Jan. 12, 2015, Kingsville, Ont. — Pepperco USA is the latest venture of Mastronardi Produce.
As the largest greenhouse pepper company in North America, family-owned Mastronardi Produce has quietly grown their acreage and capacity in Coldwater, Michigan since completing Phase 2 of their greenhouse operation last summer.
“After the recent completion of Phase 2, we decided to carry on expanding our Coldwater greenhouses to 100 acres,” says CEO Paul Mastronardi.
“We’ve already established a strong demand for our Michigan-grown tomatoes from retailers and were overwhelmed with the response from consumers. We’re anticipating even more enthusiasm for local Sunset® peppers this spring.”
Greenhouse builders Havecon Projects and Stolze wrapped up Phase 2 this past August and have been working through the winter to complete Pepperco. At 41 acres, Mastronardi’s greenhouse is the first large-scale pepper greenhouse in the U.S.
Since opening their Coldwater facility in 2012, Mastronardi Produce has been leading the industry with advanced greenhouse technology to combat frigid Michigan winters and bring fresh, summertime flavour to the Midwest in a sustainable way.
“Because of the strategic location of Coldwater, we’re able to reduce food miles and deliver a vine-ripened product,” said Joe Sbrocchi, vice-president of business development.
“With such close proximity to a number of distribution centres, we’re able to harvest, pack and ship our produce to our clients’ doors the same day, which ensures our consumers are getting the freshest product possible.”
The state-of-the-art greenhouse will begin harvesting this spring.
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