Large open field grower to build 1.5 ha KUBO greenhouse

Significant development: Tanimura & Antle, an open field grower from America, is to grow lettuce in KUBO greenhouses. Around the world most lettuce continues to be grown outdoors. Thanks to the popularity of lettuce in all international kitchens, it could be a very attractive option to switch to greenhouse cultivation.

Tanimura & Antle is a major outdoor grower – the company, in the American state of Tennessee, devotes more than a thousand hectares to cultivation. Almost all of it is outdoors, including the lettuce. But cultivating lettuce outdoors is actually very inefficient. Yields are below optimum, as is the quality. A great deal of water and nutrition is wasted. And that’s not even to mention food safety.

CEO and President Rick Antle in a Tanimura & Antle lettuce field located in Salinas California

High-tech cultivation of lettuce in a greenhouse produces a completely different – and attractive – business model. An initial trial in an older five-hectare greenhouse produced promising results. That’s why KUBO has now been given an order to install a hyper-modern 1.5-hectare greenhouse. This development could well be a kick-starter for many more entrepreneurs who spot opportunities in an underexposed product: lettuce. Yields are much higher, and sales are assured. Who will be next?

For more information:
KUBO Greenhouse Projects B.V.

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