FPC Future 2021

November

04

2021

Lincolnshire Showground


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.

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
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Session 1 Morning - Robotics and automation pre-farm gate

09:30

Chair's welcome

John Giles

Promar

09:32

Future of work in horticulture 

The rapid adoption of tech in the sector is creating exciting new career opportunities and a reconsideration of how we develop sector skills

Simon Pearson

University of Lincoln

09:45

Automation and robotics for strawberry production

Berry Gardens has been supporting Saga Robotics Ltd and the University of Lincoln to develop a number of robotic tools that will automate strawberry production in the future, which will be described.

Richard Harnden

Berry Gardens

10:00

Robotics in protected horticulture

Based on all robotic developments a breakthrough on robotics can be expected. But will it be a disruption or evolution. How to prepare and to adapt to future upcoming handsfree farms. Erik points out state of the art of technologies and innovations and what will be possible in the future.

Erik Pekkeriet

Wageningen University & Research

10:15

Robotics and automation pre farm gate

Jonathon Featherstone

Featherstone Machinery

10:30

Developing UV treatment against mildew in strawberry and wine grapes

Over the last five years, the Thorvald team has developed a robot that can operate in an agricultural environment with the robustness and reliability needed for commercial operation. The team is working on a wide range of tools to be developed for Thorvald, but presently, the focus is on developing UV treatment against mildew in strawberry and wine grapes. The robot is currently in operation on commercial farms in Norway, UK, Italy and the US delivering protection against powdery mildew which allows growers to produce strawberries without the use of chemicals and fungicides for mildew protection. This has the potential to completely change the way strawberries are produced and will drastically reduce the inputs needed.

Pål Johan From

Thorvald/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

Janet Bellamy

NCFM

13:32

Why the post farm gate industry needs to change

This presentation explains how robotics and automation can address some of the challenges faced by post farm gate food operations. Guidance is also provided for those businesses who are interested in implementing automation solutions but do not know how to start their journey.

Mike Wilson

MTC

13:45

How Artificial Intelligence is Revolutionising Agriculture

AI is changing the face of our food-production in revolutionary ways. From tractors who can think for themselves, to automated fruit and vegetable harvesters, along with sensor technology that allows for optimum crop planning. Dr Sarah-Jayne Gratton explains how, with an ever growing global population, it’s more important than ever to embrace innovation in all aspects of our farm to fork journey.

Sarah-Jayne Gratton

The Influencers

14:00

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

How B-hive and Branston are optimising the fresh produce supply chain and reducing wastage through AI technology

Vidyanath Gururajan and James Truscott

B-hive Innovations and Branston Ltd

14:15

Packhouse Automation – Learning from the Chilled Food Industry

Matt will be speaking about his recent transfer from a Research and Technology Organisation (MTC) into SeaFresh, what he has discovered in his first few months of being the onsite manufacturing innovation lead, the approaches he has taken, the tools he has developed and the successes and failures they have had so-far. The session will help others look at their processes in a new way and start their own manufacturing innovation journey.

Matt Rayment

C-Tech Automation (part of the SeaFresh Group)

14:30

Robotics and automation – post farm gate

Jonathan Gill

Harper Adams University

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

Discover how the data we are collecting on a regular basis can increase profitability and traceability in the fresh produce supply chain. Examples will include case studies from producer groups, who have strengthened their relationships with UK retailers and processors.

Giles Barker

KisanHub

09:45

How can the data ecosystem protect people & forests in food supply chains?

In this session James will explore how by bringing together a vast data ecosystem, in-depth knowledge schemas and a powerful inference engine we plan to help tackle deforestation and exploitation in supply chains like palm, soy and cocoa.

James Stewart

IBM

10:00

Using AI to improve profitability in fresh produce

Making a profit in fresh produce depends on many factors. Some are in your control, like what to plant or how many pickers to send to each field. Some are outside of your control, like weather, overall supply and many others. To make the best decisions possible, I will argue that it is necessary to: unify these information streams, build up your data assets and gradually create a portfolio of predictive and prescriptive models

Mihai Ciobanu

Fresh4cast

10:15

Data and AI are transforming businesses - but where do you get started on this journey?

* Brief introduction to AI / Decision Intelligence. * Who is Peak? * Decision Intelligence and how it is connecting data across the supply chain. * Customer stories. * How Peak help business get started

Jake Moore

Peak AI

10:30

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

Coming legislation will remove single use plastics from packaging: the University of Lincoln Materials Syndicate is working on non-polymer alternatives to single use plastics. Any alternative material must match or better existing technology in price and functionality. We aim to do this by exploiting the particular properties of agricultural waste materials (better described as co-products). In this case we take waste mushroom materials - damaged caps and stalks and blend them with Kraft pulp to produce mushroom punnets that give benefits in terms of materials strength and shelf life.

Nick Tucker

University of Lincoln

13:45

Fibre-based produce packaging in a circular economy

In this session we will explore how fibre-based packaging for fresh produce can contribute to a circular economy. We will also discuss its suitability for a range of applications, some considerations when specifying  and share some examples of best practice.

Luis Apodaca

Graphic Packaging International

14:00

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

Eric's presentation will cover: * Current and future packaging demands of the retail produce sector – meeting or exceeding legislative requirements, and retailer and consumer wishes and expectations * How Coveris is supporting this through its NO WASTE strategy: * NO product waste – reducing food waste through world class shelf-life technologies – What is new, to optimise shelf-life and reduce food waste? * NO packaging waste – improving recyclability and minimising the use of materials – every gram of packaging must count and be functional, with maximum use of post-consumer waste content, and the goal is always 100% recyclable, to close the packaging life-cycle loop. * NO operational waste - towards zero net manufacturing waste and maximum use of recycled industrial plastic waste content in plastics * Summary and conclusion

Eric Duncan

Coveris

14:15

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

Tackling Waste in the Supply Chain

Sustainability has shone a light on waste, fresh produce suppliers in the UK have been on this journey for a very long time. There is always room for further improvement but innovation, performance indicators, and responsible practice has arguably put UK suppliers in an enviable position compared to other markets but the journey continues.

Dr Drew Reynolds

Total Produce

09:45

Tackling pre-farm gate waste and driving conscious consumerism.

Emilie will discuss the issue and extent of food waste at farm-level and how Oddbox aims to provide a win win solution for growers, consumers and the planet.The food system is inefficient. Oddbox is prototyping an alternative, common sense, supply-led business model that supports farmers to sell what they have grown and has been deemed ‘too ugly’ or or there is just ‘too much’ of, easing the burden on our planet in the process.

Emilie Vanpoperinghe

Oddbox

10:00

More Data – less Waste

The power of data when transformed into actionable insights can support better decision making and help to match supply and demand and reduce food waste, resource waste and the carbon footprint.

Karen Covey

G's

10:15

Unlocking opportunity through measurement

The number of businesses measuring food surplus and waste on farm is on the up. Whilst leading businesses are increasing efficiency, this session will show how, and why, other businesses can catch-up.

William McManus

Wrap

10:30

Panel Q&A

Supply chain waste

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Session 6 Afternoon - Carbon supply chains reducing carbon output facilitating carbon capture

13:30

Chair's Welcome

Libby John

University of Lincoln

13:32

Supply Chains - how can they impact carbon emissions reductions?

Every element in production, delivery and waste supply chains emits pollution, emissions and unwanted outcomes in the effort to to deliver farm to fork needs. What are the practical ways of reducing the negatives and accentuating the positives? The short presentation will reveal options for planning, monitoring, improving, executing and auditing the impacts of improvements. The balance between cost and benefit will be discussed.

Duncan Botting

Global Smart

13:45

Rewarding growers for doing good

The food system requires a transformation, it is one of the largest contributors to climate change but has the potential to be a solution. It is possible to grow food which repairs our planet. Bx is accelerating this capability with its two-sided blockchain-enabled platform, connecting conscious consumers with growers who are regenerating our soils and produce planet positive food. Talk brief - Beta in 2020/21, for 2022 season, we are now rolling out its software platform to grower arounds the world. Will show how the platform and mechanism will reward growers for implementing climate positive practices. Growers will receive further rewards for the impact they deliver at the end of season, including carbon capture and biodiversity improvements. Will show how we have used blockchain technology to tokenise this positive impact (e.g carbon capture) which can reach conscious consumers. Consumers can support growers by purchasing tokens which directly rewards them decarbonising food supply chain and producing planet positive food.

Antony Yousefian

BX

14:00

LCA insights into Embodied and Operational Carbon and CO2 Capture by Plants

LCA is now helping us understand the carbon embodied in the supply chains of raw materials; and the construction of high tech growing environments, and how these balance against the operational carbon and the potential capture of CO2 by the growing plants to give a Carbon Footprint for your products. There is a significant amount of progress here and this talk will look at Scope 1, 2 and 3 issues to help us all reduce the carbon impact of food production.

Prof John Henry Looney

Sustainable Direction Ltd, and University of Lincoln

14:15

Assessing your carbon footprint with the farm carbon calculator

There is a lot of interest in the potential for farmers to be part of the climate solution through how they are managing their soils. But what is possible? And how do we create a system which reduces emissions, sequesters carbon and remains profitable and resilient for the future?

Becky Willson

Farm Carbon Toolkit

14:30

Panel Q&A

Carbon supply chains

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Session 7 Morning - Sustainability

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 Golberdinge

Grodan

09:45

The Role of Innovation in Growing more Fruit and Veg in the UK Sustainably

In 2019 the UK was self-sufficient in only 16% of total UK fruit supply and 53% of the total UK vegetable supply, with concerns about vulnerability to Covid-19, political events and climate change leading to calls to produce more fruit and vegetables in the UK. However, the aim to grow more fruit and vegetables in the UK incorporates multiple drivers, possible alternative strategies and the potential for both synergies and conflicts with the UK’s net zero Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emission commitments. Innovation is frequently identified as a key mechanism to enable a transition to a sustainable food system, and also a means to increase agricultural productivity. However, there are multiple concepts of innovation, with much discussion implicitly focusing on the development and transfer of ‘high’ technology alone, rather than considering changes in practices, structures and relationships within the often complex process of knowledge exchange. Here we: a) highlight synergies and conflicts of different drivers for producing more fruit and vegetables in the UK and how this interacts with the UK’s net zero commitments; b) classify different aspects of innovation that might contribute to net zero targets; and c) explore expert perceptions of the enablers of and barriers to innovation for net zero in this sector. We aim to provide an overview to stimulate discussion and highlight areas for further research, particularly focusing on areas of interest for medium to long-term policy development within Defra. We carried out a rapid evidence assessment by reviewing recent academic and grey literature and through semi-structured interviews with 22 anonymous experts from 20 organisations in the UK fruit and vegetable sector.

Bob Doherty

University of York

10:00

UK agri-reshoring and delivering a de-carbonised fresh produce sector

Ed will cover their sites in East Anglia and their low carbon operating model and the need to bring cultivation back to the UK.

Ed Moorhouse

Oasthouse Ventures

10:15

Innovations in CEA sustainability

CHAP will overview some of the broader agri-tech sector innovations in CEA that focus on sustainability as well as presenting research updates from their current projects in this area, before looking forwards to what’s next.

Dr Harry Langford

CHAP

10:30

Sustainable winter production with artificial lighting

During the winter natural light falls short of giving crops what they need to grow and flourish but artificial LED lighting can extend the growing season in a sustainable, energy efficient way. Low carbon food production is a must if the UK is to hit its sustainability targets but reducing emissions from food production will be one of the biggest challenges. Understand how LED lighting, along with ‘light recipes’, can enable growers to unlock the power of light to sustainably feed a growing population.

Nathanael Dannenberg

Signify UK&I

10:45

Q&A Panel

Sustainability

TBC

TVC

Session 8 Afternoon- Protected Production - Glasshouse and Vertical Farming

13:30

Chair's Welcome

Nigel Jenney

FPC

13:32

Complementing seasonal production with steady supply: how vertical farming technologies and partnerships are improving consumer access to fresh produce

Growers have been using protected production to extend a crop's growing season for hundreds of years. But those protected production methods are still constrained by the outside environment. Now, vertical farming technologies allow crop production that is completely independent of that environment and can therefore be tailored more closely to match customer demand for fresh produce. In this talk we will explore how vertical farming and more conventional production methods can be integrated to optimise fresh produce production.

Oli Kaberry

Jones Food Company

13:45

Protected production - glasshouse and vertical farming

Jamie Burrows

Vertical Future

14:00

Protected Cropping Technology

A description of some to the advanced technology now being employed in protected horticulture, including LED lighting, Robotics, advanced sensors, AI and machine learning.

Phil Pearson

APS Group

14:15

The glasshouse project: a new era of innovation for the UK’s leading producer of ornaments plants, flowers and herbs

Andrew will provide an insight into the investment and growth which the Bridge Farm has achieved in Lincolnshire and his views on the future challenges and opportunities faced by a growing business.

Andrew Fuller

Bridge Farm Group/Neamelea

14:30

Quality and yield of vertically farmed leafy greens

While many cultural and environmental factors influence leafy greens production, light intensity and spectrum play especially important roles in regulating crop quality and yield. Dr. Runkle will present research-based information about the importance of a lighting system and how it influences traits of interest to growers and consumers

Erik Runkle

Michigan State University

14:45

The challenge for vertical farming to play a full role in UK agriculture by 2040

This session looks at alternative farming approaches and how farming needs to adapt to future environmental challenges. One solution fits all isn’t going to work so what are the challenges for vertical farming and how does it need to adapt to its long term role by 2040.

Nick Bateman

GrowPura

15:00

How integration of robotics in next-gen growing systems can be an success

Robotization has been a key development in the worldwide greenhouse industry in recent years as labour shortage is becoming more problematic each year. With the recent investment by Japanese car part manufacturer giant DENSO, Dutch greenhouse builder Certhon is well-positioned to play a big part in this development. With ninety percent of cars in the world having parts from DENSO, the Japanese company is no stranger to high tech. When you also add know-how on machine learning, robotics, big data and quantum computing into the mix, it’s easy to see they have something to bring to the horticulture tech table. During this presentation Edwin Vanlaerhoven, Director of Business Development at Certhon, will explain how Certhon and co-owner DENSO 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. As a result, robots are ----running at a 4 hectare greenhouse in Japan and tests with tomato harvesting robots are in progress with Dutch growers.

Edwin Vanlaerhoven

Certhon

15:15

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

Advances in contained environment agriculture technology are challenging the traditional views and preconceptions of crop production. As baby-leaf and herb production saturate the market and margins tighten, growers must re-evaluate their crop choices and identify new high value market opportunities. In this presentation I will review options, constraints and opportunities for new commercial partnerships. I will consider the role of new breeding technologies, the re-evaluation of plant varieties and the markets for food and beverage, healthcare and medicine, personal care and cosmetics.

Jonathan Clarke

John Innes Centre

15:30

Panel Q&A

Vertical Farming

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Session 9 All day - Exhibitor Theatre

11:00

Innovation in agriculture – why it matters, how to spot it, and how to protect it

Mark discuss the need for innovation in agritech, how that innovation leads to the generation of intellectual property, and how protecting that intellectual property helps to grow a business. Mark will also explore the types of intellectual property available and how to protect each of them.

Mark Callaghan

Keltie

11:30

Growing the Fresh Produce Sector in Greater Lincolnshire

The Greater Lincolnshire fresh produce sector is the UK’s largest fresh produce cluster and seeing substantial growth. The presentation will explore how industry, technology providers and local government are working together in the UK Food Valley to support further growth. The talk will cover how access to premises, utilities, innovation and business support are being addressed and how responding to the challenges of securing the future workforce is a core theme for the UK Food Valley.

Martin Collinson

Greater Lincolnshire LEP

11:45

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

Clarifruit

12:00

The future of the Fresh Produce Industry

The fresh produce industry has radically transformed over the past 50 years, yet the industry remains less digitised compared with many other industries globally. There has been very fragmented adoption of technology but the demand for food is growing, including the push for more ethical and sustainable farm practices, at the same time the supply side faces intense challenges. To address these issues the industry must embrace a digital transformation enabled by connectivity. There is a new wave of innovation which if adopted with respect of industry traditions will lead to higher efficiency and a long-lasting positive impact.

Will Hill

Frupro

12:15

Importing and exporting goods to the EU 3 points to consider

Since the 1st January 2021, imports of fresh produce have been subject to phased implantation of customs processes. We will provide an overview of three main areas that importers must consider: 1) Origin – The importance of the rules of origin and ensuring the imports/exports have the satisfactory supporting documentation. 2)Border Checks and documentation – Phased physical checks will be introduced in January 2022. What do you need to know? 3) Customs Audits – UK companies will be subject to audits by HMRC – What does this entail?

Andrew Thurston

MHA MacIntyre Hudson

12:30

Ceres Agritech - a partnership to revolutionise the creation and commercialisation of university plant agri-tech innovation

Ceres is a partnership between 5 universities to translate agri-tech innovation from the lab bench to farmers’ fields. This presentation will show case Cere’s extensive pipeline of innovative agri-tech solutions for the Fresh Produce sector.

Louise Sutherland

Ceres Agri-tech

12:30

Fruitcast Ltd - Next generation crop forecasting

Raymond Kirk showcases methods of digitizing the modern farm and how FruitCast's AI crop scanning platform can lead to yield forecasting improvements.

Raymond Kirk

Fruitcast Ltd

12:30

Agaricus Robotics Ltd – robotic mushroom harvesting

Bashir Al-Diri will talk about how robotic harvesting can help the mushroom industry cope with current labour shortages.

Bashir Al-Diri

Agaricus Robotics Ltd

12:30

Cellexcel – Novel biomaterials to reduce CO2 emissions

An exciting new approach to support the diversification of agricultural products into the composite materials market.

Louise Sutherland

Ceres Agri-tech

12:30

Strawberry decision support - using data to fight crop disease

Real time, weather based prediction system to control strawberry powdery mildew with fewer fungicide sprays

Dr Avice M Hall, MBE

University of Hertfordshire

Session 10 - UK Research and Innovation: Innovation session

10:45

Welcome and session overview

UKRI’s £90m Transforming Food Production (TFP) programme supports solutions for resilient and sustainable food production systems. This session outlines TFP’s objectives and project innovations, as Tom Jenkins and Andrew McLay are joined by Vidyanath Gururajan of B-Hive, who are using sensor technologies to improve potato yields. Hayley Jackson of JD Cooling then showcases innovations in cooling and storage for fresh produce, while Charlie Guy at LettUs Grow discusses aeroponic vertical farming initiatives. Ahead of TFP’s delivery of Defra’s Farming Innovation Programme, this session covers achieving innovation funding success, and support for building consortia and competitive applications through the Knowledge Transfer Network.

Tom Jenkins – Deputy Challenge Director

UKRI Transforming Food Production

10:50

Introduction to the Transforming Food Production Programme

Tom Jenkins

UKRI Transforming Food Production

11:00

TuberScan: combining sensing technologies to increase marketable yield in potatoes

Vidyanath Gururajan – Managing Director, B-Hive

B-Hive & Branston partnership

11:15

Indoor farming innovations: improving the efficiency & sustainability of our food systems through CEA

Charlie Guy – Co-Founder and CEO

Lettus Grow

11:30

CoolBerry 2: reducing waste through innovations in cooling and storage

Hayley Jackson – Group Commercial Director

JD Cooling

11:45

Forthcoming funding opportunities to support innovation in the fresh produce sector

Tom Jenkins or Andrew McLay (Innovation Lead)

UKRI Transforming Food Production

11:55

Support available through the Knowledge Transfer Network

Pedro Carvalho - Knowledge Transfer Manager (AgriFood)

KTN Ltd

12:00

Q&A

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Bashir Al-Diri

Bashir Al-Diri

Agaricus Robotics Ltd

Luis Apodaca

Technical Manager

Graphic Packaging International

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.

Nick Bateman

Nick Bateman

CEO

GrowPura

Nick Bateman is responsible for the strategic direction of GrowPura to firmly establish the brand and its innovative technology as market leaders in the vertical farming hydroponics industry. Nick has his finger firmly on the pulse of both sustainable agriculture and social economic behaviour trends and demands; and as the technical expertise and environmental knowledge to bring intuitive farming solutions that bridge that gap. A proven track record in the biotechnology and food industries and his extensive financial experience from senior positions with the likes of ICI / Zeneca, Lloyds Bank, British Steel Corporation and most recently Marlow Foods Limited perfectly position him to steer GrowPura to become the industry leaders.

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

Jamie Burrows

Jamie Burrows

Founder and CEO

Vertical Future

Jamie Burrows is the Founder & CEO of Vertical Future, a leading vertical farming technology and research company, designing and providing hardware and software solutions on a global scale. Jamie has over 15 years of experience and prior to setting up Vertical Future, he worked in Life Sciences at EY, Deloitte, and the UK Department of Health. His experiences in health system improvement translated to Vertical Future, with the company’s ultimate goal being population health improvement through proving better agricultural solutions and creating a more efficient system overall.

Mark Callaghan

Mark Callaghan

Patent attorney

Keltie

Mark is the patent attorney within the engineering team at Keltie, a specialist in Intellectual Property Law. Keltie handles intellectual property needs for companies and individuals, such as securing patents for technical inventions, registering trademarks to cover brands, and protecting aesthetic creations with design registrations. Mark benefits from extensive experience in protecting inventions in a wide range of machines, devices and processes. At FPC Future 2021, Mark will be talking about: 'Innovation in agriculture – why it matters, how to spot it, and how to protect it.' Mark will discuss the need for innovation in the agri-tech industry, how that innovation leads to the generation of intellectual property, and how protecting that intellectual property helps to grow a business. In addition, Mark will explore the types of intellectual property available, and how to protect each of them.

Pedro Carvalho

Pedro Carvalho

Knowledge Transfer Manager (AgriFood)

KTN Ltd

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.

Dr Jonathan Clarke

Dr Jonathan Clarke

Head of Business Development

John Innes Centre

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.

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.

Karen Covey

Karen Covey

Head of Digital Agriculture

G's

Karen is Head of Digital Agriculture at G’s, one of Europe’s leading international salad and vegetable producers. Passionate about empowering people to make data-driven decisions, Karen is focussed on using digital tools such as remote sensing, forecasting models, and other field data to support growers in adapting to the key challenges facing the industry.

Nathanael Dannenberg

Nathanael Dannenberg

Commercial Lead for Horticulture

Signify UK&I

Nathanael Dannenberg is the Horticultural Commercial Lead for Signify UK and Ireland (formerly Philips Lighting). Nathanael joined Signify in 2013 and brings industry and professional experience from a range of sectors. Prior to his role within Horticulture, Nathanael held the position of National Sales Manager within the Retail and Hospitality End User team, where he was responsible for the delivery of major store rollouts. These focused on energy saving and carbon reduction, including the adoption of 3D printing within Marks and Spencer; saving over 60% in energy as well as reducing the carbon footprint of the replacement luminaire by over 50%. Nathanael is passionate about sustainability and is a keen gardener and grower in his spare time.

Bob Doherty

Bob Doherty

Chair in Agrifood

University of York

Bob Doherty is a Professor of Marketing and Chair of Agrifood at the University of York in the York Management School and leads two large food systems research programmes. First, a 5-year interdisciplinary research programme on food resilience titled ‘IKnowFood’ (Global Food Security fund) funded in 2017. Second, a new 5-year programme called ‘Transformations to Regenerative Food Systems’ from the UK Strategic Priorities Fund, which will run from 2021-2026. Bob is also the research theme leader for food in the York Environmental Sustainability Research Institute (YESI). Bob specializes in research on food systems, hybrid organizations and certification bodies.

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.

Jonathon Featherstone

Jonathon Featherstone

Managing Director

Featherstone Machinery

Jonathon Featherstone, founder and managing director of Featherstone Machinery Ltd. A company with a focus on automation, robotics and alternative mechanical solutions to manual labour to reduce labour demand in as many of growers operations as possible, and has now introduced several game changing labour saving solutions.

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.

Pål Johan From

Pål Johan From

Professor

Norwegian University of Life Sciences and the University of Lincoln / Saga Robotics

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.

Andrew Fuller

Andrew Fuller

Technical Director

Bridge Farm Group/Neamelea

Andrew has worked in ornamental horticulture for over 30 years. Trained at Writtle University Andrew’s early career was spent in research and development before working in technical and operational roles within the commercial ornamental industry in the UK. Andrew joined Neamelea in 2014 and has been heavily involved in its growth and development as one of the UK’s largest growers of ornamental plants. Neamelea has completed its first two phases of a three phase 75 acre glasshouse project in Lincolnshire. Currently it grows across 40 acres and includes an R&D facility. Crops produced include cut tulips, potted bulbs, pot herbs, bedding and perennial plants and poinsettia.

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.

Chris Gilbert-Wood

Chris Gilbert-Wood

Director

GGW Food Tech

A professional Food Technologist with 40 years experience in retail and manufacturing; managing quality, food safety, and sustainability in both own label and branded supply chains. Much of this time spent working at the interface between agriculture and the primary processors. Previously a NED at Quality Meat Scotland, where he chaired the R&D committee and at the Ethical Trade Initiative (ETI). A Fellow of the Institute of Food Science and Technology and a Registered Food Safety Principal. Currently working as a consultant In the food industry, using experience and expertise to help others meet their objectives.

Jonathan Gill

Jonathan Gill

Mechatronics & UAS Researcher

National Centre for Precision Farming / Harper Adams University

Jonathan Gill is Mechatronics & UAV Researcher at Harper Adams University with an intense focus on unmanned aerial drone systems (UAVs) with payloads upto 25kg and ground based automated agricultural farm machinery. Jonathan is a technology enthusiast, a systems integration evangelist and a self-proclaimed geek. As a qualified engineer with a BEng in Robotics and Automated Systems he has over 15 years of experience in designing and developing specialised mechatronic systems. Jonathan worked in the offshore industry for many years, operating, maintaining and supervising the Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV) team in harsh underwater environments, living out at sea on ships and oil rigs. At Harper Adams University, Jonathan is a subject matter expert in the application of spray drone technology using large UAVs for agriculture and farming. Playing a key role in research projects includes, Transtacker, the design of a mechatronic system to grab bales with an arm to lift, place and stack bales in a field, and development of a AI based laser weeding system. Jonathan is the co-creator of ‘The Hands Free Hectare’ which is the boldest attempted fusing automation, agronomy and agriculture together operating drones and drone technology to grow a crop using just machines and no humans. The project has evolved to Hands Free Farm, with the aim plant, tend and harvest a range of crops over 35 Hectares of farm land using a number of different autonomous machines.

Dr Sarah-Jayne Gratton

Dr 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)

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.

Vidyanath Gururajan

Vidyanath Gururajan

Managing Director

B-hive Innovations Ltd

Vidyanath (Vee) is an innovator and co-inventor with 16 years’ experience in the fresh produce industry. He is Managing Director of B-hive Innovations Ltd; an agri-tech SME based in Lincoln specialising in technology innovation for fresh produce; and of HarvestEye Limited, providing Insight for fresh produce industry. Vee is also an Executive Board Director at Branston Ltd with varied portfolio.

Charlie Guy

Charlie Guy

Co-Founder and CEO

Lettus Grow

Dr Avice M Hall, MBE

Dr Avice M Hall, MBE

Honorary Member British Society of Plant Pathology, Principal Lecturer in Plant Pathology

University of Hertfordshire

Dr Avice Hall lectures in Plant pathology and applied Mycology, at all levels from first year BSc to MSc level. She supervise PhD students. Research: since 2003/4 her research has concentrated on the control and strawberry Powdery Mildew under protection and the benefits of silicon nutrient distributed in the fertigation system. The overall aim was to control SPM with a reduced number of fungicides

Richard Harnden

Richard Harnden

Director of Research

Berry Gardens

Richard joined Kentish Garden Ltd in 1995 to work on a crop estimation project and a year later he became part of the management team of its newly formed wholly-owned marketing subsidiary, Kentish Garden Marketing Ltd, as its Technical Executive. Subsequently Richard was appointed Technical Director for KG Fruits Ltd, the name of the re-branded marketing company, and then Berry Gardens Ltd as the company underwent various changes and formed a European joint-venture. In 2008 Richard returned to Berry Gardens Growers Ltd, the new name for the co-operative, as its Technical and Development Director. Since 2011 Richard has been the Director of Research for Berry Gardens Growers Ltd, managing its research programme, which includes several large Innovate UK funded projects such as Robot Highways that will be featured in his talk.

Will Hill

Will Hill

Co-Founder and CEO

Frupro

Will is the CEO who has lived, breathed, and built success across his extensive experience in the fresh produce industry, for his entire life. His family has 130 years and 5 generations of fresh produce excellence, with Will himself founding their adjacent imports’ arm in 2016 with offices across Europe which is another success story. Will is connected to every corner of the fresh produce supply chain, in the UK and overseas. He is committed to empowering the industry to succeed in a digital space, working with an industry board to build an innovative solution that will hand the keys of success to businesses across the UK.

Hayley Jackson

Hayley Jackson

Group Commercial Director

JD Cooling

Tom Jenkins

Tom Jenkins

Deputy Challenge Director

UKRI Transforming Food Production Programme

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

Head of Business Development

Jones Food Company

Oli had been working with Jones Food Company (JFC) since early 2019 focussing on company operations, strategy and finance. Prior to JFC, he gained experience from the renewable energy sector whilst working for Harmony Energy, and Electric Vehicle charging infrastructure whilst working in the e-mobility team at Jaguar Land Rover.

Raymond Kirk

CTO

Fruitcast Ltd

Raymond Kirk is CTO of FruitCast Limited. Prior to founding the company, he was CERES funded at the University of Lincoln and led the development of state of the art berry-byberry yield prediction systems. His PhD in Computer Vision and Robotics in Horticulture aimed to develop automated robotic systems to support berry production. Raymond’s specialisms include development of 2D/3D vision systems and novel machine learning approaches for detecting, tracking, and the estimation of yield for soft fruit in agriculture.

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.’

Prof John Henry Looney

Prof John Henry Looney

Managing Director and Visiting Professor

Sustainable Direction Ltd, and University of Lincoln

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

CEO and Co-founder

Clarifruit

Elad is the CEO and Co-founder of Clarifruit, the world’s first AI-powered Quality Control (QC) software for the Fresh Produce industry. Clarifruit’s automated QC platform, leveraging proprietary computer-vision technology and Big Data & analytics capabilities, empowers the world’s retailers, wholesalers, marketing companies and growers to make data-driven business decisions to reduce waste and maximize profitability. 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. 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.

Andrew McLay

Andrew McLay

Innovation Lead

UKRI Transforming Food Production Programme

William McManus

William McManus

Sector specialist – fresh produce

Wrap

Will leads WRAP’s work with the fresh produce supply chain to reduce food surplus and waste and improve resource efficiency as part of the flagship voluntary agreement with industry, the Courtauld Commitment 2030. He is also responsible for WRAP’s work on measuring and tackling food waste in primary production, including the 2019 estimate of the 3.6Mt, £1.2bn food surplus and waste in primary production in the UK and is now supporting industry in the uptake of practical approaches to on-farm measurement.

Jake Moore

Peak AI

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.

Phil Pearson

Phil Pearson

Group Development Director / Owner

APS Group

Trained in the Netherlands in 1981 before going on to study Commercial Horticulture at Writtle College, including a year working for the industry leading hydroponic grower at the time, Man of Ross Nurseries, Ross on Wye. Also helped to set up a pepper and tomato nursery in Mexico, overcoming severe climate challenges to grow salad crops where others had failed. Making the initial contact, in 2001, and then helping to deliver a unique Joint Venture opportunity in Poland, Phil was instrumental in bringing technological expertise and understanding to Polish growers who continue to work with APS. Phil has been the driving force for innovation in the business, which has led to the development of new technologies including: • Combined Heat & Power with CO2 extraction • Ground Source cooling / irrigation warming • Novel Anaerobic Digestion technology developed to turn waste leaves and tomatoes into: o CO2 o Heat o Electricity o Transport fuel o Irrigation water o Fertiliser o Cellulose packaging to replace plastic Phil is driven to improve the sustainability of British tomato production, and this was the inspiration for many of the projects listed above. As a Fellow of the Institute of Horticulture and the Chairman of the Technical Committee of the British Tomato Growers’ Association he has been involved with the implementation of many new technologies in the UK Tomato industry. A desire to be involved has also led to work with DEFRA, (member of the Defra Innovation and R&D Panel), BEIS and other Government departments. Phil also works with the NFU, (as an NFU Horticulture Board Member), and AHDB, on behalf of the British Tomato industry, and is currently redefining the research landscape for the whole horticultural industry, post Brexit; as founder, and Chair of the Growers Better Levy Group, which is working with HM Government to further applied research for the UK industry. Phil is part of the team that has developed novel vertical farming facilities, to supply safe food with minimal inputs, and repeatable results. Current projects include the development of robotic systems for food production, to overcome challenges of labour availability. This has led to Phil joining the UK Working Group on Robotics for Horticulture. This has led to the implementation of AI systems with machine learning, which has now led to work to develop advanced environmental control systems for protected horticulture, growing plants through direct plant sensing.

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 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.

Matt Rayment

Matt Rayment

Chief Engineer

C-Tech Automation (part of the SeaFresh Group)

With a degree in Robotics, Matt spent the first 15 years of his career working for Parker Hannifin and then Festo. With a focus on electric drives, motion and control systems he has designed and commissioned systems in all manufacturing sectors across the UK and Europe. On leaving Festo he went to work for the Manufacturing Technology Centre a UK High-Value Manufacturing Catapult and was responsible for setting up the AgriFood cluster and latterly leading the cross-Catapult working group whose members ranged from Manufacturing, Satellite Applications, Digital and the Agri-Tech Catapults. Recently, he has moved to lead a manufacturing innovation business within a chilled food business and is directly responsible for challenging and designing solutions for their site with a view to use this experience to start a consultancy business to support other food manufacturers and processors interested in how to adopt digital and automation solutions on site.

Dr Drew Reynolds

Dr 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

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.

James Stewart

James Stewart

CTO Consumer Industry Integrated Account

IBM

James Stewart is an IBM Chief Technology Officer working within the Consumer Products industry. James has spent 19 years working on technology innovations across food, drink, home and personal care categories. James has dedicated much of his time to helping clients tackle some of their biggest challenges within the food and refreshment sector including food safety, building consumer trust and transparency. AI has also played a significant role in the work James has led in the Consumer Products space. Most notably, the creation on an AI based food quiz which helped attract over a billion interactions globally, a project to auto-tag recipes in order to help improve marketing content and a weather model which helps marketing professionals understand the recipes people want to cook based on even small changes in weather conditions. James has a specific focus on “tech 4 good” whether related to sustainability or helping tackle social justice issues. This “tech 4 good” focus has enabled James to work on projects which range from using blockchain to help drive sustainable practices to enabling “water as a service” for households in Indonesia. Most recently James has been working on projects aimed at tackling structural racism as part of the Call for Code for Racial Justice and developing a purpose driven sustainability platform focused on identifying and addressing deforestation and exploitation in supply chains.

Louise Sutherland

Louise Sutherland

Director

Ceres Agri-tech

Louise is Director of Ceres agri-tech a partnership between 5 leading UK universities, Cambridge, UEA, Lincoln, Hertfordshire and Reading, and 3 world renown research institutes, NIAB, Rothamsted and John Innes. The partnership revolutionises the creation and commercialisation of early-stage agri-tech opportunities. Her extensive agri-tech credentials include chairing the Raspberry Breeding Consortium (a joint research and industry partnership) at James Hutton Ltd., as well as previously chairing both the AHDB Soft Fruit Panel and the Red Tractor Fresh Produce Scheme. She has over a decade’s experience working at Marks & Spencer, holding a variety of technical and commercial roles across their food business. Louise has a PhD in Plant Pathology from the University of Reading.

Andrew Thurston

Andrew Thurston

Customs Duty Consultant

MHA MacIntyre Hudson

Andrew joined MHA MacIntyre Hudson as our Customs Duty Consultant in October 2019. He joined from HMRC where he gained valuable experience liaising with all sizes and sectors of companies within the UK by facilitating customs procedures and assessing compliance. During his 15 years working in HMRC Andrew audited companies across sectors from retail, manufacturing and exporters who are involved in the supply of goods across global supply chains. Andrew works closely with clients across the Baker Tilly International Network to manage the complexities of customs regimes and identify potential opportunities for supply chain improvements and duty savings. A key part of Andrew’s role is to ensure his expertise is available to all MHA MacIntyre Hudson clients through the Baker Tilly network, so they have access to the specialised services and support required to manage their customs activities. His background provides him with a unique insight into HMRC practices and uses this to benefit our clients.

James Truscott

James Truscott

Managing Director

Branston Ltd

James joined Branston as Sales & Marketing Director in 2013 and took over as MD in May 2015. James has extensive experience in the food industry, starting at Unilever before moving to RHM Foods and Kerry Foods, then spending eight years as Sales & Marketing Director of Natures Way Foods, with responsibility for operations and HR. In 2008, he moved to California to set up Wild Rocket Foods, which supplied most of Fresh & Easy’s fresh produce. James then spent three years as Category Director of Produce at Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Markets in America, before making the move back to the UK.

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.

Becky Willson

Becky Willson

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

Co-Founder

Bx

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.

Affinitus

Exhibitor - Stand E94

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

AgRecruit

Exhbitor - Start Up

AgRecruit provides recruitment services for the agri-tech sector. Our search and selection services help agricultural innovators and game-changers – from start-ups to multinationals – to secure the best and brightest candidates in digital and conventional agriculture, for technical, leadership and commercial roles. With a foot in both the agriculture and technology camps, we reach the candidates that other recruitment agencies cannot.

Agricutural and Farming Jobs

Supporter

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 C82

Agritech Future is the new online publication from the Fresh Produce Consortium (FPC) to help you keep your finger on the pulse of agri-tech developments. We publish new and exclusive articles each week about the key innovations shaping the industry and uncover the true potential of agritech in both today’s and tomorrow’s farm to fork supply chains. We have a thriving online community made up of technology companies and all the movers and shakers in the industry. We back this up with a fully-featured online community platform and an e-bulletin so that you remain fully informed about the latest advances in agri-tech at all times.

ALP

Supporter - C21

Established in 2004 at the instigation of the UK government, ALP is a not for profit trade association promoting responsible recruitment and good practice for organisations that supply essential workers across primary and industrial sectors, construction, food and general manufacturing, warehousing, logistics and the supply chain

Labour providers play a vital role in our economy by supplying the essential workers to ensure our key industries have the people they need to keep the nation supplied and fed.

The ALP’s mission is for “UK labour provision to be recognised as a model of global good practice”.

AM Fresh

Exhbitor - Stand D35

AM Fresh Group specialises in innovating and developing fresh, natural and healthy foods through biotechnology and applied science. With operations in more than 50 countries and over 5,700 employees, we have a consolidated presence in the production and innovation of products including: fresh fruit, fresh juices, ice cream, soups, free-from yoghurt and flowers. Our passion, historically rooted in agribusiness, extends beyond fresh produce. We believe the world needs new approaches to addressing today’s healthy food options; from new varietal development, agribusiness models and partnerships to intricate customer solutions. Our employees are scientists, researchers, engineers, packing specialists and commercial leaders.

APHA

Exhibitor - Stand D84

The Animal & Plant Health Agency (APHA) is an executive agency of the UK Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra), and also works on behalf of the Scottish Government and Welsh Government. We work to safeguard animal and plant health for the benefit of people, the environment and the economy.

Ambitions Personnel

Exhibitor - Stand B13

Ambitions Personnel is an independently owned and managed recruitment business, operating successfully throughout the East Midlands and East of England since 1990. Since then the business has grown considerably, with turnover reaching £48m and over 5,000 workers on our payroll each week. In the 30 years since our company was founded we have developed considerable expertise as a supplier of recruitment services to the Food, Warehousing and Logistics industries. We credit our success to our unrivalled industry knowledge, a network of offices and a personal approach tailored to each of our clients.

Barclays Eagle Labs

Barclays Eagle Labs is a growing national network of incubator spaces that provide business incubation, mentoring, co-working and office space for ambitious high-growth businesses, as well as digital skills development and rapid prototyping through onsite digital fabrication equipment and Industry 4.0 expertise at many of our sites. Eagle Labs is able to help start-ups to grow at pace by cultivating a community of likeminded entrepreneurs through a collaborative work environment, access to their peers and opportunities to maximise growth through digital connections, plus one-to-one business mentoring, curated growth programmes and funding opportunities.

Barfoots

Exhibitor - Stand

Growing is in our nature at Barfoots. Over 40 years ago, we started life as a small family farm with a handful of people and a modest range of crops. Today, we’re a global farming and food business that operates across thousands of acres and employs thousands of people around the world to grow, process, pack and market a range of fresh produce. Supplying our premium produce to some of the UK’s leading retailers and restaurants, we are very proud of what we do and how we do it. With our impressive green credentials, we truly are committed to sustainability; demonstrating continued investment in the latest technologies to help maintain our carbon neutral footprint.

BeBa Energy

Exhibitor - Stand E98

Since 2010 BeBa Energy has been developing, designing, installing and maintaining the highest quality commercial solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. Not only have we installed over 400 individual systems, we also look after nearly 500 systems as if they were our own. We pride ourselves on handling everything from the cost/benefit analysis and feasibility studies, to the planning and due-diligence. Once our system is operational customers rest easy knowing that BeBa is at the forefront of cutting-edge developments in solar PV management to help maximise their 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

BerryWorld

Exhibitor - Stand A8

B-hive Innovations

Exhibitor - Stand E97

B-hive Innovations develops innovative agri-tech solutions for today’s farmers. We work with a range of customers to understand the specific challenges faced by the fresh produce industry, and we use cutting-edge technology to create real-life solutions. Our purpose is to develop technologies that reduce food and energy waste, increase marketable yield, enhance produce quality and add value to businesses. Our previous experience ranges from in-field solutions and storage systems, to post-processing value extraction and quality sensing.

Bom Group

Exhibitor - Stand A52

Bom Group is one of the most innovative turn-key greenhouse construction companies in the modern horticulture sector. As a pioneering manufacturer for over 50 years, Bom Group has a wide project portfolio covering every climate zone. We specialise in customised high-tech glass greenhouse projects that enable growers and investors to locally grow their own fresh and sustainable vegetables, fruits, flowers and plants. Bom Group offers turnkey services from conceptual design to after-sales servicing. In the past 50 years Bom Group has evolved into a world-leading greenhouse construction company with more than 1,000 projects across the globe.

Bosman Van Zaal

Exhibitor - Dutch Pavilion

Bosman Van Zaal is a family-owned company based in the Netherlands that specialises in the development, production and installation of professional horticultural projects, and benefits from an extensive team of engineers and horticultural experts. This enormous technical diversity within the organisation forms the basis for the sophisticated technology that we apply worldwide in the development of laboratories and test greenhouses for the food and pharmaceutical industries, as well as high-quality production greenhouses.

Branston

Exhibitor - Stand C19

Branston is one of the UK’s largest buyers and packers of potatoes, handling many thousands of tonnes every year. The company was formed in 1968 near the village of Branston in Lincolnshire, and we’ve been investing in a developing a sustainable business ever since. We employ well over 800 people across our three UK sites in a wide range of roles. We're not just about fresh potatoes either! We create ready-to-cook prepared potato products for retailers and food manufacturers also. This forms part of our approach to utilising our whole crop, and making a positive difference in feeding the planet.

Certhon

Exhibitor - Dutch Pavilion

Certhon and co-owner DENSO (the second-largest advanced automotive technology supplier in the world) work jointly to advance automation in high-tech facilities around the globe. Together, we take up the challenge of looking 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, our partnership is developing a new generation of horticultural solutions. Already, DENSO and Certhon have cooperated on the development of the largest greenhouse in Japan where harvesting is carried out by harvesting robot ‘FARO’, which DENSO developed and uses for extensive testing.

Clarifruit

Speaker and Exhibitor - Start Up

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 business decisions to reduce waste, maximise productivity, and truly level the playing field for fruit and vegetable quality control.

CMV

Exhibitor - Dutch Pavilion

CMW Horticulture is a leading supplier of greenhouses, new constructions, irrigation systems, cultivation systems, heating and cooling systems, electrical systems, control systems, software, screen systems, hygiene equipment and other equipment to horticultural growers throughout 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 E99

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. 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). Contact us for shows such as IPM, Fruit Logistica, Fruit Attraction and GreenTech.

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 that brings 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 10 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.

Crux Agribotics

Exhibitor - 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 and less damages at minimised giveaway weight. Crux Agribotics is dedicated to automating processes within the agriculture and horticulture markets, together with our sister company KOAT, which delivers complete systems for material handling and internal logistics for growers worldwide.

EC Drummond

Exhibitor - StandThe Drummond family have been farming in Herefordshire Since 1956. Eric Drummond senior, who had previously farmed in Scotland, came to The Homme in Ross-on-Wye with its 90 hectare’s of mixed farming which included potatoes, cereal crops and blackcurrants whilst also rearing sheep and cattle. Over the last 50 years the business has continued to grow, to what it is today.

Whilst some of the crops have changed we are still based at the same farm and a family business. Today the business is based around Poultry Production, Soft Fruit Growing, Arable and Potato Enterprises.

Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

Exhibitor and Sponsor of Dutch Pavilion

The Agriculture Team at the Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands in London represents the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality in the UK. We support innovative and sustainable Dutch agrifood and horticulture businesses and knowledge institutions with an interest in doing business and collaboration in the UK. In line with Dutch international ambitions, we promote the global transition towards sustainable agriculture, contributing to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Fresh4Cast

Speaker and Exhibitor - Stand D83

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.

Faedah Solutions

Exhibitor - Start Up Area

Faedah Solutions focus is to deliver cost-effective automation solutions, including electronic quality checking, data capture and line interaction / action, to ease the transition to a paperless factory or larger automation system.

Check Sure® MBV (Mobile Barcode Validation) allows a cost-effective enhancement to current paper based quality systems, which can be used anywhere within the factory, packhouse or field to ensure the correct packaging is being used on the correct products, ensuring allergen compliance at all times. Easily develop into a paperless system with the incorporation of Check Sure® paperless check system.

The third product in the Check Sure® range is Check Sure® CI (Continuous Improvement). Capture the data that is key to you, where you need it and help to calculate an ROI based on true values.

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.

Flamingo Horticulture

Exhibitor - Stand 8

Flamingo Horticulture is a market leading Horticulture business with a worldwide footprint that covers farming, production, sales and marketing of flowers, plants, hampers and produce. We offer rewarding careers fir ambitious people in a dynamic and ever evolving environment.

Frupro

Exhibitor - Stand D64

At FruPro we are building a digital marketplace for the fresh produce industry. We are connecting the supply chain by improving communication; enabling you to expand your network and trade reach. FruPro provides visibility of the supply and demand of the live market; automating day-to-day manual processes on a compliant marketplace, and offering secure payments and the ability to manage your financial risk. The platform will streamline the end-to-end supply chain to help companies to respond more quickly to market changes, while boosting operational efficiency and reducing waste through redistribution to our charity partners.

Graphic Packaging International

Exhibitor - Stand A55

At Graphic Packaging International, we produce the paper cup that held your coffee this morning, the tray that packaged the steaks you enjoyed last weekend, and the microwave tray that heated your gourmet meal last night. We’re one of the largest manufacturers of cartonboard and paper-based packaging for some of the world’s most recognised brands of food, beverage, foodservice, household, personal care and pet care products. With a product portfolio that emphasises renewable, recycled, and recyclable materials, we are committed to protecting the environment and giving back to the communities where we live and work.

Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership

Exhibitor - Stand A60

Greater Lincolnshire lives and breathes agri-tech. Positioned at the heart of the UK Food Valley the county offers the perfect platform to locate 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, which offers unrivalled R&D facilities and premises tailored for the sector, the University and the National Centre for Food Manufacturing. Lincolnshire County Council and the Greater Lincolnshire LEP are committed to promoting agri-tech across the region, and maintain an 'open door' policy for any business looking to invest.

Global Smart

Speaker

Grodan

Exhibitor - Dutch Pavilion

Grodan supplies 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, aubergines, roses and gerberas. Sustainability plays a prominent role within Grodan, from the manufacture of stone wool substrates to end-of-life solutions. Grodan was founded in 1969 and is active in more than 70 countries worldwide. Our head office is located in Roermond in the Netherlands.

GrowPura

Speaker and Exhibitor Stand B65

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 and Exhibitor - Stand A2

Established in 1952, G’s Fresh is one of Europe’s leading family-owned, fully integrated fresh produce companies, growing approximately 20,000 hectares of crops. G’s supplies quality salads, vegetables and added-value produce to major UK, European and North American retailers. Our cooperative of growers produce conventional and organic produce in the UK, Poland, the Czech Republic, Spain and Senegal to ensure year-round supply. As we grow the majority of crops from seed, we are vertically integrated from seed to shelf. G’s is well-known globally by our ‘Love Beet’s beetroot brand, which is available in Europe, the USA, South Africa, Australasia and Asia.

Hagelunie Glasshouse Insurance

Exhibitor - Dutch Pavilion

Hagelunie offers much more than any other greenhouse insurer. 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. Our firm roots within the Dutch produce sector places us in a unique position to bring extra benefits to protect and develop your business. We look forward to meeting you at the show, or feel free to contact us anytime.

Henderson Brown

Exhibitor - C20

Henderson Brown is a specialist recruiter with a heritage in the fresh produce, food manufacturing and horticulture sectors. Ever since our launch in 2009, we have worked relentlessly to win the trust of our candidates and clients; offering them the best candidates, the best service and the best experience. Based in Peterborough and covering graduate to executive level, we handle permanent, interim and temporary roles and our clients range from large PLCs and household name companies to SMEs and start-ups. Although most of our work remains within the UK, we recruit comfortably across Europe. We have a strong heritage, a high profile and a reputable brand. Our candidates know we work with the best clients, including some of the best-known names in our chosen markets.

Horconex - Dutch Pavilion

Horconex has managed turnkey greenhouse projects for almost 35 years. Our expert team takes care of the project design for the most innovative solutions. In-house we design the best type of greenhouses, heating and screen systems according to customer requirements, from semi-closed Activenlo Air to conventional Venlo, using programmes that are specially designed to calculate the best local solutions in relation to climate conditions, crop choice and customer objectives. Our main focus has been to serve 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.

Hubl

Exhibitor - Start Up Area

Hubl Logistics is a technology provider that works with logistics providers, retailers and brand manufacturers to improve ‘last-mile’ delivery services to reduce city congestion, whilst offering a superior experience for end users. Hubl’s first innovation is the development of a secure, tracked, insulated container, called the CoolRun Pod. The CR Pod enables the transport and temporary storage of temperature-controlled goods, without the need for emission-heavy refrigerated vehicles. The CR Pod and associated handling systems have huge potential to support the Clean Air Strategy and UK Industrial Strategy. Zero-emission multi-temperature containment and transportation system from the point of order collation to collection.

IDS Imaging

Exhibitor - B72

IDS develops powerful, easy-to-use USB, GigE and 3D cameras with a wide range of sensors and variants. These cameras can be used across a broad spectrum of non-industrial and industrial sectors, such as equipment, plant and mechanical engineering. Visionary thinking and modular concepts enable our customers to create innovative and individual applications. Since our foundation in 1997 as a two-man company, IDS has developed into an independent, ISO-certified family business with more than 330 employees. Our headquarters in Obersulm, Germany, is both a development and production site. IDS is represented internationally through branches in the USA, the UK, Japan and South Korea, as well as other offices.

JD Cooling

Exhibitor - Stand A54

Jones Food Company

Speaker

JD Cooling

Exhibitor - Stand A54

Karsten

Exhibitor - Stand A1

Karsten UK is the Karsten Group’s dedicated service provider in the UK. Based in Spalding, Lincolnshire, our main focus is to coordinate a seamless logistical operation to transport fruit from where it is harvested to our customer bases throughout the UK. Karsten UK undertakes all aspects of product management, including: product packing, quality assurance, product storage, stock control and logistical functions. The Karsten Group is one of South Africa’s leading agri-businesses that is respected for the excellence of its products, cutting-edge innovation and integrity in its dealings with employees, service providers and customers.

Keltie

Exhibitor - Stand D87

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 the heart of our company.


Lettus Grow

Exhibitor - Stand E96

Lincolnshire County Council

Exhibitor - Stand A60

Greater Lincolnshire lives and breathes agri-tech. Positioned at the heart of the UK Food Valley the county offers the perfect platform to locate 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, which offers unrivalled R&D facilities and premises tailored for the sector, the University and the National Centre for Food Manufacturing. Lincolnshire County Council and the Greater Lincolnshire LEP are committed to promoting agri-tech across the region, and maintain an 'open door' policy for any business looking to invest.

Lincoln Institute for Agrifood Technology

Supporter and Speaker - Stand A61 and A62

Lincoln Institute for Agri-food Technology (LIAT) is a specialist research institute at the University of Lincoln’s Riseholme Campus. Our researchers are engaged in the development of technologies which add value or solve challenges across the food chain; 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, including: observing and counting ripened soft fruit, picking fruit, transporting produce, and weeding and harvesting crops.

MDS

Mentor Me! Sponsor and Exhibitor - B16

MDS is a not for profit whose mission is to identify and develop the future leaders of the food and fresh produce industry. Created over 30 years ago by a small group of forward-thinking growers concerned about the industry’s lack of skilled managers, the organisation has grown to a membership of over 40 businesses. MDS runs a graduate scheme for those members; rotating graduates around their businesses in varied roles, while providing management training (CMI Accredited Level 5). For businesses, the scheme provides a regular stream of talent with the potential to progress into leadership positions.

MHA Macintyre Hudson

Stand - A59

MHA MacIntyre Hudson is a top 15 UK accounting firm, offering sector specialisms and a full range of compliance and advisory services to entrepreneurial businesses, groups and multinationals with operations throughout the UK. The firm has 90 partners and over 900 staff in 12 offices in London, the South East, East Anglia, the Midlands and the Cayman Islands. MHA MacIntyre Hudson is the founding member of MHA, a national network of independent and dynamic accountancy firms and the UK member of Baker Tilly International, one of the world’s largest leading networks of independently-owned and managed accountancy and business advisory firms.

Michigan State University

Speaker

MorePeople

Exhibitor - Stand A7

MorePeople is a leading specialist recruiter for the fresh produce, food, agriculture, horticulture and garden sectors. Set up in 2000 by two foodies with vast experience of working in these industries, we are ideally placed to give jobseekers first-hand advice about the career options available in this exciting and rapidly expanding sector. We want to help the industry to prosper by playing a part in promoting companies and the types of roles that are available. The majority of roles we recruit for are permanent, full-time salaried roles, from graduate to directorship positions.

Morgan Cargo

Sponsor - Lanyards

Morgan Cargo is an award-winning freight forwarder that handles all aspects of road, sea and air logistics. We focus on offering total peace of mind, from making the booking to delivery at the final destination. With offices and state-of-the-art facilities in South Africa (Cape Town, Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth, Durban, and Pretoria), Kenya (Nairobi), the Netherlands (Amsterdam), Spain (Vitoria), and the UK (London Heathrow and Kent Ashford), as well as partnerships around the world, we offer a global freight forwarding solution for all perishable food commodities and general cargo. Morgan Cargo is BRC, CAA and AEO (Customs security) accredited.

Moy Park

Stand - C23

One of the UK’s top 15 food companies, Moy Park is committed to creating better food for everyone, sustainably.

Best known for fresh, locally sourced poultry we supply leading retailers and food services providers throughout Europe.

Employing over 10,000 people across the UK, team members play a vital role in our culture of continuous improvement and innovation. With career development and training and learning opportunities at every level, you make the difference on our journey to becoming the best and most respected company in our industry. Visit www.moypark.com/careers to find out more.

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. 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.

New Futures Network (NFN)

Exhibitor - Stand C25

NFN is a specialist part of the prison service and was set up to broker partnerships between prisons and employers. These partnerships help businesses fill skills gaps and prisoners to find employment on release.

There are three ways NFN can help businesses work with prisons. This includes:

  • Employing serving prisoners – Setting up training and production facilities within prisons with a dedicated space and workforce.
  • Release on temporary licence – Giving risk-assessed prisoners, in the last two years of their sentence, the opportunity to work while on day release.
  • Employment on release - When ex-offenders are available to work and have full employee rights.

Our team of National Sector Leads and Regional Employment Brokers, who cover all regions across England and Wales, are here to support your business to consider which options above suit your recruitment needs.

The team will work with you every step of the way to build relationships with prisons and match talented individuals to your vacancies

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.

Orchard House Foods

Exhibitor - Stand C22

Ever since 1985, we’ve prided ourselves in sourcing and supplying the freshest and most delicious fruits, drinks, jellies and desserts We source high quality fresh fruits, and turn them into healthy, convenient, and tasty snacks, drinks, meals and more. We’re proud to be a produce business, and what makes us different is the care and innovation with which we process every single item of fresh fruit. Our mission, is to champion our chosen fruit categories and promote healthier lifestyles. Nobody has the level of experience we do, because no one else actually does what we do.

Peak AI

Speaker

Pelican Systems

Exhibitor - Stand

Pelican Systems Ltd have been an Automation & Robotics solution provider to a global market for over 20 years. From control panel build and software development, to full turn key automation and robotic systems across industries including:

• Food & Beverage
• Mining & Quarrying
• Automotive
• Power Generation
• Education
• Pharmaceutical
• Nuclear
• Aerospace
• Leisure

With current trends in labour availability affecting production capability, Pelican Systems Ltd can provide all aspects of Automation & Robotics solutions required to maintain or increase production with a limited workforce.

PML

Gold Sponsor

PML is a world-class logistics and supply chain solutions provider with an 18-year track record for success, managing the supply chain of temperature-sensitive goods. Working across both import and export, our experts transport your cargo door to door, with maximum efficiency, on time and on budget. Headquartered at Heathrow, the site for our 64,000 sq. ft temperature-controlled bonded warehouse, we also operate a remote HMRC / DEFRA-approved BCP and ERT facility at Spalding, Lincs, and a 100,000 sq. ft loading and unloading satellite site at Lympne, Kent. Our sites are all ideally located to ensure the seamless movement of perishable consignments.

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

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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.

RIPE

RIPE is a leading innovator in greenhouse construction, providing patented commercial greenhouse solutions which harness the use of a novel cladding material called ‘ETFE’, unlike glass or poly, ETFE enables the full light spectrum into the growing environment. Which provides better yields, improved crop quality and longer produce shelf life. In addition, our greenhouses contribute to increased sustainability with a long material lifespan (>40 years) with no light transmission degradation and the ETFE cladding is fully recyclable. RIPE offers the next generation in greenhouse production systems.

Roythornes Solicitors

Exhibitor - Stand B70

Roythornes Solicitors is well-known for giving commercial advice to fresh produce businesses. Our talented team works with UK and international organisations; advising about issues including: contracts, disputes, technology implementation, construction projects, regulatory prosecutions, business sales, mergers and acquisitions, and licensing and distribution agreements. We also help with 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. Our ‘whole chain’ knowledge makes us the ideal partner for your next fresh produce challenge or opportunity.

Saga Robotics/Thorvald

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Saga Robotics is the company responsible for the design, development, and production of the world-leading agricultural robot, Thorvald. The company's aim is to develop robotic solutions that address the growing labour shortages in agriculture, as well as making agriculture more sustainable and energy efficient. Saga Robotics have developed an autonomous and completely self-propelled robot that uses advanced algorithms to navigate in challenging conditions found on farms. Saga Robotics is also involved in several projects where they develop tools for strawberry picking, weeding, crop prediction and much more. The first Thorvald robot was built in Norway in 2014, and there are now more than 50 of them in operation in five different countries. The company has received support from Innovation Norway, the Norwegian Research Council, Innovate UK and the EU's Horizon 2020 program. Saga Robotics have a close collaboration with Berry Gardens Growers who are also an early adopter of the technology. The technology has been developed in collaboration with NMBU, University of Lincoln, Cornell University, University of Florida, and others.

Scorpion Vision

Exhibitor - Stand E93

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. SmartWash® chemicals consist 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, engineering and technology.

Sustainable Direction

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Svensson

Exhibitor -Dutch Pavilion

Svensson is a world leader in climate screens for the horticulture industry. Our climate screens give the grower more effective climate control, and provide a variety of solutions to improve your greenhouse climate; from controlling the incoming radiation and energy savings, 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 E101

Syngenta is a global R&D ag-chem 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

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UK Research and Innovation

Innovation Partner - Stand A53

UK Research and Innovation work with the government to invest over £7 billion a year in research and innovation by partnering with academia and industry to make the impossible, possible.

UKRI’s Transforming Food Production programme is part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund and aims to help the agricultural sector grow economically with less environmental impact. The programme will focus on the development, demonstration and adoption of data-driven systems and technologies to achieve a better approach to agricultural production and reduce emissions. The remit includes both crop and farmed animal production, as well, as new production systems. It is supporting business-lead innovation to develop and test new ways of producing food that enhances the efficiency, resilience and sustainability of agriculture, facilitating the transition to net-zero emissions by 2040. It will invest up to £90 million over 5 years through the Transforming Food Production programme and is working in partnership with DEFRA to deliver the Farming Innovation Programme

UKUAT

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University of York

Exhibitor - Stand E95

Vertically Urban

Exhibitor - B66

Vertically Urban is a technology company with a focus on providing innovative horticultural lighting solutions. We are proud to be Made in Britain. We design, develop, and manufacture a range of specialist horticulture LED lights. We incorporate the highest photon yielding LEDs to offer growing solutions that make a difference. To ensure quality, we work with a carefully selected portfolio of tier 1 electronic component suppliers, and, as a result, we deliver some of the most powerful grow lights on the market with leading efficacies to match. Vertically Urban – lighting the farms of the future.

Viridis

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Wageningen University

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Worshipful Company of Gardeners

Supporter - Stand D32

The Worshipful Company of Gardeners is a charitable institution that ranks number 66 in the order of precedence of Livery Companies in the City of London. First mentioned in City Corporation records in 1345, the Company 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. Among its many objectives today, the Company encourages and supports informal and formal horticultural education, as well as communicates the importance of horticulture to society, including the economy, health and well-being, climate change adaptation and mitigation and clean air.

Worldwide Fruit

Sponsor of Healthy Snack and Stand - C24

Worldwide Fruit is an international marketing and distribution company that supplies fresh fruit to the UK’s leading supermarkets. Established in 2000, we source year-round from over 1,000 growers worldwide, handling around 81 million packs of fruit at our packhouse! We specialise in apples, pears, avocados, stonefruit and fruit baskets. We have offices in Lincolnshire and Kent, and we employ in the region of 475 staff with an annual turnover of £220 million. People are our greatest asset as confirmed by our ‘Investor In People’ silver award in March 2021, and ‘Business of the Year’ award at the Lincolnshire Business Awards in 2021.