SUNSET® Adds Ohio Greenhouse to Local Program

News Release — Kingsville, ON — Mastronardi Produce and Golden Fresh Farms, located in Wapakoneta, Ohio, are pleased to announce an exclusive agreement between the two companies to bring Mastronardi’s SUNSET® brand produce to more consumers throughout the US. This will be the 5th state that the SUNSET® brand will be grown locally in, allowing the company to reach over 75% of the United States population, delivering a local flavorful fruit in less than a 10-hour drive.

“Luis Chibante is a fantastic grower and operator. I’ve known him for years,” stated Mastronardi Produce President and CEO Paul Mastronardi. “His passion and expertise in growing will enable both of us to expand the Ohio footprint together.”

Ohio Proud allows loyal consumers to choose great tasting products that help support their local communities and ensures freshness.

“I’m excited to join Paul and the SUNSET® team with our new crop starting this fall,” shared Luis Chibante, President and owner of Golden Fresh Farms. “Mastronardi is the best growing and marketing company in the greenhouse industry, and this will give us the opportunity we need to expand the next 15 acres.”

Currently the greenhouse grows approximately 20 acres of tomatoes year-round with advanced supplemental lighting.

Mouser Electronics and Grant Imahara Explore Vertical Farming in Shaping Smarter Cities Series

News Release — DALLAS and FORT WORTH, Texas — Mouser Electronics Inc., a leading global distributor of electronic components, along with celebrity engineer Grant Imahara, today released the third video in the Shaping Smarter Cities series, part of Mouser’s award-winning Empowering Innovation Together™ program.

LumiGrow Partners with CF Industrial for Local Lighting Service in Ontario, Canada

News Release — LumiGrow Inc., a smart horticultural lighting company, announced today their partnership with CF Industrial, a lighting and power solutions provider in Leamington, Ontario.  The new partnership bolsters LumiGrow’s commitment to their Ontario greenhouse growers, further providing responsive local support for those implementing smart horticultural lighting for precision greenhouse management.  The CF Industrial team is yet another addition to LumiGrow’s Ontario-based services, as the company has already deployed plant science research support across the region.

“We are happy to welcome CF Industrial as a LumiGrow Canada Partner.  This partnership will ensure that our superior level of technical support can be deployed immediately upon short notice.  Our local lighting specialists will be able to personally visit and consult with commercial growers in Ontario, assisting with lighting implementation, as well as environmental and horticultural considerations.” says VP of Sales and Marketing, Jay Albere.

CF Industrial has been a symbol of reliance and service excellence for over 35 years.  Jason Papp, CF Industrial Business Operations Manager says, “It’s important for us to find partners that share our values of long-term customer relationships, and we feel that’s exactly what we’ve found.  We’ve been involved in the greenhouse industry here in Leamington for many years, and until now we haven’t seen an LED technology work like the LumiGrow solution.  Both companies have been in business for a long time and realize that enterprise horticulture takes more than the right tools, but requires top-notch service from experts you can trust.  We’re really here to bring this high level of knowledgeable support closer to home for our Canadian growers.”

The LumiGrow Plant Research Group will continue to work with growers in the Ontario region to develop crop-specific adjustable lighting strategies tailored for specific growth goals and financial objectives.  “Our research team is already working with Canadian growers to develop custom lighting strategies for cucumber, tomato, pepper, leafy green, and strawberry cultivation.” says Jay Albere.  “The ROI is proven and the crop-benefits are well-known.  We’re just expanding our local support to offer a full breadth of sales, infrastructure, and research service so that greenhouse business owners, facility managers, and growers alike have access to LumiGrow lighting resources when their operations most depend on it.”

About LumiGrow Inc.

LumiGrow, Inc., the leader in smart horticultural lighting, empowers growers and scientists with the ability to improve plant growth, boost crop yields, and achieve cost-saving operational efficiencies. LumiGrow offers a range of proven grow light solutions for use in greenhouses, controlled environment agriculture and research chambers.  LumiGrow solutions are eligible for energy-efficiency subsidies from utilities across North America.

LumiGrow has the largest horticultural LED install-base in the United States, with installations in over 30 countries.  Our customers range from top global agribusinesses, many of the world’s top 100 produce and flower growers, enterprise cannabis cultivators, leading universities, and the USDA. Headquartered in Emeryville, California, LumiGrow is privately owned and operated. For more information, call (800) 514-0487 or visit www.lumigrow.com.

Indoor Farms of America Bridges the Gap with Traditional U.S. Agriculture in Landmark Farm Sales

Press release: LAS VEGAS — In what is a watershed transaction and a continuance of plans to integrate world-class indoor agriculture equipment into traditional farming, Indoor Farms of America announces that it has sold the first two “warehouse” style farms to Co-Alliance, LLP one of the largest, oldest and most respected major locally owned Farmer Cooperatives in the United States.

“With the sale of these farms, which will be up and running in the great state of Indiana in about 90 days from today, our company has achieved the first stage of the plans to have large scale indoor farming adopted by the very folks who have kept us fed in this country since its inception, and that is the traditional farmer,” stated David Martin, CEO of Indoor Farms of America.

“Co-Alliance has been investigating several companies and the equipment available for the indoor agriculture space for some time,” states Darren Radde, Business Development Manager at Co-Alliance.  “Our team understands quality equipment, and after reviewing numerous growing platforms, we believe the equipment developed and manufactured by Indoor Farms of America will provide our Farmer Members with a viable means of supplementing their income, allowing them to farm new crops all year long, and be within 30 minutes to 2 hours delivery time to any major market they can serve from their existing farm.”

John Graham, CFO of Co-Alliance, said: “When we visited with the team at Indoor Farms of America, they expressed to us that while their indoor growing equipment was designed to be superior in performance to anything else in the world, which makes them very ‘disruptive’ in that space, Ron and Dave have a real desire to see existing traditional farmers embrace the technology.”

Graham went on to say, “This means our farmers can take advantage of all our existing channels to market, our inherent ability to be close to those markets, which means our farmers can deliver fresh produce every day of the year from their farms.  When the fields are covered in snow, they can produce income for their families.  We like that.”

The first of the two farms will be owned and operated by a long-time family farming operation, who have an existing building as part of their farming operation in central Indiana, that will be converted to state-of-the-art indoor growing facility at pretty minimal expense.

Phil Brewer, VP of Marketing at Co-Alliance, sees new opportunities for member farmers to have a major impact on the “locally grown” food movement, never seen before.  “By bringing scale production of a variety of crops such as premium herbs, for example, to within a very short distance of the actual consumption of those products, we are able to deliver on two fronts. First, the consumer wins by having truly fresh, locally grown and high quality products available to them from local farmers they know and trust. Second, our farmers win, as they are now able to operate during the cold winter season when the fields are out of operation.  This creates meaningful additional income for themselves.”

After seeing a solid first year in sales of its game-changing vertical aeroponic farm equipment, Indoor Farms of America is on a path to more than quadruple first year sales in 2017, which is year two.

“The largest food-related companies in the world are working with us at this point. They have compared every aspect of every available indoor platform and come back to us. We designed, patented with multiple patents, and now build a fundamentally and economically sound indoor farming product that scales to as large as may be required, anywhere in the world. Nothing grows in quantities that are even close to our equipment, in terms of robust, healthy, clean and nutritious produce,” states Martin.

According to company President Ron Evans, “We have seen traditional farmers who purchased our equipment last year respond with praise for our equipment and how it performs.  This year we are seeing them buy larger farms.  When you get compliments from a farmer that operates 5,000 acres for a living, yet understands the real need and place for this in his own operation, the light bulb goes on for him and those around him.”

CONTACT:
David W. Martin, CEO   •   email hidden; JavaScript is required •   IndoorFarmsAmerica.com
4000 W. Ali Baba Lane, Ste. F  Las Vegas, NV 89118
(702) 664-1236 or (702) 606-2691

SOURCE Indoor Farms of America