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Fyffes gets into Canadian mushroom business

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Highline Produce announced their acquisition by Fyffes, an Irish fresh produce company. Highline is a fully integrated mushroom business with five facilities in Ontario and Quebec.

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It is the largest operator in the mushroom industry in Canada, marketing approximately 58 million pounds (26.3 million kg) of mushrooms per year.

All of Highline’s five Canadian locations will remain in operation with business as usual for Highline’s 1150 employees.

Commenting on this transaction, Fyffes chairman David McCann said: "Highline is a very fine business with a strong position in an important product category. We look forward to working with Glenn Martin and his management team to continue to develop the business.

"This transaction fits perfectly with Fyffes strategic objective of adding an additional product to its existing three through the acquisition of an established, successful, integrated operator in a category with significant scale."

Highline CEO Glenn Martin said: "We couldn’t be more excited about this transaction and joining Fyffes, given its long history and successful track record of growth.

˝"We already operate some of the most state-of-the-art mushroom facilities in North America, and this arrangement will give us access to a global market leader in fresh produce. Our values are strongly aligned, and we look forward to working with Fyffes management as we continue to grow our business together into the future".

Highline Mushrooms was founded in 1961 and has grown to become the largest mushroom grower in Canada and the world’s largest grower of organic mushrooms.

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