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CFP acquires Okanagan Valley cherry marketer and distributor

Consolidated Fruit Packers of Kelowna has acquired an Okanagan Valley-based cherry marketer and distributor. The acquisition will increase CFP's acreage and position in Canada's fruit market


Kelowna, B.C. – Consolidated Fruit Packers (CFP), part of The Star Group of Companies, has acquired Graem Nelson Associates Ltd., a cherry marketer and international distributor based in the Okanagan.

CFP says the acquisition highlights the its long-term investment in the Okanagan Valley, increasing its grower base, fruit production and supply.

CFP adds that Graem Nelson has invested in the preharvest and marketing of cherries and works with multiple growers on best practices.

The acquisition will help CFP expand programs with Canadian growers in conjunction with top retailers in Canada, the U.S. and around the globe.

AndNowUKnow.com reports that the investment will bolster CFP’s acreage in cherry production.

Graem Nelson has been a fruit grower, packhouse owner, international consultant and cherry exporter for more than 40 years. AndNowUKnow.com says the company’s long and successful history of global distribution will complement the growth and direction of CFP and The Star Group of Companies.

CFP has been providing Canada with produce for more than 20 years. The company is a leader in the Canadian blueberry and soft fruit industry, and is one of the largest Canadian marketers of B.C. blueberries. The company has state-of-the-art packing facility in Osoyoos, B.C. and specializes in packing cherries, all soft fruits and local apples.


Deanna Rosolen

Deanna Rosolen

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