SINGAPORE (Nov 19): On the fifth storey of the Commonwealth Capital food factory, workers hustle about, moving boxes of packed food in and out of the warehouse. And in a vacant corner of the floor, local start-up Archisen is drawing upon high-technology capabilities and equipment to build an indoor farm that aims to be more efficient than traditional soil-based farming.

“We are incorporating a range of technologies to prevent crop loss and increase yield,” says Sven Yeo, Archisen’s co-founder, who spent years running Internet-of-Things (IoT) platforms in past companies he founded.

The food factory, located on Buroh Lane, serves as the central kitchen or manufacturing facility for more than 25 brands and 80 F&B outlets, ranging from Pastamania and The Soup Spoon to Swissbake. This means that when Archisen is up and running, its produce will have a ready market right in its neighbourhood.

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