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BC Hot House Foods, a leader in hydroponically grown produce, will start its 40th year in business with a 13-percent increase in production for the 2013 season.

The overall growth is the result of Darvonda Nurseries joining BC Hot House as well as additional acreage from current grower members.

The largest increases will be in sweet Bell peppers and long English cucumber crops starting this spring.

Darvonda brings over 10 acres to BC Hot House as it continue to produce greenhouse cucumbers and tomatoes alongside its core base of floral production.

Also contributing to the increase is Creekside Hot House, which has added a 10-acre tomato facility to expand its specialty focus. With over 10 years of tomato-growing experience for BC Hot House, Creekside’s lead grower brings a wealth of expertise to the facility.

In addition, Bakerview Greenhouse is a new state-of-the-art facility that will add 11 acres of peppers this season, and it has room for further expansion in 2014.

“The BC Hot House full mix of Big Taste products continues to evolve and grow,” Mike Reed, president of BC Hot House Foods Inc., said in a press release. “We are very focused on expanding our grower base with experienced partners that are focused on taste, quality and customer service.”