As the new year dawns, we wanted to take some time to reflect at how far we’ve come in helping growers all over the world locally grow high quality crops. What’s next for Kroptek in 2022?
Looking back on 2021
Over the years, we have developed a range of energy-efficient solutions to maximise crop yield and quality all year round. We designed LED light solutions for any crop type, growing environment and budget; as well as offering growers the opportunity to customise any of our lights to fit their specific needs.
In 2021 we kept investing in our wholly-owned production facilities and grew our team despite the challenges in the manufacturing industry. We continued to work with growers internationally and have delivered solutions to more than 120 clients in 18 countries.
Today we stand out from the rest by offering clients of all sizes customised solutions thanks to our agile product development team. Our goal is to become the obvious choice to our clients.
Building on our LED lighting expertise and learnings from previous successful projects, we launched the Kroptek Network of Sustainable Farms with two flagship projects; La Boite A Champignons in France and the Biggest Indoor Farm in Atlantic Canada.
La Boite A Champignons: a fully operating mushroom farm in Paris creating a fully circular food chain
Discarded ground coffee is collected from corporate offices and used to grow award-winning mushrooms; served in Michelin star restaurants and supermarkets such as Carrefour. After serving its purpose the substrate is then used as a natural fertiliser, closing the loop on this circular process.
The Biggest Indoor Farm in Atlantic Canada: a 60k sqft fully indoor hydroponics farm producing over a dozen varieties of leafy greens all year round
Over 90% of the fresh food consumed in this Province is imported internationally. It travels several thousand miles for days in refrigerated trucks resulting in a large carbon footprint and lower quality produce. The farm delivers fresh local produce with a much longer shelf life, in fully recyclable packaging; and using only 3% of the freshwater used in traditional agriculture while employing local workforce.
Turning to 2022 at Kroptek
So, what is next for us? We sit at the intersection of 3 megatrends, shaping the future of agriculture:
- Environment: the existing food supply chain is failing our environment. Traditional agriculture methods produce 1/3 of the world’s global carbon footprint and use 70% of the world’s freshwater.
- Technology: solutions are moving from plant science to real-life commercial applications. LED lighting is a critical component of indoor farming & CEA.
- Consumer: food standards and tastes are becoming globalised while the population is growing exponentially, with an expected additional 2bn people by 2050.
We want to enable the new agricultural revolution by empowering growers to locally grow high quality crops at consistent volumes; anywhere in the world, any time of the year, at the lowest possible cost to the consumer and the environment.