Seattle-based company IUNU has announced the release of its highly anticipated 2023 State of CEA report. Since 2016, these annual reports have become a trusted resource within the Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) industry, focusing on the challenges and opportunities faced by greenhouse operators.
The report’s primary objective is to examine the emerging trends, challenges, and benefits of controlled environment agriculture. This year’s edition gathered data from leading greenhouse operators across North America, representing over 50 million square feet of growing area. The report combines this comprehensive survey data with in-depth analysis and research conducted by IUNU.
The 2023 report focuses on three major CEA segments: leafy greens, tomatoes, and ornamentals. It delves into various aspects, including technology advancements, labor challenges, market conditions, and expansion opportunities.
“Allison Kopf, Chief Growth Officer at IUNU, emphasized the significance of 2023 as a pivotal year for CEA. Despite the economic constraints, the industry shows no signs of a long-term slowdown. Greenhouse operations are now prioritizing profitability and operational excellence, creating a unique opportunity for collaboration between technology companies and growers to achieve scalability,” stated Kopf.
IUNU partnered with the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources to ensure a comprehensive and reliable survey. The collaboration facilitated the collection of data from growers and the report compilation.
IUNU’s state of the industry reports have gained significant traction, with over 2 million downloads. These reports remain freely accessible resources for growers worldwide. Interested individuals can visit the following link to access the 2023 State of CEA report.
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