Greenhouse grower BrightFarms adds five new retail customers
BrightFarms, Irvington, N.Y., a hydroponic greenhouse grower of local salad greens and herbs, has added five new retail customers to broaden its customer base.
The packaged salads are now available at Dierbergs, Jungle Jim’s, Food Lion, Misfits Market and Tops Friendly Markets, according to a BrightFarms news release. BrightFarms finances, builds and operates local greenhouse farms in partnership with supermarkets, cities, capital sources, and vendors to reduce time, distance and costs from the food supply chain in a scale-able way.
The company has farms in Rochelle, Ill., Culpeper County, Va., Bucks County, Pa., and Wilmington, Ohio, according to its website. Also, BrightFarms plans to open four new locations in 2019 and 10-15 in the next two to three years, said Abby Prior, vice president of business development, in The Packer on Oct. 19, 2018.
The partnership with Jungle Jim’s International Markets broadens the company’s reach in Ohio, and those greens will be sourced from a greenhouse in Wilmington, Ohio, according to the news release. Supplying more than 140 stores throughout New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont, Tops Friendly Markets will also carry BrightFarms greens from the Wilmington greenhouse.
BrightFarms’ Culpeper, Va., greenhouse will supply Food Lion stores in Richmond and Lynch-burg, Va., which are both about two hours from the greenhouse, according to the news release.
The Dierbergs Markets in the St. Louis metro area of Missouri will carry BrightFarms’ line of innovation greens, including Crunch and Fresh Kick, sourced from a greenhouse in Rochelle, Ill.
The company also partnered with Misfits Market, a delivery box service that ships imperfect or “ugly” produce to customers in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. Although BrightFarms greens don’t qualify as such, the company will supply its excess yields from the Bucks County, Pa., greenhouse to support Misfits Market’s goal of reducing food waste.
BrightFarms’ hydroponic greenhouses use 80% less water, 90% less land and 90% less shipping fuel when compared to long distance growers, according to the release. The salad greens are pesticide-free and certified non-GMO. Existing retail customers include Walmart, Ahold-Delhaize and Albertsons.