One of the most successful aboriginal community owned businesses in Canadian history is calling it quits.
Wahta Mohawks Chief and Council have announced that the Iroquois Cranberry Growers are ceasing operations, citing a collapse in cranberry prices due to a world wide surplus of cranberries.
Iroquois Cranberry Growers is community owned and operated by Wahta Mohawks. Started in 1969 with three acres Iroquois Cranberry Growers grew to sixty-eight acres, becoming the largest cranberry farm in Ontario.
By the mid 1990’s Iroquois Cranberry Growers was the single most successful Aboriginal Community owned business in Canada.
High cranberry prices encouraged more production across North America until supply outstripped demand. A decades long world wide surplus of cranberries and the resulting collapse in cranberry prices has made continuing operations at Iroquois Cranberry Growers untenable.
“It is with regret that Chief and Council of Wahta Mohawks announces, effective immediately, Iroquois Cranberry Growers will cease operations,” states a press release. “Chief and Council would like to thank all the people who worked hard to start and sustain Iroquois Cranberry Growers over the years. Our Members, staff, suppliers and customers all contributed to the success of Iroquois Cranberry Growers. Wahta will continue directing its energies towards new economic development opportunities.”
Photo courtesy of IroquoisCranberries.com