Nov 18, 2020Ark Foods makes packhouse purchase in historic farming community
Brooklyn, New York-born vegetable company Ark Foods has purchased and opened its first-ever owned property, a 12,000-square-foot packhouse within the historic farming community of Immokalee, Florida.
According to a news release, the Ark Foods team has been farming in Immokalee – a hub of agricultural output– since 2014. This acquisition is a major move for Ark Foods’ mission to make unique vegetables more accessible and affordable in grocery stores across the country.
Founded in 2013 by Noah Robbins, Ark Foods was originally built around bringing the beloved Shishito pepper to the masses. Since then, a sense of curiosity around unexpected vegetables remains as their north star, but the company has expanded far beyond a singular pepper, doubling their acreage each year for the past four years.
The new packhouse in Immokalee will be used as a major distribution facility, processing Shishitos and additional specialty peppers, heirloom cherry tomatoes, Honeynut squash, and other unique varieties of vegetables.
“Immokalee has long felt like home to our young company. So, it feels right that our first company property purchase is there.” Robbins said. “It’s exciting for us to continue bringing innovation to an area we believe in, while respecting the long line of tradition before us.”
As for the bigger picture, Robbins said, “We’re a player in a community that feeds the United States. That responsibility is our guiding force every day.” After a summer of upgrades and improvements, the new packhouse is fully operational as of November 2020.
Ark Foods Ark Foods is a modern-day farming company that creates simple, fresh, and exciting food. From Shishito Peppers and Honeynut Squash to plant-based Veggie Bowls, Ark Foods believes there’s magic in growing and eating vegetables, and works every day to share this feeling with the world.
Ark Foods has built its own ecosystem and is deeply involved at every stage of production, from purchasing the highest quality seeds to growing crops responsibly, and producing imaginative food that, in any form it might take, will be remarkable.
Ark Foods is available at select retailers nationwide including Whole Foods Market, Costco, and Walmart.
The new Ark Foods packhouse in Immokalee, Florida. Photo: Ark Foods