BrightFarms, a company that finances, designs, builds, and operates greenhouses at or near supermarkets, was recently included in the 36th annual Inc. 500, ranking #235 among America’s fastest growing private companies.
The Inc. 500 is a comprehensive list of high growth private companies across the U.S., and has previously featured some of America’s most recognizable food brands, including Door to Door Organics, Clif Bar, and Chobani.
“I am pleased for my colleagues to enjoy being recognized among the top 500 fastest growing companies in the U.S.,” says Paul Lightfoot, CEO of BrightFarms. “Our long-term growth is driven by the success of our model to satisfy the rising demand for local produce in the nation’s leading food retailers. We’re thankful to our partners, particularly Giant Food (Ahold), Mariano’s (Kroger), Acme (Albertsons), and McCaffrey’s, for their commitment to bringing consumers fresher, local produce.”
BrightFarms is ranked 10th among all food companies on the Inc. 500 and is the only produce company to be included in the list.
BrightFarms operates three commercial greenhouse farms across the country in Rochelle, IL, Culpeper, VA, and Bucks County, PA, and it will soon break ground on its Clinton County, OH, greenhouse, with plans to open another 10 to 15 greenhouses in the next three to four years.