Announcements

Job offersmore »

Tweeting Growers

Top 5 - yesterday

Top 5 - last week

Top 5 - last month

Exchange ratesmore »




US: Food retailer starts with on site production in Growtainer

In 2016 we saw the successful Growtainer launch in the UK and the expansion of their European presence at a Spanish biotechnological giant.  CEA Advisors & Growtainers® promises even more global excitement in Indoor Farming and Controlled Environment Agriculture in 2017.



After more than a year of meetings with the Produce Marketing team at a major US food retailer, the first custom built for onsite production Growtainer® has been delivered and will begin production in Q1, 2017. “We spent over a year discussing the retailer’s concerns and objectives and when I was sure we were all on the same page we began the design and manufacturing process” said Glenn Behrman, founder of Greentech Agro LLC and CEA Advisors LLC.    

Growtainers® have come a long way from those first two prototype models built about 4 years ago and recently donated to Texas A & M Agrilife Research Center in Dallas.  LED costs have come down and their efficiency has improved. "Our understanding of the critical importance of the growing environment and the need for intuitive control systems has increased. We’re collaborating with more industry experts in all areas that are critical to the development of a well-balanced successful production environment”.

According to Behrman, increasing global awareness of indoor local vertical production has been the driver in the laser focused pursuit of new, modern and sustainable indoor farming practices. "On site production in the Growtainer® to produce the freshest, unique, gourmet leafy greens and herbs for their customers at the retail level is the objective of the retail partner. They are the first in the nation to train their team members in a food safety compliant, climate controlled, LED lit multi-layer vertical indoor production environment. "



"CEA Advisors is proud to be working with a forward-thinking food retailer that is committed to innovation and focused on food safety, unique products and the customer experience” said Behrman.

For this project, CEA collaborated with a McKinney Texas based water management firm, whose team assisted in the design and installation of a state of the art irrigation system. "The container modifications were carried out by the largest and most experienced group in the USA. North America’s leading horticultural supplier of goods and services provides their expert and ongoing consultation to the project, as well."

The state of the art 53’ custom built Growtainer® has a separate utility area and provides 480 square feet of climate controlled vertical production space, specially designed for maximum efficiency and food safety compliance. Besides having a dedicated proprietary technology for ebb and flow irrigation installed, these Growracks® are also equipped with energy efficient LED production modules, specifically designed for multilayer cultivation. The irrigation system is divided into separate zones to provide flexibility and allow a wide variety of production of crops at various growth stages. Behrman worked closely with the irrigation engineers to design a sophisticated control system. The proprietary irrigation system is constantly monitored and any corrections to EC or PH are made immediately. Every irrigation event is perfect for the plants optimum growth.

For more information on this and other exciting innovations in Indoor Vertical Farming
visit www.growtainers.com or email gb@cea-advisors.com

Publication date: 1/2/2017

 


 

Other news in this sector:

8/20/2018 Dr. Patrick Stover appointed sole finalist for Texas A&M AgriLife Research director
8/20/2018 Dr. Shefali Mehta tapped as new leader of Soil Health Partnership
8/20/2018 American hydroponics supplier moves into European market
8/17/2018 Hydroponics and NFTs shown in Thailand
8/17/2018 Fluence appoints David Cohen as COO
8/17/2018 The seed shift has started
8/16/2018 Rabobank: EUR 1,698 million net profit in first half 2018
8/16/2018 Full Harvest closes $8.5 million Series A to solve food waste problem
8/16/2018 Illumitex expands to Canada
8/16/2018 CAN (SK): David Marit becomes provincial agriculture minister
8/15/2018 Pete's Living Greens names Brian Cook as President
8/15/2018 Oboya board member decides to resign
8/15/2018 Village Farms reports net loss, cannabis production ramps up
8/15/2018 Future Farm announces strategic financing, new corporate secretary
8/14/2018 UK: BASIS celebrates its 40th anniversary
8/14/2018 Dr. Hong Zhu promoted to Senior VP of R&D at BioConsortia
8/13/2018 "Investing in consumer trust pays off in the end"
8/13/2018 US (HI): Kilauea Community Agricultural Center continues to grow
8/13/2018 UK: Ebtech Group celebrates 10 years
8/13/2018 RHP certification for Nestaan