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Mastronardi Produce, AppHarvest form FarmCo


August 16, 2021
By Greenhouse Canada
Mastronardi Produce Ltd (SUNSET) and AppHarvest partnering to form new AgTech venture (CNW Group/Mastronardi Produce Ltd.)

Mastronardi Produce Ltd. and AppHarvest have announced a new endeavour to form FarmCo, a joint agtech venture to develop a portfolio of controlled environment agriculture (CEA) facilities.

The partnership will expand supply of fruits and vegetables including leafy greens to Mastronardi’s existing fresh produce marketing and distribution business in the U.S.

“We are extremely pleased to be entering into this letter of intent with AppHarvest,” says Paul Mastronardi, president and CEO of Mastronardi Produce Ltd. “We have seen the demand for locally-grown produce skyrocket, particularly over the past 18 months as more people are cooking from home, and this partnership will allow us to significantly increase our ability to get more fresh, flavourful locally-grown produce to tables across America.”

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FarmCo is planned to have its own leadership team and calls for the two partners to contribute equity and assets of over $100 million. The venture would use the equity contributed from both companies to raise additional capital to fund its growth, targeting to build over 750 acres of CEA Facilities in the United States to grow fresh fruits and vegetables including leafy greens.

“Mastronardi is the unquestionable leader in marketing and distributing CEA-grown produce to top grocers and restaurants in North America, and partnering more closely with them to fulfill the growing demand for quality local, fresh produce across the United States positions us together to make an even greater impact to establish a climate-resilient, sustainable food system to ensure food security,” adds Jonathan Webb, AppHarvest founder and CEO.

Source : Mastronardi Produce and AppHarvest