Jacques Demers and Réjean Demers (third and fourth from left) celebrate with investor partners at the grand opening ceremony for Productions Horticoles Demers' greenhouse in Drummondville, Quebec. Photo courtesy Productions Horticoles Demers
Quebec’s largest greenhouse tomato complex on one site held a grand opening in early November.
The 25-acre site in Drummondville, between Montreal and Quebec City, adds 18 acres to Les Productions Horticoles Demers Inc.’ existing 7-acre site, at a cost of $25 million CAD, said president Jacques Demers.
The first harvest was in late October, said Demers, with a focus on tomatoes on the vine and beefsteak “to give the chains the big volume they need.”
He’s also planning to introduce a medley of colored cherry tomatoes.
The site is outfitted with the latest Dutch technology and lit by high-pressure sodium lamps. It uses bio gas and energy recovered from a Waste Management landfill site next door, which also gives it a low-carbon footprint.
“Consumers have been pressuring us for more fresh, local product during the winter for five years now,” said Demers.
Demers is also looking to supply the Eastern U.S. during the winter, where he said Quebec product is often seen as local.
Next year the company’s 7-acre greenhouse near Quebec City, now growing tomatoes and peppers, will transition to peppers.