Made-for-Ontario tomatoes get Dutch distribution partner

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Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland’s) tomatoes designed for Ontario conditions now have a distribution partner.

Vineland has partnered with Eminent Seeds to produce and distribute the seeds for the first three varieties of greenhouse-grown tomatoes-on-the-vine (TOVs) developed by the research and innovation centre with input from both consumers and growers. The Netherlands-based company, chosen after an intensive vetting process, is a leader in breeding and marketing high-performing and unique varieties of tomatoes that can be grown all over the world.

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Eminent Seeds will work closely with Vineland to ensure the widespread release of seeds to Canadian greenhouse growers to produce the first commercial crop of these new TOVs with improved flavour and production traits in 2020.

“We now have a commercial outlet for the varieties Vineland has been developing,” said Ian Potter, Vineland’s president and CEO. “It’s a significant step toward making the results of our tomato breeding program widely available to participant growers and the entire industry.”

Vineland’s new varieties have been more than six years in the making, thanks to a valued research partnership with Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers (OGVG) to develop hybrid varieties of greenhouse tomatoes with new and differentiated flavour profiles.

The new varieties have been bred to suit Canada’s unique greenhouse growing conditions with disease resistance characteristics growers expect.

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