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Greenhouse Produce business updates

03/08/2012 11:18:00 AM
Susie Cable

BC Hothouse increases production and sales

Langley, British Columbia-based BC Hot House Foods Inc. anticipates a 28% increase in production volume in 2012 as compared to 2011, said Kevin Batt, director of sales.

Under the guidance of Mike Reed, who was named president of the company two years ago, the company is on a growth trajectory. It has increased its customer base and added growers, Batt said.

This year, BC Hot House is exporting greenhouse-grown sweet cherry tomatoes and Blushers-brand sweet pink cherry tomatoes to Japan, Batt said.

BC Hot House’s labels now carry quick-response codes.

The codes direct consumers’ smartphone Web browsers to grower profiles, recipes, storage tips, contests and other information, Batt said.

In February, the company was updating its websites, he said.


JemD Farms reaching PTI milestones

Jim DiMenna, president of JemD Farms, Leamington, Ontario, said JemD has passed the fifth of seven Produce Traceability Initiative milestones for all of its shipments. Milestone 5 requires encoding information into bar codes on case labels.

"We’re well on track," DiMenna said.

"(Traceability) is a key thing for this company, and we’re exactly where we’re supposed to be."

DiMenna is to be elected chairman of Canadian Produce Marketing Association in April. He currently serves as first vice chairman of the board.

DiMenna said he’s been a member of the association for about 23 years, and has served on the board for 17 of those years.


Mucci completes greenhouse expansion

Mucci Farms, Kingsville, Ontario, expects by late April to begin harvesting tomatoes on the vine and cocktail tomatoes from its 15-acre greenhouse expansion, said Joe Spano, vice president of sales and marketing.

The additional acreage was built in response to strong demand for the company’s Sapori cocktail and Sun Drop grape tomatoes.

Mucci also recently broke ground on a 30-acre expansion, which it expects to be in production by 2013.

Mucci is reworking its website to make it more consumer friendly, Spano said.

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