Edible Garden AG Incorporated (Nasdaq: EDBL, EDBLW), a leader in Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA), locally grown, organic and sustainable produce, today announced that Hemingways, a premier, full-service specialty distributor of wholesale dairy, groceries and produce, will begin distributing Edible Garden products.
Edible Garden AG Incorporated, is a leader in locally grown organic leafy greens and herbs backed by Zero-Waste Inspired® next generation farming. Offered at over 4,000 stores in the US, Edible Garden is disrupting the CEA agriculture and sustainability technology movement with its safety-in-farming protocols, use of sustainable packaging, patented GreenThumb software and self-watering in-store displays. The company currently operates state-of-the-art greenhouses and processing facilities in Belvidere, New Jersey, and in partnership with growers near major markets in the U.S. Its proprietary GreenThumb software optimizes growing in vertical and traditional greenhouses while seeking to reduce pollution generating food miles. Edible Garden is also a developer of ingredients and proteins, providing an accessible line of plant and whey protein powders under the Vitamin Way® and Vitamin Whey® brands.
Mr. Jim Kras, Chief Executive Officer of Edible Garden, commented, “We are pleased to announce this latest expansion of our distribution with the addition of Hemingways, a premier Northeast distributor specializing in all natural and high quality foods. This development supports our rapid expansion plans, by initially introducing our products in over 30 new stores with near-term plans to expand to over 200 stores across the region. Hemingways bring immediate relationships with both independent retailers, as well as some of the leading big box retailers in the country. Importantly, they have an established infrastructure and distribution capabilities, supporting our model of fresh, local, safe and sustainable foods. According to Vantage Market Research, the global organic fruits and vegetables market is estimated to reach $68.50 billion by 2028, up from $39.45 billion in 2021. With over 20 million households in the Northeastern U.S. alone, we look forward to expanding our market penetration to address the growing demand.”
Alan Hemingway, owner of Hemingways, commented, “We are delighted to partner with Edible Garden, a leading provider of locally grown, organic and sustainable produce. We are witnessing unprecedented demand from both retailers and consumers for fresh and healthy food products that are sustainably and ethically produced. Moreover, Edible’s Zero-Waste Inspired® next generation farming, reduces spoilage, thereby significantly enhancing the retailer’s bottom line.”