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Oppy chosen as Canada’s Best Managed for 18th year


What makes a “best managed” company? According to the global financial services company Deloitte, companies with best-in-class business practices—like the Vancouver, BC-based Oppy—demonstrate exceptional strategy, capability, commitment, and return on investment.

That’s why they have named the full-service fresh produce marketer and distributor among Canada’s Best Managed companies for the last 18 years, and welcomed Oppy to the program’s esteemed Platinum Club a dozen years ago.

“It’s great be selected once again,” said John Anderson, chairman and CEO. “It’s an exciting time at Oppy. As our business continues to expand and evolve, we rely on our proven management philosophy to guide us as we grow. By encouraging collaboration across all channels of our business, we can move quickly and decisively toward our goals.”

Anderson points to the expect the world from us promise of the Oppy brand as the thread that ties strategy and execution together at Oppy.

“It’s been about a decade and a half since we introduced the idea of expect the world from us, and it remains incredibly relevant to the team,” he said. “It enables us to manage our business with a clear purpose and understanding of where we’re going and how we’ll get there.”

Sponsored by Deloitte, CIBC, Canadian Business Magazine, Queen’s Smith School of Business, and the TMX Group, Canada’s Best Managed Companies program recognizes organizations that have implemented world class business practices and created value in innovative ways. The Platinum Club honors top-performing companies that earn a place among the best for six years or more.

Oppy has been chosen every year since it first applied in 2001. Best Managed applications are reviewed annually by an independent judging panel that evaluates how companies address various business challenges, including new technologies, globalization, brand management, leadership, leveraging and developing core competencies, designing information systems and hiring the right talent to facilitate growth.

The accolades announced today recognize Oppy’s 2018 achievements, including adding large scale value-added programs for kiwifruit and citrus in Western Canada, launching Frank & Able, a unique new brand of greenhouse tomatoes-on-the-vine, building the scope and scale of its Ocean Spray berry program, and developing high demand for Zespri® SunGold kiwifruit. Oppy was also recently selected as one of BC’s Top Employers for the third consecutive year.