Randhawa Farms, Oppy’s cornerstone British Columbia sweet bell pepper grower, has expanded its cooler facility and greenhouse acreage.
Based in BC’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. “We’re very excited to already be shipping out of the new cooler,” said Aaron Quon, executive category director of greenhouse at Oppy.
The Randhawa family
Bringing in two new employees to manage the new packing and shipping lines, Randhawa harvests bell peppers from March to November as well as a year-round cucumber offering. Their greenhouses currently hold over 60 acres of bell peppers, long English cucumbers and mini cucumbers. The company said the new cooler, packing line and staging area will ensure optimal temperatures are consistent throughout the packing process, with the aim of increasing shelf life even further.
Randhawa will expand by 15 acres of bell peppers at the end of 2018 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.
Vijay Randhawa, Randhawa Farms’ executive director went on to say, “Oppy has been an exceptional support system within our team. They are consistently running reports and keeping an eye on our day-to-day to better prepare us for anything that could come up. We are so thrilled to be partnered with them because we couldn’t do what they do for us on our own.”
Quon continued, “we’ve had a strong partnership for many years and look forward to growing with the Randhawa family as they continue to expand.”