Food & Beverage

World’s largest vertical strawberry farm opens in Jersey City

Gabrielle Saulsbery | NJBIZ

Controlled environment agriculture company Oishii has opened the world’s largest vertical strawberry farm at the old Anheuser-Busch factory in Jersey City, growing strawberries five rows deep in the retrofitted 74,000-square-foot facility. The expanded growing capacity will allow the company to decrease the sticker shock on its berries, which until May 18 sold for $50 per 11-pack of medium berries at …

Rutgers Researchers Partner with Cultivated Meat Company to Create Sustainable, Environmentally Friendly, Low-Cost Meat

Trevor Rutledge-Leverenz | Rutgers

A pair of Rutgers researchers are teaming up to combat climate change and worldwide hunger at the same time. Yong Mao, associate research professor and lead biologist in the Laboratory for Biomaterials Science at Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences, and Joseph Freeman, professor, director of the Musculoskeletal Regeneration Laboratory, and graduate program director of biomedical engineering in Rutgers School …

Wining and dining: How top officials showed site selectors the Hub — and N.J. — is the place to be

Tom Bergeron (New Brunswick) | ROI-NJ

The six leading members of the Site Selectors Guild — the group that represents the most influential site selectors in the world — already were impressed with New Jersey by the time they entered the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center on Monday night. A day of meetings at the Heldrich Hotel had shown them a lot of what the state has to …

Choose New Jersey Announces Expansion of Geoponica Greens in New Jersey

CHOOSE NEW JERSEY, INC. | Press Release

Indoor vertical farming is coming to Hamilton Township, near state capital of Trenton (Newark, New Jersey) – Choose New Jersey is pleased to announce Geoponica Greens, an indoor hydroponics vertical farm business, is expanding its existing operations in New Jersey to Hamilton Township this fall. Based in Chesilhurst, New Jersey, Geoponica Greens is introducing indoor vertical farming to the historic …

Milestone moment: Newark Working Kitchens to deliver 1 millionth meal today

Tom Bergeron | ROI-NJ

A unique win-win program has kept Newark restaurants open while helping to feed those in need. In April 2020 — at a time when the pandemic was taking hold in the state, leaving many to wonder where their next paycheck and their next meal were coming from — Audible announced it was donating $1 million to create Newark Working Kitchens, a unique meal …

Oatly is valued at $10 billion in New York IPO

Hanna Ziady | CNN Business

London (CNN Business)—Fast-growing Swedish oat milk brand Oatly is headed for a splashy New York IPO that will test investor demand for companies that make plant-based foods. The company, which will list on the Nasdaq on Thursday, priced its shares at $17 each, giving it a valuation of $10 billion and raising over $1.4 billion from the sale of new and existing equity. Oatly, …

Smorgasburg to Open in Jersey City This Month in First Expansion Outside of NYC, LA

Luke Fortney | Eater NY

The waterfront-facing food market opens on May 29. Smorgasburg is headed across the Hudson. The popular outdoor food market, which started as a flea market in Williamsburg nearly 12 years ago, is preparing to open in Jersey City later this month, co-founder Eric Demby confirms. The expansion marks the company’s first location outside of New York City or Los Angeles, and first …

Glyde, an NJII startup, gets backing from venture firm that features Bezos, Zuckerberg

ROI-NJ Staff(Newark)

VentureLink@NJIT, the coworking and incubator space at the New Jersey Innovation Institute on the campus of New Jersey Institute of Technology, houses and supports a number of student-led startups. On Monday, NJII announced one has gained the backing of one of the most notable venture firms in the country. GlydeApp, which provides contactless dining by automating the ordering and payment process for restaurants …

Plant-based food company to build $45 million facility in Millville

Molly Shelly | The Press of Atlantic City

MILLIVILLE — Innovation Foods is set to build a $45 million processing and packaging plant in the city, the company said Tuesday. The plant is expected to create 40 jobs that will focus on plant-based aseptic packaging, which is a technique that extends the shelf life of beverages while using fewer additives. The new jobs will add to Cumberland County’s …

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