Our roots keep us growing

1858

Four brothers followed the gold rush to British Columbia and opened Oppenheimer Bros. & Co. in Victoria, to provide food and other supplies to thousands of fortune seekers. A year later, they built a second store in Yale, and a third branch in Barkerville in 1862.

1887

The brothers opened Vancouver, B.C.’s first wholesale provisions warehouse.

1888–1891

David Oppenheimer served as Vancouver's second mayor for four consecutive annual terms, using the Oppenheimer offices to conduct mayoral business. Mayor Oppenheimer is credited for establishing much of the young city’s infrastructure.

1891

We sold our first Japanese mandarin oranges, beginning a seasonal tradition—and grower partnership—that endures today.

1956

We introduced the first-ever Granny Smith apples to retailers in North America. We have since established other New Zealand-grown favorites, such as Royal Gala, Braeburn, Pacific Rose™, JAZZ™ and, most recently, ENVY™ apples.

1960s

We imported the first kiwifruit to Canada, and built a robust New Zealand apple program across North America.

Oppenheimer established one of the first large-scale Chilean fruit shipping programs, putting grapes, stone fruit, and other typical “summer” items on store shelves during the winter months. .

1975

Current Chairman, President and CEO John Anderson joined Oppenheimer as a warehouseman.

1985

We established David Oppenheimer & Company, our U.S. branch, by opening an office in Seattle, Washington.

1992

David Oppenheimer Transport Inc. began East Coast operations in Wilmington, Delaware. Now known as Oppenheimer Transport, it has since expanded to include transportation services on the West Coast and in Western Canada.

1996

Under the direction of Vice President and Chief Operations Officer Doug Grant, we unveiled one of the most sophisticated management information systems in the produce industry, enhancing our service to growers and customers alike.

2000

President, Chairman and CEO John Anderson served as chairman of the Canadian Produce Marketing Association and was recognized as The Packer's "Canadian Produce Man of the Year."

With our partner ZESPRI International Ltd., we gave North Americans their first taste of gold kiwifruit.

2001

Canada's National Post newspaper recognized Oppenheimer as one of the country's "50 Best Managed Companies," a designation we’ve earned continued to earn annually.

We implemented food security protocols that set industry-wide standards.

2002

President, Chairman and CEO John Anderson was named "Entrepreneur of the Year" for Canada's Pacific Region by Ernst and Young.

We ship a total of 35 million packages of fresh produce for the first time.

2003

We introduced the world to our first Oppenheimer-branded packaging.

With our partner ENZA, we brought the first JAZZ™ apples to North America.

Two important grower relationships were created: We signed a marketing agreement with Divemex to complete our 52-week supply of greenhouse sweet bell peppers, and Ocean Spray picked us to market fresh cranberries in North America.

2004

We announced a refreshed brand promise called "expect the world from us" to the world, signaling our commitment to exceptional service and global reach.

The Oppenheimer Group received The Produce News' Fresh Health Award at the Canadian Produce Marketing Association convention in Calgary.

Vice President and Chief Operations Officer, Doug Grant was named The Packer's Canadian Produce Man of the Year.

2006

Exhibiting leadership in technology innovation, Oppenheimer participated in the produce industry's first Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and Reduced Space Symbology (RSS) trials.

We launched a new premium organic greenhouse vegetable line with Origin Organic Farms of Delta, B.C.

Sales Representative Rick Wallis was honored as The Packer’s Produce Man of the Year.

2007

Oppenheimer received the 2007 Produce Marketing Association Innovation Award in the Sustainability Category for North America’s first fully compostable pack, made of Earthcycle palm fiber material, NatureFlex film, and a label made with compostable ink.

2008

We celebrated our 150th birthday, and on July 12, 2008, Mayor Sam Sullivan proclaimed "David Oppenheimer Day" in Vancouver to honor the innovative founding father of the city and our company.

Based on performance through 2007, Canada's National Post named Oppy one of Canada’s "Best Managed Companies,” with Platinum Club status, an honor reserved for companies chosen as “best managed” for six or more consecutive years. We continue to be recognized as a Platinum Club member today.

The Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce chose Oppenheimer as "Outstanding Business of the Year."

2010

We brought our first domestic cherries to market through a partnership with Orchard View Farms of The Dalles, Oregon.

2011

We became a year-round avocado marketer, with the addition of Mevi brand avocados to our portfolio.

Our grower partner Divemex became Fair Trade Certified. Together, we brought North America’s first Fair Trade Certified sweet bell peppers to market.

2012

To better serve Eastern Canadian customers, we opened a sales office in Toronto, Ontario.

2013

We achieve our goal to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 5 percent between 2009 and 2012.

We became part of the Total Produce family. Total Produce is one of the world’s largest produce marketing companies and is based in Dundalk, Ireland.

2014

Director of Sales Walt Breeden was honored as The Packer's Produce Man of the Year.

The Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia honored Chairman, President and CEO John Anderson with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

John made us even prouder when he was chosen as BC CEO of the Year.

2015

With our greenhouse partner SunSelect, we launched the Outrageously Fresh brand in signature Mason Jar style bags.

John Anderson was named Entrepreneur of the Year for the Pacific Region of Canada by Ernst and Young.

2016

Oppy was honored as one of Canada's Best Managed companies for the 15th straight year, and named to the prestigious Platinum Club for the eighth time.

Oppy was recognized by Waterstone Human Capital for having one of Canada's 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures.


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