The 2021 CEA Awards were established to recognize distinguished individuals and organizations in the Controlled Environment Agriculture Industry across North America. In this series we will be highlighting our winners and their accomplishments.

We are excited to announce the 2021 CEA Award winner for Brand Excellence Award is Dream Greens by AeroFarms.

AeroFarms has been leading the way for indoor vertical farming and championing transformational innovation for agriculture. On a mission to grow the best plants possible for the betterment of humanity, AeroFarms is a Certified B Corporation with global headquarters in Newark, New Jersey. Named to the Fast Company World Changing Ideas lists three years in a row and one of TIME’s Best Inventions, AeroFarms‚ patented, award-winning indoor vertical farming aeroponic technology provides perfect conditions for healthy plants to thrive, taking agriculture to a new level of precision, food safety, and productivity while using up to 5% less water and no pesticides versus traditional field farming. Their retail brand of microgreens and baby leafy greens, Dream Greens by AeroFarms, is available across the Northeast and we are excited to continue scaling our farms both locally and globally.

This past year, despite the challenges of the global pandemic, AeroFarms locally grown produce has demonstrated high performance in quality, flavor, taste and texture with products that are priced competitively with organic players and other local farmers.

In 2020 their products performed on average 50% better than the average velocity per SKU of the indoor farming industry, and received a best-in-class Net Promoter Score of 55; 57% higher than the indoor vertical farming segment average.

Dream Greens by AeroFarms products are currently in over 200 stores in the Northeast, including Whole Foods Market, where AeroFarms experienced over 500% growth from 2019 to 2020.

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The winners were selected by a prestigious, independent awards committee comprised of agriculture professionals from Artemis, Cargill, Fluence by OSRAM, and Schneider Electric. The committee received over 130 qualified nominations for the awards and selected 11 category winners and 3 honorable mention awards.