U.S. startup launches Japanese strawberry factory

U.S. startup launches Japanese strawberry factory
PHOTO COURTESY OF OISHII

NEW YORK - Oishii Farm, a U.S. startup run by a Japanese entrepreneur, announced in early June that it began operating the world’s largest indoor vertical strawberry farm in Phillipsburg, N.J.

The vertical farm grows Japanese varieties of strawberries that are sold mainly on the East Coast. It occupies more than 237,500 square feet of space. Artificial intelligence controls the temperature, humidity, amount of light and other elements to replicate the environment in Japan. Robots harvest the fruit when it is perfectly ripe.

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