41 minutes | Nov 10th 2019

25. Francisco Caffarena, Sprout Stack

Francisco Caffarena is the co-founder with Michael Harder of Sprout Stack. It’s an indoor farming business, that’s set to revolutionise the way fresh produce is grown and distributed in Sydney.In this episode, you’ll hear how Francisco and Michael are driven to overcome the challenges of weather disruption, climate change and food miles, that face traditional crop growers.Their combined skill sets, in agricultural science, electrical installation and construction, made an ideal partnership to launch their Ag-tech start-up, Sprout Stack.Together, they created an indoor farm in used shipping containers, filling them with vertical stacks of hydroponic trays. They transformed these containers to create a climate-controlled environment, in which their micro-crops can be watered, nurtured and regulated using integrated computer technology.As a result, Sprout Stack farms can be set-up and relocated in highly populated, urban areas like metro Sydney, so that fresh produce is grown locally and close to its end users.And in the Aftertaste section, I share the 10 different ways you could be more innovative in your business.You can learn more about Sprout Stack and connect with Francisco on:http://sproutstack.cohttps://www.instagram.com/sproutstack/https://www.facebook.com/sproutstack1/You can find more information about the 10 Types of Innovation by Doblin here:https://doblin.com/ten-typesMany thanks to this episode’s sponsor, the Food Innovation Centre at Monash.Find out how they can help your business become more innovative: https://www.foodinnovationcentre.com.auWant to learn more about how you could develop new products to drive growth in your food and beverage business? Try reading Susie’s Amazon Best-selling book, “Innovation Feast; Create new product ideas to feed your hungry business”. It’s available to purchase online at Amazon, Book Depository, Booktopia or via the website link below:https://eatdrinkinnovate.com.au/innovation-feast/
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