Revolutionary Vertical Farm Debuts in Gloucestershire, UK

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Jones Food Company, a pioneering vertical farming business backed by Ocado, unveils its advanced vertical farm in Lydney, Gloucestershire

In the UK, Jones Food Company's new facility, referred to as JFC2, marks their second foray into vertical farming, preceded by their initiatives in Lincolnshire (2018) and an innovation center in Bristol (2022).

At JFC2, an assortment of herbs and salad greens is grown, which consist of basil, coriander, flat-leaf parsley, dill, lettuce, pak choi, and baby leaf cress.

Salad bags from Homegrown, Lēaf's sauce collection, and our self-branded herbs are all available for purchase.

"Coming-of-age for agricultural technology in the UK." - James Lloyd-Jones

JFC2 runs exclusively on renewable energy and incorporates innovative technology and bespoke designs to optimize water usage and irrigation, heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, and automation for maximum profitability.

Glyn Stephens, as the head of growth at Jones Food Company, noted historically high energy consumption came from temperature and humidity control. In our latest facility, we've given priority to this area, making small enhancements

based on JFC1 insights, leading to a substantial decrease in energy usage.

JFC2 officially opened on Tuesday, February 20, 2024.

By implementing cutting-edge technology and focusing on energy efficiency, the vertical farming industry aims to reduce reliance on imports, increase fresh produce availability throughout the year, and deliver cost savings to consumers.

The future of agriculture lies in innovative solutions like Jones Food Company's JFC2, which combine technological advancements with environmental consciousness to provide a viable alternative for traditional farming practices.