The FINANCIAL — Panasonic Singapore has started supplying its locally-harvested produce from their indoor agriculture facility to Tong Chiang Group.
The premium Japanese crop varieties include green leafy lettuce; red leafy lettuce; mizuna; mini red radish; mustard wasabi; and a range of microgreens which are cultivated in Singapore’s first licensed indoor vegetable farm. These crops will be selectively incorporated into the catering menus of Tong Chiang Group’s portfolio of food services.
Due to the shortage of arable land, 90% of Singapore’s green leafy vegetables come from overseas. Hence, Panasonic aims to contribute to Singapore’s self-sufficiency levels of vegetables by increasing the supply of local produce. Since the inception of the agriculture business, the company has increased its facility from 258m2 to 1154 m2 with plans for further expansion. Panasonic is also strengthening its research and development efforts to expand its crop variants to include seasonal fruits, according to Panasonic.
Paul Wong, Managing Director, Panasonic Singapore, said, “One of our core growth strategies of the agriculture business is to expand our commercial partnerships with local food providers. Tong Chiang Group shares our vision in promoting Singapore’s vision of increasing its self-sufficiency in agriculture and we are happy to supply our crops to them. With this, Panasonic furthers our commitment to a better life and a better world by improving the quality and freshness of local produce.”
Vegetables are harvested and delivered fresh from the indoor agriculture farm to Tong Chiang Group’s central kitchen, ensuring quality and freshness of the crops.
Lisa Zou, Chief Executive Officer, Tong Chiang Group commented, “Tong Chiang Group prides ourselves in offering healthy and delicious meals for Singaporean families. With rising demands for healthier food options in the local market, we look forward to working with Panasonic in delivering fresh and nutritious vegetables to our customers. The crops are locally harvested and pesticides-free, allowing our customers to enjoy healthy eating with a peace of mind.”
Looking ahead, Panasonic will continue promoting to increase the level of self sufficiency of leafy vegetables in Singapore. As one of the leading factory automation solutions providers, Panasonic is committed to design and develop indoor agriculture solutions to meet market demand for stable and sustainable production of locally-harvested premium crops.