BrightFarms has signed a partnership with Giant Food to supply produce grown at a 100,000-square-foot greenhouse in Washington, D.C., adding local produce to the retailer's shelves.
When finished, the greenhouse will produce up to one million pounds of food each year exclusively for about 30 Giant stores throughout the region.
Construction is expected to begin in May and be completed by October. The project will create 20 full-time jobs and more than 100 construction jobs. The greenhouse is being built and operated by BrightFarms in partnership with the District's Department of General Services and the Anacostia Economic Development Corp.
The greenhouse was first announced last May, but at the time, BrightFarms did not have a local grocery partner lined up for the project. Financial terms of the partnership with Giant weren't disclosed.
Locally-grown produce has become a big trend in the grocery industry. Since 2011, BrightFarms has partnered with seven supermarket chains and has seven commercial-scale greenhouses in development. BrightFarms develops the hydroponic greenhouses on the rooftops of grocery stores whenever possible. In January, BrightFarms, announced that it has raised $4.9 million in funding to further its mission to build more produce farms in urban areas.
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