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Plenty has raised over $500 million to grow fruits and veggies indoors – TechCrunch

Plenty‌ ‌Unlimited‌ has raised $140 million in new funding to construct extra vertical farms across the U.S.

The brand new funding, which brings the corporate’s complete money haul to an considerable $500 million, was led by current investor Softbank Imaginative and prescient Fund additionally included the berry farming large Driscoll’s. It’s a transfer that may give Driscoll’s publicity to Loads’s know-how for rising and harvesting vegetables and fruit indoors.

The funding comes as Loads has inked agreements with each its new berry-interested investor and the Albertsons grocery chain. The corporate additionally introduced plans to construct a brand new farm in Compton, California.

The financing gives loads of money for an organization that’s seeing a cornucopia of competitors within the tech-enabled cultivated crop market elevating a plethora of personal and public capital.

Previously month, AppHarvest has agreed to be taken public by a particular goal acquisition firm in a deal that might worth that greenhouse tomato-grower at a bit beneath $1 billion. And one other leafy inexperienced grower, Revol Greens has raised $68 million for its personal greenhouse-based bid to be a part of the brand new inexperienced revolution.

In the meantime, Loads’s extra direct competitor, Bowery Farming, is expanding its retail footprint to 650 stores at the same time as Loads touts its cope with Albertsons to supply greens to 431 shops in California.

Discoll’s appeared satisfied by Loads’s know-how, though the phrases of the settlement with the corporate weren’t disclosed.

“We checked out different vertical farms, and Loads’s know-how was probably the most compelling programs we’d seen for rising berries,” mentioned J. Miles Reiter, Driscoll’s Chairman and CEO, in an announcement. “We obtained to know Loads whereas engaged on a joint growth settlement to develop strawberries. We had been so impressed with their know-how, we determined to speculate.”

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Jonathan Shieber