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Farmia partners with McEwan Group to bring store-grown produce to retail shelves


June 15, 2021
By Farmia Inc.

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The McEwan Group has partnered with Farmia Agritech, a Toronto-based vertical farm technology company who has introduced in-store farming systems within the McEwan retail stores.

According to the release, Farmia’s hydroponic technology allows for high-yield growth in facilities and in stores ,which creates a direct tower-to-basket shopping experience for customers.

“Very excited for the arrival of our vertical garden from Farmia! Incredibly efficient way to grow, better than organic, and zero pesticides, very important in today’s world,” says Mark McEwan, president of McEwan Group. “Partnering with Farmia, a Canadian-based company, allows us to stand at the forefront of agricultural innovation all while providing fresh produce to our customers.”

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According to Farmia, the technology can provide 30 times higher yields, use 99 per cent less water and produce better-quality food without pesticides.

Hydroponic Growing in McEwan is a fully automated system which applies advanced agricultural technologies from crop and seed tracking to environment optimization.

The launch date was June 14, with the first system being implemented in the McEwan Flagship store at the Shops at Don Mills, Toronto, Ont. Farmia produce will be harvested in-store by the company’s farmers.

Farmia plans to expand its operations to multiple facilities across Ontario, with 100,000 square ft. planned in 2022.


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