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United FreshTEC Achievement Award

The United FreshTEC Achievement Award honors an individual who has made significant technical contributions to the fresh produce industry. This year’s FreshTEC Achievement Award nomination period is closed. The recipient, Peter Quiring will be honored at the FreshTEC Conference, Tuesday, June 13 in Chicago. Be a part of the excitement and register today for the FreshTEC Conference.

For more information, contact United Fresh Senior Director of Education & Member Programs, Amanda Griffin at 202.303.3412.

FreshTEC Achievement Award to Peter Quiring

Prior to NatureFresh, Peter Quiring started a company called South Essex Fabricating, located in Leamington, Ontario. As the forerunner to NatureFresh, South Essex Fabricating (SEF) was established to drive innovation in Canada's high-tech commercial greenhouse industry, providing growers with structures, heating systems, and logistics. South Essex Fabricating was just the beginning. It brought leading-edge ideas like thermal storage, CO2 capture, biomass heating, water recycling technology, and the latest in greenhouse innovations, such as diffused glass, into the industry eighteen years ago.

Despite fighting the need to be both the grower and the marketer, Peter’s enterprise continued to grow and soon developed into NatureFresh Farms. Now, the company boasts 100 percent zero nutrient water discharge into the environment and is just starting to install commercial dehumidification systems in greenhouses after experimenting with it for the past 6 years. NatureFresh also became one of the first successful businesses to grow peppers under lights.

Since its foundation, the vertically integrated corporation has built nearly 2,000 acres of greenhouses for growers in North America and owns 130 acres in Ontario with an additional 45 acres in Delta, OH.

“Peter’s contributions to greenhouse technology have advanced the industry significantly,” said United Fresh President & CEO Tom Stenzel. “His competitive drive and commitment to invest in technology advancements in controlled growing environments are what set him apart. We’re proud to honor Peter with this FreshTEC Achievement Award.”