BC Tree Fruits' decision to end operations at its packaging plants in Kelowna and Lake Country has faced "many challenges over the past few years" for the industry He said it was because he was
Agricultural inputs continue to increase, but weather events over the past three seasons have put pressure on local growers, resulting in less fruit for all commodities.
The company had planned to build a new state-of-the-art facility near Kelowna International Airport, but that plan was cancelled. The company now plans to move its operations to Oliver, British Columbia.
Warren, President and CEO of BC Tree Fruits, said: Sarafin.
``The economics in this case are all coming together, with massive increases in construction costs coupled with rising interest rates. In a nutshell, it's a good place for Oliver to invest."
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Announcement means nearly 100 people will lose their jobs However, BC Tree Fruits says it will offer a transfer to Oliver to help some of the affected employees.
"Unfortunately, these are very difficult decisions and we are working on them," explained Sarafinchan. "We will work with our employees and unions to make the transition as smooth as possible." , shows early signs of recovery – May 10, 2021
Oliver's current facility features a mix of old and new technology in its packaging line However, most equipment will soon be replaced by more modern standards.
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"Myself and many universities have looked at equipment in Washington State and have also been to Europe. We have looked at equipment extensively and know what the best options are," Sarafin said.
``We have not made a final decision, but we are committed to installing world-class equipment that will ultimately help increase profits for our producers,'' Chang said.
Although there are limited days of operation in Kelowna and Lake Country, the company says it will continue to put down roots in the Kelowna area.
“We have about 90 acres on Old Vernon Road and are currently thinking about what we can do to support our farming communities and growers. '' he said Sarafinchan.
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“Our headquarters will continue to be here, so we will be moving our fruit packing operations to Oliver, but Kelowna is still a very important community to us.
The future of the popular BC Tree Fruit Market and Cidery, which is attached to the Kelowna facility, remains unclear, but Sarah Finchan says the building will eventually be sold. It is scheduled to be issued to
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