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BC Hot House Chairman Al Vangelos Elected Russian Farm Project’s Chairman of the Board

Surrey, BC – June 3, 2004 – BC Hot House Foods Inc. today proudly announced that Chairman of the Board, Al Vangelos has been elected to a similar post with the Russian Farm Project. Mr. Vangelos brings an immense resume of agriculture industry experience to this new position.

“The Russian Farm Project is a great organization, with a wonderful mission to help develop the rural Russian farm community,” said Vangelos. “I am honored to be appointed Chairman of the Board. I look forward to being part of the team as we continue to develop a framework to aid in the economic development of rural Russian communities and build on the farmers’ success of producing fresh food for the local community.”

Mr. Vangelos takes the position familiar with the Russian Farm Project’s mandate. As indicated by Ralph Hofstad, Executive Director of Russian Farms, “Al understands our organization. Over the past number of years, he has guided the development of the organization’s produce distribution center located north of Moscow.” The facility processes beets, onions, carrots, potatoes, radishes and cabbage for retail and foodservice customers in Moscow under the “Treasure of the Sun” label. The project also includes a 600 cow dairy farm and a 2500 acre vegetable and forage farm.

“BC Hot House growers feel very fortunate to have Al Vangelos serve as their Chairman of the Board and I have no doubt that the Russian Farm Project’s stakeholders will feel the same way, ”said BC Hot House’s President and CEO, David Smith. Mr. Vangelos has previously served as President and CEO of Calavo Foods, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Premier Valley Foods Inc., and founding partner of Novelle Consulting. Added Smith, “Al has played an integral part in helping shape the long term goals of BC Hot House while paying close attention to the immediate concerns of our grower/shareholders.”

BC Hot House Foods Inc, Surrey, Canada, is a world leader in the hydroponically grown produce industry. Founded in 1973 as the Western Greenhouse Growers Co-op, it was incorporated in 1997 as BC Hot House Foods Inc. Entirely owned by its grower-shareholders, BC Hot House specializes in offering its customers a full product line of hydroponically grown tomatoes (Beefsteak Tomatoes, Tomatoes on the Vine, and Speciality Tomatoes on the Vine—Cherry, Roma, Cocktail, Yellow, and Orange), Sweet Bell Peppers, Long English Cucumbers. In 2004, the organization is proud to announce the launch Taste Buddies Mini Cucumbers, Sweet Baby Bell Peppers and Mini Roma Tomatoes on the Vine, Sweetooth Peppers, Piropepps Chile Peppers, and Heirloom Tomatoes. To learn more about BC Hot House, please visit the website at

The Russian Farm Project is a Minnesota based, foreign development program founded in 1993.  The organization’s mission is to increase the productivity, profitability and quality of life of Russian farmers and rural communities. Russian Farms has offices in Minneapolis, MN and Moscow, Russia with projects that include economic development, business operations, and community services. To learn more about the Russian Farm Community Project, please visit the website at

For more information contact:
Vern Moore, Director of Admin.
Phone:  (952) 832-0912

Kirk Homenick, Marketing Manager
Phone:  (604) 507-6215