After 160 years of supplying fresh fruits and vegetables, we're still hungry.

While Oppy was founded in 1858, our mission to bring fresh global produce home continues to be as relevant, challenging and exciting as it's been throughout our history.

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We’re on a lifelong mission to expand year-round availability of fresh produce.

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Bringing fresh global produce home.

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1858

In 1858, Charles Oppenheimer makes his way north from California toward the “new El Dorado” as the Frasier River became known. Charles establishes a provisions store in Victoria, British Columbia to outfit the prospectors heading up into the interior searching for gold. A year later, his brothers Godfrey, Isaac and David join him and open a branch of Oppenheimer Bros. & Co. in Fort Yale. Not long afterward, a third location was opened in Barkerville to supply those heading to the Cariboo gold rush.

Over the next 20 years, the brothers establish themselves as business and community leaders. In 1887, they open Vancouver’s first brick building, a wholesale grocery warehouse. That same year, David Oppenheimer becomes the city’s second mayor.

1891

The first Japanese oranges arrive in Vancouver.

1897

The Oppenheimer brothers outfit prospectors in the Klondike Gold Rush in 1897, selling everything from mittens to candles to cigars.

1911

David Oppenheimer’s contributions to the city of Vancouver were memorialized with a statue in Stanley Park.

1930

Oppenheimer begins partnership with BC Tree Fruits, sells apples and stone fruit.

1950s

Oppenheimer markets vegetables grown in Vancouver Island greenhouses. Late in the decade, tomatoes were selling in stores at 19 cents per pound.

1956

We introduce North Americans to Granny Smith apples. They sold at a promotional price of 2 pounds for 29 cents.

1960s

Oppenheimer starts importing onions from South America, and eventually builds one of the first Chilean fruit import programs in the industry.

1963

Canadians get their first taste of New Zealand kiwifruit courtesy of Oppenheimer. Kiwifruit sold at 7 cents apiece.

1973

We introduce Royal Gala apples to North America, followed shortly thereafter by Braeburn. Fuji rounds out our bi-colored apple program from New Zealand.

1992

David Oppenheimer Transport, Inc. (DOT) begins operations.

2000

We give North Americans their first taste of ZESPRI™ GOLD Kiwifruit.

2002

We premier square watermelon, bringing a 50-count shipment from Japan to Vancouver where they retailed at over $100 each.

2003

We bring ENZA JAZZ™ apples to North America for the first time.

2003

By adding produce grown by Divemex, Oppenheimer is a year-round greenhouse vegetable marketer for the first time.

2003

Oppenheimer becomes the North American marketer of Ocean Spray fresh cranberries.

2004

Our 'expect the world from us' brand promise launches.

2004

Oppenheimer pioneers Fair Trade Certified produce marketing in North America, with pineapples from Costa Rica.

2009

We introduce Envy™ apples to North America.

2010

Oppenheimer enters the domestic cherry business with fruit grown by Orchard View Farms.

2012

Our tomato category grows as we add vine-ripes from Oceanside Pole to our mix.

2012

Divemex receives Fair Trade Certification and we sell our first certified bell peppers.

2012

We rebrand officially as Oppy.

2013

Our first large scale California strawberry campaign begins.

2014

Oppy partner SunSelect becomes the first Fair Trade Certified grower in the global north.

2017

We market Oceanside Pole's first Brussels sprouts harvest.

2017

We launch the Ocean Spray® Family-Farmer Owned™ berry brand.

2018

We celebrate 160 years of expect the world from us.

Know where your food comes from? We do.

We can introduce you to our partner who grew it, tell you when it was picked, what pallet it arrived on, and how it traveled to your grocery store.

Grower integration

We are the grower.

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Improving lives and livelihoods.

We’ve been recognized as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies for 17 years and there’s still plenty of exciting work ahead of us.

Sustainability

Growing with purpose.

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Our roots keep us growing

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Expect the world from us, wherever you are.