Much of the fun of a trip to IKEA is refuelling at the end of a hard day’s shopping in the cafe. Now, the food you eat there will have been grown in-store, as Ikea seeks to move into sustainable farming.
The Swedish furniture giant is planning to introduce indoor farms and sustainable agriculture to its stores to provide the bumper crops of loganberries and other assorted ingredients it needs to fuel its millions of hungry shoppers with Scandinavian cuisine. The company hopes that the hydroponic garden created at its Space 10 lab in Copenhagen will serve as a blueprint for other restaurants to delve deeper into sustainable farming and become more holistic.
The Farm, as its known, uses largely IKEA-brand products, such as LED lighting, shelving and plastic bins for the plants. So while IKEA provides almost everything that’s needed for the home, it’s also bringing its own production ‘in-house’ to an extent with this leap into sustainable farming.