Oishii, a vertical farming company, partnered with Yaskawa Electric Corporation, an industrial robotics company based in Japan. Together, the companies will develop new automation solutions to optimize vertical farming methods and scale output.
"Yaskawa is one of the most respected names in industrial robotics today. "We're honored to partner with a company that is invested in our mission to reinvent the future of agriculture. Together, we will deliver forward-looking solutions to bring clean, delicious produce to more people," said Hiroki Koga, Co-Founder and CEO of Oishii.
A series of Yaskawa robotic arms will power the 'world's largest vertical strawberry farm,' operated by Oishii. The robots will work in concert with Oishii's infrastructure, technology, and urban farmers to harvest strawberries at the peak of freshness. When paired with Oishii's proprietary tech stack – which includes crop management algorithms, environmental controls, and energy monitors – Yaskawa's innovations will deliver new efficiencies to reduce food, energy, and water waste.
The collaboration between the two brands will also accelerate Oishii's ability to scale globally. With the introduction of advanced automation across all of Oishii's farm facilities, the brand will be able to meet the substantial demand for their vertically farmed strawberries.
The partnership comes on the heels of momentous growth for the company. In February, Oishii introduced a new cultivar called The Koyo Berry, marked by its refreshing sweetness, balanced acidity, fragrant aroma, and slightly firm texture. The Koyo Berry joins Oishii's beloved Omakase Berry, which is renowned for its sweetness, aroma, and creamy texture.
In May 2022, the brand opened Mugen Farm, a large indoor strawberry farm that spans over 74,000 square feet. The farm uses 60% less energy and 40% less water than the company's first-generation facilities.