Kroptek, a UK-based agricultural technology platform, has partnered with Wesh Grow, a Paris-based farm, to further their shared aim of developing urban farms that can deliver a variety of gourmet produce to consumers and restaurants locally.
As Wesh Grow looked to expand, it opened the unique opportunity to combine efforts with Kroptek’s La Boite a Champignons (LBAC), France’s foremost urban mushroom farm, to realize both companies’ ambition of leading Paris’ effort to be the global capital of local urban agriculture and sustainable food production.
Together, Kroptek and Wesh Grow will implement their shared aims by combining their diversity of experience and abilities with the view to grow high-quality produce in multiple cities using scalable models of sustainable food production. Kroptek will provide horticultural solutions and strategic industry experience, while Wesh Grow provides expertise in growing gourmet quality produce and urban farming operations.
Wesh Grow will now expand their operations to a space four times the size of its current operation, catering to ever-increasing client demand and further diversifying its product range. Crucially because of this partnership, it can combine Kroptek’s mushroom expertise into its portfolio and ultimately leverage Kroptek’s fast-growing commercial franchise with national food distributors.
Similarly, the move further marks Kroptek’s long-term ambition of developing a network of sustainable farms across the globe. Wesh Grow will be the latest in a network that spans the Atlantic, from New Brunswick to Paris, that cuts food miles, boosts local economies, and delivers gourmet produce to consumers and high-end restaurants.
Wesh Grow was first launched as part of Paris’ plan to give unused brownfield sites, such as car parks, to farmers to increase the share of locally produced food from 25% to 50% by 2030. Today, Wesh Grow uses rooftops and indoor farms to cultivate over 100 varieties of microgreens, rare herbs, and edible flowers without the use of chemicals or pesticides.
Its hyper-local and nutrient-rich products are served in over 500 restaurants across the Paris region, including the Michelin-starred Granite and the Le Jules Verne on the second floor of the Eiffel Tower, as well as luxury hotels such as Le Meurice.
Due to its client’s discerning needs, Wesh Grow had to develop its growing methods with a focus on flavors that could exceed the expectations of high-profile chefs and be served at their restaurants. As a result, Kroptek’s specialism in LED technology and experience across a range of different Controlled Environment Agriculture projects proved indispensable in helping Wesh Grow determine the perfect growing conditions for their gourmet produce.
The partnership offers a unique alignment that brings the sustainable aims of indoor farming as close as possible to the demands of consumers.