Press Release - Robotics and Automation - post-farm gate conference at FPC Future

FPC Future announces more speakers at one of its conference sessions on Robotics and Automation in horticulture.

The session on Robotics and Automation – Post-farm Gate at FPC Future on 4 November will look at the technology and innovations being introduced that can facilitate earlier labelling and tracking of food products throughout the manufacturing supply chain, bringing numerous benefits, such as improved information for consumers on where their ‘food comes from’ and faster action to mitigate food safety issues.

This session, one of eight free to attend sessions that are taking place on the day, will explore how common challenges that span the post-farm gate supply chain can be effectively tackled through human-robot collaboration.

Attendees will be able to participate in various discussions around the automation of intra-logistics; from in-field transportation through to warehouse operations and beyond.

Other areas that will be covered are:

  • How automated systems are able to operate safely 24/7 in challenging field and factory environments, ensuring supply chain reliability
  • How post-farm gate processes can be accelerated through agricultural robotics
  • How technology can maximise ‘food knowledge’ for consumers, allowing them to understand the ‘farm to fork journey’ their produce has taken
  • How robotics can assist in warehouse and intra-logistic operations
  • How to maximise return on investment

FPC is proud to welcome the following speakers to the programme. Janet Bellamy, Associate Professor of Food Industry Digitalisation and Processing Technologies, NCFM will be chairing the session which includes Mike Wilson, Chief Automation Officer Technology Strategy, MTC, Sarah Jayne Gratton, Co-Founder, The Influencers and Matt Rayment, Sector Development Manager, MTC.

The other conference streams range from robotics and automation (pre-farm gate) to data driven technologies, from sustainability to protected cropping and from supply chain waste to carbon supply chains. There will also be working displays and tours of the University of Lincoln’s Riseholme Campus facilities. The event website,, holds all the details of the features. You can also register for your free place there.

Sponsorship and exhibition opportunities are available and anyone interested in hearing more about these should contact


Widely recognised as the voice of the UK industry The Fresh Produce Consortium (FPC) plays a unique and crucial role in creating opportunities and supporting the growth of its members’ businesses. Their membership encompasses all aspects of both domestic and global supply chains of the fruit, vegetable and the flower industry.

FPC runs a number of events throughout the year in all aspects of the industry and works on behalf of members to engage with legislators and regulators and to advise on and influence current industry affairs including Brexit and Coronavirus. Much of its work goes on behind the scenes but is highly effective in benefiting daily trading.

For more information

Cristina Melenchon
Event Manager
01733 405791