Indoor grower BrightFarms has opened its largest greenhouse to date, which has the capacity to produce more than 2 million pounds of fresh produce annually.
The 280,000-square-foot facility in Selinsgrove, Pa., will supply produce to various supermarkets in Pennsylvania and surrounding states. Before the supermarkets receive their share of the produce, the company will donate its first harvest from the new greenhouse to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank in Harrisburg, Pa.
BrightFarms operates farms in Ohio, Illinois, and Virginia, and has plans to open a greenhouse in North Carolina. The company reports that it can deliver its pesticide-free produce to customers within about 24 hours of harvest.
Nestlé Waters has announced that the entire plastic bottle range for the Swiss mineral water brand Henniez is now made of 75% recycled PET plastic (rPET).
Ardent Mills, a flour-milling and ingredient company, has announced its acquisition of Andean Naturals’ quinoa sourcing, cleaning, and packaging operation in Yuba City, Calif.
Dow has launched its call for entries for the 2020 Packaging Innovation Awards, an annual competition to recognize original thinking that is transforming the packaging landscape through enhanced user experience and improved sustainability.
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has launched the United Nations’ International Year of Plant Health (IYPH) for 2020, which aims to raise global awareness on how protecting plant health can help end hunger, reduce poverty, protect the environment, and boost economic development.
A study published in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics calculated that American households waste, on average, almost a third of the food they acquire—a value of $240 billion annually or $1,800+ per household/year.