May 1, 2017, Camarillo, CA – California grown tomatoes on the vine and California avocados are the perfect ingredient pairing to kick off summertime retail cross promotions.
April 28, 2017, Ottawa – Total sales of the greenhouse, nursery and sod industries reached $3.6 billion in 2016.
April 28, 2017, Guelph, Ont. – Agriculture and rural Ontario were largely ignored in the 2017 provincial budget. Widely recognized as a key growth area for the provincial economy, Ontario’s agri-food sector didn’t receive any new funding announcements in yesterday’s budget.
April 24, 2017, Montreal – Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (la Caisse) has outlined its strategy for Québec’s agri-food sector. It also announced the creation of a $125-million fund to invest in every segment of the sector’s value chain, targeting both companies seeking to accelerate their growth and farmers who operate family businesses, and their successors.
April 21, 2017, Bellingham, WA – Since the legalization of cannabis for recreational sales in Washington occurred in 2014, an increasing number of cannabis growers are looking to take advantage of rebates offered for light emitting diode (LED) fixtures.
April 20, 2017, Peterborough, Ont. – A pair of greenhouse projects are among the latest recipients of funding assistance through Ontario’s Greenbelt Fund.
April 17, 2017, Guelph, Ont. – Average farmland values in Canada continued to climb in 2016, but lost steam in most provinces, including Ontario, according to Farm Credit Canada‘s (FCC) latest Farmland Values Report.
April 13, 2017, St. Catharines, Ont. – LED crop lighting, labour management, water treatment systems and marketing to millenials are some of the themes to be discussed at this year’s Greenhouse Canada Grower Day (June 21).
May 2017 – The industry remains quite vibrant. Not everyone is celebrating record-setting years, but most growers we’ve heard from have been satisfied with their sales and prices.
April 11, 2017 – Last week we toured the California Spring Trials, viewing first hand the amazing breeding work underway along with some of the retail marketing programs.
April 10, 2017, Leamington, Ont. – Increased demand for premium greenhouse grown products across the NatureFresh™ Farms product line has prompted one of Canada’s largest independent growers to break ground on a new 106,000 square foot Distribution Centre in Leamington.

Construction is to be completed by mid-summer.
“The continued expansion of our operations & launch of new products is a direct result of the growth of the NatureFresh™ Farms brand,” said company president Peter Quiring. “Over the last few years, we have increased our production capacity to meet the demands of our retail partners.

“Our commitment to quality, regardless of season, is enabling NatureFresh™ Farms to be an integrated supplier 12 months a year. Expanding our production capabilities in Leamington shows our commitment to growing our business in Canada.”

Family owned and operated, NatureFresh™ employs more than 500 people across all of its greenhouses & distribution centers in both Canada and the U.S.

The state of the art distribution centre will enable NatureFresh™ to increase production and specialty packaging on site. The addition of the new facility will complement the existing five distribution centers that are currently operational across the company’s 130 acres in Leamington.

NatureFresh™ also opened a 60,000-sq-ft. facility in Toledo, Ohio, last fall to service the new 45 acres of greenhouse tomato production in Delta, Ohio.

Due to the success of its Ohio tomato program, the company has already outgrown the Toledo facility six months after opening the doors and will be expanding in the months to come.
After doubling its organic bell pepper acreage in 2016, NatureFresh™ recently launched its new USDA certified organic TOVs and organic red grape tomatoes.
“The increasing demand for organics prompted our team to bring two new items to market this year, both are being grown in Leamington,” said Ray Wowryk, director of business development.

The organic TOVs are available in bulk format whereas the organic red grape tomatoes are available in dry pint formats.
The company also unveiled its new Canadian grown TOMZ™ Snacking Tomatoes in March that are being packed in new top seal formats. NatureFresh™ grows its proprietary TOMZ™ brand snacking tomatoes in Delta (winter production) and Leamington (summer production).
NatureFresh™ Farms will be attending the CPMA Convention & Trade Show in Toronto from May 9-11. Attendees are invited to visit Booth 107.

APRIL 6, 2017, Watsonville, CA – What happens When Silicon Valley Meets Big Begonias? That was the theme Benary tackled with its California Spring Trials open house, my last stop on the tour.
April 5, 2017, California – Growing plants is challenging, but growing the expertise of retail staff is just as daunting. Consumers want help selecting and then taking care of plants, and knowledgeable front line employees can help build their confidence.
April 4, 2017, Salinas, CA – Day Four was centred in the Salinas region. Due to some GPS miscues on my part, and one by the system, I definitely got to see a little more of the region than I had planned.
April 3, 2017, San Luis Obispo, CA – The California Spring Trials is deep in new varieties and production expertise. What it’s also known for is marketing and promotion.

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