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NatureFresh continues expansions and increased efficiencies

Leamington, ON-based, NatureFresh Farms markets year-round greenhouse Bell peppers, tomatoes and cucumbers, as well as organic Bell peppers and cucumbers. Kara Badder, marketing project manager for the greenhouse producer and shipper, said the company is currently shipping from multiple locations.

NFF Tomatoes Mix-2-WNatureFresh Farms’ tomato mix.“Both our Canadian and Ohio greenhouse production facilities are supported with shoulder season supplies from Holland, Spain, Israel and Mexico,” said Badder. “We plan to continue expanding our organic acreage to meet increasing demand within this category,” she continued. “Last summer we also opened a new modern distribution center in Leamington, which has further increased the efficiency across all of our facilities.”

NatureFresh Farms’ popular items include Ohio Red and TOMZ Snacking tomatoes. It has also increased its organic bell pepper production to 15-acres, with additional expansions planned for 2019. The company also produces red, yellow and orange Bell peppers in Leamington. Its cucumber line includes long English and mini seedless options. In late 2016, NatureFresh Farms opened a 40,000-square-foot distribution center in the Toledo, OH, area to help to fulfill the increase in demand for its greenhouse produce. The facility operates year-round to support the company’s business on both sides of the border.

The company is also strong in its U.S. Department of Agriculture certified organics. Its organic line includes red, yellow, orange and green Bell peppers, tomatoes-on-the-vine and red grape tomatoes. “NatureFresh Farms’ Delta, OH, facility produces numerous tomato varieties, including OhioRed tomatoes-on-the-vine; OhioRed red beefsteak; OhioRed Roma TOMZ grapes in red, yellow and orange; TOMZ red cherry; TOMZ mixed snacking; TOMZ sweet red cocktail; heirloom; and green beefsteak,” Badder pointed out. Early last spring, the company broke ground on a 106,000-square-foot warehouse and distribution center in Leamington. The new center will help the company increase its volumes to accommodate the increase in business.