( Courtesy BC Tree Fruits Cooperative )

The BC Tree Fruits Cooperative, Kelowna, British Columbia, has purchased 85 acres of land in Kelowna, with plans to build a new facility.

The cooperative is selling its Penticton, British Columbia, facility. The transactions will be completed by May 31, according to a news release.

The facility changes are part of the BC Tree Fruit Cooperative’s One Roof plan, which calls for consolidation of all cooperative northern facilities at the new construction site.

It will be used for apple, cherry, pear and soft fruit packing, office space, and on-site cider production, according to a news release. There are no details about the construction timeline yet. Updates will be posted on the cooperative's website.

“This purchase signals our commitment to the industry, our growers, our staff and the Valley and will give us the ability to compete on a global scale moving forward,” CEO Todd McMyn said in the release.
There are more than 400 fruit growers in the BC Tree Fruits Cooperative.