Axios via AP – 3,788-square-foot colony in Florida is the first colony of its kind in the United States.
The new colony, which has been in operation for the past five years, is expected to produce a million plants and will be one of the largest in the world, according to the Associated Press.
The colony was officially recognized as a colony in December.
In 2016, a New Zealand colony also opened in Florida.
The AP reported the new colony is expected produce 2.3 million pounds of tomatoes annually.
In 2015, the AP reported that New Zealand had the largest tomato colony in North America at 5 million pounds.
The U.S. has seen a steady increase in the number of foreign-grown tomatoes sold to the American market.
In 2017, U.K. giant Lactose Free USA was the first U.N. agency to recommend the introduction of genetically engineered tomatoes to the U..
S., the AP said.