The Kroger Co., Cincinnati, partnered with Infarm, Berlin, to bring modular living produce farms to North America.
The living produce farms will launch at two of the 15 stores planned at QFC – a Kroger banner – at locations in Bellevue and Kirkland, Wash. Using hydroponic technology, the produce will grow on site, removing the need for extended transportation and storage and producing a more eco-conscious product. The farms are designed to scale, and will provide shoppers the freshest and most sustainable living produce options available.
"Kroger believes that everyone deserves to have access to fresh, affordable and delicious food, no matter who you are, how you shop or what you like to eat," says Suzy Monford, group vice president of fresh for Kroger. "Our partnership with Infarm allows us to innovate by combining ground-breaking in-store farming technology with our passion for fresh, local produce and ecological sourcing. Kroger is excited to be first to market and offer the best of the season, and we're proud to lead the U.S. on this journey."
"We want to make fresh, pure, tasty and nutritious produce available and affordable for everyone," says Erez Galonska, co-founder and CEO of Infarm. "Kroger's commitment to innovation, quality and flavor makes them the perfect partner with which to launch our business in the United States and for the first time in North America."