BrightFarms' recent expansion at its Rochelle, Ill., facility allows the company to expand distribution at Chicago-area retail stories. ( Courtesy BrightFarms )

BrightFarms has opened an expansion to its Chicago-area facility, allowing continued growth in the market, including a 34% jump in year-over-year sales at Mariano’s.

The 160,000-square-foot greenhouse facility opened in 2016 to supply Chicago-area with leafy greens, and the company now serves more than 150 Roundy’s Supermarkets (through the Mariano’s, Pick ‘n Save and Metro Market banners) with packaged salads that are on shelves in as few as 24 hours after harvest, according to a news release.

“For over four years now, BrightFarms has provided consumers in Illinois and Wisconsin with delicious local produce that was grown within a short drive of their local Mariano's and Pick ‘n Save,” Abby Prior, senior vice president of sales and marketing at BrightFarms, said in the release. 

Retail displays features references to the Rochelle greenhouse, according to the release, and the brand has loyal customers that gravitate to freshness and sustainability attributes, according to the release.

BrightFarms recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of Mariano’s supermarkets with in-store activations in the Chicago market.

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