Infarm is expanding its operations in Denmark
- New 6,508 sqm cloud-connected vertical farming facility to be established in Copenhagen, adding more than 3,800 sqm of growing space to Infarm’s existing local production in the market
- The new facility will enable Infarm to deliver herbs and salads to retailer distribution centers serving supermarkets across Denmark
Copenhagen, Denmark, August 19th , 2021 – Infarm, a rapidly growing urban farming company with global presence, has signed a contract for a new Growing center in Greve, Copenhagen which will measure 6,508 sqm in size, offering more than 3,800 sqm of growing space in Infarm’s cloud-connected farming units. When fully equipped, the units – each occupying 25 sqm of ground space and 10 metres in height – are able to produce more than 11 million plants per year. The Growing center is currently in construction and the first harvest is planned for the end of this year. From this Growing center, Infarm will be able to deliver its herbs and salads to retailer distribution centers across Denmark.
Today, Infarm’s produce is available at 68 Irma stores across the Copenhagen area. With an overall product portfolio of more than 75 different varieties, chosen by their taste, Infarm is bringing innovation and extraordinary but also well-known produce to the Danish consumers – all year round grown locally in Denmark.
Each Infarm Growing center can save up to ten million litres of water per year, reducing water consumption by 95% versus traditional agricultural methods. Furthermore, Infarm’s growing method requires 95% less land and 90% less transportation. In Denmark, Infarm has a renewable energy certificate for our electricity consumption, with a Guarantee of Origin based on 100% wind power.
Daniel Kats, Executive Vice President of Sales at Infarm said, “This new Growing Center will expand our capacity to deliver fresh, sustainable, Infarm produce to all categories of Danish retailers nation-wide. We’ll also be able to accelerate the delivery of new herbs, salads, and even mushrooms to Danish consumers, as we gain insights to serve the wider Scandinavian region in the future.”
Therese Scherer, Country Director Nordics at Infarm said,“Denmark is a very important market for Infarm. The demand for fresh and sustainable produce is high. With our new Growing Center, we are increasing our local production in Denmark – year round and independent from seasons.”
Infarm will continue to operate its existing Growing Center and will start hiring soon. “We will increase the local team to about 50 people in the mid- to long-term planning, opening up the first new positions in the next couple of weeks”, Scherer added.
With a team of more than 1000 employees, partnerships with 30 of the world’s largest retail chains and operations in more than 10 countries and 25 cities including London, Paris, Berlin, Copenhagen, Toronto, Vancouver, Seattle and Tokyo, Infarm is one of the most global networks of urban vertical farms operating today.
The new Growing Center will join this expanding global network of vertical farms that all connect to a central farming brain which gathers data constantly to improve plant yield, taste, and nutritional value, while further reducing the use of natural resources.
The announcement follows the company’s August 2021 announcement of plans to open one of Europe’s largest urban farming facilities just north of London. By the end of 2025, Infarm plans to expand to 100 locations worldwide.
Infarm was founded in Berlin in 2013 by Osnat Michaeli and the brothers Erez and Guy Galonska. Passionate to become self-sufficient and eat better, they were growing their own food, enjoying all the flavor and nutrients, without the chemical pesticides and transport kilometers. With the aim to share the goodness of self-grown produce with everyone, they developed a smart modular farming system that allows distribution of vertical farms throughout the urban environment, growing fresh produce in practically any available space and fulfilling practically any market demand. Today, with cutting edge R&D, patented technologies and a leading multi-disciplinary team, Infarm is growing a worldwide farming network helping cities become self-sufficient in their food production, while significantly improving the safety, quality, and environmental footprint of our food.
With a multinational team of more than 1,000 people globally, Infarm has partnered with more than 30 major food retailers, including Aldi Süd, Amazon Fresh, Auchan, Casino, E.Leclerc, Edeka, Empire Company Ltd (Safeway, Sobeys, ThriftyFoods), Farmdrop, Intermarché, Irma, Kaufland, Kinokuniya, Kroger, Marks & Spencer, Metro, Migros, Selfridges, Selgros, Summit and Whole Foods Market. The company is present in Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, the United States and Switzerland and has deployed more than 1,300 farms in stores and Infarm Growing Centers, saved more than 60,000,000 liters of water and 60,000 square meters of land, while harvesting 1,000,000+ plants monthly and growing.
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