The Packer: BrightFarms building fifth greenhouse
By Chris Koger
BrightFarms plans to build its newest greenhouse, which will be its fifth, in Abilene, Texas.
The 195,000-square-foot facility is slated to begin supplying herbs and salad greens to area grocery stores in early 2019, according to a news release.
Demand for local produce is boosting BrightFarms’ sales incrementally, according to the release, with 3% new category buyers and 22% category growth.
CEO Paul Lightfoot said retailers are finding that meeting demand for local produce is challenging. Year-round local production at BrightFarms facilities is solving that problem in markets the company serves, Lightfoot said in the release.