Planted Detroit wound down business operations in July 2023 whilst reaching out publicly for investors to help prop up the 5 year old vertical farming company. Now the firm is up and running again thanks to new partnerships with Carmela Foods, Lipari Foods, La Grasso Produce, Frog Holler and FULFLLD.
In an apologetic and somewhat emotive website statement by Founder and CEO Tom Adamczyk he lays the blame for previous issues with an automotive company that failed to build an automated growing system as it had promised. This left Planted Detroit with a lot of logistical problems that affected time, manpower and costs.
With the assistance of Lipari Foods sourcing salad ingredients, JLM Manufacturing assembling and packing salads and FULFLLD delivering to doorsteps, Planted Detroit itself will focus only on vertical farming.
Some 10 members of staff have been rehired and the price of salads has been reduced to US$10.50 from US$14 – a reduction Adamczyk attributes to the new partnerships.