Spread takes on strawberry production

"An important step towards a sustainable society"

Spread succeeded in developing the technology for mass production of pesticide-free, high-quality strawberries in vertical farms using artificial lighting. The technologies include proprietary environmental control, stable indoor pollination, and pesticide-free, clean cultivation. 

Spread's CEO, Shinji Inada commented, “Mass production technology of delicious, pesticide-free strawberries is an important step towards a sustainable society where future generations can live with peace of mind.”


Photo courtesy of Spread Co., Ltd.

Spread is considering the deployment of strawberry vertical farms in Japan and overseas, targeting North America, Europe, and Asia, while also working on product design and a vertically farmed strawberry brand.


Photo courtesy of Spread Co., Ltd.

Strawberries are globally in high demand, with both yields and production value on the rise. However, strawberry production is known for its vulnerability, which creates a use for crop protection and significant food miles. For that reason, vertical farmers have struggled to ensure stable production, with challenges in indoor pollination and high cost.


Photo courtesy of Spread Co., Ltd.

Spread is able to achieve a year-round stable harvest of pesticide-free strawberries indoors through proprietary environmental control technologies, and stable indoor pollination. Applying them to large-scale production and adding automation will allow for a move towards accessible prices.

For more information:
Spread Co., Ltd. 
www.spread.co.jp 

 

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