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China: "Hydroponic lettuce new favorite of restaurants"
"The Pole Star Agricultural Science and Technology Park of Beijing Chengjian Liu Construction Group Co., Ltd. is located on an industrial terrain in Miyun District of Beijing. The greenhouses cover 3.3 hectares and include 2.2 hectares of tomato plantations and 2000 m2 of lettuce plantation, as well as 2000 m2 of nursery garden. Hydroponic lettuce is popular with a wide audience because of its short growing season, large production volume, lack of pollution, and high product quality." This is according to Xu Dan, the CEO of Beijing Pole Star Agricultural Co., Ltd.
CEO Xu Dan (first left) guides Beijing VIP's on a tour of the plantation. The company includes Cai Qi (second left), secretary of the Beijing Municipal Party Committee and simultaneous committee member of the central political bureau, and Chen Jining (fifth left), mayor of Beijing
"We grow lettuce throughout the year without interruption. The process from seedling until mature plant takes roughly four weeks. Our weekly production volume is 13-15 thousand heads of lettuce. Our annual production volume is estimated at 700 thousand heads of lettuce. We work together with an advanced Dutch seed company to research and develop product varieties. We currently grow 8 product varieties that belong to the high-end Salanova series of Dutch company Rijk Zwaan."
"Our hydroponic lettuce is sold under the brand 'Polaris' in high-end supermarkets, high-end hotels, and high-end restaurants in first and second tier cities throughout China. The dietary habits of people have changed and lettuce has become a regular ingredient of salads that accompany the meal. More and more consumers, in particular young consumers, enjoy hydroponic lettuce."
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