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>p Organic Opportunities PRODUCERS Green Organic Vegetable Inc. Green Organic Vegetable Inc. is expanding its farming operations and product lines to meet growing market demand. By Jim Harris company profile Green Organic Vegetable Inc. HQ: Mississauga, Ontario Employees: 1,000 Gary Lloyd, co-founder: “This is an industry that gives me a good feeling.” Green Organic Vegetable grows and packs frozen produce for its own line of products as well as for private labels. M eeting the standards needed to become a certified organic food provider isn’t easy. For one Canadian organic provider, earning and maintaining the status has meant investments in manpower, equipment and procedures as well as regularly passing the muster of a number of regulatory bodies. Green Organic Vegetable Inc.’s efforts to follow strict organic farming, harvesting and processing standards have paid off in more than just strong sales and customer loyalty, Co-Founder Gary Lloyd says. “To be in this business, the cost to companies is higher, but the return will be there not only financially but personally, because you know you’re doing something for the common good and for the customer by growing something with nothing extra on it,” Lloyd says. The Mississauga, Ontario-based company grows, packs and ships a line of frozen fruits and vegetables under both its Green Organic label in Canada and private labels for a number of major grocery chains in the United States. “The Green Organic label has 90 percent saturation from Canada’s East Coast to the West,” he adds. “We are the prime supplier of frozen organic vegetables in Canada.” Producing a frozen product has allowed the company to meet retail demand year-round and keep pricing competitive, Lloyd says. None of the company’s products contain additives and preservatives and all are grown using non-genetically modified seed. The company’s certifications include: • ECOCERT organic certification • ISO9001: 2000 production and service of frozen organic vegetables certification • Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points System (HACCP) • British Retail Consortium (BRC) 86 food & drink • july/august 2011 • <<

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Food and Drink - July/August 2011
News a la Carte
Consumer Trends
Social Media 101
Strengthening Brands
Food Law
Producers: Hidden Pandemic
Independent Distillers
S. Martinelli & Co.
Wyandot Inc.
Berto’s Gelato & Sorbet
Gills Onions LLC
Neri’s Bakery Products Inc.
Ramar Foods International
Banks Holdings Ltd.
Leclerc Foods USA Inc.
Mariani Packing Co. Inc.
Sam A. Lupo & Sons Inc
Faribault Foods Inc.
Suiza Dairy Corp.
Sunset Farm Foods
Vanns Spices
Berner Food & Beverage Inc.
Cajun Specialty Meats Inc.
Cristalia Premium Water
Green Organic Vegetable Inc.
Vande Bunte Eggs
Motivatit Seafoods LLC
Navarro Pecan Co.
Alpine Meats
West Liberty Foods LLC
Wilber Packing Co. LLC
Restaurants: Tax Incentives
Cheeburger Cheeburger Restaurants Inc.
Famous Famiglia
Grand Traverse Pie Co.
HuHot Mongolian Grills LLC
Glacier Restaurant Group
Jake’s Wayback Burgers
Original Tommy’s World Famous Hamburgers
Sam & Louie’s Pizzeria
Flippers Pizzeria
Larry’s Giant Subs
Mario’s Pizza
Shake’s Frozen Custard
The Fish Market
Distributors: A Package Deal
Diaz Foods
Arista Industries
Columbia Distributing
Allied Specialty Foods
Fresher Than Fresh
Golden Valley Industries
Lancaster Foods LLC
Milne Fruit Products
Retailers: SBA at the NRA
Cooke’s Food Store
Gulf Island Shrimp and Seafood
New Leaf Community Markets
Three Things

Food and Drink - July/August 2011