US (TX): Smart factory for growing mushrooms indoors headed to Houston

Two Asia-based companies are teaming up to build a massive fungi-growing warehouse in Houston that will specialize in enoki, a popular but rare type of edible mushroom.

The facility, a joint project between Singapore Finc and China’s Huayuan Food Group, will be the first "smart factory" for edible mushrooms in the United States, according to Vegconomist, a vegan business magazine.

Construction on the 258,000-square-foot factory located at 11155 Westpark Drive is expected to begin later this year and be completed sometime in 2024. The factory will use a chemical-free, eco-friendly soilless method to produce up to 50 tons of American enoki mushrooms each day, representatives told the Houston Business Journal.

The market for specialty mushrooms has been growing steadily in the U.S. in recent years, according to reports from both U.S. Department of Agriculture and Market Data Forecast. A March 2023 report from MDF showed the American edible mushroom market to be worth nearly $12 billion, and it's expected to reach more than $20 billion by 2028.


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