10. Locally grown keeps rising - The Packer

10. Locally grown keeps rising

12/28/2012 12:39:00 PM
Chuck Robinson

In early May, BrightFarms, which designs, finances, builds and operates hydroponic greenhouses, announced its second produce purchase agreement with Oklahoma City-based Homeland Stores.

The company’s first supermarket greenhouse, built for Langhorne, Pa.-based McCaffrey’s Markets, is expected to open in October, said Paul Lightfoot, chief executive officer of BrightFarms.


June 25

Kings’ local program promises timely delivery

By Pamela Riemenschneider, Retail Editor

Kings Food Markets promises consumers a fresh experience with its Local Fresh 24/7 program.

The program features displays of local produce within 24 hours of harvest. It started May 23 with a pilot and expanded in early June to the Parsippany, N.J.-based retailer’s 24 locations, said Paul Kneeland, vice president of produce and floral. Kneeland said the program will be available through Labor Day.


June 25

Greenhouse company signs with retailer A&P

By Pamela Riemenschneider, Retail Editor

New York-based greenhouse firm BrightFarms Inc. added a third retailer to its roster. The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Co. Inc., Montvale, N.J., entered a long-term agreement to purchase produce from a BrightFarms rooftop farm in Brooklyn. A groundbreaking is scheduled in September for a multiacre greenhouse on 100,000 square feet of rooftop space, with the opening of the greenhouse scheduled for the first quarter of 2013.


June 25

Metro stores connect consumers with growers

By Cynthia David, Special to The Packer

Montreal-based Metro Richelieu Inc. has joined the eco-minded group Equiterre to bring community-aupported agriculture to three Metro stores this summer.

Through November, Metro store parking lots in the cities of Granby, Quebec, Joliette, Quebec, and Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, will serve as weekly dropoff points for baskets of organic vegetables pre-ordered by consumers from local farms.


July 23

Homegrown crops fizzle, stoking lettuce demand

By Mike Hornick, Staff Writer

SALINAS, Calif. — Increasingly, East Coast buyers are turning to California for their summer lettuce needs as homegrown deals take a beating from the weather.

Storms in Quebec plus high heat in the Ohio Valley and across the U.S. have taken a toll on local leafy greens, especially romaine. That spiked prices in the second week of July.

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