Farms are getting larger. While the rate of consolidation seems to have slowed slightly in recent years, the trend continues in almost every sector of farming. A larger share of all input purchases is made by fewer farmers, making each account increasingly important to suppliers.
In 2012, Driscoll's launched a farm-to-fork initiative known as the Delight Platform, which allowed consumers to provide feedback on each pack of berries purchased. Internally, Driscoll's depended on sensors, smart systems, data warehousing and smart analytics to ensure consumers consistently received great product. To take it further, they began to question what could be accomplished if they could use their technological advancements to connect the beginning of the chain to the end of the chain.
MightyVine produces glasshouse tomatoes for the Chicago market, a process that uses hydroponic technology and sustainability practices. This study examines the process involved in deciding the best location, designing facilities to optimize product yield in Chicago's variable climate, and the marketing and growth strategy to stay ahead of the competition.