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Vegetable factories sprout back to life in Japan

Steady demand from convenience stores spells higher profits and lower risk

A vegetable factory operated by Kyoto-based Spread Co. (Photo by Yoshiyuki Tamai)

TOKYO -- Japan's vegetable factories failed to deliver on their business model the first go-around, but they are getting a second chance as convenience stores turn to them for produce.

Seven-Eleven Japan, a unit of Seven & i Holdings, will launch a dedicated plant factory in January, and rival FamilyMart, part of FamilyMart Uny Holdings, has begun stocking lettuce grown in the indoor facilities.

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