Grower in the Spotlight

Italy: Fresh produce entrepreneur turns to vertical farming

Entrepreneur Giuseppe Battagliola from Brescian, Italy, the well-known innovator of the IV range, launched a new vertical farming project. Giuseppe, the founder of "La Linea Verde" and a historic entrepreneur in the panorama of the fruit and vegetable sector, now leads a new initiative, Kilometro Verde,…

CAN (ON): Farm hub brings local produce together

The growing price of lettuce on Sudbury shelves is no problem for Truly Northern Farms, based here in Greater Sudbury. The markup price of lettuce is so dire due to a combination of heat waves, drought, torrential rains, and a widespread outbreak of the impatiens necrotic spot virus that has resulted in…

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Japan: Spread will focus on the cultivation and sales of strawberries

Spread realized a major funding round in August. The company, which was founded in 2006, is planning on investing raised funds in the development of new products and technologies while also preparing the company for future business expansion, explains Masaru Iwase, Senior Manager at the company.…

Vertical farming underway in Vietnam’s Central Highlands, soon expanding to the Mekong Delta

"Our top contribution to Vietnam's agricultural industry is providing clean, safe, stable jobs in communities where this is typically not the case. Secondly, we are setting a better standard of production with zero chemical residues and net zero greenhouse gas emissions that we hope will encourage other…

Swiss: From supplying retail to the year-round cultivation of natural plant extracts

“It is very difficult to have a stable product quality when transporting fresh herbs. We solved that problem that processing our fresh herbs into essences, which can be stored and handled as a processed product,” says Christian Gerig, founder of Pinkfarm. Christian Gerig Pinkfarm is an indoor farm in St.…

US (CA): "We decided to double down, and it was kind of the push we needed in that moment"

Malaia Martinez plucked a tiny yellow bud from a small flat planter and held it up to the grow lights that imitate direct and indirect sunlight at her hydroponic farm. “This is toothache button,” said Martinez. “These are really numbing. A lot of restaurants use that as a palate cleanser, in between…

Vertical farm in Hong Kong making the case for local, sustainable food production

“Let's talk about fast food...junk food...overly processed food... It's always available, quick and convenient. It's easy... Why don't we see healthy options in the same light? We want to prove that the future of fresh food production can and is evolving to be more sustainable and accessible,” says…

Milo Miladinovic, founder of Hakuna Matata Farms:

Zambia: "We produce 5,000 units of lettuce per week, per tunnel, year-round"

In Zambia, growers mainly grow two varieties of lettuce, according to Milo Miladinovic, founder of Hakuna Matata Farms. “And on top of that, we had talks with many big chains and retailers here which were trying to keep the shopping basket despite seasonal changes.” Milo was planning on doing hydroponic…

Nelson Wei Tan, V+ Agritech

“If we can’t access fertilizer for whatever reason, our system will still work”

“We are a technology company that is trying to put different farming solutions together to produce fish, insects, and vegetables in a circular manner,” says Nelson Wei Tan, co-founder / CEO of V+ Agritech. V+ Agritech was founded in Singapore in 2021 with a mission to develop sustainable, circular, and…

'Brazil has large market opportunities for vertical farming'

“We're looking for investors to help us expand into 10 additional cities in Brazil. We have a big population to feed and with these 10 new farms, we plan to reduce our production costs even further to become even more competitive,” says Diego Gomes, founder and CEO of 100% Livre, a Brazil-based vertical…

GroGrace filling market gaps aiming to expand throughout Asia

Indoor farming in Singapore is a tough business requiring a robust business case

"Our main strategy for the next few years is to build GroGrace in other parts of the world. Expanding our current farm allows us to reach economies of scale to prove our value. With the proof of concept and proof of value, we will be able to attract impact investors. At this point, we're raising a few…

With cherry tomatoes to blossom

Are strawberries the cash crops for the Singapore market?

"As our crops are sold at a premium price, we're already at the top of the supply chain. With our margins, we can luckily still withstand cost increases. Although the business model is not to grow, we're more interested in supplying the entire ecosystem to other growers. That's why we offer a franchising…

Promising margins for vertical farms

Singapore: "Our demand is more than we can supply"

"We're expanding as the demand is growing, that's why we're taking a 3000m2 site in next month. We will be starting construction in January next year, and the farm will be ready for production by Q3 2023. Our new farm will be way more efficient in electricity and resource usage through economies of scale…

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A visit to Herbivore Farms

Philippines: Manila has a great distribution network to deliver products

“We started this farm as proper, quality products were missing here. Most products available are full of pesticides, and all are imported from nearby countries. A vertical farm was the best option, as it’s one of the most robust ways to farm given the external challenges we battle here,” says Robin Kwee,…

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Photo report of visit to Future Fresh

Philippines: New farm and products to be added as demand rises

“Fortunately, there is a continued interest in next-generation and modern farming globally. The problem is clear. The Philippines has a chronic dependence on food import. A goal of mine is to have every fridge in the Philippines stocked with  Future Fresh product. We want to build the largest farming network…

Photo report of Urban Greens visit in Manila

Philippines: Urban footpint and (inter)national aspirations gains interest of local and global investors

"We built everything from scratch and pride ourselves that we can repair each of our hydroponic vertical farm systems with items that can be found in any local hardware store. This is an essential part of our expansion strategy to create a system that can be run, set up, maintained, and repaired anywhere…

Display at supermarket shows opportunities in African market

Zimbabwe: ‘Africa is ready for innovation by providing easy access to nutritious produce’

"Hydroponics and vertical agriculture are nascent methods of farming in Africa, with Vitagrow Urban Farms being at the forefront of blazing a trail in the region. With their goal of 'Revolutionizing the Urban Food Landscape,' the Zimbabwean start-up is driven by process, innovation, research, and…

Groots:

Expanding into all-round product supplier to create a robust business model

“With a large focus on branding in 2021, now we’re set to add another label to our company. Groots first labeled itself as a vertical farming company, now we’re becoming an all-around provider of food products, in collaboration with others. For instance, our latest ready-to-eat salad kits are a complete…

US (FL): Behind the Seeds tour and hydroponic displays return to EPCOT

At long last, the classic Behind the Seeds tour of the greenhouses within The Land has returned to EPCOT. Behind the Seeds takes you on a backstage tour of the greenhouses around The Land at EPCOT, and is conducted daily.  View the tour here. 

South Korea: How vertical farming can tap into foreign markets actually adding value

“We might be one of the largest vegetable producers in Korea currently, supplying the major retailers and food companies. Our B2B business model of supplying big food companies in Korea helps us to stay upfront,” says Yong Park, Global Business Operations at PlantTFarm and Chief Marketing Officer at…

Eden Green Tech: 11,600m2 hybrid farm will deliver up to five million pounds of produce a year

Eden Green Tech, a vertical farm company, based in Texas, USA, has opened its new hybrid farm of 83,000 sq ft with the second phase on its way. Phase one of the North Texas farm expansion, which is now open, was completed about a year ago, despite supply chain delays and roadblocks. The latest vertical…

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Cut the complexity

Kenya: ‘Vertical garden’ delivers up to 5kg of strawberries a month

"Anyone can purchase a garden for their yard or business, and each year up to half of the Jaick produce gardens go to low-income recipients at a reduced price," says Benson Maina, founder of Jaick Produce.  On the left, the gardens just finished the instalment, whereas, on the right, they're blossoming fruits…

Scotland: Proving the potential of vertical farming by introducing added value crops

“We’re looking at what’s most important to add to the UK food system turning weather limitations to our advantage to grow local products indoors. By replacing crops that are normally imported, we can create more potential by farming vertically here,” says Graeme Warren, CEO of Vertegrow. Moving from a…

Urban Farming Partners Singapore:

Perfect starting location given partner opportunities with institutions and funding available

“With the completion of the most recent farm, GroGrace, we will be able to show investors and vegetable distributors the superiority of our technologies, in terms of farm efficiencies and quality of produce,” says Grace Lim, CEO of UFPSG (Urban Farming Partners Singapore).  Grace Lim GroGrace is a vertical…

Adding vegetable greenhouse and fish pond this year

Bringing Senegalese agriculture full circle with organics and aquaculture

"We are not climate activists, but we really want to help the little circle of life to save the planet, conserve water and use less energy. We think that aquaponics is a way to do that," says Yasmin Niang, cofounder of Gorgorlou, the first aquaponic farm in Senegal. Gorgorlou is a 100% organic farm in…

Certified farmer set to make a change and educate others on circular farming

Hydroponics are blossoming in the African slums

Victor Edalia is a farmer growing various greens and crops in the Kibera Slums, a neighborhood in Nairobi, Kenya.  He makes use of hydroponic gutters stacked vertically that are growing lettuce. With the thought in mind that nobody actually knows what's in their veggies, except for sewage water, Victor was…

Malaysia: Plant nursery adds small farm to business due to rising health trends

“Healthy eating and healthy lifestyles do bring us a lot of potential customers as we see an increased number of customers coming to use for some fresh produces,” says Samson Chong, director of AugustFame. “As a response, we supply hydroponic fresh produce to the local community and promote healthy…

Canada: Family business combines vertical and local products in farm shops

Midwest Fresh Produce is a family-owned and operated indoor vertical hydroponic farm located northeast of Lloydminster, Saskatchewan. They operate 365 days a year to provide their customers with fresh, nutritious produce grown inside their farm. Century 21 Drive went down to the farm to pay them a visit.…


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