BC Tree Fruits Cooperative plans to expand its Winfield packinghouse. If approved by local authorities, the new apple bagging line would be designed, installed and ready prior to the 2017 apple harvest.
When constructed, packing capacity will grow by 30 per cent.
“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 Winfield packinghouse is one of four such facilities for BC Tree Fruits and only handles apples during the entire crop season (fall into the following spring). The other three facilities are located in Kelowna, Oliver and Osoyoos.
Source: BC Tree Fruits April 28, 2017 news release