Chilliwack, BC – The City of Chilliwack and the Chilliwack Economic Partners Corporation (CEPCO) are pleased to welcome Berryhill Foods Inc. to Chilliwack.
Founded in 1994, Berryhill Foods specializes in the processing, freezing, marketing, and distribution of cultivated blueberries and raspberries. Berryhill Foods premium berries are grown by carefully chosen independent growers in the Fraser Valley.
The blueberry industry in North America has grown to production levels totaling over a billion pounds. British Columbia is the largest producer of cultivated blueberries in North America, with production over 150 million pounds. Growth is expected to reach 200 million pounds in the near future, with about 95 per cent of that production occurring in the Fraser Valley.
Data collected in 2013 shows that Chilliwack has over 1,000 acres of land in blueberry production, with the number of growers and production increasing even further in recent years.
“Food processing is an important part of a strong agricultural economy and we are pleased to see this new investment in Chilliwack. Berryhill has a great reputation and will bring many jobs to our community,” said Mayor Sharon Gaetz.
Berryhill Foods has started site preparation for their new 35,000 square foot facility at the Kerr Avenue Food Processing Park. Construction is set to begin in late October to ensure they are open in time for the 2016 blueberry season.
“Berryhill Foods is very excited to be expanding and building our second processing/cold storage facility,” said Tom Phillips, General Manager. “We look forward to working with the City of Chilliwack and CEPCO, and appreciate the warm welcome from the Mayor, Council and staff.”
“This is great news for Chilliwack blueberry growers”, said Brian Coombes, CEPCO President. “To have a quality processing and distribution company such as Berryhill Foods locate in our community will create economic opportunities for local growers,” added Coombes.