Mucci Farms, an Ontario-based greenhouse vegetable operation with additional greenhouses in Sandusky, OH, has acquired controlling interest of Leamington, Ontario-based Orangeline Farms. The acquisition includes Orangeline’s existing greenhouse and warehouse facilities, and additional land with plans for expansion. Subsequently, Mucci also announced additional expansion plans in Canada and the U.S.
“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 of Mucci Farms. “The Orangeline acquisition comes with a 32-acre greenhouse and a warehouse with additional land totaling 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 predominantly known for its unique pepper offerings grown under the Zing! 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,” says Duffy Kniaziew, Founder of Orangeline Farms. Mucci Farms will continue to use the Zing! 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,” says Emily Murracas, Director of Marketing at Mucci Farms.
Mucci has also acquired additional land adjacent to its 60-acre project in Huron, OH, to increase the size 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,” says 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.”