Another “world’s largest” headline in the news, as Revol Greens unveiled what it’s calling “the world’s single-largest controlled environment agriculture (CEA) lettuce facility ever built.” The first greens shipped May 23 from its new 20-acre Temple, Texas, greenhouse. The facility’s state-of-the-art technology includes climate control, irrigation and energy management systems monitored and controlled by artificial intelligence. While expanding Revol’s reach in the central and southern United States, the facility is expected to create 130 jobs in the area.
“This is a milestone moment for our team,” said Michael Wainscott, CEO of Revol Greens. “We are on a mission to provide fresh, affordable lettuce to consumers across the country. The addition of the Temple facility opens new markets to Revol Greens allowing for further reduction of food miles typically traveled within the US salad market.”
Combined with Revol’s existing operations in Minnesota, Georgia and California, the Texas facility now puts the company’s distribution reach at more than 70% of the U.S. market. Revol has secured distribution partnerships with H-E-B, Sprouts Farmers Market, Costco, Walmart, Kroger, Target, United Supermarkets, and Amazon Fresh.
The company reports that its controlled-environment greenhouses and growing practices are on track to save 880 million gallons of water annually, compared to field-grown lettuce. The new Texas facility intends to source most of its water through rainwater capture. Total annual production for the company exceeds 30 million pounds of non-GMO lettuce and greens.
Image courtesy Revol Greens.