La vieille fromagerie Perron
The cheese industry has played a major role in the development of the region and of the province of Québec. Its history begins with the establishment of the first cheddar factories by the Loyalists that came from the United States and 95% of the production was exported in England.
The Municipality of Saint-Prime alone had six cheese-dairies. The region of Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean was recognized for its production during Second World War. While the artisanal cheese industry was decreasing in the other regions of Québec, the production was increasing here in the region. Our cheeses were known under Lake St. John cheese!
Until the year 2000, the Perron cheese was one of the last dairies that sold its cheese in England. The Perron Family remained active up to 2015 and was one of the oldest families of cheese-makers. The last owner sold his shares to a dairy cooperative in 2015, but the company kept the same name and the same fabrication process.