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Niagara fruit co-op celebrates 100 years


July 10, 2013
By Fruit & Vegetable

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Jul. 10, 2013, Niagara, ON – Vineland Growers’ Cooperative recently celebrated 100 years of operation, with a celebration that drew over 900 people, including Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne.

The co-op began in Sept. 12, 1913 when four fruit growers met to discuss the formation of a co-op. Through the years, it has expanded and diversified its role in buying and selling the fruit from members and non-members.

According to Don Fraser at the St. Catherines Standard, it assembled and marketed more than 1,145,000 cases of fruit and reached gross sales of fruit and supplies of more than $33.8 million in 2011. Essentially, the co-op bulk-buys from growers and markets the produce, said Michael Ecker, the president of the cooperative and Virgil.

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“By the growers working together, they can supply the needs of these large organizations like Loblaw, Walmart, Sobeys, Metro, Costco.”

For more information, visit www.vinelandgrowers.com.