The Back Story
At Crate to Plate, we believe that consumers in cities should be able to buy higher quality food, free of any pesticides, which hasn’t been shipped from thousands of miles away to be consumed a week after harvest.
In the UK, more than 70% of fruit and vegetables are imported (particularly outside the summer months). This has a huge carbon footprint and the products consumed are often not very fresh.
So, we set up our first urban hydroponic farms in London in 2020 to offer consumers a wide range of super fresh lettuces, leafy greens and herbs, all delivered within 24 hours of harvest, all year round. Using state-of-the-art hydroponic and aeroponic technology, we grow our produce vertically in a controlled environment, using zero pesticides, 95% less water than traditional farming methods, and a fraction of the land. We then deliver by electric van – with zero carbon footprint from farm to customer – and use zero plastic packaging.
We now have more than 20 top tier restaurant customers ordering from us every week – including places like Hide, Sartoria, and Fortnum & Mason, to name just a few. In addition to this, we also sell at street markets, and online for home delivery, direct to the consumer.
We’re raising funding to expand our production capacity and to grow our ‘direct to consumer’ offering, introducing a subscription box delivery service.
We hope you’ll join us on this journey.