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GoodLeaf Farms and Unfold partner to develop vertically farmed leafy greens

By Food in Canada Staff   

Food In Canada Business Operations Fruit & Vegetables Editor pick GoodLeaf Farms vertical farming

Micro Broccoli from GoodLeaf’s Vertical Farm, Guelph, Ontario (Photo: CNW Group/GoodLeaf Farms)

Unfold and GoodLeaf Farms announced their partnership to commercialize premium lines of vertically farmed spinach and other leafy greens through Unfold’s Innovation Partner Program.

“We’re very excited to collaborate with GoodLeaf to unlock the potential for improved quality and yield for their indoor growing operations,” said Sonia Lo, CEO, Unfold. “As a former vertical farm operator, I understand first-hand the importance of seeds that are specifically developed for indoor growing. GoodLeaf is the largest vertical grower in Canada and has already demonstrated its ability to successfully grow leafy greens in large-scale, fully commercialized vertical farms. Now, through our partnership, we will accelerate their product evolution with seed developed and optimized for their specific environment.”

GoodLeaf is currently expanding across Canada, building new facilities in Montreal and Calgary to expand its current production out of Guelph, Ont. With the completion of these two farms, GoodLeaf will produce over 4 million lb of leafy greens annually, which is especially important for Canada where spinach, lettuce and other leafy greens remain amongst the country’s top imports. Both farms will be fully operational in late second quarter/early third quarter of 2023.

“Now that we have a solid foundation in place for our operations, it’s the perfect time to partner with Unfold,” said GoodLeaf president and CEO Barry Murchie. “Having the right seeds to ensure our success is crucial as we grow our operations throughout Canada and help the country lessen its dependence on imported produce. Unfold will help us make that goal possible.”

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