Smallhold, involved in organic specialty mushrooms, has announced that their California-grown mushrooms are hitting shelves at 192 Sprouts Farmers Markets locations across California, Arizona, and Nevada.
The expansion with Sprouts significantly increases availability of Smallhold’s highly coveted fresh mushrooms on the West Coast, joining top retailers including Whole Foods Market, Erewhon, Pavilions, Lassen’s, Imperfect Foods, Mother’s Market, and Ralphs. With expansion into Sprouts, Smallhold mushrooms can now be found in over 650 retailers and restaurants across the US.
The average US produce aisle is dominated by button, crimini and portobellos, ignoring an entire kingdom of texture, flavor, and nutrition. Smallhold brings increased choice to consumers by making specialty mushroom varieties including Lion’s Mane, Blue Oyster, Yellow Oyster, and King Oyster easier to access on grocery store shelves.
“Nowadays, shoppers are demanding more variety and choice in the produce aisle, and Sprouts, a trusted grocer for anyone looking for high quality, top-shelf produce, recognizes this," said Andrew Carter, Smallhold CEO and Co-founder. "People care about low impact, sustainably grown food that will help our society contend with the impacts of traditional agriculture, food waste, and climate change. Smallhold and Sprouts are answering the call.”
Smallhold’s 34,000 sq ft farm in Vernon, California—less than a mile outside of Downtown Los Angeles– began delivering locally grown, USDA Certified Organic specialty mushrooms back in May 2022. Their California operations, alongside existing farms in Brooklyn and Austin, furthers the six-year-old company’s mission to change minds with mushrooms across the country.
“We’re excited to partner with Smallhold, a company who shares in our mission of providing people unique, fresh and sustainable products,” said Sydney Manzano, Sprouts Assistant Produce Manager. “Smallhold's premium specialty mushrooms, including Lion's Mane and Blue Oyster, will be proudly available in our stores.”
In addition to increasing access to one of the most sustainable sources of nutrition (hint: it’s mushrooms), Smallhold’s mission is to use mushrooms to change the way people think about their environment, sustainability and biodiversity. Smallhold is carving out a new category opportunity for mushroom farming and making a significant impact on how Americans eat: Smallhold’s goal is to feed 3 million people in 2023.
Smallhold uses technology and innovation for optimal growing and sustainable practices. The mushrooms grow in technologically advanced chambers designed to optimize yield, taste, and color. Smallhold’s centralized sensor system can adjust the chambers’ atmospheric parameters, controlling all of the inputs while accounting for changes in climate.
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