The Star Group’s Consolidated Fruit Packers is planning a packing facility in Osoyoos, British Columbia.

The site, which has a cherry packing machine and an apple packing line, is expected to start operations in March. It is intended to help expand programs with Canadian growers and with retailers in Canada, the U.S. and elsewhere.

“We will aid growers in selecting varieties that have long-term relevance to retailers and consumers,” David Karwacki, chief executive officer of The Star Group, said in a news release.

“And we can supply equipment to ensure the most innovative packaging ideas are available for grower success,” he said.

Consolidated Fruit Packers, Kelowna, B.C., distributes Canadian blueberries which it markets along with imported berries. Stone and soft fruit from the Okanagan Valley are also packed and sold under the CFP label, as well as imported.

The Star Group consists of Star Produce, Consolidated Fruit Packers, Nova Produce, BC Hot House Foods and Sliced FC Ltd. They are independently operated with warehouses in four Western Canadian cities.