AppHarvest Earns #12 Spot in FoodTech 500 Ranking

Emily Laytham
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FEBRUARY 17, 2021 — MOREHEAD, KY — AgTech leader AppHarvest has been awarded the number 12 position in this year’s FoodTech 500 final ranking from among more than 2,000 applicants across 60 countries. The FoodTech 500 by Forward Fooding is a comprehensive list of the global entrepreneurial talent at the intersection of food, technology, and sustainability. 

The FoodTech 500 list scored applicants based on sustainability as measured by the company’s ability to address a number of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, business size and digital footprint.  

“Earning a top spot among this year’s FoodTech 500 winners is a testament to the crucial work we’re doing in Appalachia to build a sustainable food system that is accessible to all and that’s firmly rooted in Environmental, Social and Governance principles (ESG),” said Jonathan Webb, Founder and CEO of AppHarvest. “Our fruits and vegetables can be grown year-round with zero chemical pesticides and 90% less water than traditional agriculture, making it better for people and the planet.” 

“Consumers are more educated than ever about the consequences of their food choices for themselves and others,” said AppHarvest President David Lee. “COVID provided more opportunity for them to really learn about their food—where it comes from, how it’s produced and its impact on society. Awards like the FoodTech 500 are an important tool to bring more awareness to the global challenge we must solve to farm more sustainably and create a climate-resilient domestic food supply chain.” 

This award follows several major milestones for the company. In January, AppHarvest announced its first harvest of Beefsteak tomatoes, which are now available at select national grocers. Its flagship indoor farm in Morehead, Ky., alone is expected to produce about 45 million pounds of tomatoes annually, while the company has plans for two more high-tech controlled environment agriculture facilities in Central Appalachia: one in Berea, Ky., focusing on growing leafy greens, and one outside Richmond, Ky. 

The recognition also comes on the heels of AppHarvest successfully going public earlier this month. The company is now trading on the Nasdaq Global Select Market as “APPH,” which is the highest of three tiers based on certain financial, liquidity and corporate governance requirements that the company met. 

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About AppHarvest 

AppHarvest is an applied technology company building some of the world’s largest indoor farms in Appalachia. The company combines conventional agricultural techniques with cutting-edge technology and is addressing key issues including improving access for all to nutritious food, farming more sustainably, building a homegrown food supply, and increasing investment in Appalachia. The company’s 60-acre Morehead, Ky. facility is among the largest indoor farms in the U.S. For more information, visit 

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