Announcements

Job offersmore »

Tweeting Growers

Top 5 - yesterday

Top 5 - last week

Top 5 - last month

Exchange ratesmore »




CAN(ON): Del Fresco Pure expands berry production with 10 acres

Tapping into consumers’ increasing interest in locally grown food, Kingsville, Ont.-based Del Fresco Pure is expanding its greenhouse strawberry production by 10 acres.


 
“We’ll be in full production by November,” says Del Fresco Pure’s Ray Mastronardi. “The local demand for the greenhouse berries is strong. With the push of locally grown produce, we feel the strawberries will be a local favorite.” The greenhouse addition helps the company extend the popular Ontario strawberry field growing season, which runs approximately from May to June.


Technology investment
The berries, branded under YES!Berries Your Everyday Snack!, are greenhouse-grown in a controlled micro-climate that allows the company to grow a uniform product at a larger harvest size. Technology in the new environment includes additions such as energy curtains and grow lights in the half million square foot space. Del Fresco Pure is also using recycled growing medium and feeding its plants with nutrient-enriched water which helps minimize environmental waste.
                                            
Mastronardi notes that the berries will be sold in 12 oz., 1 lb. and 2 lb. clamshell top-seal packs, though it’s also exploring snack-size options as well and pricing depends as always on demand and supply.
 
For now though, the company is in its ramp-up phase. “The biggest challenge we have incurred is we sell out quickly and the demand is high,” says Mastronardi. 

For more information:
Ray Mastronardi
Del Fresco Produce
Tel: +1-519-733-6101
delfrescoproduce.com

Publication date: 9/13/2017

 


 

Other news in this sector:

9/25/2017 NL: First basil harvest from new hydroponic greenhouse
9/25/2017 "Domestic market will be key for Spanish tomatoes in future"
9/25/2017 Empowering women leaders for a stronger Aussie horticulture industry
9/22/2017 UK grower attempting to grow the world's largest cabbage
9/22/2017 Australia: NT Farmers resumes AUSVEG membership
9/22/2017 "Pace of innovation in horticulture is phenomenal"
9/21/2017 "Respecting the environment is key to succeed on Northern European markets"
9/20/2017 Innovative Indian farmer's hydroponic tomato sees success
9/20/2017 UK: New panel members sought to help steer horticultural industry
9/20/2017 1.5 meters luffa brings significant profit
9/20/2017 Maarten Zwaan passes away
9/20/2017 US (CA): Vacant greenhouses snapped up in cannabis land boom
9/18/2017 HPS lighting allows for Ohio grown tomatoes in fall, winter & spring
9/18/2017 Canada: Red Sun Farms makes Profit 500 list
9/18/2017 Village Farms listed as one of British Colombia's fastest growing companies
9/18/2017 Smart Yookr sensor network speeds up start of new operation
9/15/2017 Netherlands: Landspout destroys Westland greenhouses
9/15/2017 NatureSweet CEO to address students, business professionals at Texas university
9/15/2017 Vietnamese farmer learns trick of trade in Israel
9/15/2017 US (MA): MMCRU Middle School almost at $40,000 greenhouse goal