Soli Organic’s brand-new farm in San Antonio will add 140,000 square feet of cutting-edge growing and processing capacity to supply reasonably priced organic herbs and leafy greens.
In the Brooks neighborhood of San Antonio, Texas, Soli Organic Inc. revealed intentions to erect a high-tech, automated indoor farm and co-located packing facility. The Brooks farm will expand Soli Organic’s national footprint by 100,000 square feet of growing space, six vertical layers of production capacity, and an additional 40,000 square feet of processing. This will further the company’s ability to meet the needs of retailers and end users by operating high-tech farms in key regions across the nation. Contrary to certain controlled environment agriculture (CEA) firms’ use of single-layer greenhouse technology, Soli Organic grows in a denser and deeper six-level tray system that more effectively utilizes horizontal and vertical space to produce noticeably better yields.
For its strategic location, Soli Organic chose San Antonio and the Brooks neighborhood as the site of its next farm. The farm will increase the Company’s capacity to serve 3,000 retailers and millions of customers throughout the rapidly expanding Texas Triangle and throughout the Southwest region with more locally-grown products. In this thriving and rising region, the new facility will also offer chances for managerial and grower talent coming out of a strong university and community college system.
The company is able to provide fresh, 100% USDA-certified organic herbs and leafy greens with all the sustainability benefits of indoor-grown produce, at a much lower price point, thanks to the natural advantages of its soil-based growing system, as well as maximum space efficiency and highly targeted use of technology. One of several new, inexpensive, and fresh products the company will launch in the near future is “Indolce” basil, which is cost about a dollar cheaper per ounce on average than field-grown organic food.
Matt Ryan, chief executive officer of Soli Organic, stated, “We couldn’t be more delighted to be expanding in Texas as Soli Organic continues to grow and scale operations around the country. As record-breaking heat, drought, wildfires, and other extreme weather events take a mounting toll across the Southwest and other parts of the country, we aim to ensure consumers throughout the region have year-round access to the best-tasting, freshest, and most affordable organic produce available.”
“We are ecstatic to build on Brooks’ current success by welcoming Soli Organic to the 1,308-acre property. The Company is an example of innovation, environmental responsibility, and job creation, all of which support Brooks’ mission to foster and grow a vibrant, inclusive community by acting as a catalyst for regional prosperity “Leo Gomez, President & CEO of Brooks, remarked.
The announcement made recently comes after Soli Organic closed a nearly $125 million Series D funding round, which was led by the global investment group CDPQ. Movendo Capital, B.V., a premier European investment firm, furthermore participated in the round, and existing investors made follow-on investments. The cash will be used by the company to scale up its technology and operations as well as further increase its national reach.
In order to strengthen its position as the category leader with products in more than 20,000 stores nationwide, including the majority of the top 20 retailers, the company previously announced new organic indoor farms in the Seattle area and in Anderson County, South Carolina. The company is currently looking for sites for its next farms in the Midwest and Northeast.
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