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BC Tree Fruits made an exciting announcement on Friday.
The facility has submitted an application to expand their Winfield packinghouse to allow space for a new apple bagging line.
Once approved, the new line would be ready for operation prior to the 2017 apple crop starting this fall.
The new line would expand BC Tree Fruits’ capacity by 30%, adding to the space that already has them as an industry leader in Western Canada.
It will also provide 66 new jobs to the District of Lake Country, helping ensure locally grown, premium apples continue to be handled and packed by local employees.
“We are excited to begin the work on this expansion,” says BC Tree Fruits CEO Stan Swales. “This facility handles the majority of our grower member’s apples grown in the Kelowna and Vernon area so this expansion is imperative to ensure the quality and packing capacity of locally grown apples.”
The Windfield packinghouse is one of four packinghouse facilities of BC Tree Fruits and only handles apples during the entire crop season.
The other three facilities are in Kelowna, Oliver and Osoyoos.