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FPC Future 2021

November

04

2021

Lincolnshire Showground

Ticket price: This event is free of charge.


FPC Future, on 4 November 2021, is the agri-tech event for the fresh produce and flower industry and houses an exhibition, conference, working displays and tours of the University’s specialist facilities at its Riseholme Campus.

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

See the benefits of exhibiting

The conference programme is an extensive one with eight conference sessions. The content will cover 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.

See the tours

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

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

View the Conference Programme

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

Session 1 Morning - Robotics and automation pre-farm gate

09:30

Chair's welcome

Robotics and automation – pre-farm gate

TBC

09:32

Robotics and automation – pre-farm gate

Simon Pearson

University of Lincoln

09:45

Robotics and automation – pre-farm gate

Richard Harnden

Berry Gardens

10:00

Robotics in glasshouses and polytunnels

Erik Pekkeriet

Wageningen University

10:15

The use of scouting robots

Anthony Yousefian

Bardsley England

10:30

Robotics

Outdoor robotics

Pål Johan From

Saga Robotics

10:45

Panel Q&A

Robotics and automation – pre-farm gate

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

13:30

Robotics and automation – post-farm gate

Chair's welcome

Andrea Paoli

National Centre for Food Manufacturing

13:32

Overview. Why the post farm gate industry needs to change

TBC

13:45

How Artificial Intelligence is Revolutionising Agriculture

Sarah-Jayne Gratton

The Influencers

14:00

Automation and Traceability. The Dark Packhouse

James Simpson

Adrian Scripps

14:15

Robotics and automation – post-farm gate

Matt Rayment

Manufacturing Technology Centre

14:30

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

TBC

14:45

Panel Q&A

Robotics and automation – post-farm gate

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Session 3 Morning - Data driven technologies

09:30

Data driven technologies

Chair's Welcome

Chris Gilbert Wood

GGW Food Tech

09:32

Internet of Food. Digitalising the food chain - traceability, machine learning, AI, making data available from the whole supply chain.

Data driven technologies

Tom Hollands

Raynor Foods

09:45

Benefits of forecasting systems

TBC

10:00

Data sharing

TBC

10:15

Using data to increase yields and profitablilty

Mihai Ciobanu

Fresh4cast

10:30

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

Richard Potter

Peak AI

10:45

Panel Q&A

Above speakers

Session 4 Afternoon - The future of packaging

13:30

The future of packaging

Chair's welcome

David May

University of Lincoln

13:32

Alternative packaging for mushrooms

Nick Tucker

University of Lincoln

13:45

Automated processes and robotics: creative packaging solutions for the circular economy

TBC

14:00

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

Kevin Vyse

RAP Packaging

14:15

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

Eric Duncan

Coveris

14:30

The future of packaging

TBC

14:45

Panel Q&A

The future of packaging

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Session 5 Morning - Supply chain waste

09:30

Chair's Welcome

Alan Forrester

FPC

09:32

Supply chain waste

Drew Reynolds

Total Produce

09:45

Supply chain waste

TBC

10:00

Supply chain waste

TBC

10:15

Tackling food waste and driving conscious consumerism

Emilie Vanpoperinghe

ODDBOX

10:30

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

James Green

G's

11:00

Panel Q&A

Supply chain waste

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Session 6 Afternoon - Carbon supply chains

13:30

Chair's Welcome

Libby John

University of Lincoln

13:32

TBC

Carbon supply chains

Duncan Botting

University of Lincoln

13:45

Carbon Supply Chains

Jonathan Scurlock

NFU

14:00

Carbon supply chains

John Henry Looney

Sustainable Direction

14:15

Carbon supply chains

Becky Wilson

Farm Carbon Toolkit

14:30

Panel Q&A

Carbon supply chains

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Session 7 Afternoon- Protected production - glasshouse and vertical farming

13:30

Chair's Welcome

Nigel Jenney

FPC

13:32

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

Oli Kaberry

Jones Food Company

13:45

Protected production - glasshouse and vertical farming

Andrew Mellonie

Marks and Spencer

14:00

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

Jon

Clarke

14:15

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

Andrew Fuller

Neame Lea

14:30

Vertical Farming

Erik Runkle

Michigan State University

14:45

Protected production - glasshouse and vertical farming

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

Nick Bateman

GrowPura

15:00

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

Edwin Vanlaerhoven

Certhon

15:30

Panel Q&A

Vertical Farming

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Session 8 Morning - Sustainability

TBC

TBC

09:30

Chair's Welcome

Jacqui Green

Vridis Associates

09:32

The Sustainable Way of Growing

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

Sander van Golberdinghe

Grodan

09:45

Sustainability

TBC

10:00

Sustainability

TBC

10:15

Sustainability in fresh produce

Andy Allen

Low Carbon Farming

10:30

TBC

TBC

Signify

10:45

TBC

Ben Bardsley

Bardsley Enterprises

11:00

Innovations in CEA sustainability

Dr Harry Langford

CHAP

11:15

Q&A Panel

Sustainability

Session 9 All day - Exhibitor Theatre

11:00

TBC

11:15

TBC

Lincoln County Council

11:30

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

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

Elad Mardix

President, Clarifruit

Andy Allen

Director

Low Carbon Farming

Duncan Botting

Duncan Botting

Managing Director

University of Lincoln

Dr Jonathan Clarke

Dr Jonathan Clarke

Head of Business Development

John Innes

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

Mihai Ciobanhu

Mihai Ciobanhu

Founder

Fresh4cast

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

Eric Duncan

Eric Duncan

Head of Food Science

Coveris

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

Alan Forrester

Alan Forrester

President

FPC

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

Andrew Fuller

Technical and Growing Director

Neame Lea

Pål Johan From

Pål Johan From

Professor

Norwegian University of Life Sciences and the University of Lincoln

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

John Giles

John Giles

Divisional Director

Promar

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

Sarah Jayne Gratton

Sarah Jayne Gratton

Founding Partner

The Influencers

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

Chris Gilbert-Wood

Director

GGW Food Tech

James Green

James Green

Group Director Agriculture

G's

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.

Tom Hollands

Tom Hollands

Innovation and Technical Director

Raynor Foods

Tom Hollands is the Innovation and Technical Director at Raynor Foods, he is an accomplished Food Scientist who has worked in both government (Food Standards Agency) and the private sector. Tom is a true innovator at heart and has won a number of national and international accolades in recognition of this. Tom’s innovations are focused around sustainability and has interests in meta food systems, their emerging technologies and the complex links that connect them.

Nigel Jenney

Nigel Jenney

CEO

FPC

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

Libby John

Libby John

PVC/ Head of College of Science and Engineering

University of Lincoln

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

Oli Kaberry

Oli Kaberry

Business Development Director

Jones Food Company

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

Dr Harry Langford

Dr Harry Langford

Innovation Network Lead

CHAP

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

John Henry Looney

John Henry Looney

Managing Director

Sustainable Direction

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

Elad Mardix

Elad Mardix

President

Clarifruit

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

David May

David May

Deputy Director

Lincoln Institute for Agri-Food Technology

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

Andrew Mellonie

Senior Agronomist

Marks and Spencer

Andrea Pauli

Andrea Pauli

University of Lincoln

Andrea leads robotics and automation research at the National Centre for Food Manufacturing, University of Lincoln. From September 2014 to September 2018, he was Senior Lecturer in Automation and Robotics at the University of Lincoln School of Engineering where he was Programme Leader for the BEng (Hons) Automation Engineering programme and lead instructor for a number of automation, robotics and agri-food technology modules. Before joining the University of Lincoln in 2014, Andrea held a position of Assistant Professor at the University of Bologna, Italy, where he was granted tenure in 2011. His academic career also include visiting positions at the University of Michigan (2002, 2005 and 2009) and a part-time lectureship at the Tongji University in Shanghai (2010-2012). His research interests focus on the application of robotics and automation to Food Manufacturing. In this framework, he manages and contributes to a broad portfolio of innovation and technology transfer projects aimed at introducing robotics technologies into the agri-food sector following the Industry 4.0 paradigm. On an industrial level, he is a member of the Technical and Scientific Committee of LIAM Lab – the Italian industrial consortium for research on packaging machineries – and founding partner of Engynya Srl, a research and development start-up company focused on Industry 4.0 ready automation products. On an international level, Andrea is a Senior Member of IEEE (the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers), member of the Organising Committee of the UK Robotics and Automation Society and member of the technical committee on industrial process safety within IFAC (International Federation of Automatic Control).

Erik	Pekkeriet

Erik Pekkeriet

Programme Manager Agri-Food Robotics

Wageningen University & Research

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

Simon Pearson

Simon Pearson

Professor of Agri-Food Technology

University of Lincoln

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

Richard Potter

CEO

Peak AI

Matt Rayment

Sector Development Manager

MTC

Drew Reynolds

Drew Reynolds

Group Sustainability Officer

Total Produce

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

Erik Runkle

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

Dr Jonathan Scurlock

Dr Jonathan Scurlock

Chief Policy Adviser, Renewable Energy and Climate Change

National Farmers’ Union

Since 2007, Jonathan Scurlock has led on analysis and advice about energy and climate change to the NFU's management, office holders and members. His background is in university and government research, covering energy and climate policy, plant physiology, bioenergy and other renewables. He was educated at Oxford and London, and is a Visiting Fellow at the Open University.

James Simpson

Managing Director

Adrian Scripps

Nick Tucker

Nick Tucker

Associate Professor

Univeristy of Lincoln

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

Sander van Golberdinge

Sander van Golberdinge

Public Affairs Manager

Grodan.

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

Edwin Vanlaerhoven

Edwin Vanlaerhoven

Head of Strategic Business

Certon

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

Emilie Vanpoperinghe

Emilie Vanpoperinghe

Co-founder

ODDBOX

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

Kevin Vyse

Head of Technical

Rap Packaging

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

Becky Wilson

Becky Wilson

Project Manager

Farm Carbon Toolkit

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

Antony Yousefian

Antony Yousefian

Agtech Director

Bardsley England

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

Adrian Scripps

Speaker

Affinitus

Exhibitor -

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

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

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

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

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

Agritech Future

Supporter - Stand A54

Bardsley

Speaker

BeBa Energy

Exhibitor - Stand D41

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

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

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

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

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

Berry Gardens

Speaker

Berry World

Exhibitor - Stand A8

B-Hive Innovations

Exhibitor - Stand D42

Branston

Exhibitor - Stand C19

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

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

Certhon

Exhibitor - Stand Dutch Pavilion

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

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

Clarifruit

Speaker and Start Up Feature

CHA

Supporter - Stand D40

Coveris

Speaker

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

Crop Health and Protection (CHAP)

Exhibitor - Stand B63

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

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

Crux Agribotics

Exhibitor - Stand Dutch Pavilion

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

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

Dutch Food Techology

Exhibitor - Stand Dutch Pavilion

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

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

Embassy of the Netherlands

Exhibitor

Fresh4Cast

Speaker and Exhibitor

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

Farm Carbon Tookit

Speaker

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

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

Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership

Exhibitor

Global Smart

Speaker

Grodan

Exhibitor - Stand Dutch Pavilion

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

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

GrowPura

Speaker

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

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

G's Fresh

Speaker

Hagelunie

Exhibitor - Stand Dutch Pavilion

It's Fresh

Exhibitor - Stand A53

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

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

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

John Innes Centre

Speaker

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

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

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

Jones Food Company

Speaker

Lettus Grow

Exhibitor - Stand D44

Lincolnshire County Council

Exhibitor - Stand A60

Lincoln Institute for Agrifood Technology

Supporter and Speaker - Stand A61 and A62

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

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

Michigan State University

Speaker

MorePeople

Exhibitor - Stand A7

MTC

Speaker

National Centre for Food Manufacturing

Supporter and Speaker

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

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

National Farmers Union

Speaker

Neame Lea

Speaker

Oast House Ventures

Speaker

Oddbox

Speaker

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

Peak AI

Speaker

Plant Tape

Exhibitor - Stand A52

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

Promar

Speaker

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

RAP Packaging

Speaker

ProAmpac - RAP 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

Raynors Foods

Speaker

Roythornes Solicitors

Exhibitor - Stand B70

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

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

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

Saga Robotics

Speaker

SmartWash Solutions

Exhibitor - Dutch Pavilion

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

Sustainable Direction

Speaker

Syngenta

Exhibitor - Stand D38

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

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

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

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

The Influencers

Speaker

University of York

Exhibitor - Stand D43

Viridis

Speaker

Wageningen University

Speaker

UKUAT

Supporter