Indoor-Farming Company doubles its footprint | progressive grocer
Indoor farming and fresh produce brand Gotham Greens will double the size of its greenhouse capacity from 600,000 square feet to over 1.2 million square feet in 2022 with the development of new state-of-the-art greenhouses in Seagoville, Texas (outside of Dallas) ; Monroe, Ga. (outside Atlanta); and Windsor, Colorado (outside of Denver). The company is also expanding its existing greenhouse facilities in Chicago and Providence, RI
The new greenhouses will help meet the ever-increasing consumer demand for greenhouse-grown produce. According to Gotham Greens, the company achieved 28% year-over-year growth (compared to 1% year-over-year growth for all prepackaged salad and lettuce categories). Through strategic expansion, Gotham Greens continued to develop national and regional retail partnerships with key food retailers such as Whole Foods Market, The Kroger Co., Albertsons Cos. and Sprouts Farmers Market.
“Gotham Greens is extremely excited to expand its greenhouse operations across the country, including in the south for the first time ever,” said Viraj Puri, co-founder and CEO of Gotham Greens, based in New York. “Building on the continued growth and momentum Gotham Greens has maintained over the past few years, we are proud to bring our national brand of sustainably grown salad greens and herbs, as well as our salad dressings, dips and versatile plant-based cooking sauces, to more consumers across the country, and expand our retail and foodservice distribution in existing markets.Our goal is to deliver Gotham Greens fresh produce within a day of our greenhouses to 90% of consumers across the United States, and these strategic greenhouse expansion projects bring us closer to that milestone.
Certified B Corporation, Gotham Greens is deliberately expanding its operations in areas of the United States affected by climate change. In California, where Gotham Greens opened a greenhouse in 2021, more than 37 million people are affected by drought, with 87% of the state classified as experiencing severe or extreme drought. Using hydroponic growing systems in greenhouses powered by 100% renewable electricity, Gotham Greens farms use up to 95% less water and 97% less land compared to conventional agriculture. The proximity of Gotham Greens’ greenhouses to major metropolitan markets also eliminates the need for long-distance refrigerated transportation while improving produce quality and shelf life, and ultimately reducing food waste.
Gotham Greens also benefits local economies with the construction of the new greenhouses. For example, the approximately 150,000 square feet facility in Colorado, located in the Great Western Industrial Park, generates over 100 construction jobs and when complete is expected to create 55 jobs and over $15 million in the company’s investment for northern colorado.
The company will own and operate 12 temperature-controlled hydroponic greenhouses in eight states when the new facilities are complete, joining its existing network already established in New York, Rhode Island, Maryland, Illinois, Colorado and California.
Since its launch in 2011, Gotham Greens has grown from a single urban rooftop greenhouse to Brooklyn, New Yorkto one of the largest hydroponic growers of green leaves North America. The company currently sells its salad greens, herbs, dressings, dips and cooking sauces in approximately 3,000 stores in 45 US states..