Produce

Fresh Food

Bowery Farming Opens New Smart Farm in Bethlehem, Pa.

The facility will bring produce to about 50 million people within 200 miles, the vertical farming company said.

Retailers

Oishii Brings Its Vertically-Farmed Strawberries to Whole Foods

To keep up with demand, Oishii has opened a new indoor farm at a former Anheuser-Busch factory in Jersey City, N.J. 

"Every acre that is left unplanted because of a lack of irrigation water is the equivalent of 50,000 salads that will not be available to consumers," California Farm Water Coalition president says.

"A lot of plastics legislation and a lot of retailers have ignored the produce section," says Lotus Sustainables CEO Farzan Dehmoubed.

As fresh fruit prices soar, FMI's 2022 Power of Produce report finds a plurality of consumers now saying price is their No. 1 factor when making produce purchasing decisions.

Strawberry fields forever: A New York-based vertical farming company has acquired computer-vision and robotics specialist Traptic as it seeks to apply smart technology to commercial fruit production.

"We have a very aggressive rollout strategy," COO Austin Martin says, "and we believe that being first is important in having access to the deep equity markets here."

The long-term agreement will let the retailer source leafy greens for all of its California stores from Plenty's Compton farm starting later this year.

The Pittsburgh-based grower, which supplies to Kroger and Giant Eagle, among other retailers, will build its second farm in Columbus, Ohio.

Volume sales of fresh meat at retail slid 7% for all of 2021 as the average price per pound across the meat department was 14% higher in December than it was at the end of 2020.

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