Novacap-backed Mucci Farms acquires Orangeline Farms

Mucci Farms has acquired a controlling interest in Orangeline Farms, a Leamington, Ontario-based grower of specialty greenhouse produce.

No financial terms were disclosed.

Founded in 2000 by the Kniaziew family, Orangeline produces fruits and vegetables, including pepper offerings, under the Zing! Healthy Foods brand.

Mucci, a Kingsville, Ontario-based grower, packer and shipper of greenhouse fruits and vegetables, said the deal advances its goal to increase local and regional production. The company also announced plans to expand in Canada and the United States.

In 2017, Mucci secured an investment from the industries group of Novacap, a Canadian mid-market private equity firm.

PRESS RELEASE

Mucci Farms acquires Orangeline Farms and Announces Expansion Plans

KINGSVILLE, ON, Aug. 21, 2019 /CNW/ – Mucci Farms announces that it has acquired controlling interest of Leamington, Ontario based Orangeline Farms, including its existing greenhouse and warehouse facilities, and additional land with plans for expansion. Subsequently, the company also announced additional expansion plans in Canada and the United States.

“It’s an exciting time for the company as we continue our aggressive expansion plans to increase our local and regional production,” says Bert Mucci, CEO. “The Orangeline acquisition comes with a 32-acre greenhouse and a warehouse with additional land totalling 100 acres. Consumers are demanding more local production, and we’re listening. We also have plans in place to build on the additional land that was received as part of the agreement.”

Founded in 2000 by the Kniaziew family, Orangeline Farms is an award-winning grower predominantly known for their unique pepper offerings grown under the Zing!TM Healthy Foods brand. “In searching for growth opportunities for both Orangeline’s staff and our ever loyal customers, the chance to partner with a world class organization like Mucci Farms was an easy decision to make,” said Duffy Kniaziew, Founder. Mucci Farms will continue to use the Zing!TM brand for the foreseeable future as it has quietly established itself among retailers and consumers. “Duffy and his team have done a great job with the brand and it’s familiar in our region, so we’re not looking to make any dramatic changes at the moment,” said Emily Murracas, Director of Marketing.

Originally a 60-acre project in Huron, Ohio, the company has also acquired additional land adjacent to the current property to increase the totality of the enterprise to 75-acres. “The first 24-acre phase is in its second season of harvesting, and we’ll be building two more identical ranges. Phase two construction is already underway,” remarked Bert Mucci. “The Ohio program has gotten off to a great start and we’re looking forward to growing our presence in the community and the regional market.”

Mucci Farms is a vertically integrated fruit and vegetable grower that owns and operates 250-acres of tomato, pepper, cucumber, lettuce and strawberry greenhouses in Canada and the United States, with a partner-grower network of 1500 acres across North America. Committed to maximizing efficiencies, the organization makes sizeable investments in automation and technology to provide consumers with the most flavourful fruits and vegetables in the market. In addition to harvesting and packing equipment, these investments include a significant acreage of grow lights that allow the company to grow locally 365 days per year, with an end goal of equipping 100% of their hi-tech glass facilities with High Pressure Sodium and/or LED lights.

For further information: Ajit Saxena, Public Relations & Digital Marketing Manager, (519) 326-8881 Ext. 2253, asaxena@muccifarms.com