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CAN: Hydroponic Lettuce in The Maritimes

CAN: Hydroponic Lettuce in The Maritimes

A Truro, Nova Scotia, company that grows hydroponic lettuce has won a large contract to put its product on grocery shelves in Atlantic Canada. TruLeaf has spent five years developing a growing system for baby lettuce greens. Plants are placed underneath LED lights and are irrigated with re-circulated water. The lettuce keeps for about five weeks in a refrigerator without spoiling, which impressed the executives at a national grocery chain so much, TruLeaf won a seven-figure contract to put their packs in Atlantic Canadian stores this fall. The company won’t say yet which retailer they’re selling to, or exactly how much the contract is worth. However, president and CEO Gregg Curwin says it is a national chain, so there’s expansion potential for the 12-person start-up. TrueLeaf has already started construction to convert an old school gymnasium in Bible Hill into a growing facility 10 times the size of its current plant. (Source: cbc.ca)