Albertsons will initially carry Plenty's Baby Arugula, Baby Kale, Crispy Lettuce and Mizuna Mix.
Albertsons Cos. will now carry fresh and flavorful produce from vertical-farming company Plenty Unlimited in more than 430 stores across California. Plenty's farming operation leverages data analytics, machine learning and customized lighting to maximize taste, while a combination of wind and solar power provides 100% of the farm’s energy.
Its flagship farm in South San Francisco delivers produce year-round, can grow 1 million plants at a time and can process 200 plants per minute. Plenty's hydroponic system is also designed to use less than 1% of land and 5% of water compared with traditional farming.
“We pride ourselves on offering fresh, quality products that surprise and delight our customers,” said Geoff White, EVP of merchandising. “Plenty’s data-driven and sustainable methods are truly innovative, and we look forward to bringing their unique and exciting products to more customers in California as they scale their operations.”
Albertsons operates 2,252 retail stores, along with 1,726 pharmacies, 402 associated fuel centers, 23 dedicated distribution centers and 20 manufacturing facilities. The Boise, Idaho-based company’s stores predominantly operate under the banners Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Pavilions, Randalls, Tom Thumb, Carrs, Jewel-Osco, Acme, Shaw’s, Star Market, United Supermarkets, Market Street and Haggen. Albertsons is No. 8 on The PG 100, Progressive Grocer’s 2020 list of the top food and consumables retailers in North America.