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FPC Future 2020

March

17

2021

Lincolnshire Showground

Ticket price: This event is free of charge.

FPC Future is the agri-tech event for the fresh produce and flower industry and houses an exhibition, conference, working displays and tours of the University’s specialist facilities at its Riseholme Campus.

Exhibitors at FPC Future will be organisations who supply the industry with technologies to help businesses keep up to date with this fast-developing sector by showcasing all that is new right now and also what the future promises. Visitors will be able see how new technologies can help them become more efficient, increase productivity and help their workforce.

The conference programme is an extensive one with five conference theatres. The content will cover robotics and automation, data driven technologies, plastics and packaging, supply chain waste, carbon supply chains, vertical farming and a careers theatre.

There is also a theatre dedicated to exhibitor presentations where exhibitors can present their latest offerings to a captive audience. This coupled with the facility for working displays gives exhibiting companies a unique opportunity to ensure their products and services are seen.

The tours of the University of Lincoln’s Riseholme Campus will provide a fantastic opportunity for visitors to see first-hand the technological developments that this institution is carrying out. Visitors will have the chance to view robotic harvesting of strawberries, a state of the art refrigeration unit, along with other facilities supporting projects in artificial intelligence, robotics and engineering.

FPC Future is co-located with FPC Careers, the careers event for fresh produce and horticulture where undergraduates and postgraduates will be able to meet those companies with vacancies to fill and looking for fresh talented young people.

We will be releasing more details in the next few weeks but if you would like to know more about sponsoring, exhibiting or visiting please contact:

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  • For information on sponsoring or exhibiting please contact linda@freshproduce.org.uk
  • For information on visiting please contact cristina@freshproduce.org.uk

Theatre 1 Morning - Robotics and automation

10:00

Overview and case study

Robotics and automation – pre-farm gate

TBC

TBC

10:20

Harvesting

Robotics and automation – pre-farm gate

Simon Pearson

UoL

10:40

TBC

Robotics and automation – pre-farm gate

Erik Pekkeriet

Wageningen University and Research

11:00

TBC

Robotics and automation – pre-farm gate

Pål Johan

Norwegian University of Life Sciences and the University of Lincoln

11:20

Robotics

Robotics and automation – pre-farm gate

TBC

TBC

11:40

Panel Q&A

Robotics and automation – pre-farm gate

Above speakers

Above speakers

Theatre 1 Afternoon - Robotics and automation – post-farm gate

13:25

Robotics and automation – post-farm gate

Chair's welcome

Nigel Jenney

FPC

13:30

Overview. Why the post farm gate industry needs to change

Robotics and automation – post-farm gate

TBC

TBC

13:50

Supply Chain Logistics

Robotics and automation – post-farm gate

TBC

TBC

14:10

Supply Chain Port

Robotics and automation – post-farm gate

TBC

TBC

14:30

TBC

Robotics and automation – post-farm gate

Andrea Pauli

University of Lincoln

14:50

Packhouse cases study

Robotics and automation – post-farm gate

TBC

TBC

15:10

Cobots

Robotics and automation – post-farm gate

TBC

TBC

15:30

Panel Q&A

Robotics and automation – post-farm gate

Above speakers

Above speakers

Theatre 2 Morning - Data driven technologies

10:00

Data driven technologies

Chair's Welcome

Chris Gilbert Wood

GGW Food Tech

10:05

Why the demand? How do you build a business model? How to lay out a data sharing supply chain

Data driven technologies

Tom Holland

Raynors Digital Sandwich

10:20

Benefits of forecasting systems

Data driven technologies

TBC

TBC

10:40

Data sharing

Data driven technologies

TBC

TBC

11:00

Consumer need for data sharing

Data driven technologies

11:20

Does the consumer need data sharing?

Data driven technologies

TBC

TBC

11:40

Panel Q&A

Data driven technologies

Above speakers

Above speakers

Theatre 2 Afternoon - Plastics and packaging

13:25

Plastics and packaging

Chair's welcome

David May

University of Lincoln

13:30

Scene setting and overview - case study from the University of Lincoln

Plastics and packaging

Nick Tucker

University of Lincoln

13:50

Radical view of the future

Plastics and packaging

TBC

TBC

14:10

Packaging

Plastics and packaging

TBC

TBC

14:30

Mushroom compost case study

Plastics and packaging

David May

UoL

14:50

Panel Q&A

Plastics and packaging

Above speakers

Above speakers

Theatre 3 Morning - Supply chain waste

10:00

Theatre 3 Morning - Supply chain waste

Chair's Welcome

Libby John

University of Lincoln

10:05

Reducing waste in the supply chain from end to end

Supply chain waste

TBC

TBC

10:20

Digital AI

Supply chain waste

Simon Pearson

UoL

10:40

Case study

Supply chain waste

TBC

TBC

11:00

Panel Q&A

Supply chain waste

Above speakers

Above speakers

Theatre 3 Afternoon - Carbon supply chains

13:30

TBC

Carbon supply chains

Duncan Botting

UoL

13:50

Carbon capture

Carbon supply chains

John Henry Looney

Sustainable Direction

14:10

How to create a carbon neutral brand

Carbon supply chains

TBC

TBC

14:30

Panel Q&A

Carbon supply chains

Above speakers

Above speakers

Theatre 4 Morning - Vertical farming

Vertical farming

Chair's Welcome

Nigel Jenney

FPC

10:00

Overview, scene setting

Vertical Farming

TBC

TBC

10:20

TBC

Vertical Farming

Andrew Mellonie

Marks and Spencer

10:40

Circular agriculture

Vertical Farming

TBC

TBC

11:00

TBC

Vertical Farming

TBC

TBC

11:20

TBC

Vertical Farming

TBC

TBC

11:40

Vertical Farming

Vertical Farming

TBC

12:15

Panel Q&A

Vertical Farming

Above speakers

Above speakers

Theatre 4 Afternoon - Careers

TBC

TBC

13:30

TBC

Careers

TBC

TBC

13:50

TBC

Careers

TBC

TBC

14:30

TBC

Careers

TBC

TBC

14:10

TBC

Careers

TBC

TBC

14:50

TBC

Careers

TBC

TBC

15:10

TBC

Careers

TBC

TBC

Theatre 5 All day - Exhibitor presentations

Duncan Botting

Managing Director

University of Lincoln

Mihai Ciobanhu

Founder

Fresh4cast

Eric Duncan

Eric Duncan

Head of Food Science

Coveris

With over 20 years experience leading and managing projects for packaging improving shelf life performance, reducing food waste, reducing environmental impact, and improving consumer convenience, primarily in the fresh & chilled foods sector. Eric is co-inventor on US and GB patents for novel non-sulphite antimicrobial fresh-produce wash treatments and packaging for steam cooking of fresh vegetables, and serves as guest lecturer on the University of Reading’s Fresh Produce Postharvest Quality Management short course. Eric holds a B.Sc. in food science and an M.Sc. in postharvest produce science, from The Pennsylvania State University.

Chris Gilbert-Wood

Director

GGW Food Tech

Tom Holland

Innovation and Technical Director

Raynors Foods

Nigel Jenney

Nigel Jenney

CEO

FPC

Nigel joined the Fresh Produce Consortium as Chief Executive in 2004. With a wealth of experience in the fresh produce sector, starting life in a family owned glasshouse business, Nigel was educated at Writtle College and began his career with the Department of Agriculture & Fisheries for Scotland, working with the diversity of the Glasgow Wholesale Market before moving to Aberdeen. In 1988 Nigel moved to a senior management role within the commercial world of Heinz focusing on the manufacture of a range of convenience food products. Moving on in 1996 Nigel progressed to the role of Managing Director of a potato packing business which he converted to a limited company and expanded the customer base to include major multiples and manufacturers. Subsequently Managing Director of a leading vegetable co-operative focussing on the production of fresh and prepared products at multi-site locations supporting sales to major retailers, food service and manufacturing sectors.

Pål Johan

Pål Johan

Professor

Norwegian University of Life Sciences and the University of Lincoln

Pål Johan currently holds the position as professor at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences and the University of Lincoln, UK. He works in the area of agricultural robotics. He is also the CEO and founder of Saga robotics who develop robots for the agricultural domain. Form has previously been a visiting researcher at UC Berkeley and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology while pursuing the degree Ph.D. at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Research interests: agricultural robotics, precision farming, modeling and control of robotic manipulators, offshore robotics, subsea robotics, vehicle-manipulator systems, haptic teleoperation, surgical robotics.

Libby John

Libby John

PVC/ Head of College of Science and Engineering

University of Lincoln

Head of School of Life Sciences, University of Lincoln 2011 - 2016 Faculty Director of Teaching and Learning, University of Lincoln 2010- 2011 Head of Department of Biology & Environmental Science, University of Sussex 2002–2009 Chair, Education, Careers and Training Committee of the British Ecological Society 2009 – 2012 NERC Peer Review College 2008-2011 Senior Lecturer in Ecology: University of Sussex 1999-2010 Lecturer in Ecology: University of Sussex 1992-1999 Killam Post-Doctoral Fellow: University of British Columbia, Canada 1990-1992 Post-doctoral Investigator: University of Michigan Biological Station, USA 1989 Teaching Assistant and Sessional Lecturer: University of Alberta 1984 -1989

John Henry Looney

Managing Director

Sustainable Direction

John Henry has over 30 years experience in delivering environmental and sustainability projects. From the US originally he moved to the UK in 1979 to do his PhD in Physiological, Community and Statistical Ecology on the Isle of Rhum, Scotland. Since then he has taught at University, carried out UNECE funded air quality research at the Natural History Museum; and then worked for 22 years in consultancy, including power (M&E), civil, process and chemical; and environmental engineering before setting up Sustainable Direction to help companies move in a sustainable direction. He has worked in over 26 countries, on projects up to £80M and is focused on delivery.john-henry-2 He published probably the UK’s first carbon footprint in 1989, it was for a coal fired station in the ES for Bilsthorpe, Notts. His main areas currently are the link between carbon and energy with environment; as a MAS advisor, leading the Renewable Energy Funding LLP technical and project side, and continuing to add value to his client’s performance.

David May

Deputy Director

Lincoln Institute for Agri-Food Technology

David has his own specialist consultant business alongside his work for LIAT, providing advice on food, flowers and plant quality. David specialises in the impact of supply chains on product quality and in particular temperature management and damages through handling. He has extensive experience in QA and supply chain processes. He helps business optimise quality whilst using their resources efficiently.

Andrew Mellonie

Senior Agronomist

Marks and Spencer

Andrea Pauli

University of Lincoln

Erik	Pekkeriet

Erik Pekkeriet

Programme Manager Agri-Food Robotics

Wageningen University & Research

Erik Pekkeriet is Programme Manager Agri-Food Robotics at Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands. His group leads the European Digital Innovation Hub Network agROBOfood – Robotics in Agri-Food. In this project he takes the role of Network Coordinator for Europe and is leading the North West European Cluster (BeNeLux, UK and Ireland). Erik has a background in Mechanical Engineering, started at Philips, but is now already 25 years rooted in the Agri-Food domain. At Wageningen he tries to robotize all agri-food domains. From under water to satellite and drone remote sensing and ground robots to be controlled; from greenhouses and vertical farms to small farming Asian communities; from farmer low cost robotized packaging facilities to high speed meat processing factories.

Simon Pearson

Simon Pearson

Professor of Agri-Food Technology

University of Lincoln

Simon is Director of the Lincoln Institute of Agri-Food Technology. The Institute sits within the College of Science of the University of Lincoln and helps develop and run cross disciplinary research projects on behalf of the agri-food sector, with particular focus on the use and deployment of agri-food robotic systems. Prior to joining Lincoln, Simon was the CEO of a large UK farming company, worked for Marks and Spencer in a technical role, and as a scientist at the University of Reading.

Erik Runkle

My research group focuses on the environmental physiology of herbaceous specialty plants grown in controlled environments. In particular, we are investigating how environmental factors, especially light (quantity, quality, and duration) and temperature, influence growth and development of annual bedding plants, herbaceous perennials, leafy greens, and potted flowering plants. Three underlying objectives of this research are: 1) to improve the production efficiency and/or quality of crops currently grown; 2) to minimize production inputs – with an emphasis on lighting optimization and energy efficiency; and 3) to introduce new, high value specialty crops to replace or supplement the production of less-profitable crops

Nick Tucker

Nick Tucker

Associate Professor

Univeristy of Lincoln

Nick Tucker is an Associate Professor in the School of Engineering, where he specialises in materials and manufacturing. He has particular research interests in sustainable packaging materials, electrospun fibre production, and the practical applications for electrospun fibres. He was previously a research leader at the New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research, where he developed water-resistant biodegradable point-of-sale packaging for Earthpac Ltd. His industrial experience includes line management in fire-retardant foam manufacture, and production of high-added value ceramics. He also worked as a process technologist manufacturing ceramic cores for investment casting.

Becky Wilson

Becky Wilson

Project Manager

Farm Carbon Toolkit

Becky Willson is project manager for the Farm Carbon Toolkit, a farmer - led organisation helping provide practical tools and resources for farmers on greenhouse gas mitigation. She has been involved in resource and carbon management for the last 10 years working at Duchy College Rural Business School in Cornwall running a range of applied research projects. She is part of the project team behind the Farm Crap App and is currently leading the Soil Carbon research project, which is the largest soil carbon research project involving farmers in the UK.