CORRECTION Naturipe Partner, Munger Farms, Signs Joint Venture Agreement with Golden Eagle Farm Group
5/27/2016 9 a.m. PST - The story below includes the following correction: Golden Eagle Farm Group is owned by the Aquilini family of Vancouver, British Columbia, and not Munger Farms.
SALINAS, CA - Naturipe Farms partner Munger Farms has announced a joint venture agreement with Golden Eagle Farm Group, boosting the company’s market share in the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia.
“This addition will complement our current production from Naturipe Farms partner MBG Marketing’s, premier grower base in British Columbia, Washington and Oregon,” said Brian Bocock, Vice President of Product Management for Naturipe Farms. “This significantly boosts our market share in the Pacific Northwest and BC, allowing us to provide domestic and international customers a consistent supply of premium blueberries from this region."
Golden Eagle Farm Group is owned by the Aquilini family of Vancouver, British Columbia, who has several diverse farming operations and are significant growers of blueberries in British Columbia and Washington State, according to a press release.
“The joint venture with the Aquilini family will increase our acreage by 4000,” said David Munger, Co-CEO of Munger Farms. “The Canadian blueberry fields are in full production and the Washington operations will start limited production in 2016."
Munger continued that the decision to expand in this region reflects the company’s confidence in Naturipe Farms grower-owned business model, its market leadership, and the synergies amongst the Naturipe grower-owners.