“IUNU announced the release of its 2023 State of CEA report. Since 2016, these reports have served as a resource for the CEA industry, focusing on the challenges and opportunities facing greenhouse operators.
The purpose of the report is to look at the emerging trends, challenges, and benefits of controlled environment agriculture. This year, greenhouse operators in North America with more than 50 million square feet of growing area participated in the survey. The report combines data from the survey with analysis and research conducted by IUNU.
The 2023 report focuses on three major CEA segments: leafy greens, tomatoes, and ornamentals. It highlights opportunities for technology, labor challenges, expansion and related market conditions, and more.
“2023 has proven to be a pivotal year in CEA so far. While the constrained economic climate has led to milder expansion, we are seeing no long-term slowdown for the market. Operations are laser-focused on profitability and operational excellence. This creates a unique opportunity for technology companies and growers to work together to enable scale,” said Allison Kopf, chief growth officer at IUNU.
This year, IUNU partnered with the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources to conduct the grower survey and compile the report.
The state of the industry reports created by IUNU have been downloaded more than 2 million times and have remained a free resource for growers around the world.
Click here to access this year’s report.”
*This article is excerpted from freshplaza.com website, published 13th July 2023