Leamington, ON-based Westmoreland Sales’ Canadian production starts in early to mid-February and runs through mid- to late December.
“We produce all your staple greenhouse products such as Beefsteak tomatoes, cluster tomatoes, Roma tomatoes, seedless cucumbers, mini seedless cucumbers, Bell peppers plus a long line of specialty products such as grape tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, cocktail tomatoes, mini Roma tomatoes, mini sweet pepper, hot pepper, baby eggplant and much more,” said Jimmy Coppola, account manager/marketing for Westmoreland Sales/TopLine. “We have greenhouses located in Ontario, Canada and we also have investments in greenhouses in Mexico to help support our partners 365 days a year.”
Coppola said that for the small period of time that Canada is not producing, the company turns to its investment greenhouse partners in Mexico, who also supplement the company’s production year-round.
He also noted that at this time the company does not produce organic items, but said, “We are looking into this more and more, and will likely have some organic offerings soon.”
Westmoreland Sales markets its line of high-quality greenhouse produce under the “TopLine” brand. It has many great relationships with both large and smaller retailers. It distributes primarily throughout North America, but Coppola said that the company is not opposed to dealing with offshore clients, and it is currently weighing its options in that direction.
“We also have some great relationships with some of the best wholesalers around,” said Coppola. “We are currently looking to increase our relationships in the foodservice sector and industrial operations as well.”
The company is currently researching expansion opportunities in Mexico, the U.S. and within Canada.
“We are proud to announce that we are currently finalizing our Non-GMO status with the Non-GMO Project, which should be completed shortly,” said Coppola.
Acknowledging the trends of the times, he said that there are times of the year when the locally grown movement slows demand for different growing regions.
“But we do notice that greenhouse demand is still strong for those that are included in different regional locally grown movements,” he said. “For example, when Michigan is on a grown-local movement, we do see greenhouse produce still in demand in the state.”