FPC Future 2021

November

04

2021

Lincolnshire Showground

Ticket price: This event is free of charge.


FPC Future, on 4 November 2021, 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. FPC Future will showcase 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.

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The conference programme is an extensive one with eight conference sessions covering pre and post farm robotics and automation, data driven technologies, plastics and packaging, supply chain waste, carbon supply chains, vertical farming and sustainability. 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.

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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.

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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.

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

Session 1 Morning - Robotics and automation pre-farm gate

09:30

Chair's welcome

Robotics and automation – pre-farm gate

John Giles

Promar

09:32

Robotics and automation – pre-farm gate

Simon Pearson

University of Lincoln

09:45

Robotics and automation – pre-farm gate

Richard Harnden

Berry Gardens

10:00

Robotics in glasshouses and polytunnels

Erik Pekkeriet

Wageningen University

10:15

The use of scouting robots

Anthony Yousefian

Bardsley England

10:30

Robotics

Outdoor robotics

Pål Johan From

Saga Robotics

10:45

Panel Q&A

Robotics and automation – pre-farm gate

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Session 2 Afternoon - Robotics and automation – post-farm gate

13:30

Robotics and automation – post-farm gate

Chair's welcome

13:32

Overview. Why the post farm gate industry needs to change

Mike Wilson

MTC

13:45

How Artificial Intelligence is Revolutionising Agriculture

Sarah-Jayne Gratton

The Influencers

14:00

Automation and Traceability. The Dark Packhouse

TBC

TBC

14:15

Robotics and automation – post-farm gate

Matt Rayment

Manufacturing Technology Centre

14:30

Optimising the fresh produce supply chain and reducing wastage through AI technology — A retail case study

TBC

14:45

Panel Q&A

Robotics and automation – post-farm gate

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Session 3 Morning - Data driven technologies

09:30

Data driven technologies

Chair's Welcome

Chris Gilbert Wood

GGW Food Tech

09:32

Digitising the supply chain: How data can strengthen customer relationships

Data driven technologies

Giles Barker

KisanHub

09:45

Benefits of forecasting systems

James Stewart

IBM

10:00

Data sharing

TBC

10:15

Using data to increase yields and profitablilty

Mihai Ciobanu

Fresh4cast

10:30

How major growers and distributors can unlock potential through food tech and software solutions

Richard Potter

Peak AI

10:45

Panel Q&A

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Session 4 Afternoon - The future of packaging

13:30

The future of packaging

Chair's welcome

David May

University of Lincoln

13:32

Alternative packaging for mushrooms

Nick Tucker

University of Lincoln

13:45

Fibre-based produce packaging in a circular economy

Tom Garsed

Graphic Packaging International

14:00

The future of packaging - the pros and cons and the potential future scenarios

Kevin Vyse

RAP Packaging

14:15

Packaging solutions of the future and the ways that Coveris is working to reduce waste

Eric Duncan

Coveris

14:30

The future of packaging

TBC

14:45

Panel Q&A

The future of packaging

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Session 5 Morning - Supply chain waste

09:30

Chair's Welcome

Alan Forrester

FPC

09:32

Supply chain waste

Drew Reynolds

Total Produce

09:45

Supply chain waste

TBC

10:00

Supply chain waste

TBC

10:15

Tackling food waste and driving conscious consumerism

Emilie Vanpoperinghe

ODDBOX

10:30

What have we learned over the last few months an how will that influence/change our leadership and working practices in the future

James Green

G's

11:00

Panel Q&A

Supply chain waste

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Session 6 Afternoon - Carbon supply chains

13:30

Chair's Welcome

Libby John

University of Lincoln

13:32

TBC

Carbon supply chains

Duncan Botting

University of Lincoln

13:45

Carbon Supply Chains

TBC

TBC

14:00

Carbon supply chains

John Henry Looney

Sustainable Direction

14:15

Carbon supply chains

Becky Wilson

Farm Carbon Toolkit

14:30

Panel Q&A

Carbon supply chains

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Session 7 Afternoon- Protected production - glasshouse and vertical farming

13:30

Chair's Welcome

Nigel Jenney

FPC

13:32

New technologies and a vertical farming partnership are revolutionising the way consumers access fresh produce

Oli Kaberry

Jones Food Company

13:45

Protected production - glasshouse and vertical farming

Jamie Burrows

Vertical Future

14:00

Explaining the trials undertaken by John Innes and the development of varieties for successful vertical farming

Jon

Clarke

14:15

Protected production - glasshouse and vertical farming from a grower's perspective

Andrew Fuller

Neame Lea

14:30

Vertical Farming

Erik Runkle

Michigan State University

14:45

Protected production - glasshouse and vertical farming

UK By 2040 - Increased Home Grown Produce and Prosperity. Food security in 20 years from now: What does UK agriculture look like?

Nick Bateman

GrowPura

15:00

Growing the food of the future and why farming is moving indoors - Vertical farming and supply chain efficiencies

Edwin Vanlaerhoven

Certhon

15:30

Panel Q&A

Vertical Farming

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Session 8 Morning - Sustainability

TBC

TBC

09:30

Chair's Welcome

Jacqui Green

Vridis Associates

09:32

The Sustainable Way of Growing

Research plays a central role at Grodan and is aimed at making our products and production method even more sustainable and efficient. We also find it important to investigate how the greenhouse horticulture sector as a whole can contribute to more sustainable and efficient food production. This session offers insight in an important study that was carried out by our partner Wageningen University & Research and made possible by Grodan. The study looked at the sustainability and efficiency of high-tech and low-tech greenhouse horticulture in Europe. The scores of these different cultivation methods were examined for the 8 relevant UN development goals on the basis of 14 indicators. For today, as well as 2030. A crucial conclusion from the research is that conventional high-tech greenhouse horticulture scores best on most goals.

Sander van Golberdinghe

Grodan

09:45

Sustainability

Bob Doherty

University of York

10:00

Sustainability

TBC

10:15

Sustainability in fresh produce

Andy Allen

Low Carbon Farming

10:30

TBC

TBC

Signify

10:45

TBC

Ben Bardsley

Bardsley Enterprises

11:00

Innovations in CEA sustainability

Dr Harry Langford

CHAP

11:15

Q&A Panel

Sustainability

Session 9 All day - Exhibitor Theatre

11:00

Intelligent packaging solutions: using technology to maximise produce freshness Subtitle: It’s Fresh has redeveloped its filter technology to deliver a new, intelligent packaging solution that delivers additional functional packaging benefits, reducing waste by further extending shelf-life

Justin Creasy

It's Fresh

11:15

TBC

Lincoln County Council

Martin Collinson

11:30

What do fresh produce stakeholders have to gain from digitizing their fresh produce QC?

QC in the industry and how digitization and automation of QC can help the industry participants gain a more objective, consistent and efficient QC process resulting in fewer fresh produce rejections, higher profitability for their enterprise and reduced waste.

Elad Mardix

President, Clarifruit
Giles Barker

Giles Barker

CEO

KisanHub

Giles grew up in a farming family and attended Henley Business School before co-founding KisanHub out of Cambridge Judge Business School in 2013. Having grown up on farms Giles is committed to the journey of transforming the fresh produce supply chain. He saw first hand the pain agriculture was facing through his Grandfather’s research while he was Head of Agriculture at Cambridge University. 50 years on and Agriculture, the oldest, largest and least digitised industries in the world is still lagging. Giles’ vision was to create the KisanHub platform to help Producer Groups to transform their supply chain and improve margins with greater visibility and data-driven insights.

Janet Bellamy

Janet Bellamy

Professor of Digitalisation and Food Processing

National Centre For Food Manufacturing

Janet is Professor of Digitalisation and Food Processing at the National Centre For Food Manufacturing, part of the University of Lincoln. Her industry experience spans over 27 years working across a number of different roles from Factory Manager to Head of Operations and in manufacturing sectors that include produce, salads, dips and dressings, ready meals, soups, sauces and dairy. As a member of a busy manufacturing team she has led and delivered many projects from new machines to new packaging and even new factories. She has extensive supply chain experience including planning, procurement, forecasting, supply chain management, warehousing and distribution and has worked as a business implant to develop supermarket and category performance. Her industry experience helps her to ensure that her academic teachings reflect the reality of life in industry and equips students to be ready for the challenges they may face in their workplace. Through the University she offers technical support and consultancy services to the food and drink industry and lead the emerging technology and digitalisation agenda.

Duncan Botting

Duncan Botting

Managing Director

University of Lincoln

Dr Jonathan Clarke

Dr Jonathan Clarke

Head of Business Development

John Innes

Jonathan Clarke is Head of Business Development and part of the Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation team at the John Innes Centre. He is responsible for interactions with Industry, Technology Transfer, Innovation and Enterprise. Between 2014 and 2016 he span out six companies in AgriTech, MedTech, Industrial Biotech, Food and Diagnostics. He is non-executive Director of three companies and a Board member of AgriTech East and the Food Drink and Agriculture Board of the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership. Jonathan gained his BSc from the University of Leeds in 1985, and a PhD in Plant Genetics from the University of East Anglia (JIC) in 1993. He spent three years as a European Union Research Fellow at the Vlaams Institute for Biotechnology (Universität Gent, Belgium). Since 1996 he has worked at the John Innes Centre as a Project Manager on EU research programmes on functional genomics and as CSO of the JIC Genome Laboratory. He was appointed to his current role in 2009.

Mihai Ciobanhu

Mihai Ciobanhu

Founder

Fresh4cast

Mihai Ciobanu built his first forecasting models in the late 90’s as a stock trader in Romania. He then moved to a career in consumer goods and consumer healthcare, spanning almost 15 years in Unilever, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson. In 2013 he moved to London where he completed the Sloan programme at LBS with an ambition to start a global business. He founded Fresh4cast, which provides forecast-as-a-service solutions specialised in fresh fruit and veg and aims to help its customers improve predictability through a combination of technology and highly-qualified customer service, in the same year.

Martin Collison

Martin Collison

Agrifood Advisor

Greater Lincolnshire LEP

Martin has been agrifood advisor to Greater Lincolnshire LEP since 2014 and lectures at the University of Lincoln on food market trends and policy. For the LEP Martin is helping lead the development of the UK Food Valley programme launched in 2021. For the last 34 years Martin has combined an academic career with farming, importing and consultancy and, since 2002, run his own specialist economic development consultancy. He was a partner in a farming and horticultural business for 14 years and has also held NED roles in companies importing cut flowers and exporting fruit genetics. He started his academic life at Writtle (now University) College teaching commercial horticulture business management, as well as leading work on commercial and EU partnerships and establishing major farm support programmes in the UK and overseas. He helped government develop the UK Strategy for Agricultural Technologies (2013) and has reviewed agrifood programme delivery for BEIS, DEFRA and the EU. He has also served on EU Focus Groups on the Food Chain and Water and Agriculture. He works from the local level to the EU and beyond, spending a third of his time with industry, a third with government and a third with Universities and research centres.

Justin Creasy

Justin Creasy

Sales and Technical Director

It’s Fresh!

Justin has over twenty five years of experience of working in the fresh produce industry, and has previously been a technical director for Barfoots of Botley and Produce World. His experience includes developing new technologies to extend shelf life of sweet corn using UV and developing modified atmosphere packaging on a wide range of products. Presently he is actively involved in the new generational developments with It’s Fresh! technologies, allowing additional functional benefits to a wide range of packaging substrates, and enhanced natural and safe ethylene control..

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.

Alan Forrester

Alan Forrester

President

FPC

Alan has been involved in the Fresh Food Sector since leaving University. His experience spans produce Multiple retail buying as well as instore management and he has worked in Fresh produce and flower imports, growing, preparation and distribution. Having spent five years working overseas in Holland and Hong Kong he has travelled extensively in the key fresh produce global growing regions building lasting relations with growers and exporters. Throughout his career Alan has operated as the Managing Director of a number of businesses in property, flower and fruit farms and latterly at Greenyard Fresh heading the UK division with five sites in the UK, at peak, 1,500 colleagues and a revenue of £210m. The UK business, grown through acquisitions, joint ventures and restructures, became recognised as an industry leader with significant expertise in a number of key categories. During his time with Greenyard he spent five years working on the Fresh “EXCO” team. “EXCO” had the responsibility to define the strategy and retail business development plans for Greenyard’s €3.2bn fresh produce business from Germany to Italy and the UK. Alan has also acted as a regional counsellor for the CBI and has been part of the FPC for 6 years and President for three years. The role within the FPC has proved to be extremely rewarding, working with a small, but dedicated and dynamic team actively delivering for all sectors of the membership and industry.

Andrew Fuller

Technical and Growing Director

Neame Lea

Pål Johan From

Pål Johan From

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.

Tom Garsed

Tom Garsed

Design and Innovation Director

Graphic Packaging International

Tom has worked in the industry for 20 years with a range of commercial & technical responsibilities. He has experience managing multi-national sales, marketing & NPD teams in global CPG packaging markets. For the last 5 years, Tom has led the EMEA Marketing, Design & Innovation team, as part of the global innovation network at Graphic Packaging. Tom is passionate about improving the environmental sustainability of packaging by design and encouraging diversity and inclusion within the packaging industry, both within the industry and through grass roots education.

John Giles

John Giles

Divisional Director

Promar

John Giles is a Divisional Director of Promar International – the agri food value chain consulting subsidiary of Genus plc. He graduated from the University College of Swansea in 1981 with a BSc Econ degree. John is also the President of the UK Chartered Institute of Marketing’s Food, Drink and Agriculture Group and a past Chair of the UK Institute of Agricultural Management. He still serves on the National Council. He is a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Reading, one of the top 10 agri food academic institutes in the world John has now worked extensively throughout the UK and on fresh and processed fruit and vegetable marketing based assignments in some 60 other countries, including all other Continental EU markets, the US, Russia, the FSU and Eastern Europe, Brazil, China, India, Myanmar, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria, Mexico, Canada and the Pacific Rim. John has also spoken at a number of leading international fruit sector conferences in the UK, Germany, Spain, France, the US, New Zealand, South Africa, Chile, Poland, Mexico and Ireland. He writes on a regular basis for some of the leading agri food publications in the UK and has appeared on the BBC on a number of occasions. His personal clients include the likes of USDA, New Zealand Trade & Enterprise, AUSTRADE, PROCHILE, the Irish Food Board, Bayer Crop Science, Pink Lady® apples, HORTGRO of South Africa, the South African Table Grape Association, Rabobank, the International Finance Corporation, Agro Fresh, the UK Agricultural & Horticultural Development Board and the California Raisin Administrative Committee.

Sarah Jayne Gratton

Sarah Jayne Gratton

Founding Partner

The Influencers

Dr Sarah-Jayne Gratton is a leading technology evangelist, specialising in emerging technologies and covering trends in artificial intelligence, machine learning, IoT, agritech, digital transformation and mixed reality. Her clients include global technology giants Siemens, Ericsson, IBM, Vodafone and Oracle. Gratton’s latest book, Playing God with Artificial Intelligence, will be published by Routledge in 2021. - Top Influencer at Mobile World Congress (5.6m impressions) - Top 5 Business Intelligence Marketing Influencers (Onalytica) - Top 5 Artificial Intelligence Influencers (Onalytica) - Top 100 global influencers report by Digital Scouting - Top 100 global IoT Influencers (Business Intelligence) - One of the Top 15 Marketers in Business Intelligence (Onalytica)

Chris Gilbert-Wood

Director

GGW Food Tech

James Green

James Green

Group Director Agriculture

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Jacqui Green

Jacqui Green

Director

Viridis Associates

Jacqui has been involved in fresh food since she graduated in 1995. She studied Law, French and Spanish and found that, unexpectedly, languages and fresh produce seemed like a fit. Jacqui has spoken previously on sustainable futures, talent development, responding to consumer preference, and supply chain efficiency. She is passionate about personal development and, as well as her Consulting and Non-Executive roles, she works as a Mentor and is a qualified Transformational Coach. She has also held many positions on Trade Boards, Retailer committees, a Charity Board and worked with Government working groups. In 2019, she left Berry Gardens, a UK cooperative of soft and stone fruit growers where she was CEO. Before this she was General Manager of Wingland Foods (Bakkavor) - a prepared salads business, prior to that Commercial Director at Capespan and in the early 2000’s General Manager of IPL, a joint venture between Geest and Asda (Walmart). Jacqui lives in the South East of England with her husband and two teenage sons. When time allows, she runs and has completed a number of half marathons for charity.

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.

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

Oli Kaberry

Oli Kaberry

Business Development Director

Jones Food Company

Jones Food Company is Europe's largest vertical farm since February 2019. Prior to this Oli was working in the Electrical Vehicle department at Jaguar Land Rover, focussing specifically on EV charging infrastructure and end-of-life battery recycling.

Dr Harry Langford

Dr Harry Langford

Innovation Network Lead

CHAP

With a background in interdisciplinary environmental science, soil health and sustainable agriculture, Dr Harry Langford is CHAP’s Innovation Network Lead and his role is to develop and deliver collaborative R&D in the agri-tech sector, as well as to support future sector growth by leading CHAP’s New Innovations Programme, a collaborative business case development programme designed to tackle sector-wide challenges and market failures and deliver realistic and impactful solutions.’

John Henry Looney

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.

Elad Mardix

Elad Mardix

President

Clarifruit

Elad is the President of Clarifruit, co-leading the transformation of the company’s vision into a reality. Previously, Elad had a distinguished career working for J.P. Morgan in both New York and Hong Kong, where he ran J.P. Morgan’s Asia Technology banking franchise. As a senior tech banker, Elad had the privilege of partnering with some of the world’s most brilliant tech entrepreneurs, taking innovative companies public, advising on transformational M&A transactions, and helping those entrepreneurs realize their dreams. Elad holds a BA in Economics & Accounting from Bar-Ilan University, Israel, and an MBA from Darden school, University of Virginia, USA.

David May

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.

Ed Moorhouse

Ed Moorhouse

Business Development Director

Oasthouse Ventures

Ed joined the Oasthouse team in 2020 and is responsible for building on the success of our Low Carbon Farming projects both in the UK and abroad. Ed comes from a well-established agri-food family business and career in the Royal Marines. On the latter, he served around the globe including posting and operations in the Middle East, Far East, Great Lakes region of Africa and United States, where he worked as a Foreign Policy specialist in the UK Embassy in Washington DC. He concluded his service commanding the Royal Marines Barracks in London and Royal Marines Reserve City of London. Following military service, Ed undertook an MBA in International Food and Agribusiness at the Royal Agricultural University School of Business and Enterprise. Ed also holds an MA in Defence Studies and is BASIS agronomy trained in Horticultural Crop Protection. Prior to joining the Oasthouse team, he managed the UK’s largest soft fruit glasshouse complex in West Sussex.

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.

Richard Potter

CEO

Peak AI

Matt Rayment

Sector Development Manager

MTC

Drew Reynolds

Drew Reynolds

Group Sustainability Officer

Total Produce

Drew has a PHD in Horticultural Science and extensive experience in all aspects of the horticultural industry including growing, management, acquisition, research, consultancy, prepared food and produce technology. He has built a reputation and track record for product development, new technology, people development and sustainability and has experienced a wide range of horticultural and food manufacturing operations home and abroad. His career started as a production manager for a plant propagation unit and after this he moved to MAFF as an ADAS Horticulture advisor specialising in top fruit and berry development. He then spent 19 years at Geest in Spalding where he had many roles starting as technical manager and progressing to technical director. In 2008 he joined Total Produce Technical and Business Development Director where he is now Group Technical Director. During his time there he has had a commercial period as a Managing Director but in the main his roles have been technical and business development (adding value).

Erik Runkle

Professor and Extension Specialis

Department of Horticulture, Michigan State University

Dr. Erik Runkle is a Professor and Extension Specialist in the Department of Horticulture at Michigan State University. Erik obtained a B.S. in Ornamental Horticulture from the University of Illinois and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Horticulture at Michigan State University. Since he joined the faculty in 2001, he and his graduate research team have performed numerous practical experiments in controlled environments to determine the effects of light, temperature, and other environmental factors on plant growth and development. Erik recently developed the Controlled-Environment Lighting Laboratory to better understand how lighting can be manipulated to produce specialty crops with desired attributes. He is the project director of OptimIA, which aims to improve the profitability and sustainability of indoor leafy-greens production.

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.

Sander van Golberdinge

Sander van Golberdinge

Public Affairs Manager

Grodan.

Sander's mission to bring the greenhouse cultivation sector and the retail sector closer together to work collectively on a more sustainable food chain. The industry must live up to the ever growing expectations of consumers to provide fresh, healthy food that respects the boundaries of the planet. Sander has extensive experience in the public and private arena. At Grodan, he is responsible for the global public affairs strategy which includes thought leadership, legislation and compliance. Issues such as circularity, climate, food safety and health are daily business. He has also initiated research on the UN Sustainable Development Goals and Plant Protection Products. After graduation from Leiden University, Sander worked as an assistant to an MP and for the Dutch ministry of Foreign Affairs in Africa and at the UN-department. Before Grodan, he was director of the Dutch retail association representing the interests of Dutch retailers including supermarket chains and drugstores.

Edwin Vanlaerhoven

Edwin Vanlaerhoven

Head of Strategic Business

Certon

Edwin Vanlaerhoven is responsible for the strategic Business Development at Certhon, leading expert in worldwide high-tech horticulture solutions for local fresh year-round vegetable, plant and flower production. Their solutions are innovative, sustainable and focused on achieving a solid return-on-investment. The result worldwide, in many different extreme climates, successful and innovative turnkey projects. In March 2020 Certhon formed alliance with DENSO Corporation, second largest advanced automotive technology supplier in the world. This cooperation unites DENSO’s great knowledge and expertise in the field of automation (industrial robotics, AI, machine learning) with Certhon’ s advanced horticulture technology to develop next-generation horticultural solutions to tackle food related issues

Emilie Vanpoperinghe

Emilie Vanpoperinghe

Co-founder

ODDBOX

Emilie is co-founder of ODDBOX, London's first and only sustainable fruit and veg box tackling food waste. They work closely with farmers, rescuing fresh, seasonal surplus fruit & veg which are at risk of becoming food waste. More than that, ODDBOX drives awareness of the issue and provides insight into the resources used to grow the produce. With every box Londoners reduce food waste, save CO2 and water. Emilie has over 15 years' project and team management experience in Fortune 500 companies across the globe. She was previously Director of Finance & Operations for an international NGO set up by the Nike Foundation and working in developing countries to empower adolescent girls to reach their potential. Before that, she worked close to 10 years in finance in the corporate sector in France, India and the UK. Emilie is originally from northern France and has been in the UK for the past 10 years. Her grandparents were potato farmers and so she knows what it takes to grow fresh produce.

Kevin Vyse

Kevin Vyse

Head of Technical

Rap Packaging

Originally developed in Spain, PlantTape was acquired in 2014 by Tanimura & Antle, one of worlds’ largest vegetable growers. The PlantTape automated transplanting system is ideal for agricultural producers aiming for increased efficiency and productivity in their operations. The system is more efficient than the conventional transplanting methods using modules and soil blocks. PlantTape offers a fully integrated system from sowing the tape, to germination and nursery care, to transplanting in the field. PlantTape is commercially used to plant lettuces, broccoli, cauliflower, leeks, onions, tomatoes and cabbage, while other crops are currently on trial.

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.

Mike Wilson M.Sc B.Sc

Mike Wilson M.Sc B.Sc

Chief Automation Officer

Manufacturing Technology Centre,

Mike Wilson has over 35 years of experience in the application of automation to manufacturing across a broad range of industry sectors and is widely recognised as one of the leading authorities on the application of industrial robot systems in the UK. Mike is Chief Automation Officer at the Manufacturing Technology Centre, leading the drive to increase the adoption of automation in UK manufacturing. He is also Chairman of the British Automation and Robot Association, a Director of the Manufacturing Technologies Association and has previously been Chairman of the International Federation of Robotics. His book “Implementation of Robot Systems” was published in 2014.

Antony Yousefian

Antony Yousefian

Agtech Director

Bardsley England

Ag-Tech Director of Bardsley England and Co-founder of Bardsley X, passionate about change, innovation and accelerating technology adoption. Started in asset management in the city of London, moving onto the challenge of internationalising China's leading investment bank, CICC. Angel investor with a focus on Agtech & Climatetech, enabling start-ups and SMEs to raise capital and accelerate growth.

Adrian Scripps

Speaker

Affinitus

Exhibitor -

Affinitus Group design and develop market-specific ERP Business Management software for the fresh produce, food service, food & beverage, horticultural and food logistics sectors.

Freshware ERP software manages the end-to-end process of growing, importing, and marketing fresh produce – from farm management and importing, through the packhouse and processing, to wholesale, distribution and export.

We continually invest in our product development to lead the ERP software market in our chosen sector and constantly strive to deliver the absolute latest in technology.

Contact us now to discuss how Freshware could help your Food, Fruit, Vegetable or Salad business.

Twitter: @AffinitusUK LinkedIN: https://www.linkedin.com/company/affinitus-group-ltd

Agricutural and Farming Jobs

Established in 2013, Agricultural & Farming Jobs provides outstanding Executive Recruitment and Job Advertising Services. We are the trusted recruitment Partner of choice to industry leading organisations, both across the UK and Internationally.

We have specialist Headhunting Recruitment Divisions in; Farming, Agriculture, Horticulture, Food & Fresh Produce, Animal Health, Veterinary & Equestrian and Machinery, Technical & Engineering. Our jobs board offers clients a cost-effective alternative job advertising service. We offer an exceptional service, with a personable, yet highly professional approach.

Agricultural and Farming Jobs pride themselves on being Experts in your Field

Agri-EPI Centre

Exhibitor - Stand C53

Agri-EPI Centre is one of the four UK Agri-Tech Centres funded by Innovate UK. Our aim is to accelerate research, development and adoption of precision agriculture and engineering technology.

Our world class R&D facilities, alongside academic and industry partners are a test bed for new technologies in sensors, imaging and robotics, with the opportunity to run field trials on our network of 28 commercial farms throughout the UK.

Agritech Future

Supporter - Stand A54

ALP

Supporter - C21

Bardsley

Speaker

BeBa Energy

Exhibitor - Stand D41

Since 2010 BeBa Energy have been developing, designing, installing and maintaining the highest quality commercial solar PV systems.

Not only are we proud to have installed over 400 individual systems, we are also proud to say that we now look after nearly 500 systems as if they were our own; this includes systems that were not originally built by us.

We pride ourselves on taking our clients on the journey towards a new system in a professional and straightforward manner - handling everything from the cost/benefit analysis and feasibility studies to planning and due-diligence.

Once the system is operational you can rest easy knowing that BeBa are at the forefront of cutting-edge developments in solar PV management to help you get the most out of your investment. Most recently this is reflected in our investment in a specially-designed solar panel cleaning robot.

To date our clients include FW Mansfield & Son, Berry Gardens, Produce World and Frontier Agriculture.

Berry Gardens

Speaker

Berry World

Exhibitor - Stand A8

B-Hive Innovations

Exhibitor - Stand D42

Bosman Van Zaal

Bosman Van Zaal, a Netherlands based family-owned company, is specialised in the development, production and installation of professional horticultural projects and has an extensive team of engineers and horticultural experts. This enormous technical diversity within the organisation forms the basis for the sophisticated technology that is applied worldwide in the development of laboratories and test greenhouses for the food and pharmaceutical industries, but is also used for the realisation of high-quality production greenhouses

Branston

Exhibitor - Stand C19

Branston is one of the country’s largest buyers and packers of potatoes, handling many thousands of tonnes every year. The company was formed, near the village of Branston, back in 1968 and we’ve been investing in a growing a sustainable business ever since. We employ well over 800 people at our three sites across the UK in a wide range of roles.

It’s not just about fresh potatoes. We also create prepared potato products for retail and food manufacture that are ready to cook. It’s all part of our approach to utilising the whole of the crop and making a positive difference to how we feed the planet.

Certhon

Exhibitor - Stand Dutch Pavilion

Certhon and co-owner DENSO (the second largest advanced automotive technology supplier in the world) joint forces on advancing the automation in high-tech facilities around the globe. Together, we take up the challenge to look at the market from a whole new perspective in order to provide a more resilient and advanced food supply chain. By combining the knowledge and expertise of DENSO in the field of automation (industrial robotics) with the advanced horticultural techniques and cultivation knowledge of Certhon, a partnership within which a new generation of horticultural solutions will be developed.

DENSO and Certhon have already cooperated on the largest greenhouse in Japan were the harvesting is carried out by harvesting robot “FARO”, which DENSO developed and which is used for extensive testing.

Clarifruit

Speaker and Start Up Feature

Clarifruit offers the world’s first automatic, end-to-end quality control (QC) and data analytics platform for the fruit and vegetable industry. Leveraging big data and artificial intelligence, Clarifruit aims to add consistency, accuracy and objectivity to fresh produce QC processes for the entire supply chain - from growers and marketing companies, to wholesalers and retailers. The platform empowers these stakeholders with the data they need to make the right businesses decisions to reduce waste, maximize productivity, and truly level the playing field for fruit and vegetable quality control. It’s about time. For more information, visit www.clarifruit.com.

CMV

Dutch Pavilion

CMW Horticulture is a leading horticultural supplier in the UK, founded in June 1989. CMW’s leading position in the UK horticulture sector has been built on a commitment to maintaining loyal relationships with customers and partner suppliers alike. CMW suppliers meet the highest standards for quality and reliability.

Commercial Horticultural Association

Supporter - Stand D40

The Commercial Horticultural Association (CHA) is the British trade association for manufacturers and suppliers of plants, products and services to commercial horticultural growers throughout the world. Covering the ornamentals and fresh produce sectors, our members offer the full portfolio of products and services for all horticultural requirements. Building on its enviable reputation for research, innovation and high quality standards, the UK horticultural supplies sector has introduced some of the world’s leading technology, processes and services which are being utilised worldwide.

The CHA promotes its members’ products and services, plus UK horticulture as a whole, throughout the world at shows and via embassies and consulates by working closely with the British Government Department for International Trade (DIT). CHA is an accredited trade partner for DIT helping UK companies explore international markets and overseas partners to develop trade relationships with UK stakeholders. Currently the CHA organises British Pavilions at IPM Essen, Fruit Logistica, Greentech and Fruit Attraction and facilitates TAP Grants at all four events.

Coveris

Speaker

Coveris is a leading UK and European packaging company that manufactures flexible and sustainable solutions for some of the world’s most respected brands. We develop packaging that protects all types of products – from food to pet food, from medical devices to industrial and agricultural goods. Through our broad level of technical expertise, our high-quality packaging extends the lifecycle of products to help reduce waste and resource wastage. Together with our customers we are constantly working on new attractive and sustainable packaging solutions.

Crop Health and Protection (CHAP)

Exhibitor - Stand B63

Crop Health and Protection (CHAP) is one of the four UK Agri-Tech Centres of Innovation, funded by Innovate UK. It is an independent catalyst for change bringing together researchers, industry and government stakeholders to accelerate the identification, development and adoption of innovative agri-tech solutions in crops.

CHAP and its partners have built 15 facilities in ten centres of excellence and have established collaborative and delivery frameworks to assist efforts to improve growers’ ability to produce crops with better resilience and sustainability, while enhancing the environment. CHAP is a not-for-profit company that receives funding from Innovate UK.

Crux Agribotics

Exhibitor - Stand Dutch Pavilion

Crux Agribotics develops, delivers and supports automatic Grading, Sorting and Packing Robotics with vision and machine-/deep learning software. The adaptive robotics enable growers to automate their grading, sorting and packing process without having to depend on human labour. The produce is handled in a gentler way, resulting in higher yields; less damages at minimized give-away weight.

Crux Agribotics is dedicated to automating processes within the agriculture / horticulture markets together with its sister company KOAT B.V. who delivers complete systems for material handling and internal logistics for growers world-wide.

Dutch Food Techology

Exhibitor - Stand Dutch Pavilion

Dutch Food Technology is the designer and manufacturer of the worldwide patented Piñabar. This unique Fresh Fruit Fun-Experience is the number 1 in-store pineapple solution for retailers.

The Piñabar is the most innovative pineapple-slicer on the market today. Our patented system enables the best peeled pineapples in just 10 seconds. Delivering you the fastest and freshest in-store pineapple experience. Get ready for genuinely fresh pineapples, peeled right in front of your eyes. There is no fresher substitute than this.

Embassy of the Netherlands

Exhibitor

Fresh4Cast

Speaker and Exhibitor

Fresh4cast provides forecast-as-a-service solutions to growers and distributors of fruit & veg. The company’s mission is to help the sector improve predictability and sustainability. In the berry category, Fresh4cast now covers half of the UK production and is expanding internationally. In recent years the service has been growing fast into new categories: salads, tomatoes, beans. Accuracy has grown steadily, and some of the crop models currently reach ±3% error. This has helped the company increase its turnover almost 10x over the past three years. If you think about improving your forecasting, please come and talk to us at FPC Future.

Farm Carbon Tookit

Speaker

The Farm Carbon Toolkit was created by farmers for farmers. For over a decade, we’ve worked to further the understanding of greenhouse gas emissions in agriculture. We provide tools and services to measure impact and projects that inspire real action on the ground.

Our vision is a farming sector that minimises its carbon emissions and maximises its carbon sequestration, whilst producing quality food and a wide range of public goods, all produced by resilient and profitable farm businesses.

Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership

Greater Lincolnshire lives and breathes Agri-tech. Positioned at the heart of the UK Food Valley it offers the perfect platform to base a business associated with the sector; including bespoke Food Enterprise Zones, and a business community dedicated to food production. Our High Potential Opportunity for Automation in Food Processing outlines a compelling case to locate a business in our region.

At the core is the South Lincolnshire Food Enterprise Zone at Holbeach, offering unrivalled R&D facilities, premises tailored for the sector, the University on site and it's National Centre for Food Manufacturing just a short distance away.

Lincolnshire County Council and the Greater Lincolnshire LEP are committed to flourishing Agri-tech across the region, and maintain an 'open door' policy for any business looking to invest. For further information please contact – Karen.seal@lincolnshire.gov.uk

Global Smart

Speaker

Grodan

Exhibitor - Stand Dutch Pavilion

We supply innovative and sustainable stone wool growing media solutions for the professional horticultural sector, based on Precision Growing principles. These solutions are, amongst others, applied for the cultivation of vegetables and flowers, such as tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet peppers, egg plants, roses and gerberas.

Sustainability plays a prominent role within Grodan, from the manufacture of stone wool substrates to end-of-life solutions. Grodan is founded in 1969 and active in more than seventy countries worldwide. The head office is located in Roermond, the Netherlands.

GrowPura

Speaker

GrowPura has developed vertical farming technologies to combine the benefits of land, water and nutrient usage optimization with minimizing environmental impact, working towards net carbon zero and improving nutritional benefits. Combining the positive benefits of automation, robotics and artificial intelligence to provide the widest acceptable benefit in different geographic regimes.

The company is building a major facility at Colworth Park stylized as the National Hydroponics Demonstator and Skill Centre –the company is developing approaches to widen the acceptance of vertical farming and easing the path to implementation through its licensing and technology services.

G's Fresh

Speaker

Hagelunie Glasshouse Insurance

Exhibitor - Stand Dutch Pavilion

We insure, and firmly ensure, the continuity of the global protected crops business. Our expert team is multi skilled and practically experienced in glasshouse horticulture. Including associated energy installations and controlled environment systems. Firm roots within the Dutch growing industry place us in a unique position to bring extra benefits to protect and develop your business. We offer much more than any other greenhouse insurer. Will be great to meet you at the show or contact us anytime.

UK: Kevin Robinson 07770 665 078 kr.ltd@btinternet.com

NL: Louis Vrieze +31 613411871 la.vrieze@hagelunie.com

Henderson Brown

Exhibitor - C20

Horconex - Dutch Pavilion

HORCONEX is realising turnkey greenhouse projects for almost 35 years. Our expert team takes care of the project design with the most innovative solutions. In-house we design the best type of greenhouses, heating and screen system according to customer wishes, from semi-closed Activenlo Air to conventional Venlo using programs specially designed to calculate the best local solutions in relation to climate conditions, crop choice and your objectives.

Our main focus has been on serving growers in France and Switzerland where we are the market leader. HORCONEX is now rapidly expanding its operations in other countries such as the UK.

IDS

Exhibitor - C47

IDS develops powerful, easy-to-use USB, GigE and 3D cameras with a wide range of sensors and variants. The powerful industrial cameras can be used in a wide variety of non-industrial and industrial sectors such as equipment, plant and mechanical engineering. Visionary thinking and modular concepts enable customers to create innovative and individual applications.

Since its foundation in 1997 as a two-man company, IDS has developed into an independent, ISO-certified family business with more than 330 employees. The headquarters in Obersulm, Germany, is both a development and production site. With branches in the USA, United Kingdom, Japan and South Korea as well as other offices, IDS is represented internationally.

It's Fresh

Exhibitor - Stand A53

Its Fresh! reduces food waste and enhances the quality of climacteric and ethylene sensitive fruit and fresh produce by safely and effectively controlling the ethylene present.

Its new format can now be applied to a wide range of packaging formats and liners, providing its unique technology the optimum conditions to protect fruit all the way from the grower to the consumer; locally and globally.

We look forward to welcoming you to our FPC stand at A53, and introducing you to our technology, demonstrating our technology, and arranging trials. Further info can be gained at www.itsfresh.com

John Innes Centre

Speaker

The John Innes Centre is an independent, international centre of excellence in plant science, genetics and microbiology. Our mission is to generate knowledge of plants and microbes through innovative research, to train scientists for the future, to apply our knowledge of nature’s diversity to benefit agriculture, the environment, human health, and wellbeing, and engage with policy makers and the public.

We foster a creative, curiosity-driven approach to fundamental questions in bio-science, with a view to translating that into societal benefits. Over the last 100 years, we have achieved a range of fundamental breakthroughs, resulting in major societal impacts. Our new vision Healthy Plants, Healthy People, Healthy Planet (http://www.hp3.org/) is a collaborative call to action. Bringing knowledge, skills and innovation together to create a world where we can sustainably feed a growing population, mitigate the effects of climate change and use our understanding of plants and microbes to develop foods and discover compounds to improve public health.

The John Innes Centre is strategically funded by the UKRI-BBSRC (Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council), and is supported by the John Innes Foundation through provision of research accommodation, capital funding and long-term support of the Rotation PhD programme.

Jones Food Company

Speaker

Keltie

Exhibitor - Stand B65

Keltie is an intellectual property firm that can handle all of your intellectual property needs, including securing patents for your technical inventions, registering trade marks to cover your brand, and protecting your aesthetic creations with design registrations. We support companies and individuals at all stages in protecting their innovation and growing their business.

Keltie is a firm with a unique personality. With a top-10 ranking in the Financial Times Special Report on Europe’s Leading Patent Law Firms 2020, Keltie is renowned for its excellence. That reputation has been earned by putting talented, energetic and principled people at its heart.


Lettus Grow

Exhibitor - Stand D44

Lincolnshire County Council

Greater Lincolnshire lives and breathes Agri-tech. Positioned at the heart of the UK Food Valley it offers the perfect platform to base a business associated with the sector; including bespoke Food Enterprise Zones, and a business community dedicated to food production. Our High Potential Opportunity for Automation in Food Processing outlines a compelling case to locate a business in our region.

At the core is the South Lincolnshire Food Enterprise Zone at Holbeach, offering unrivalled R&D facilities, premises tailored for the sector, the University on site and it's National Centre for Food Manufacturing just a short distance away.

Lincolnshire County Council and the Greater Lincolnshire LEP are committed to flourishing Agri-tech across the region, and maintain an 'open door' policy for any business looking to invest. For further information please contact – Karen.seal@lincolnshire.gov.uk

Lincoln Institute for Agrifood Technology

Supporter and Speaker - Stand A61 and A62

The Lincoln Institute for Agri-food Technology (LIAT) is a specialist research institute at the University of Lincoln Riseholme Campus, which brings together expertise in a diverse range of subjects such as agriculture, artificial intelligence, robotics, automation, ecology, hydrology, animal welfare, biology, genetics, food manufacturing, mechanical engineering, microbial resistance, new product development, supply chain management and economics, to name a few.

LIAT aims to support and enhance productivity, efficiency, and sustainability in food and farming through research, education, and technology. Its researchers are engaged in the development of technologies which add value or solve challenges across the food chain, ‘from farm to fork’, working with partners in industry and academia locally, nationally and internationally.
LIAT’s computer scientists and agricultural researchers are leading a number of pioneering agri-robotics research projects designed to realise the potential for improved productivity through greater automation of pre-harvesting and post-harvesting operations – these include observing and counting ripened soft fruit, picking fruit, transporting produce, weeding and harvesting crops.

MDS

Mentor Me! Sponsor and Exhibitor - B16

Michigan State University

Speaker

MorePeople

Exhibitor - Stand A7

Morgan Cargo

Morgan Cargo handles all aspects of road, sea and air logistics. We guarantee total peace of mind with each shipment as personal attention is given – from making the booking, to delivery at the final destination.

We focus on niche markets and offer total logistic solutions for perishable and general cargo. With the ever-increasing cost of getting produce from the grower to the supermarket, it is our aim to help our customers in obtaining the best freight rates available.

Morgan Cargo has offices in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth, Durban, Pretoria, Nairobi, Amsterdam, Vitoria, London Heathrow and Folkestone.

MTC

Speaker

National Centre for Food Manufacturing

Supporter and Speaker

The National Centre for Food Manufacturing (NCFM) is a satellite campus of the University of Lincoln and an internationally recognised provider of education, research and technical business support for the fresh produce industry. NCFM is recognised for its highly innovative delivery model, comprising distance learning study typically supplemented with three weeks of block release study per year and is strategically situated in South Lincolnshire.

The NCFM works closely with employers in the fresh produce sector responding to a growing need for skilled food scientists, technologists, manufacturing/operational managers, supply chain managers and Agri food related roles. With our expert fresh produce know-how and unrivalled collaboration with leading suppliers of robotics and automation, processing and packaging technology, our specialist education and research facility progresses cutting edge work across a number of food sector areas.

National Farmers Union

Speaker

Neame Lea

Speaker

Oast House Ventures

Speaker

Oddbox

Speaker

Oddbox is a sustainable fruit and veg box tackling food waste. It works closely with farmers, rescuing fresh, seasonal surplus fruit and veg which are at risk of becoming food waste. With every box Londoners reduce food waste, save CO2 and water.

Peak AI

Speaker

Plant Tape

Exhibitor - Stand A52

Originally developed in Spain, PlantTape was acquired in 2014 by Tanimura & Antle, one of worlds’ largest vegetable growers. The PlantTape automated transplanting system is ideal for agricultural producers aiming for increased efficiency and productivity in their operations. The system is more efficient than the conventional transplanting methods using modules and soil blocks. PlantTape offers a fully integrated system from sowing the tape, to germination and nursery care, to transplanting in the field. PlantTape is commercially used to plant lettuces, broccoli, cauliflower, leeks, onions, tomatoes and cabbage, while other crops are currently on trial.

ProAmpac

Speaker

ProAmpac is the UK’s market leader in food-to-go packaging. We combine technical, creative and commercial expertise to design and manufacture high grade protective and hygienic food packaging for sandwiches, hot products, chilled meats and ready meals. Offering unrivalled expertise in helping customers reduce waste and increase recyclability, our intelligent design solutions not only help keep products fresher for longer, but also provide valuable branding opportunities to convert at the point of sale. For more information, visit rapuk.com

Promar

Speaker

Promar International is the consulting arm of Genus plc and provides a range of market analysis and insight based consulting services to the UK and international agri food sector. Work in the fresh and processed fruit and vegetable sectors has always been an important part of our overall work as well as in the dairy, beef and pork sectors too. Promar has worked for clients across the UK and international value chain and as well as in the UK, has been involved with project work for clients in Chile, SA, New Zealand, Australia, Peru, the US, China, India and the Middle East.

Roythornes Solicitors

Exhibitor - Stand B70

Roythornes has built a strong reputation by giving commercial advice to fresh produce businesses.

Our talented team works with UK and international organisations - advising on issues including contracts, disputes, technology implementation, construction projects, regulatory prosecutions, business sales, mergers & acquisitions, licensing and distribution agreements. We also help with the more day-to-day business issues such as employment law, GDPR, websites and debt recovery.

Our clients include innovative technology businesses, importers, growers, processors, logistics and storage businesses, and trade bodies which gives us a ‘whole chain’ knowledge and makes us the ideal partner for your next fresh produce challenge or opportunity.

Saga Robotics

Speaker

Scorpion Vision

Exhibitor - Stand D46

Scorpion Vision has been building vegetable processing systems for the automated packhouse since 2015. The technology is based on a combination of robotics, water knives and advanced camera systems that offer automated precision cutting that can match or even improve on that achieved using a human work force. With these automated vegetable cutting systems, produce can be peeled, trimmed, de-cored and portioned quickly and efficiently. This leads to a number of benefits, including reduced waste or giveaway, higher yields, improved quality, longer shelf life and of course higher margins.

SmartWash Solutions

Exhibitor - Dutch Pavilion

The SmartWash Solutions system is a revolutionary advancement that enables food processors to significantly raise the bar on food safety, cost savings, process control, line efficiency and monitoring capabilities. The SmartWash® chemicals consists of food wash enhancers developed by SmartWash Solutions to boost the effectiveness of standard (mostly manual) chlorine-based systems. The outstanding performance of SmartWash guarantees consistent pathogen removal and cross-contamination mitigation of E. coli and Salmonella (when used correctly), resulting in fewer recalls that cost the food processing industry billions of euros per year. The SmartWash Solutions system is a powerful combination of Science (own processing aid), Engineering (automated monitoring and control unit) and Technology (online platform which makes calibrated data transparent).

Sustainable Direction

Speaker

Svensson

Svensson is the world leader in climate screens for the horticulture segment.

The Svensson climate screens give the grower more effective climate control.

Our climate screens provide a variety of solutions to improve your greenhouse climate: from solar reflection and energy saving to blackout, supplemental lighting or weather protection.

Svensson Climate Advice is the name of the service we provide so you can be sure you’re getting the right climate screen for your crop and growing conditions.

This tailor-made climate and screen advice includes recommendations on how to make the most of your new climate screen in everyday situations.

Syngenta

Exhibitor - Stand D38

Syngenta is a global R&D agchem manufacturer and seed supplier. We are dedicated to supporting our customers and partners around the UK in this unique and complex industry.

With our resources and scale, we drive innovation to improve flavour, quality, convenience and productivity, for the benefit of growers, marketers, retailers and consumers.

We help growers increase marketable yield in a sustainable way, with new traits to increase productivity and quality, and integrated pest and disease management.

This passion for innovation and our close connection with our customers, supports the industry to meet consumer demand for high quality vegetables all year round.

The Influencers

Speaker

UKUAT

Supporter

University of York

Exhibitor - Stand D43

Viridis

Speaker

Wageningen University

Speaker

Worldwide Fruit

Stand - C24

Worldwide Fruit are an international fruit marketing and distribution Company. We source products globally, from over 1000 growers worldwide ensuring continuity of supply 365 days of the year

Established in January 2000, we are an award winning business supplying top quality fruit to the UK's leading supermarkets. Our Packhouse at Spalding handles around 81 million packs of fruit a year!

Specialising in apples, pears, avocados, stone fruit and more recently fruit baskets, we have offices in Spalding, Lincolnshire and Chartham, Kent, and employ in the region of 475 staff with an annual turnover of £220 million per annum.

Many organisations claim people are their greatest asset, but our Investor In People silver award in March 2021, and Business of the Year award at the Lincolnshire Business Awards in 2021 confirms staff really are at the top of our agenda.

Our Company mission is to be "Customers First Choice". With the introduction of a coaching culture and the development of a lean production system, continuous improvement is how we do business.

Worshipful Company of Gardeners

Supporter - D32

The Worshipful Company of Gardeners, first mentioned in City Corporation records in 1345, is a survivor from the medieval craft guilds which exercised control over the practice of their particular crafts and ensured a proper training through the system of apprenticeship.

The Company is a "living" guild and numbers among its members both professionals and amateurs who are actively involved in the craft. All are united by a common bond of horticulture and gardens.