Mastronardi Produce Ltd. adds big New York greenhouse

Mastronardi Produce Ltd. adds big New York greenhouse

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A 71.6-acre  glass greenhouse for growing Backyard Farms brand tomatoes is coming to New York, courtesy of Mastronardi Produce Ltd., Kingsville, Ontario, Canada.

“This expansion allows us to meet the incredible loyal consumer and retailer demand for this brand,” Paul Mastronardi, president, CEO of Mastronardi Produce, said in a news release.  “It also ensures that all Northeasterners can enjoy what New Englanders have come to expect—fresh-from-the-vine Backyard Farms tomatoes delivered within hours.”

The release did not disclose location of the facility.

Founded in the 1940s, Mastronardi Produce is a large vertically integrated producer and distributor of greenhouse-grown produce, marketed under the Sunset and Backyard Farms brands.

The greenhouse will provide Northeasterners with better access to fresh-from-the-vine Backyard Farms tomatoes delivered within hours, Mastronardi said in the release.

The expansion is the first phase of the company’s ambitions for its locally grown Backyard Farms label, according to the company.

The greenhouse more than doubles Backyard Farms’ greenhouse growing acreage and increases Mastronardi Produce’s internal greenhouse network to seven locations nationwide, providing more than 4,000 acres of growing capacity.

New-York-grown Backyard Farms brand tomatoes are expected to be shipped by the fall of 2019, according to the release.