The prestigious 10th annual Greenhouse Competition took place on June 17, 2017 in Leamington, ON. This national event has an expert panel of judges, with palates for Zing! Judges tasted over 200 entries of the very best from the Greenhouse Capital of North America to make their decisions.
The judges were sweet on Zing! Health Forward’s peppers from Orangeline Farms once again this year. The Zing! Health Forward’s Amazing Sweet Shepherds were once again victorious in placing first in the Best Hothouse Specialty Long Pepper category. As the competition began to heat up, Orangeline knew that they would be blaZing! their way to first in the Best Hothouse Hot Pepper category with their Spicy Chef Sampler. But wait, that’s not all! Zing! Health Forward won People’s Choice Award for the Sweet Chef Sampler as well.
“Our crop this year is amaZing,” said Jordan Kniaziew, Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “We are known for our unique varieties and our innovative agricultural practices, so getting recognition for the quality and taste of the produce we grow is bound to have a lasting impact in further establishing ourselves in the marketplace.”
Orangeline Farms knows that being the paramount pepper is more than just an award, it is their Zing! factor. It drives the entire company in their culture and their commitment to quality products – it’s what it means to have Zing! “You have to have Zing! to work here,” adds Kniaziew. “Our team works extremely hard to produce some of the best quality and best tasting fruits and vegetables. This is a great way to celebrate the fruits of our labour.”
Zing! Health Forward has taken several top awards from this signature Greenhouse Competition in the past that include: “Best Specialty Sweet Pepper”, “Best Specialty Hot Pepper”, “Best Long Pepper”, “Best Mini Pepper”, “Best Orange Bell Pepper” and the ultimate “Perfect Pepper”. While being able to boast having the “Perfect Pepper”, they did not coast on last year’s winnings. “We are always striving to be industry leaders in everything that we do,“ Kniaziew said. “Whether it’s our growing practices, our sales and marketing approach or how we treat our workforce, we always aim high and do it right.”
Zing! Health Forward extends congratulations to all the winners and finalists of this year’s Greenhouse Competition. “All of us win when we brand our region as excellence in greenhouse produce,” adds Kniaziew. Zing! Health Forward looks forward to next year’s competition and continues to innovate and grow their brands, varieties and products and take their part in keeping Windsor-Essex at the forefront of remaining the Greenhouse Capital of North America.