The very first edition of FPC Future.
Edwin Vanlaerhoven and Adre van Dam at Certhon, the company produces turnkey solutions for greenhouses and indoor farming and are starting work on robotic and integrated projects.
Alex van Os and Dennis Arnts from Grodan. The company produces substrates and sytems to help the grower - Egrow. They are also starting a new project which turns old rock wool in to stone to build houses.
Nick Field and Hannah Sedman at Bosman van Zaal/ CMW providing a whole range of services to the greenhouse industry. CMW was bought out by Bosman van Zaal in May and according to Nick it is working out very well.
Hugo Plaisier and Leon Strik at Svensson.
Holly Kendrick and Nerissa Plumb recruiting for Flamingo Horticulture.
Kevin Robinson - left and Sandra Ansley - right from HagelUnie which provides insurance for horticultural industry which Nigel Jenny - centre CEO of Fresh Produce Consortium the organisers of the event.
Matthias Haakman from KG Systems & Greenhouses.
Richard Harnden from Berry Gardens spoke about some of the robotic programs already in place at the company, he was introduced by John Giles from Promar.
The robot from Saga Robotics which is being used at Berry Gardens.
Martin Cruise and Colin Parsons at Vertically Urban which makes LED lights.
The first edition of the FPC Future and Careers fair was busy right from the go.
Lots of room for networking.
Michele Dall'olio, Kirstie Hunter and Mihai Ciobanu happy t0 receive visitors at the Fresh4cast stand.
PML were sponsors of the event, breakfast and coffee was curtesy of the company. Nick Finbow, Imrana Giannotto and Richard Hoyte were at the stand to encourage recruitment, the company has a new sire opening in Kent and needs drivers, warehouse staff among other personnel. They went paperless at the evet and visitors could scan the QR Code for all the information.
Potato company Branston were at the PFC Careers to recruit people, they are opening a new factory for prepared food and growing overall as a company. At the stand were Ellis Rogers and Michelle Tremble.
One of the morning seminars was on Robotics & Automation - Pre-farm gate. Simon Pearson a specialist in Agri Tech at Lincoln University was one of the seapkers.
The session were extremely well attended, it was standing room only.
Pal John From from Saga Robotics spoke about the robots currently in use and what we can expect in the future.
Jonathon Featherstone from Featherstone Machinery spoke about how critical the labour situation is becoming in the UK and how UK production will stop if something is not done right away. Mechanical harvesting can be part of the solution, but it also has it's challenges.
Charlotte Langley and Chealsey Wild at DEFRA.
Graphic Packaging were there promoting their range of recyclable cardboard packaging. Jeanette Crane was at the stand.
The standholders were kept busy but the large number of visitors.
Zoe Bursey and Niki Shepheard were on the Lincolnshire County Council stand. Among other things they were promoting the Food Enterprise Zone which provides space for SMEs and helps them get a foothold in the sector.
Tammy Tuchingham and Andrew Thurston accounts for the Agri food sector at MHA.
David Bellamy at Food Science which makes solutions to extend the shelflife of fresh produce.
Stephen Palmer and Shaun Beatie at BeBa a company which produces solar panels, there has been a big increase lately as electricity cost are set to soar.
Pat Flynn at CHA supporting the FPC and meeting members and signing up new ones, Pat was also promoting the UK stand at upcoming international events.
The team at Karsten UK were there to promote employment opportunities at the company. Emma Reeson, Sean Poppleton and Annabel Stockdale.
Nicola Bridges, Claire Booker and Jeremy Elwall were there promoting the careers and opportunities at Barfoots.
Nikki Pritchett, Beth Foskett and Charlotte Downing were there to tell visitors about the graduate scheme at G's and the other opportunities.
Garry Rudd and April Walker were on hand at the University of Lincoln stand.
Sarah Cooksley, Sintija Lataka and Emma Luto were at the Worldwide Fruit stand promoting the company and career opportunities.
Lance Harris and Theresa Salisbury from HM Prision probation service explained how demand for prisoners to work in agriculture has increase as labour has been short.
Ashley Lidgate and Russell Beardmore were promoting the graduate apprenticeships and career opportunities at Bakkavor.
Pick a a card, any card - getting students interested...
Jake Kinderman was at EC Drummond to create awareness about the company.
Very busy in the careers hall
Paul Laniran at the UKRI stand, the organisation provides funding for new and innovative projects in the sector.
Sarah Neale at the Affinitus Group providing solutions for the whole fresh produce chain.
Nick Tucker was the first speaker at the Future of Packaging session.
Luis Apodaca from Graphic Packaging explained how the company operates on a circular economy. Taking products from nature and putting them back afterwards with their fully recyclable paper packaging.
Eric Duncan from Coveris spoke about the merits of plastic pagaging as well as alternatives.
Paul Kid, Ollie Morley-Fletcher and William Hill at FruPro who can created an trading app for fresh produce.
The team at B-hive Innovations they technology which can predict the sizes of potatoes and a also a prototype of a machine which can scan the tubers when they are still underground.
Paul Unwin and Wayne Johnson at Feadah Solutions have tech that can help small start up companies. The is portable and can be used in the fields during packing to ensure that correct bags are being used.
Harry Twinberrow, Rosie Frost and Sue Hutchinson at Syngenta.
Michael Sharp from Pelican with Sarah-Jayne Gratton from the FPC.