The Newark-based company joined global CPG companies like Chobani and José Andrés’ nonprofit World Central Kitchen, which has been distributing meals in hurricane-ravaged areas in Puerto Rico and Texas, for the category honor.
Fast Company cited AeroFarms, which will eventually grow up to two million pounds of greens and herbs yearly using patented technology that requires neither sunlight nor soil, “for elevating vertical farming to the industrial level.”
The award-winning company has been on a tear since its founding. Most recently, they won a $1 million “Seeding Solutions” research grant from the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research in 2017. AeroFarms will partner with scientists from Rutgers and Cornell University to define best practices for improving the taste and nutritional quality of produce—something AeroFarms is uniquely positioned to do because it can control the growing environment so precisely. (AeroFarms will match the grant for a $2 million total research budget for the project).
AeroFarms is a certified B Corporation, meaning that while it is a for-profit company, it has also defined positive societal impact goals in its company charter. AeroFarms moved its headquarters to a 70,000-square-foot former steel mill Newark in 2015, and is the world’s largest indoor vertical farm in terms of its yearly growing capacity.
Its go-to-market brand, Dream Greens, can be found at Whole Foods, ShopRite and FreshDirect, and its produce is on the menu at the recently opened Marcus B&P restaurant located in the Hahne’s building.
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