80 Acres adds Walmart, Dole execs to leadership team as it gears up for growth

80 Acres Farms Revolutionizes Industry, Brings Farming Indoors

What do Victor Verlage, Monica Noble and Natalia Connolly have in common? All are top-level executives new to the 80 Acres Farms leadership team.

The hires join the Hamilton-based vertical farming company from Walmart, Dole Food Co. and the Silicon Valley startup scene, respectively. Mike Zelkind, 80 Acres co-founder and CEO, told me it’s a sign of more good things to come.

It also signals that the company is gaining traction in the marketplace. 80 Acres, founded in 2015, grows its produce – a variety of lettuce, basil and other herbs, microgreens, cucumbers and tomatoes – indoors year-round, using a combination of LED lighting, artificial intelligence, robotics and more.

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Story excerpt provided by Cincinnati Business Courier.

Written by Liz Engel.

Originally published September 29, 2020.

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