Pure Hot House Foods Inc. and its Five Star Farms grower Ernie Ingratta plan to expand greenhouse facilities by more than 50%.
Completion is expected by August 2014, adding an estimated 120,000 pounds weekly to current production and creating 16 new jobs, according to a news release.
Demand for the branded Juno Bites and Luna Sweets, as well as romas, and tomatoes-on-the-vine drove the project. The additional acreage will also provide for new fruit, including cluster tomatoes.
The new greenhouses will extend the growing season, which has typically ended by November, into January.
Leamington, Ontario-based Pure Hot House Foods Inc. markets under the Pure Flavor label.