The Safeway and Albertsons stores in Glendale are among the first retailers in Arizona to sell sustainably grown, pesticide-free organic greens from Revol Greens, the largest lettuce greenhouse grower in North America.
Founded in 2017, Revol Greens grows plants in controlled greenhouses that are sustainable.
“We use 90% less water than traditional fields,” said Chayla Balko, business development director.
“For 4 or 5 ounces of greens, we use one pint of water. To do the same for field growing environments, they use over 12 gallons.”
The greenhouses capture around 80% to 90% natural sunlight, Balko said. The company controls the temperature and plants’ exposure by putting shades over the greenhouses.
“We can do this with less energy and resources than what’s done in the fields,” Balko said.
Balko said Albertsons and Safeway are the ideal partners because its proximity to Revol Greens’ greenhouse in Tehachapi, California.
“I’ve worked with them for a number of years on different items and, at the end of the day, they want to make sure that they’re giving the best quality and the best products to their customers,” Balko said.
“We harvest, package and ship our product every single day. We harvested it in the morning, packed the product, and then Albertsons picked it up the next day.”
This creates a quick and efficient way to get fresh products to the market.
“There’s a shelf life, and growing the way that we grow really extends that shelf life,” Balko said.
Balko said consumers are interested in what they’re putting into their bodies and want to know the ingredients in food. That’s what Balko said makes Revol Greens special.
“Once customers know about our brand and our process that we use to grow, I think they are going to gravitate toward products like ours because it’s better for you, it’s better for the planet, and it’s a win-win,” Balko said.