Controlled Agricultural Environment Industry Updates – July 2016

IMG_1101-webIn case you missed them, we’re adding our old newsletters here, so you can keep up to date with what’s
going on in our industry. Here’s an update we put out in early July.

BrightFarms – Chicago-area greenhouse is expected to grow more than 1 million pounds of salad greens, herbs and tomatoes per year exclusively for Roundy’s Supermarkets Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of The Kroger Co. that operates the Mariano’s, Pick ‘n Save and Metro Market banners. Its made its first delivery.
http://www.progressivegrocer.com/departments/produce-floral/roundy%E2%80%99s-accepts-first-brightfarms-shipment

AeroFarms – A CBS video showing the installation. Note the height issues and the Willy Wonka technology. The video speaks to the market and customers. (Shown at MSN and other sites on the Internet)
http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2016/06/15/newark-vertical-farming/

Progressive Grocer – Urban farming is helping supply the growing demand for local produce, according to Food Marketing Institute research showing that 29 percent of shoppers nationwide want retailers to prioritize supporting the local food economy.
http://www.progressivegrocer.com/departments/grocerant/local-sourcing-goes-cosmopolitan

Wyoming approved full funding of Laramie’s requests for a $2,685,750 grant and a $209,250 loan to construct a 12,150 square-foot building that will eventually house Bright Agrotech. The company, a manufacturer of vertical hydroponics, was founded by CEO Dr. Nate Storey. State Board Approves $3,000,000 Funding for Bright Agrotech Headquarters in Laramie

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