Randhawa Farms, a key part of The Oppenheimer Group’s British Columbia sweet bell pepper program, has expanded its cooler facility and greenhouse acreage.
Based in British Columbia’s lower mainland, Randhawa has added almost 22,000 square feet of cold storage, with a 600-pallet capacity facility that includes two new value-added lines, according to a news release.
“We’re very excited to already be shipping out of the new cooler, Aaron Quon, executive category director of greenhouse at Oppy, said in the release.
Randhawa harvests bell peppers from March to November and also features year-round cucumbers from its greenhouses, according to the release. Randhawa’s greenhouses currently hold over 60 acres of bell peppers, long English cucumbers, and mini cucumbers, according to the release.
The new cooler, packing line, and staging area will ensure optimal temperatures are consistent throughout the packing process and maximize shelf life, according to the release,
Randhawa will expand its greenhouse output by 15 acres of bell peppers at the end of 2018, combined with a new packing line installed in time for next year’s season.
“Randhawa has always built themselves around future expansion, and we value being part of these big steps in their operation,” Quon said in the release.
Vijay Randhawa, Randhawa Farms’ executive director, said in the release that Oppy has given exceptional support.
“We are so thrilled to be partnered with them because we couldn’t do what they do for us on our own,” Randhawa said in the release.