The Kroger Co. and 80 Acres Farms are working together to bring fresh, clean produce to more households.
80 Acres Farms has been a supplier to Kroger since 2019, starting with a single store in downtown Cincinnati and growing to more than 300 stores across Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky in 2021. The company plans to serve about 1,000 Kroger stores across the Midwest and Southeast.
"At Kroger, we believe everyone deserves access to fresh, delicious food. 80 Acres' unique approach and technology enable us to offer fresh, nutritious produce to our customers while advancing sustainable growing practices. Together, we'll expand the reach of these long-lasting and great-tasting 80 Acres Farms items year-round," Dan De La Rosa said, Kroger's group vice president of fresh merchandising.
Kroger is bringing 80 Acres Farms' fresh produce to new geographies, including Michigan, Tennessee, and Georgia, in early 2023 and continuing into the Mid-Atlantic and Delta regions in the fall. Soon, 80 Acres Farms will supply Kroger customers with products beyond the company's existing salad blends, including grab-and-go fresh meals.
"Retailers have long been attracted to indoor farming because of its potential to supply fresh, healthy, and great-tasting produce in a more environmentally sustainable and resilient manner," said 80 Acres Farms co-founder and CEO Mike Zelkind. "Kroger recognizes the importance of vertical farming in our nation's future food supply chain and the value we deliver by offering differentiated products that customers love."
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