[26 June/Food Navigator]

A USD40 million joint venture with Emirates Flight Catering would more than double Crop One’s daily production of leafy greens and expand its footprint internationally. Crop One would build a new facility in the United Arab Emirates and three new U.S. farms to produce herbicide and pesticide free produce daily to be served on airlines and in airport lounges. Construction should take a year to complete. The upgrade was possible in part due to its proven model at scale. The deal was also notable as it was the second major investment in hydroponic farming. Urban greenhouse developer, Gotham Greens, announced its USD29 million in Series C funding earlier this month. The money would go towards expanding distribution and enhancing research and development.