Expo 2020 Dubai, in partnership with Emirates Flight Catering(EKFC), is all geared up to provide fresh produce from the world’s largest vertical farm for the highly-anticipated occasion beginning in October 2020. This means, at the heart of Expo 2020 Dubai and Emirates Flight Catering’s eco-friendly approach is a “source local, think global” vision. The largest vertical farm aims to provide fresh meals to almost 50 million visitors coming to the World’s biggest Expo. Gillian Hamburger, senior vice president programming at Expo 2020 Dubai, said: “With 50 million meals expected to be served during Expo 2020, both quality and sustainability are crucial to our aim of creating an exceptional and delicious. World Expo, while also contributing to a more sustainable future for us all. Expo 2020 and Emirates Flight Catering share this strong commitment, and we look forward to exchanging knowledge and ideas.”
Here are some of the key factors that the readers might want to know about the World’s largest vertical farm.
• Currently under construction, It’s a 130,000 square foot vertical farm
• The vertical farm will produce 2,700 kilos of herbicide- and pesticide-free leafy greens every day
• This vertical farm will use 99% less water than outdoor fields.
• Expo 2020 Dubai is expected to serve 50 million meals, some of which will include fresh produce from the 130,000 sg ft vertical farm
• 2700 kilos of Greens are expected to be produced during the Expo, which runs from October 20th to 2020 to April 10th, 2021
• Emirates Flight Catering is set to launch a series of F&B locations across the Expo site’s three Thematic Districts. It's fine-dining, Grains, and Greens(a healthy café), La Patisserie(Confectionary)and grab-and-go deli.
Saeed Mohammed, chief executive officer of Emirates Flight Catering, said: “At Emirates Flight Catering we are constantly looking at innovation and ways to improve our productivity, product, and service quality. We are committed to bringing our customers the freshest and highest quality food possible by adopting the latest technology into our operations. Our ‘farm to fork’ concept not only secures our own supply chain of locally-sourced, fresh vegetables, but it significantly reduces our environmental footprint as well. We are delighted to collaborate with Expo 2020 to provide millions of visitors with a truly memorable gastronomical experience.”
In short, in light of Expo 2020’s wider environmental commitment, every F&B vendor that collaborates with the exhibition must sign the Food Ethos, a document designed to push forward sustainability and wellness through local sourcing, as well as the use of organic produce and environmentally-conscious packaging. Which is why the world’s largest Vertical farm saw the light of the day.