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Walmart plans to expand BrightFarms packaged salad offerings to 50 stores in the Columbus, Ohio, area, after a successful launch in the state.

Walmart awarded the New York-based urban farming company its Innovation Award for Produce at the retailer’s 2019 Supplier Growth Forum in late February in Rogers, Ark.

BrightFarms products arrive at Walmart stores within 24 hours of harvest, according the greenhouse company. Columbus-area Walmarts will offer BrightFarms salads by late May, according to a BrightFarms’ news release.

“We are enjoying working with Walmart in their successful efforts to grow their grocery sales, and I’m grateful that consumers in the Columbus metro area will soon have access to our delicious baby greens,” Paul Lightfoot, BrightFarms CEO, said in the release. “We look forward to the opportunity to continue to grow with Walmart in additional markets in the future.”

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