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Belvidere-based Edible Garden is growing its retail partnership with Walmart.

In a July 20 press release, the hydroponic farming company announced an expanded distribution agreement with the big box retailer that will bring a wider variety of its products to Walmart stores across the Northeast, as well as see it enter new retail locations in other regions of the country.

Founded in 2015, the company’s locally grown, sustainable lettuce, organic herbs, hydro basil, salad kits and protein powders can be found at more than 4,000 stores, including ShopRite, Gristedes, D’Agostino, Weis Markets, Meijer and King Kullen.

Edible Garden Chief Executive Officer Jim Kras said the company is pleased to grow its relationship with Walmart, noting that the company is “the world’s largest fresh produce retailer” and “has long been one of our most significant customers.”

Edible Garden's Garden Starters can be planted in a consumer’s home garden.
Edible Garden’s Garden Starters can be planted in a consumer’s home garden. – EDIBLE GARDEN

He continued, “Edible Garden has consistently achieved order fulfillment rates across all of our retailers and distribution partners that exceed industry averages, and in particular, we believe that achieving a fill rate in excess of 100% during the 2022 holiday season further strengthened our existing relationship with Walmart. We believe achieving this level of performance, despite the unprecedented supply chain challenges facing the industry, demonstrates the high levels of service and execution that Edible Garden is able to provide to its customers.”

“By continuing to exceed our partners’ expectations, we believe retailers such as Walmart have gained confidence in Edible Garden as a trusted, dependable supplier of sustainably grown produce and may look to identify opportunities to further enhance their distribution relationships with the Company. We believe this enhanced distribution relationship with Walmart will have a positive effect on our revenue in 2023 and beyond, bringing us closer to our goal of becoming cash flow positive on a quarterly basis later in the year,” Kras stated.

The CEO also pointed out that Edible Garden’s association with Walmart goes beyond supplying produce, and that it participates in the company’s Project Gigaton, which is an aimed at engaging suppliers, NGOs and other stakeholders in reducing or avoiding 1 billion metric tons of greenhouse gases in the global value chain by 2030.

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