Only three meters away, making its function rather applicable: a farm-to-kitchen system. This is how far fresh herbs and salads have to travel at the restaurant Factory on the Aalto University campus in Otaniemi, Finland. The Finnish startup agtech, Arctic Farming supplied the automated system to the university.
"We are very glad to announce that Arctic Farming has started a collaboration with the Finnish lunch restaurant chain Factory. Starting today, you can see and experience how food is produced vertically by visiting Factory Otaniemi – recently voted as the best lunch in the city of Espoo. Thanks, Matti Karvonen for the opportunity," said Arctic Farming CEO Oliver Rotko.
The delivery of the system: Oliver and Matti in the photo
“This is a very interesting collaboration for us. In the lunch restaurant segment, choosing the right partners to work with is extremely important. Herbs that we grow using indoor vertical farming are of high quality and full of taste, with taste being the most important thing for us in the food business. It can’t get fresher than this. This vertical farming unit also fits well with our interior design and it gives our customers a concrete visual tool to see how our ingredients are grown," shares Matti Karvonen, General Manager of Ravintotalot Oy.
Using the fully automatic vertical farming modules, developed for the Foodservice, wholesale and retail industries. restaurants like Factory are able to grow their own fresh ingredients inside their own premises just a few meters from the kitchen.
By growing ingredients this close to the end-user, Factory Otaniemi is able to offer incredible added value to their customers with fresh produce that has been harvested from minutes to just a few hours before being served while saving a ton of water and packaging material that would otherwise be needed.
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