UK – Ro-Gro, a UK-based vertical farming company, has announced the launch of vitamin B12-fortified microgreens, marking a significant advancement in sustainable food production.

Developed in collaboration with the John Innes Centre, the Quadram Institute, and LettUs Grow, these biofortified pea shoots are set to hit retailers and hospitality establishments this spring.

The innovation behind these pea shoots lies in Ro-Gro’s utilization of ultrasonic aeroponic technology, developed by LettUs Grow, in their vertical farm located in Kent, UK.

This breakthrough demonstrates the successful integration of technology and agriculture, paving the way for a more sustainable food system in the UK.

Leveraging LettUs Grow’s aeroponic technology, Ro-Gro has been able to enhance the nutritional content of these pea shoots, enriching them with vitamin B12, a nutrient often lacking in plant-based diets.

By growing plants without soil and irrigating them with a nutrient-dense mist, this method not only increases plant health but also conserves resources, offering a more environmentally friendly alternative to traditional farming practices.

“Our collaboration has resulted in a game-changing product that addresses both nutritional deficiencies and environmental concerns,” stated Jason Perrot, managing director and head grower at Ro-Gro.

“By incorporating advanced farming techniques, we are not only fostering sustainability but also delivering nutritious food to consumers.”

Each serving of these pea shoots provides the adult UK Recommended Dietary Allowance of vitamin B12, alongside essential vitamins such as A, C, and K, as well as a source of fiber and protein.

With a shelf life of 14 days, Ro-Gro ensures freshness, offering consumers a convenient and nutritious option for their diets.

Ro-Gro’s commitment to sustainable agriculture extends beyond nutritional enhancement. Operating within an indoor vertical farm, the company optimizes space utilization while minimizing water usage and eliminating the need for pesticides and fertilizers. This approach aligns with the growing demand for environmentally conscious farming practices.

The popularity of microgreens among chefs and health-conscious consumers further underscores the significance of Ro-Gro’s latest offering.

With plans to expand their product range to include additional salad options with enhanced nutritional profiles, Ro-Gro aims to cater to evolving consumer preferences while promoting sustainable food choices.

“We believe that collaboration across various scientific and industrial disciplines is essential to addressing complex challenges such as food security and environmental sustainability,” emphasized Perrot.

“By leveraging cutting-edge technology and expertise, we are shaping a brighter future for both our planet and our health.”

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