The greenhouses were modeled after European technology and were built in partnership with Nature Fresh’s sister companies South Essex Fabricating Inc. and Jevor Combustion Technologies & Services, which are owned by Nature Fresh president Peter Quiring.
Colasanti said Quiring built Nature Fresh in 1999, and since then he’s pursued improved technologies for automated cost control, crop control and varietal advancements.
Although some might think specifically of the greenhouse structure, high-tech refers to more than that.
While the structure of Langley, British Columbia-based BC Hot House Foods Inc.’s greenhouses might not change much, the growing technologies are constantly changing in the quest for better methods, said Kevin Batt, director of sales.
The majority of Vancouver, British Columbia-based The Oppenheimer Group’s greenhouses are high-tech, said Aaron Quon, greenhouse category director.
Growers use best growing practices in addition to the latest technology, and they look for ways to advance practices and make things more efficient in the greenhouses, on the packing line and in other parts of their operations, he said.