All Giant Food stores now offer year-round, locally sourced produce from BrightFarm
Landover, Md. (March 21, 2016) – Giant Food of Landover, Md. announced today that all 169 Giant stores now carry locally-grown produce year-round from BrightFarms CapitolGreenhouse, a 150,000 square-foot greenhouse farm located in Culpeper County, VA. BrightFarms will provide Giant an assortment of fresh salad mixes, such as baby arugula, Asian greens, baby spinach, spring mix, spinach blend and baby kale, as well as basil and a variety of tomatoes. The produce supplied will total nearly one million pounds per year.
“Giant Food’s partnership with BrightFarms further emphasizes our commitment to our communities by providing sustainably sourced produce and creating local jobs,” said Gordon Reid, president of Giant Food. “Demand for locally grown produce is growing and we are pleased to provide our customers with fresh, healthy, sustainable produce throughout the entire year.”
BrightFarms’ state-of-the-art greenhouse farms are specifically designed to conserve land and water and help the environment by locating the farms close to markets to reduce greenhouse gas emission from transportation. Its produce can go from “seed to shelf” in as little as 26 days, and will be delivered to stores within 24 hours of harvest, ensuring the produce is as fresh as possible.
"The BrightFarms Capitol Greenhouse allows us, in partnership with Giant Food, to provide consumers with the tastiest, freshest and most sustainable local produce possible, no matter the season,” said BrightFarms Chief BrightFarmer (CEO), Paul Lightfoot. “Giant is the right partner for us because of its commitment to the communities it serves; it's a huge win for both Giant consumers and the environment."
BrightFarms also creates green-collar jobs for local farmers, allowing more money to stay within the community that it serves. For more information and to view a video on Giant stores’ partnership with BrightFarms, visit Giant’s website.
About Giant Food of Landover, Md.
Giant Food LLC, headquartered in Landover, Md., operates 168 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia, and employs approximately 20,000 associates. Included within the 168 stores are 159 full-service pharmacies. Giant is owned by Ahold USA, Inc. For more information on Giant, visit Giant