Edmonton’s Organic Box is set to expand operations to provincially inspected food hub

Posted: October 1, 2014 at 9:55 pm

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Danny Turner and his wife began the Organic Box in 2010, and while the demand for a weekly organic food delivery service in Edmonton grew, so too did the need for a larger facility.

For the last few years, weve been hearing loud and clear that what Edmonton needs is a food hub, and were doing it, Turner said.

After more than four years in its current location, the Organic Box will be moving is operations to a new 17,000 sq.-ft. hub (around three times the size of its present space) in east Edmonton.

After a year of planning and organizing funds (some sourced from the Social Enterprise Fund and the Development Bank of Canada), the organizations new home will become a reality in the first half of October and will be provincially inspected, Turner said.

Our first mission is to improve and grow the local organic food production in Alberta, and so thats where we focus a lot of our energy, he said, citing the produce department, all of which is organic and 95% of which is coming from Alberta and British Columbia.

In its present location, the Organic Box runs at about 150% of capacity, employing around 50 workers, who are working almost on top of each other.

According to Turner, the groups new home wont mean new hires; instead, it will give its current workers more space to make the team more efficient.

This new place will give us the chance to operate more efficiently and to continue to grow our customer base, he said.

The idea behind a food hub of this kind is to create and provide infrastructure and make some of it available to small producers of food from Edmonton and area, Turner said.

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