Panasonic Factory Solution Asia Pacific’s First Indoor Vegetable Farm in Singapore (Photo: Business Wire)
The company is strengthening its research and development efforts to accelerate harvest such as increasing shelf capacity (vertical farming), shortening cultivation lead time from 35 days to 28 days, improving area productivity and expanding crop variety. By FY2016, Panasonic is looking to grow more than 30 crop varieties.
Panasonic will assess market demand for commercial expansion to restaurants and supermarkets within this fiscal year. Currently, it supplies on average, 0.3 tonnes of vegetables to all three Ootoya outlets in the country per month – Changi City Point, Clementi Mall and Orchard Central. The company aims to double this amount in the next two years and supply wider varieties of premium Japanese crops that are not cultivated locally to Ootoya restaurants.
Hisami Mitsumori, Chairman, Ootoya Holdings, commented, “Ootoya prides ourselves in offering authentic and healthy home-cooked Japanese food to our customers. Being a restaurant, food safety and quality are top priority, especially in overseas markets where we do not have our own agriculture facility to grow crops like we do in Japan. The commercial partnership with Panasonic is a natural fit as the facility adopts an eco, sustainable and cost-efficient method of farming. We are also able to get fresh, crunchy and pesticide-free Japanese produce, allowing customers to enjoy healthy and delicious meals.”
Vegetables are delivered fresh from Panasonic’s indoor agriculture farm to Ootoya restaurants daily, ensuring that quality of harvest is maintained.
As one of the leading factory automation solutions providers, Panasonic Factory Solutions Asia Pacific is committed to design and develop indoor agriculture solutions to meet market demand for stable and sustainable production of locally-harvested premium crops.
Panasonic Factory Solutions Asia Pacific (PFSAP), a registered business of Panasonic Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd., delivers innovative solutions that add significant value to customers’ production and process, aimed at enhancing output. In October 2013, the facility established its indoor agriculture farm, which currently produces premium Japanese vegetables for local consumption. The crops are grown in controlled soil-based environment with optimized cultivation conditions.
Ootoya Asia Pacific, a subsidiary of Ootoya Holdings Co. Ltd., prides itself in offering authentic, healthy and superior quality home-cooked Japanese food to its customers at a reasonable price. Ootoya Asia Pacific has presence in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore and China.