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COMMUNITY NEWS

Highline Mushrooms is a proud supporter of local community initiatives and we feel extremely privileged to be able to give back whenever we are able to.

As community members ourselves, we know how important it is to help groups and individuals achieve their goals. Over the years we have supported many local sport groups, community improvement endeavours, health care projects and other local initiatives. We invite you to take a look at our most recent events and initiatives below.

We look forward to growing with all our communities.


September 15th, 2017
Highline Partners with Meijer's Produce for Kids Campaign

For eight consecutive years, Highline has partnered with and supported the Meijer Produce for Kids Program and this year is no different. Funds raised from September 3-30, through the purchase of select produce items at Meijer, will help to bring nutrition education to local schools.

More details on the program can be found here.

Highline Partners with Meijer


October 8th, 2015
2015 Highline Family Scholarship Recipients

It is with great pleasure that we announce the recipients of the 2015 Highline Family Scholarship. Congratulations to all and we wish you great success in your studies.
 
Corrine Codina
Xinrui Jia
Sheldon Hawley
Emma McBride-Williams
Brendan Tran
Dylan Hawley
Kumbiraishe Matare
Bryanna Boyd
Helen Meng Di Ji
Lesly Coxaj
Michael Hawthorn
 

2015 Highline Family Scholarship Recipients


December 5th, 2013
Highline Mushrooms Raise over $18,000 for Philippines Typhoon Relief Fund

Large and small, every donation counts. Thank you to all who donated funds towards the Philippines Typhoon Relief Fund. Together we have raised a total of $18,368 to help those affected by Typhoon Haiyan.


Highline Mushrooms Raise over $18,000 for Philippines Typhoon Relief Fund


June 13th, 2013
Highline Mushrooms on The Real Dirt on Agriculture

Last year, Highline Mushrooms was asked to participate in a local program called The Real Dirt on Agriculture which takes an in depth look at how foods in Essex County are grown and produced. Watch as our very own Lawrence Zimmermann takes the hosts, Stephanie and Mark, on a tour of our Leamington farm to learn how we grown our mushrooms.

Our episode premiers this Saturday, June 15th at 7 pm on the following channels.

Channel 586 Nationally on Bell Satellite
Channel 100 on Digital Cogeco Cable in Leamington & Kingsville
Channel 34 on CFTV DT in Leamington & Kingsville
Channel 34 on Gosfield North Television


Highline Mushrooms on The Real Dirt on Agriculture


April 19th, 2013
Janis DeschĂȘnes: 2013 CPMA Passion for Produce Candidate

Congratulations to our very own Janis Deschênes for being selected as one of this year’s Canadian Produce Marketing Association’s Passion for Produce candidates. This program recognises rising stars that demonstrate passion and dedication and are potential future leaders in the produce industry. Well done, Janis!
Janis DeschĂȘnes: 2013 CPMA Passion for Produce Candidate


February 1st, 2013
13th Annual Polar Bear Dip

Congratulations to our Highline Team for taking the plunge at the 2013 Polar Bear Dip. Together, they raised a total of $3,963 for Childcan and Youth & Family Resource Network.
13th Annual Polar Bear Dip


November 5th, 2012
Highline Mushrooms on Food Factory

We are thrilled to announce that we will be featured in a segment of Food Factory, a series that takes a behind the scenes look at how the foods you find at your grocery stores are put together. Watch for us on Food Network Canada November 8 at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT to learn how we grow and package our organic mushrooms.

To learn more about Food Factory and to watch past episodes, visit Food Network Canada.

Highline Mushrooms on Food Factory


October 18th, 2012
Highline Mushrooms Named Recipient of Business Excellence Award

At the 18th Annual Business Excellence Award ceremony, Highline Mushrooms was named the recipient of the “Invest in a World Class Workforce” by the Leamington District Chamber of Commerce. This award is given to an organisation or association that leads the way in preparing for future opportunities and anticipating change in the market place by investing in skills development and training; providing career growth opportunities; and modeling life-long learning.

It is an honour to be the recipient of this award and we would like to say thank you to all who nominated us in this category and to the Leamington District Chamber of Commerce for presenting us with this award.

Highline Mushrooms Named Recipient of Business Excellence Award


October 9th, 2012
Highline Announces 2012 Scholarship Recipients

We are so pleased to announce the recipients of our fourth Annual Highline Family Scholarship. This year 10 post-secondary students, all of whom are the children of Highline Associates, received a combined total of $12,000 towards achieving their academic goals.

Congratulations to all recipients and we wish you great success in your academic endeavours:

Kingsville Farm
Jimmy Man Truong
Jenny Ngoc Duong
Hannielle Bernard

Leamington Farm
Peter Sun
Hi Taing
Judy Lai

Wellington Farm
Christine Tran
Krista Kristalyn
Eric Tran
Ashley Johnston

Highline Announces 2012 Scholarship Recipients


October 5th, 2012
Highline Participates in Pink Ribbon Produce Program

For six consecutive years, Highline is proud to be a sponsor of the Pink Ribbon Produce Program. Beginning October 7 through to November 3, help us raise awareness and support breast cancer research through the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Want to help? Look for and purchase participating produce items at your local Meijer stores and a donation will be made to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. For more information, please visit Pink Ribbon Produce.
Highline Participates in Pink Ribbon Produce Program


October 2nd, 2012
Gordon Food Service Names Highline Mushrooms a Cornerstone Award Recipient

It is with great honour to announce that Highline Mushrooms has been named the recipient of the Gordon Food Service® Cornerstone Award for Excellence in Service. Presented last night at the GFS VIP Vendor Gala, this award is given a supplier that achieves high scores in fill rate, on time deliveries, case growth and demonstrates a commitment to customer service. Highline Mushrooms and GFS have been partnering together since 2008. Congratulations Team Highline and keep up the great work!
Gordon Food Service Names Highline Mushrooms a Cornerstone Award Recipient


September 25th, 2012
Wellington Farm Associates Complete ESL & Literacy Course

We would like to congratulate all 12 Wellington Farm Associates who completed the English as a Second Language (ESL) & Literacy course. The course was provided by the Loyola School of Adult and Continuing Education and began this past February through to September. A second course is set to begin October 9th for those interested in furthering their English language and literacy skills.

Congratulations to the following Associates on a job well done!

Phouc Bui
Bernardo Ibo
Rogelio Madrigal
Beth Ibo
Chris Reid
Leslie Brown
Chris Bell
Nida Stuart
Kenroye Jacobs
Mei Hua Tan
Clifton Byfield
Fernando Paningbatan

Wellington Farm Associates Complete ESL & Literacy Course


September 24th, 2012
Canadian Mushrooms Go PINK for Breast Cancer Research

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month and Canadian mushroom growers are doing their part to raise funds for breast cancer research. Highline Mushrooms is proud to be participating in the Mushrooms Go PINK program, running September 24 through to November 10 at various Canadian grocery stores. For every mushroom sold in a PINK tray with a PINK ribbon on the label, Canadian mushroom growers will contribute funds to the Breast Cancer Society of Canada (BCSC) for breast cancer research.

Another easy way to help raise funds for this cause is to like the Mushrooms Go Pink page. For every like, Mushrooms Canada will contribute $0.10 to BCSC.

For more information on breast cancer & mushrooms, nutrition tips, and delicious recipes visit www.MushroomsGoPINK.ca.

Canadian Mushrooms Go PINK for Breast Cancer Research


September 11th, 2012
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We just posted some photos from our annual Highline Family Picnic which took place this past weekend. Click here to view the photos.

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September 3rd, 2012
Teaching Kids About the Goodness of Produce

Highline is excited to be a part of the Produce for Kids campaign, running all month long in September at your local Meijer store. You can help! With the purchase of specific produce items, a contribution will be made to DonorsChoose.org in support of local health and nutrition based classroom projects. Click the link to learn more: http://ow.ly/dcP31.
Teaching Kids About the Goodness of Produce


August 24th, 2012
Highline Wins Best Commercial Entry

We're proud to announce our second consecutive win for Best Commercial Entry at this year's Tomato Festival Parade. Great work, team!
Highline Wins Best Commercial Entry


June 29th, 2012
Highline Associates Complete ESL & Literacy Course

Congratulations to all our Leamington & Kingsville Associates who completed the ESL and literacy skills program offered at the Leamington and Kingsville farms with the support of the South Essex Community Centre. To learn more, please click here.

Photo courtesy of Steve I'Anson

Highline Associates Complete ESL & Literacy Course


June 8th, 2012
Riding For a Great Cause Part II

This past Wednesday, our Leamington and Kingsville farm Associates took their turn on the Big Bike and raised a total of $2569.60 in support of the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Well done, team!
Riding For a Great Cause Part II


May 29th, 2012
Riding For A Great Cause

Our Wellington Farm Associates and friends take the Heart & Stroke Big Bike for a spin and raises over $1,200 for the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Great work, team!
Riding For A Great Cause


February 1st, 2012
Team Highline Raises $10K at 12th Annual Polar Bear Dip

This past Saturday, Team Highline braved the chilly weather and took the plunge into the cold waters of Lake Erie at the 12th Annual Polar Bear Dip. Congratulations to our team for raising the largest amount of money – $10,003 – for a fourth consecutive year!
Team Highline Raises $10K at 12th Annual Polar Bear Dip


December 15th, 2011
Highline Launches New Everyday Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms

Tired of having the same old salad or baked potato with dinner? Why not substitute this with one of our new stuffed portabella mushrooms? Introducing Highline Rustic Mediterranean & Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms; incredibly versatile and easy to use, they are perfect as an appetizer, side-dish or entrée. Try one tonight!


Highline Launches New Everyday Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms


October 5th, 2011
Pink Ribbon Produce Program

Highline Mushrooms is proud to annouce its partnership with Meijer and the Pink Ribbon Produce Program to raise money for local Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Affiliates. 2011 marks our 5th year participating in this educational fundraising program and this year, the program runs October 2nd – October 29th. Stop by a Meijer near you and pick up a package of participating Pink Ribbon Produce and you too can do your part to help support this wonderful cause. http://www.pink-ribbon-produce.com/meijer/ 
Pink Ribbon Produce Program


September 14th, 2011
Mushrooms Go PINK

Highline is thrilled to be participating in the 2011 Mushrooms Go PINK program and we would like your help in raising money for breast cancer research. From September 19 to November 11, purchase a package of mushrooms with a pink label/till and a donation will be made to the Breast Cancer Society of Canada. Bonus: Like the Mushrooms Go Pink  page and Mushrooms Canada will donate another $0.10 to the cause.

 For more information visit www.mushroomsgopink.ca.

Mushrooms Go PINK


September 13th, 2011
Highline Announces 3rd annual Highline Family Scholarship Recipients

Highline is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2011 Highline Family Scholarship. Highline scholarships are awarded to children and grandchildren of Highline Associates based on their grades, leadership abilities, community mindedness and the extent to which they embody Highline’s values: Excellence, Care, Respect, Effort, Integrity, Openness and Fairness.
 
Kingsville Farm
Jimmy Man Truong
Monn Ung
Gassim Elnour
Enulda Matare
Ryan Leforest
Phila Keo
 
Wellington Farm
Katie Byreiter
Matthew More
Christine Tran
Kendra Rushlow
Eric Tran
 
Leamington Farm
Judy Lai
April Klassen
Alex Friesen
Abeer Shaef
 
Highline Distribution
Sandy Lamery
 
We wish all the recipients the best of luck with their upcoming school year! 

Highline Announces 3rd annual Highline Family Scholarship Recipients


August 31st, 2011
Highline Wins Best Commercial Entry in Tomato Festival Parade

We’re happy to announce that our float won Best Commercial Entry at this year’s Tomato Festival parade. Congratulations to all Associates who participated in the parade and for making our float fabulous!
Highline Wins Best Commercial Entry in Tomato Festival Parade


June 17th, 2011
Jay Kettle Named One of Produce Business' 40 Under 40

Congratulations to our very own Jay Kettle, Wellington Farm General Manager, for being chosen as one of Produce Business' 40 under 40 Leaders of Tomorrow! Click here to read the full article http://bit.ly/jZjSwE


February 28th, 2011
What's Cooking Visits Highline Mushrooms

The crew from Kraft Canada what’s cooking stops by Highline Mushrooms to learn about how our mushrooms are grown. To watch this segment, click here.
What


February 4th, 2011
Highline Associates Raise Over $10,000 in Annual Polar Bear Dip

Despite frigid temperatures, 16 brave Highline Mushroom Associates from the Leamington and Kingsville farms took the plunge in the annual Polar Bear Dip at Lakeside Park in Kingsville, Ontario. Over $10,000 was raised by Highline Associates making them the team that raised largest amount of money for this event. This is their third consecutive win.
 
The 11th annual Polar Bear Dip in Kingsville raised a total of $62,000 for two worthwhile community causes, Child-Can and the Youth and Family Resource Network.
 
Great work Highline dippers!

Highline Associates Raise Over $10,000 in Annual Polar Bear Dip


January 31st, 2011
Canadian Mushroom Growers Donate $60,000 to Breast Cancer Research

This past fall, Canadian mushroom growers came together for a great cause. The Mushrooms Go PINK program was a great success and over $60,000 was raised to support breast cancer research. To read more about the results and this great cause, click here.

Canadian Mushroom Growers Donate $60,000 to Breast Cancer Research


October 28th, 2010
Highline Mushroom Makes Contribution to Local Library

This past May, Highline Mushrooms had the pleasure of sponsoring the new Highline Public Library, located in Kingsville, Ontario. Highline made a financial donation to aid in the renovation of the old Kingsville library and the archive room. The archives room is attached to the library and contains many items and documents relating to the history of Kingsville and the surrounding area.
 
Not only is reading fun but it is good for you. It strengthens the brain by expanding vocabulary and improving spelling and comprehension. The Highline Public Library is a place in which the whole community can freely obtain knowledge and information. “They have really done a magnificent job on the project. It is very smart looking and contains all of the things you would expect a modern library to have,” said Martin.

Highline Mushroom Makes Contribution to Local Library


October 15th, 2010
All Highline Farms Become SQF 2000 Certified

This past week, the Kingsville Mushroom Farm became the third and final farm to receive SQF 2000 certification – Congratulations! This means all Highline farms are now SQF 2000 certified, with the Leamington Mushroom Farm receiving certification this past May and the Wellington Mushroom Farm in June.
 
The Safe Quality Food program provides independent certification that a supplier's food safety and quality management system complies with international and domestic food safety regulations. This enables suppliers to assure their customers that food has been produced, processed, prepared and handled according to the highest possible standards, at all levels of the supply chain.


October 11th, 2010
Always Growing - New Associate Announcement - Jane Rhyno

Highline Mushrooms is pleased to announce the appointment of Jane Rhyno as Director of Sales and Marketing.  
 
Jane comes to us with 20 years experience in the retail grocery business including background in category management, private label development and consulting and trade. Along with her produce knowledge and experience, Jane brings with her great passion and dedication to the industry and was a former recipient of the Canadian Produce & Marketing Association’s Mary Fitzgerald award.
 
In this newly created role, Jane will be responsible for overseeing and directing the marketing and sales functions and in bringing her retail knowledge and experience to better service our customers. This role and appointment is one more indication of Highline’s increased focus on customer centric marketing and strategic business development with our customers.
 
Please join us in welcoming Jane to our Highline team.

Always Growing - New Associate Announcement - Jane Rhyno


October 7th, 2010
Highline Wins GFS Award

It is with great pleasure to announce that Highline Mushrooms has been named a recipient of Gordon Food Service® Vendor Involvement Process Partner Award. This award is given to suppliers who demonstrate excellence and improvement based on supply chain and customer relationship metrics. Highline has received two consecutive awards since partnering with GFS in 2008. Last year, Highline was the recipient of the GFS Cornerstone Partner Award for the produce category. Congratulations on a job well done.


Highline Wins GFS Award


October 6th, 2010
Highline Announces 2010 Scholarship Recipients

Highline Mushrooms is pleased to announce the winners of its 2nd Annual Family Scholarship. This year, Highline increased the total monies allotted to $15,000 and nine recipients from all four Highline facilities were awarded tuition funds.
 
Congratulations to all 2010 scholarship recipients and we and wishes them success in their studies:
 
Kingsville Farm
Jimmy Man Truong, Bachelor of Mathematics, University of Windsor (Windsor, Ontario)
·         $3000, son of Giau Ngoc Huynh
Olga Dziewiecka, Medicine, Jagiellonian University Medical College (Krakow, Poland)
·         $2000, daughter of Renata and Krys Dziewiecka
Phila Keo, Honours Business Administration, University of Windsor (Windsor, Ontario)
·         $2000, daughter of Bunna Khy
Elizabeth Ebert, Science, University of Western Ontario (London, Ontario)
·         $1500, daughter of Phanny Ebert
Sarath Calvin Keo, Film Sciences, Fanshawe College (London, Ontario)
·         $500, son of Phan Pech
 
Wellington Farm
Vicente Tinio, Nursing, Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario)
·         $3000, son of Vincente Tinio
Monica Flores Velasquez, Life Sciences, McGill University (Montreal, Quebec)
·         $2000, daughter of Felix Velasquez
 
Highline Distribution - Montreal
Sandy Lamery, Cultural Communications, Université du Québec à Montréal (Montreal, Quebec)
·         $500, daughter of Enold Lamery
 
Leamington Farm
Amanda Watts, English, University of Ottawa (Ottawa, Ontario)
·         $500, daughter of Diane Watts

Highline Announces 2010 Scholarship Recipients


September 15th, 2010
Highline Mushrooms Go Pink

Highline is proud to announce their involvement in the Mushrooms Go Pink program. For every pound of fresh mushrooms sold in PINK packages from September 15 to November 15 2010, a contribution will be made to the Breast Cancer Society of Canada.
 
Help support breast cancer research by purchasing a PINK package of mushrooms today. Look for the following Highline PINK packages:
 
• 8 oz Whole White
• 8 oz Whole Mini Bella
• 8 oz Organic Whole White
• 8 oz Organic Whole Mini Bella
 
You can find Highline mushrooms packaged in PINK trays in most of the large Canadian grocery store chains, including:
 
• Sobeys (Compliments)
• IGA (Compliments)
• Foodland (Compliments)
• FreshCo (Compliments)
• Atlantic Superstore (Compliments)
• Loblaws
• Loblaw Superstore
• Real Canadian Superstore
• Zehrs
• No Frills
• Metro
• Walmart Superstore
 
You can also help by joining the “Mushrooms Go Pink” Facebook group. A $0.10 donation will be made to the Breast Cancer Society of Canada for every person who joins this group. To join, click here.

Highline Mushrooms Go Pink


September 14th, 2010
Highline Family Picnic

This past weekend, Highline Associates and their families from the Leamington and Kingsville farms gathered for the annual Family Picnic. Over 600 people gathered for fun games, good food and great company.

Highline Family Picnic


September 13th, 2010
Most Original Entry

Highline is proud to be named the recipient of the "Most Original Entry" award at this year's Tomato Festival parade. Congratulations to all our superheroes!


August 25th, 2010
Highline Introduces Vitamin D Mushrooms

Adding vitamin D to your meals just got a bit easier. Highline Mushrooms is introducing new Vitamin D mushrooms to their product line-up. Vitamin D is an essential vitamin that many North Americans lack and now an 85 gram (3 oz) serving of Highline Vitamin D mushrooms offer over 100% of the daily required intake of vitamin D. To learn more about the benefits of vitamin D, click here.


Highline Introduces Vitamin D Mushrooms


August 23rd, 2010
Highline Participates in Tomato Festival Parade

This past weekend, Highline Associates and family their members participated in the annual Leamington Tomato Festival Parade. Our theme: Mushrooms Are A Superfood! Our superheroes did a wonderful job spreading the word that mushrooms are a nutrient-dense superfood. A big thank you to all those who volunteered.


Highline Participates in Tomato Festival Parade


August 23rd, 2010
Supporting Those Who Help Others

For two weeks in August, Elizabeth Tremaine dream to be involved in a volunteer program and to help those less fortunate than her came true. With a sponsorship donation from Highline, Elizabeth was able to help build a home for an underprivileged community in Costa Rica.

In addition, Elizabeth’s grade 5 class, which she teaches at Talbot Trail Elementary school, and to which many Highline Associate family members attend, generously donated various school supplies. She had the privilege of hand delivering the donation to an orphanage in Samara.

"I would like to thank Highline again for making it possible," says Elizabeth.


Supporting Those Who Help Others


April 8th, 2010
Highline Mushrooms to Participate in Enviro Expo


Come join us at this year's Envior Expo, April 16-18, at Caesars Windsor. For more information, visit http://www.enviro-expo.ca/.


March 25th, 2010
Wellington and District Community Centre

Highline Mushrooms is pleased to announce that it will be a major sponsor of the new Wellington and District Community Centre, currently being built in Wellington, Ontario.
 
General Manager of the farm, Jay Kettle made the announcement and said, “One of Highline’s core values is to give back to the community. This has always been important to us, but in these economic times as we see companies struggling all around us, we take our role as the largest employer in Prince Edward County very seriously.”
 
Highline’s contribution will be put towards the Centre’s new community hall, which will be designed to accommodate 300 people for banquets and other functions.

Wellington and District Community Centre


October 30th, 2009
Highline Launches New Website

Highline Mushrooms has officially launched their brand new website, www.highlinemushrooms.com. The launch of the site comes at a time of growth and change for the company and reflects the new branding that has been recently introduced. The site takes a more consumer-focused approach and has three distinct audiences in mind: Customers, Consumers and Associates. The site will not only be a source of information on mushrooms and the company, but it will be used as a communication tool to connect with these audiences.



September 5th, 2009
Highline Welcomes the Kingsville Mushroom Farm!

It is with great excitement that Highline announces the acquisition of the Kingsville Mushroom Farm. This modern, Dutch-style farm and is located approximately 13 kilometres from the Leamington farms and our head office. This creates great strength and presence for Highline as we now become the largest mushroom grower in Canada.


Highline Welcomes the Kingsville Mushroom Farm!


July 31st, 2009
Highline Announces First Annual Scholarship Recipients

This past year, Highline introduced a brand new annual university/college scholarship program to help benefit our Associates and their families. The philosophy behind this initiative is based on helping our “family” members realize their life goals through greater educational opportunity for their children. These awards are also designed to foster the values within our community that Highline has always upheld. Core values of the Highline Family include:

Integrity;
Community Involvement;
Scientific Exploration;
Leadership;
Perseverance;
Shared Success
Respect for the Environment; and
The Pursuit of Excellence.

Congratulations to all of the recipients of the first annual Highline Family Scholarship!

April Klassen – Leamington
Millicent Tinio – Wellington
Sandy Lamery – Montreal
Krista Kristalyn – Wellington
Hi Taing – Leamington
 



July 29th, 2009
Highline Unveils New Zamboni for Kinsmen Recreation Complex

Earlier this year, the Town of Leamington approached Highline Mushrooms to sponsor a brand new Zamboni for the Leamington Kinsmen Recreation Complex; Highline accepted. Elizabeth O’Neil commented, "Community sports and community involvement – activities which make our people healthier and foster team spirit – are not only worthwhile, but also a part of our mandate as leaders in Leamington’s business community. During our current economic times, when companies across our county are struggling, we are fortunate enough to be in a position to share our stability and strength not only with our own Associates, but with the Leamington-Essex County community at large. Highline is very pleased to be able to contribute to the health of our local sports community in this way."





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