New tree fruit market opens
The ribbon was cut and the doors officially opened for business at the new BC Tree Fruits market on Vaughan Street Saturday morning.
The new market is across the street from the old building and includes a new cherry packing line, a bar for a craft cidery (due to open in the spring) and has local fruits, vegetables and other goods available for sale.
Mayor Walter Gray, MLA Steve Thomson alongside Kelowna Packinghouse CFO Warren Everton cut the ribbon for the grand opening.
"It's all about making more money for our growers," said marketing manager Chris Pollock. "We received some government funding for the new cherry line, but the new market and cidery are all grower-funded."
The new market more than doubles the size of the previous location.
The new cherry line, where cherries are packaged for retail, is geared for the export market said Pollock.
Inside, the market also sells locally grown vegetables and products such as jams, chutnies, sauces and drinks.
The cidery will use the lower grade fruit from their packing line. When it opens in the spring, the market will also become a tasting room and cider sales office.
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