Catalyst portfolio company BrightFarms is changing the future of food but would not be able to do so without the help of people like Denise DeRue – one of the head growers at BrightFarms. Denise began her career as an apprentice grower at the BrightFarms Virginia facility and after months of training was promoted to head grower of the Pennsylvania facility. BrightFarms’ greenhouses are operated via hydroponics and the company understands that smart growers like Denise enable them to expand rapidly. Each grower focuses on one greenhouse to make sure it has the healthiest, cleanest and freshest produce all the time.
Catalyst portfolio company BrightFarms, the leading supplier of local produce to supermarkets, appointed Steve
Campione as its Chief Financial Officer.
Forbes and The Mixing Bowl gathered 140 thought leaders, investors and industry executives to explore how information technology can be harnessed to solve challenges in food and agriculture. Participants engaged in a substantive dialogue on the role of technology in “changing food & farming at scale” and the “fight for the fork”. These themes were explored through a series of moderated discussions, the Blender Business Pitch competition – judged in part by Catalyst’s Kapil Desai – and interactive breakout sessions.