Veg Pro International

Veg Pro International

October 24, 2007 11:00 ET

A New Plant for Veg Pro International

An investment of over 11 million dollars in the Monteregie region

SHERRINGTON, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Oct. 24, 2007) - Veg Pro International, one of Canada's leading farm producers, has announced the completion of its brand new plant located in Sherrington in the Monteregie region. The 55,000 square foot facility, built at a cost of 11 million dollars, will specialize in the production of salad mix and pre washed vegetables. It will operate year round and keep 500 jobs in Quebec.

"This is a happy day for Veg Pro International and the entire team, says Gerry Van Winden, owner and son of a vegetable producer. We worked hard to build a leading-edge plant with efficient equipment and new technologies that was designed according to the highest sanitation standards in the industry. We are very proud of what we have accomplished". The new plant in Sherrington replaces Veg Pro's Napierville facility which was destroyed in a fire a little more than a year ago.

Veg Pro specializes in the growing and processing of baby lettuce and spinach, which are sold pre-washed. This particular market segment is experiencing a rapid growth of over 30% per year. Veg Pro's new production are based on a 48-hour window, from the harvesting to the packaging of the baby lettuce and spinach. "With our brand new plant, Veg Pro International will continue to grow and position itself as a leader in the production and processing of fresh lettuce and vegetables." explained Gerry Van Widen.

Buying local, all year round

Veg Pro International is one of the only local companies to produce mesclun in Quebec. Buying local promotes our products as well as jobs in Quebec. Several of Veg Pro's products, such as mesclun mix and spinach, are sold in 100% recyclable trays in the refrigerated counter of the vegetable section under the "Fresh Attitude" brand name. With their "Aliments Quebec" logo, they are available in Quebec's major food chains.

About Veg Pro International

Founded in the Monteregie region in 1952, the Veg Pro is a Quebec leader in the area of vegetable production. The Van Winden Group and its five associated farms grow various types of lettuce and other fresh vegetables from May to November. The company provides permanent and seasonal jobs to over 500 people and its sales amount to $65 million dollars each year.

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