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Brief Published: 25 Nov 2010

Subway’s Lettuce Factory


This summer, the international sandwich chain Subway opened the world’s first onsite lettuce factory in the Marunouchi building in Tokyo.

The Subway Veg Lab Store is the first of several planned for Japan. Encouraging customers to “eat fresh”, the lettuce is hydroponically cultivated without the use of chemicals in a 6.6sqm “factory”

The factory is more symbolic than practical with only 5 percent of the store’s actual lettuce demand being met. It does, however, pave the way for further localised food production initiatives.