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Produce Manager News: Mucci Farms expanding with Orangeline acquisition

bert_mucci_l_and_knaziew-5408257Mucci Farms CEO Bert Mucci (left) and Orangeline Farms founder Duffy Kniaziew

Mucci Farms has acquired controlling interest in Leamington, Ont. based Orangeline Farms, including its existing greenhouse and warehouse facilities, and additional land with plans for expansion.  Following the announcement, Mucci farms also announced its own additional expansion plans in Canada and the U.S., including a new 25 acre spread adjacent to its 60 acre property in Huron, OH. 

Founded in 2000 by the Kniaziew family, Orangeline Farms is an award-winning grower predominantly known for their pepper offerings grown under the Zing! Healthy Foods brand.  Mucci Farms plans to continue to use the Zing brand for the foreseeable future. It is also pushing ahead with expansion of Orangeline Farms’ existing acreage.

orangeline_aerial_view-6229811Orangeline Farms aerial view

“In searching for growth opportunities for both Orangeline’s staff and our ever loyal customers, the chance to partner with a world class organization like Mucci Farms was an easy decision to make,” said Orangeline Farms founder Duffy Kniaziew.

“The Ohio program has gotten off to a great start and we’re looking forward to growing our presence in the community and the regional market,” said Mucci farms CEO Bert Mucci. “It’s an exciting time for the company as we continue our aggressive expansion plans to increase our local and regional production.”

Mucci Farms is a vertically integrated fruit and vegetable grower that owns and operates 250 acres of tomato, pepper, cucumber, lettuce and strawberry greenhouses in Canada and the U.S., with a partner-grower network of 1500 acres across North America.

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