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BrightFarms designs, finances, builds and operates hydroponic greenhouse farms at supermarkets, eliminating time, distance and cost from the food supply chain. There is no cost to the supermarket retailer, only an obligation to purchase the produce. The company’s core value is ecological sustainability. For more information, visit brightfarms.com.

BrightFarms News

Cox Enterprises Expands its Cleantech Portfolio with Acquisition of BrightFarms

The leading indoor agriculture company builds on Cox's more than $1 billion of investments in sustainability and cleantech ATLANTA, Aug. 17, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Cox Enterprises announced the acquisition of BrightFarms, an indoor farming company and provider of locally grown packaged salads. The move solidifies BrightFarms' leadership in the indoor agriculture space and provides a strong, stable foundation [...]

BrightFarms Opens Newest and Largest Greenhouse in Pennsylvania

“Dominick Mack, BrightFarms director of operations, said the 300,000 square-foot greenhouses would grow to produce year-round and faster than by conventional methods. Groundbreaking was in May. Water-filled ponds were built to grow arugula, spinach, a salad mix called Sunny Crunch and other produce without dirt.”

{The Wall Street Journal} BrightFarms Raises $55 Million in New Funding Round

Indoor farming specialist will use backing to expand a greenhouse network that grows produce close to metropolitan areas, reducing shipping costs June 28, 2018: 10:00am ET Indoor farming startup BrightFarms Inc.said Thursday it has raised $55 million in a new funding round to open more hydroponic greenhouses across the U.S. as it seeks to capitalize […]

{CB Insights} The Ag Tech Market Map: 80+ Startups Powering The Future Of Farming And Agribusiness

Corporate investors such as Mitsui, Monsanto, and Syngenta have backed startups improving irrigation, crop spraying, harvesting, and more. As population growth increases the need to ramp up food production, tech startups are creating a range of agricultural software, services, farming techniques, and more aimed at bringing more data and efficiency to the sector. We used […]

{fastcoexist.com} The Future of Urban Farming Might Actually Be Suburban Farming

After dealing with the high costs and logistical nightmares of developing in urban areas, one farming startup realized that they could streamline their process by moving just a bit outside the city limits. When the urban farming startup BrightFarms first launched, it envisioned building its hydroponic greenhouses directly on grocery store roofs and on vacant city […]

{SupermarketGuru} Bright Ideas at BrightFarms

 Earlier this month, BrightFarms, a start-up that’s goal is to revolutionize the US food supply chain by creating the first national brand of local produce, kicked off its Chicagoland Greenhouse Farm project, an innovative model for the future of local, low impact farming. We spoke with BrightFarms CEO, Paul Lightfoot, about the company and […]

Startups Take a Shine to Urban Agriculture; Can They Reward Investors?

A BrightFarms greenhouse in Pennsylvania Using a smartphone, Jon Friedman can run a whole network of high-tech, urban farms. His company, Freight Farms, developed an app that allows farmers to control the growing conditions of truck-sized shipping containers filled with racks of hydroponically grown veggies. Before starting Freight Farms, Friedman and co-founder Brad McNamara had no […]

BrightFarms Partners with Giant Food

Grocer to retail year-round local produce from Washington, DC greenhouse

{Fast Company} BrightFarms Named #2 on List of World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Food

2. BrightFarms For pulling gas-belching 18-wheelers off the road. BrightFarms works with the big grocers to harvest lettuce, tomatoes, and herbs on-site (or nearby) in large hydroponic greenhouses. This has resulted in cutting transportation costs and waste, lowering prices, and adding days to the shelf life of perishable foods. Among the greenhouses scheduled to open this […]

Company Type: Health & Wellness

Invested: 12/9/2011

NGEN Team Members: Peter Grubstein