OXFORD – Oxford Frozen Foods has been successful in its bid to purchase Rainbow Farm Ltd., in Upper Rawdon, for $4.2 million.
Oxford Frozen Foods has been renting the facility, located in the Annapolis Valley, for cold storage and will continue to use the facility for cold storage in the future.
Oxford Frozen Foods spokesperson, Jordan Burkhardt said the wild blueberry processing line in Rawdon has experienced relatively low annual production levels recently, representing less than a day’s production in Oxford’s other processing plants in Nova Scotia.
“This line has been closed for the last nine months and will not re-open,” said Burkhardt.
Rainbow Farms was $17 million in debt before closing its operations.
The plant employed up to 30 people.
Oxford will be holding a job fair for the former employees of Rainbow to determine whether there are suitable opportunities with the company in its other locations.
The purchase also gives Oxford Frozen Foods access to 600 hectares of wild blueberry land and woodlots in the Rawdon area, and has another 600 acres in development.