The Lake City EDA and Chamber of Commerce named Pepin Heights Orchards, Inc., has been named Lake City Manufacturer of the Year for 2016. In addition to growing, harvesting, packaging and shipping apples from its Lake City operations, Pepin Heights Orchards also presses and sells apple cider.
Pepin Heights Owner Dennis Courtier purchased his parents’ small orchard in the late 1970s. It has since grown into a vertically-integrated orchard, packing, processing and sales organization. Pepin Heights’ core strategy of developing and commercializing new varieties has helped the company to differentiate itself in an industry that historically has favored high-volume commodity producers. Today, Pepin Heights is involved with apple breeding programs around the world, and regularly receives international visitors.