Shenandoah Growers Changes Name to Soli Organic, Announces Expansion Plans
On Oct. 27, Soli Organic Inc., formerly known as Shenandoah Growers Inc., announced a $120 million financing arrangement with leading real estate development firm Decennial Group.
The grower is the only soil-based, controlled environment agriculture company delivering 100% USDA certified organic produce in the country and serves more than 20,000 retail stores nationwide,
The company also launched a new corporate name and brand, Soli Organic. The word Soli is derived from the Latin word for soil and reflects the pivotal role of soil in enabling the company’s mission to make low-cost, high-quality, organic produce grown nearby available to everyone.
The arrangement with Decennial Group is a key component of the company’s strategy to further expand production capacity to meet growing demand. The company intends to build eight new farms, in addition to its seven farms in operation today.
The Decennial Group financing will support construction of three of the eight planned facilities. Each 100,000 square foot facility will have an annual production capacity of 5 million pounds. The company recently broke ground on the first facility financed through Decennial Group, which is located in Anderson County, South Carolina, and is anticipated to be operational by Q2 2022.
The arrangement with Decennial Group – a developer-led investment management firm committed to preserving the natural and cultural resources of the communities it serves through environmentally responsible investments – is one of the largest of its kind for a controlled environment agriculture company to date.
“Through our proprietary soil-based, organic, indoor production system, Soli Organic is the first company to unlock the full value of controlled environment agriculture, including considerable cost savings and environmental benefits. Support from Decennial Group and equity partners enables Soli Organic to further scale and share those benefits with more retail customers and more consumers in more geographies,” said Matt Ryan, chief executive officer of Soli Organic. “As a result, Soli Organic is well-positioned to continue to build on our strong legacy of financial and market performance, execute against our growth plan, and deliver differentiated organic products that meet existing and future customer demand.”
As part of its growth strategy, the company has made a series of recent strategic hires to its Executive Leadership Team (ELT), including former Starbucks executive Matt Ryan as CEO; former Postmates senior vice president Mike Buckley as Chief Financial Officer; former Walmart executive Cameron Geiger as Chief Operating Officer; and leading plant biology and lighting expert Dr. Tessa Pocock as Chief Science Officer. They join longstanding ELT members President Philip Karp, Chief Customer Officer Steven Wright and Chief Technology Officer Ulf Jönsson.
The corporate name change to Soli Organic Inc. is effective immediately. Product branding will begin to convert to Soli Organic on select product lines in spring 2022.