Pineae Greenhouses was started by the Gold family in 1952. In 2006, the operation moved to Ogden, Utah, establishing a state-of-the-art automated greenhouse and nursery operation that serves customers throughout the Rocky Mountain area. Pineae is a Top 100 US grower, growing spring flowering annuals, perennials, container nursery products and flowering holiday plants.
Being a Top 100 and forward-thinking grower made the Gold family look into MPSABC Sustainability certification. Brian Gold explains: “It was a natural step, as one of our biggest customers also requested us to consider MPS-ABC certification. Though this program was not mandatory, we were encouraged to investigate its potential to help improve quality and profitability along with sustainability”. After thoroughly investigating and talking to industry partners, Pineae proceeded with MPS-ABC certification by using the My-MPS Top (daily) registration.
MPS has been working with the Gold family through Arthij van der Veer since 2017. Brad Gold is involved with the registrations for MPS-ABC. He explains: “The initial year is about looking at where you are as a grower. MPS-ABC certification is a learning curve, but not an excessive one. It forced us to look critically at areas of our business that we had not previously considered. The main changes were in the area of record-keeping, but these requirements were not onerous as MPS has a very good software platform for data entry”.
Moving forward, Pineae expects to receive information synergy from its group of peer growers, both in North America and worldwide, that will help the company constantly improve.