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Kuwait retailer enters multi-year offtake partnership with Pure Harvest

The Sultan Center, a large supermarket and general merchandise retailer in Kuwait, has secured a strategic multi-year, commercial offtake agreement with Pure Harvest Smart Farms. Through this first-of-its-kind partnership, Pure Harvest will build a dedicated high tech farm producing many varieties of locally grown, premium quality fresh fruits & vegetables, serving TSC’s supermarkets across the country.

“There has never been a more pressing time to invest in food innovation in the region. The region’s longstanding dependence on imports paired with growing demand for fresh produce highlight the importance of local farming. Pure Harvest is developing a state-of-the-art local farm that can provide organic fruits & vegetables fresh from the farm to TSC stores. We are committed to providing quality, variety, value and services that customers demand, and investing in homegrown fresh produce is the way forward,” said Khadija Oubala, CEO at TSC.

In early-2020, Pure Harvest received the largest-ever agriculture technology investment in the MENAPT region and is investing to strengthen its position within the space and to further its goal of making all fresh fruits & vegetables locally sourced. In addition to this innovative project in Kuwait, Pure Harvest is expanding its capacity in the United Arab Emirates and The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

“This is a strategic win for us at Pure Harvest Smart Farms. We are grateful to be partnering with TSC, a market leader that fully embraces the value that a producer-retailer partnership brings and  what we can do together to improve quality, variety and flavor for Kuwaiti consumers. We are delighted that our organic grown premium fresh fruits & vegetables produced just in Kuwait will be sold exclusively to The Sultan Center. We will also invest in a shared visitor’s center to host TSC’s customers, so that they may learn more about the future of farming and exactly how it is that we grow year-round in one of the harshest climates in the world. Through this partnership, together TSC and Pure Harvest further food security, water conservation, economic diversification and sustainability within Kuwait and the region,” said Sky Kurtz, Cofounder & CEO of Pure Harvest Smart Farms.

“We are investing heavily to reinvent our offering to better serve our customers. TSC’s commitment to this offtake partnership with Pure Harvest is designed to meet the demands of our customers to deliver premium quality, locally-grown and pesticide-residue free fresh produce at affordable prices. We are investing before the growing system is built, which enables our partner to scale but also helps to eliminate waste in the value chain, including freight costs, which ultimately benefits our customers in the form of value-for-money,” said Nicolas Allan, Chief Operating Officer at TSC. “This project is emblematic of the many changes coming at TSC and we hope and believe that our customers will take notice that TSC is modernizing retail for Kuwaiti consumers and will continue to deliver value, as it has for the past 39 years that we have been serving this market.”

Ghazi Al-Hajeri, CEO of Wafra International Investment Company commenting on the news, said: “Pure Harvest’s expansion into the Kuwaiti market and its innovative partnership with TSC underscores Wafra’s thesis to invest in the Agri-tech space. This pioneering partnership will provide the Kuwaiti market a local-for-local, sustainably-grown fresh produce offering of the highest quality. Wafra takes pride in its willingness to back regional enterprises that further enhance the local economy and provide for a more sustainable future. Our commitment encompasses many different industries and affirms the foundations that the company was built on. As a Kuwaiti consumer, I’m personally grateful to The Sultan Center for embracing the future of farming and I cannot wait to see Pure Harvest’s products in its stores.”

“We are investing heavily to reinvent our offering to better serve our customers. TSC’s commitment to this offtake partnership with Pure Harvest is designed to meet the demands of our customers to deliver premium quality, locally-grown and pesticide-residue free fresh produce at affordable prices. We are investing before the growing system is built, which enables our partner to scale but also helps to eliminate waste in the value chain, including freight costs, which ultimately benefits our customers in the form of value-for-money,” said Nicolas Allan, Chief Operating Officer at TSC. “This project is emblematic of the many changes coming at TSC and  we hope and believe that our customers will take notice that TSC is modernizing retail for Kuwaiti consumers and will continue to deliver value, as it has for the past 39 years that we have been serving this market.”

Pure Harvest’s expansion plans are underway to deploy the generation of advanced greenhouse designs optimized for profitability and sustainability within the MENA region. This partnership is the steppingstone for future project collaborations as TSC vamps up its efforts to serve the needs of its consumers.

For more information:
www.sultan-center.com
www.pureharvest.ae
www.wafra-kuwait.com 


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