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Andrew Hare, co-founder and general manager of Vertical Roots was named the Southeast Produce Council 2019 recipient of the Next Generation Award.

Hare was awarded during the Southern Innovations Organics and Foodservice Expo, according to the release.

The award is given to SEPC members under 39 who have made significant industry contributions through their company, according to the release.

“We are beyond thrilled for Andrew to receive this award. He pours his heart and soul into Vertical Roots, and he could not be more deserving of this recognition,” Stefanie Swackhamer, vice president of mission, marketing and business development at AmplifiedAg, the parent company of Vertical Roots, said in the release. “The work he does daily challenges how we grow, consume, and distribute food, so we’re even more proud that our industry colleagues recognize that with Andrew’s leadership.”

Charleston, S.C.-based Vertical Roots grows fresh, pesticide-free greens year-round inside recycled shipping containers, according to the release. The hydroponic farm has fully automated systems and LED lighting.

The company opened a second site in Columbia in spring 2019. Vertical Roots greens are available in grocery stores and restaurants across South Carolina, in Charlotte, N.C., and in Savannah and Augusta, Ga., according to the release.

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