South African supermarket giant Pick n Pay is sourcing lettuce leaves and herbs from vertical farms. It has launched displays of these upright gardens in two flagship stores to show customers how its salads are grown.
Several varieties of lettuce and herbs, from basil to parsley, are being grown in six-meter-high tubes that stretch towards the top of a giant greenhouse outside Pretoria. It's here, at the high-tech, hydroponic CAN-Agri facility that plants are grown for Pick n Pay's shelves.
A single CAN-Agri tower holds 80 plants. More than 200 of these tubes have the capacity to grow 384,000 plants.
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