Randhawa Farms, which has established itself as leading fresh produce importer-distributor Oppy’s cornerstone British Columbia (BC) sweet bell pepper supplier, 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.
Randhawa harvests bell peppers from March to November with a year-round cucumber offering.
The company's greenhouses currently hold over 60 acres of bell peppers, long English cucumbers and mini cucumbers, while the new cooler, packing line and staging area will ensure optimal temperatures are consistent throughout the packing process, thus increasing shelf life further.
Randhawa will expand by 15 acres of bell peppers at the end of 2018 with a packing line installed in time for next year’s season.
“Oppy has been an exceptional support system within our team," noted Vijay Randhawa, Randhawa Farms’ executive director. "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.”