Purchase Puts Lipman on Inside Track to More Tomato Growth

Purchase Puts Lipman on Inside Track to More Tomato Growth

Lipman tomatoes under retractable roof greenhouse

Back in 2012, Lipman installed five acres of retractable roof greenhouses at its facility in Naples, FL. The recently announced acquisition of greenhouse vegetable grower Huron Produce will go lengths to further strengthen the company’s tomato production under protected cover.
Photo by Frank Giles

According to reports, Immokalee, FL-based Lipman Family Farms – long established as being among the largest open field tomato growers in North America — has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Huron Produce, a greenhouse grower and distributor of tomatoes and vegetables with operations in Canada, the U.S., and Mexico. Headquartered in Ontario, Canada, Huron Produce is a multigenerational, family-owned company with more than 50 years in the produce business that packs under the Suntastic brand. The expansion into greenhouse product will allow Lipman Family Farms to offer its customers hothouse and field grown tomatoes and vegetables on a year-round basis.

“We look forward to the opportunities resulting from the introduction of our proprietary varieties into the protected agriculture space,” stated Darren Micelle, COO of Lipman Family Farms. “Likewise, Huron Produce can now expand their customer offering to include field grown product.”

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As part of the acquisition, Lipman plans to expand operations with new facilities in Canada, Nebraska, a second location in Denver and a warehouse in McAllen, Texas. The deal is expected to close next month.