growing-Companies.

2021

Fourmi Bionique is ranked among Canada’s fastest growing companies Canada’s Top Growing Companies in collaboration with the Globe & Mail).

The company’s evolution is reflected in its brand identity which will be transitioning from “Fourmi Bionique” to “La Fourmi”. A seemingly basic change, but one that represents a desire to focus on a core skill-set, while simplifying access to new markets.

We have been awarded the demanding B Corp certification. To learn more.

2022

The Grand Granola range is getting a fresh new look with a completely revamped visual universe; a new image featuring vibrant colors and high-quality illustrations, showcasing the sleek new La Fourmi logo.

The Grand Ganola Aphrodisia was among the finalists for the Innovation Award at the CTAQ event on November 17, 2022, during the marketing event.

2023

La Fourmi Bionique Inc. is entering its 20th year in business, taking the opportunity to innovate once again by revamping its Nutbrown range.

Our Grand Granola Aphrodisia was the Grand Winner of the Best Product Award at the 11th edition of the DUX contest.

2003

Very beginning of the Fourmi Bionique story. 

2004

The company is incorporated by Geneviève Gagnon. The first three granola flavours, Vitality, Aphrodisiac and Essential, are sold to retail for the first time.

Geneviève wins the first Regional Prize at the 6th Edition of the Quebec Entrepreneurial Awards.

2006

La Fourmi wins the Coup de coeur award at the Financial Angels event organized by the Montreal Young Chamber of Commerce in 2006 and the company moves into its own production facility.

2007

The granola line expands; two new flavours (Divine and Natural) are introduced and a new family-size format is introduced to the retail market.

Geneviève wins the National Grand Prize from the Canadian Youth Business Foundation.

2008

The brand crossed over the other side of the Atlantic and our products are now sold in some stores in France. Geneviève wins the Arista Contest in the Young Entrepreneur – Small Business category.

2009

The new Euphoric granola flavour is introduced to market. Geneviève wins the Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Success in Business Award at the 11th Quebec Provincial Entrepreneurial Competition.

2011

Geneviève wins the Small Business Award at the 11th annual Quebec Businesswomen’s Awards, presented by the Réseau des Femmes d’affaires du Québec (The Quebec Businesswomen’s Association).

2012

The new dried fruit, chocolate and nut snacks Beatitude and Exciting are launched to market.

Geneviève Gagnon is part of the 14th annual W100, a ranking of the top 100 female entrepreneurs in Canada.

2015

Launch of two new granola flavours: Chocolatier and Tonic.

La Fourmi wins a prize at the DUX Awards as a New Food Product Precursor for the Gourmet Granola line.

2016

A new logo: the little flower that is so emblematic of the brand is revisited.

2017

The launch of a new granola blend, the Zen sweet and salty.

La Fourmi earns a place in the annual PROFIT 500 list, a ranking of the 500 fastest-growing companies in Canada.

Expansion of our headquarters and major renovations: We are now HACCP and SQF certified.

2018

We obtain the GFSI and gluten-free certifications. 

The new Nutbrown grain-free granola line wins two prizes at the prestigious Canadian Grand Prix New Product Awards including the sought-after All-Canadian Award. 

Zen and Tonic flavours are added to the Nutbrown line.

La Fourmi introduces a new branding for its Gourmet Granola line, which become the Grand Granola, and wins two prizes at the Gaïa Awards, including the special Aliments du Québec prize for the quality of its new packaging design.

2019

A new flavour is added to the Nutbrown line: the Divine blend.

The snack line goes through a complete makeover, with new branding and packaging, the introduction of a third flavour called Inspiring, and a new family-size 200g format.

Geneviève Gagnon wins in the Entrepreneur – Medium Business category at the 19th Annual Quebec Businesswomen’s Awards, presented by the Réseau des Femmes d’affaires du Québec (The Quebec Businesswomen’s Association).

The Nutbrown grain-free line is now offered in a family-size format.

2020

The Müska line, an innovative low-sugar cereal that can be enjoyed either as muesli or an overnight porridge, is launched to market.

La Fourmi is a finalist in the entrepreneurship category at the 40th edition of Quebec’s most prestigious contest The Mercuriades Awards.

La Fourmi earns a place in the 32nd annual GROWTH LIST, a ranking of Canada’s Fastest-Growing-Companies.

2021

Fourmi Bionique is ranked among Canada’s fastest growing companies Canada’s Top Growing Companies in collaboration with the Globe & Mail).

The company’s evolution is reflected in its brand identity which will be transitioning from “Fourmi Bionique” to “La Fourmi”. A seemingly basic change, but one that represents a desire to focus on a core skill-set, while simplifying access to new markets.

We have been awarded the demanding B Corp certification. To learn more.

2022

The Grand Granola range is getting a fresh new look with a completely revamped visual universe; a new image featuring vibrant colors and high-quality illustrations, showcasing the sleek new La Fourmi logo.

The Grand Ganola Aphrodisia was among the finalists for the Innovation Award at the CTAQ event on November 17, 2022, during the marketing event.

2023

La Fourmi Bionique Inc. is entering its 20th year in business, taking the opportunity to innovate once again by revamping its Nutbrown range.

Our Grand Granola Aphrodisia was the Grand Winner of the Best Product Award at the 11th edition of the DUX contest.

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