Village Farms Finalist for Texas Employer of the Year Award

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The Toronto Stock Exchange:  Village Farms International, Inc. - VFF

VANCOUVER, Oct. 7, 2013 /CNW/ - Village Farms L.P., the wholly owned U.S. operating subsidiary of Village Farms International, Inc. (the "Company") (TSX: VFF) has been selected as a finalist for the state of Texas Employer of the Year Award by Texas Workforce Commission (TWC).

The Company is among one of five finalists selected for this prestigious award.  Of the finalist; Caterpillar Inc., Durcon Incorporated, Exxon Mobile Corporation, and GE Transportation, Village Farms is the only nominee in the Food and Agricultural sector.  Finalist were nominated for their contributions to their community's workforce through innovation and collaboration, while supporting TWC's mission of ensuring the state of Texas remain competitive in the 21st century.

According to Michael DeGiglio, President and Chief Executive Officer for Village Farms, "We are extremely proud to be selected as a finalist for this esteemed award in Texas as one of the most vibrant and growing economies in the United States.  As we move into 2014 we will be celebrating our 25th year of business which makes this award all the more valued for us as a Company."  Mr. DeGiglio continued, "At Village Farms we consider our employees to be our strongest asset, with each team member critical to our Company's growth and success.  As a Company we will continue to strive for growth opportunities for our employees and the communities we support."

The winner of this year's award will be announced at the 17th Annual Texas Workforce Conference at the Grand Hyatt in San Antonio, Texas on December 5th, 2013.

About Village Farms

Village Farms leads the industry as premier grower and marketer in North America of branded, finest quality, hydroponic greenhouse grown produce. Our great tasting fresh vine ripened tomato, bell pepper, and cucumber varieties are handpicked at the peak of flavor. At Village Farms we exceed customer expectations through our unparalleled commitment to quality produce, remarkable food safety standards, and sustainable growing practices utilizing leading edge environmental stewardship principles. Our earth friendly growing methods produce vegetables 365 days a year from our beautiful indoor gardens that are healthier for people and the planet. Village Farms is Good for the Earth®.

Forward Looking Statements
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SOURCE: Village Farms International, Inc.

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Contact: Helen L. Aquino
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