ARBUTUS FARMS - PRESS RELEASE
December 27, 2018
JADE FINE FOODS & PACKAGING FORGES COMMITMENT TO FRESH-FOOD EXCELLENCE WITH ACQUISITION OF INNOVATION AND MANUFACTURING PARTNER – ARBUTUS FARMS
Nels G. Dugstad and Alex D. Campbell, founding partners of Victoria based Jade Fine Foods & Packaging, trailblazers in the retail grocery supply industry and specializing in the development of turn-key fresh-food systems, proudly announce the purchase of strategic vendor-partner: Arbutus Farms - in the Cowichan Valley.With deep roots in fresh deli salads, veggie-sides and ready-to-heat meal solutions, Jade Fine Foods has partnered extensively with the home-grown Cowichan Valley company, Arbutus Farms, in supplying many key products and components to their fresh program mix.
Jade Fine Foods principal Nels Dugstad says “acquiring Arbutus Farms is a strategic-play and natural progression of our growing business, we have worked closely with Debra and Don McMurray of Arbutus Farms for several years and the partnership has been instrumental in our explosive growth.” Dugstad further added “their state-of-the art facility, commitment to food safety and most importantly their excellent team, presented opportunities that we could not overlook.”
Debra and Don McMurray are pioneers of the deli-salad industry in Western Canada. This visionary couple started what was originally Arbutus Ridge Farms in 1997. Driven by innovation and teamwork, Debra’s culinary vision and Don’s operational excellence built a company that now supplies more than 150 retail stores and employs 50 plus people in the Cowichan Valley. After 21 years in the industry Don and Debra are retiring and are excited to hand over the reins to a highly innovative new team.
Within Arbutus Farms, Stephen Ford will move into the key role of General Manager, with Kirk Brown continuing as Director of Operations. “These are exciting times at Arbutus Farms” says Ford, “especially with the addition of Nels’ vision and the momentum the Jade team will bring to our operation.” “We are all excited about how our combined efforts will translate into industry and community contributions.”
Looking forward, Jade Fine Foods will continue its’ quest to push the boundaries of food-system innovation in all industry sectors. This exciting acquisition will enable both companies to leverage their unique strengths and forge further growth within the Canadian marketplace from coast-to-coast.
For additional information, contact:
Director of Operations
JADE FINE FOODS & PACKAGING
250 952. 7100
JADE FINE FOODS Located in Victoria, BC Canada
Jade Fine Foods is the collaboration of both Nels Dugstad and Alex Campbell - both with long tenure in the Retail Grocery and Commercial Food Service industries.
Jade is a respected broker with solid relationships with both Independent Retail & Food Service and Major Retail Chains in Western Canada representing over 600 locations.
Jade is responsible for many of the fresh salads and HMR you see in both local grocery stores and national chains. Jade is also the local importers for Seattle’s famous Beecher’s Mac & Cheese, Montana’s Olivelle infused oils and vinegars and Montreal’s Boulart Breads to name a few.
ARBUTUS RIDGE FARMS LTD. is an independent food company that produces more than 60 food products for retailers across western Canada. Established in 1997 on Vancouver Island in the Cowichan Valley, they currently supply and support more than 150 retail stores. In 2015, the company expanded to a new state-of-the-art facility -where they continue to deliver to their growing client base with the premium products and services they are known for.
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