Fort Valley, Ga. — Cooperation with Mother Nature for good weather this winter has spurned a fury of activity at the site of Pure Flavor’s greenhouse project in Georgia. Ground leveling completed in late fall lead to a smooth start of construction of the company’s new 75-acre high tech greenhouse facility in Peach County.
Over the course of the last few weeks once post holes were dug and back filled, Dutch greenhouse builder Havecon began erecting the main structure with full scale implementation now underway. From a timing standpoint, the project is on track for completion by late summer with the first crop of tomatoes & seedless cucumbers to be planted shortly thereafter.
“Building a high-tech greenhouse in Georgia was part of our growth strategy to extend our reach across North America. Being strategically located in Peach County allows us in some instances to have same day & next day deliveries in the southeast region,” stated Matt Mastronardi, executive vice-president. Pure Flavor researched more than 400 sites throughout North America before settling on Peach County, Georgia. The 75-acre greenhouse project broke ground in September 2017 and will be built in 3 phases of 25 acres. Phase 1 is expected to be completed in late summer 2018.
“Greenhouse tomatoes & seedless cucumbers grown in Georgia will help breathe new life into the category. It will help our retail (& foodservice partners) in the region to have fresher product on store shelves while maintaining consistent quality and availability year-round. In the end, it is the consumer who will benefit from great product grown in the state of Georgia,” said Mastronardi.
Retail partners & consumers can follow the progress in photos of the Georgia greenhouse construction on a weekly basis by visiting the Pure Flavor Georgia Photo Gallery: goo.gl/s5UCgc
“We are connecting our customers with the project in every way possible with frequent updates via social media, the photo gallery, and video stories shot by drone," said Chris Veillon, chief marketing officer. A custom website was built just before the groundbreaking in September 2017 to announce the project. The page now serves as
the central resource for everything to do with the Georgia project. “A connected customer is an informed customer. We can’t wait to get our first plants in the greenhouse later this summer,” commented Veillon. Pure Flavor expects the first crops to be picked in early fall 2018.
Watch Pure Flavor’s most recent Georgia construction video here
Pure Flavor will be exhibiting at the upcoming Southern Exposure Trade Show & Convention in Tampa, Florida, March 3rd. Visitors are encouraged to visit Booth #605 to learn more about the Georgia project.
To learn more about the Pure Flavor Georgia greenhouse project, visit GeorgiaGrownFlavor.com