It’s only with the support of our members, that we can bring significant change in agri-food. We seek to match the unique capabilities of our members with other partners to pioneer technology in the real-world and drive innovation.
Cranfield is an exclusively postgraduate university, creating leaders in technology and management. We work closely with business, industry and government across the world. Through our industry partnerships, applied research projects and our executive education and professional development programmes, we work with over 1,500 companies and organisations. We are focused on the specialist themes of aerospace, defence and security, energy and power, environment and agrifood, manufacturing, transport systems, and water. The Cranfield School of Management is a world leader in management education and research.
Beta Bugs makes better insects. Specifically, we are insect breeders. We create high performance insect genetics for the insects as protein sector using proven biotech and breeding strategies. Our current focus is on the Black Soldier Fly and it’s use as an animal feed, with a mission of doubling this industry’s productivity, enabling it to compete on price point with commoditised feed ingredients. In the long-term we will create the breeds of insects that will feed, fuel and supply the world’s growing livestock and human population.
The AgriTech Recruitment Company
Unearthing the Talent to Feed the World
As the AgriFood space becomes increasingly technology driven, organisations in this sector are suddenly faced with the challenge of recruiting specialists from other domains to drive their visions forward – Software Developers, Data Magicians, AI Specialists, Engineers, Scientists, Commercial staff with specific knowledge areas and more. Combining a background in tech recruitment with in-depth knowledge of the Agri world, we specialise in supporting such companies when it comes to finding & attracting these hard-to-find technical and commercial professionals, permanent and contract. Whether you’re an innovator in the AgriFood space seeking specialists to join your organisation, or an individual looking for your next career move in this arena, we’d love to hear from you.
Engineering / Manufacturing
We are a group in innovators. Our vision is clear and simple – to transform ideas into commercial solutions.
We unlock opportunities and delivery results quickly. Our explosive and highly effective approach to problem solving is underpinned by our people – a close knit team of highly motivated, enthusiastic, and talented engineers, industrial designers and model-makers.
We have a bank of experience that enable us to iterate rapidly and deliver award-winning product designs and engineering outcomes for many sectors from: agriculture, life science, energy, consumer product, food and drink and aerospace.
We have a breadth of expertise which allied to our depth of engineering rigour produces winning results.
Agriculture is an area where we have built up an enviable track record of success.
Farmer / Land Manager
Angus Growers Ltd
Angus Growers Ltd is a soft fruit producer organisation based in Arbroath on the East Coast of Scotland, in the heart of the traditional Scottish berry growing area. The company is owned and managed by 18 growers, the majority in Angus, Perthshire and Fife, who grow a variety of fruits and other crops; we market their strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and cherries. They specialise in producing fresh fruit for the major supermarkets, shops, restaurants and food and drinks manufacturers.
Industry Representative Body
Agriculture Horticulture and Development Board (AHDB)
The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) is a statutory levy board, funded by farmers, growers and others in the supply chain to help the industry succeed in a rapidly changing world. We want to create a world-class food and farming industry, inspired by and competing with the best. Our purpose is to make our agriculture and horticulture industries more competitive and sustainable through factual, evidence-based advice, information and activity.
2 Sisters Food Group
We are one of British business’s most compelling success stories of the past 20 years. More than 23,000 colleagues drawn from 36 nationalities help to make a mind-boggling array of some of the finest food in Britain at over 40 manufacturing sites – from pizza to pies, from poultry to puddings, from ready meals to ranges of soup. We started out from very humble beginnings in the early 1990s, and from there 2 Sisters has grown to become one of the leading food manufacturing companies in Europe, producing great quality, great value food. We have a strong UK presence in poultry, red meat, chilled and frozen food categories, as well as being a ‘big brand’ favourite with Fox’s Biscuits and Goodfella’s Pizza. We are also committed to delivering the highest quality products to the British public and to our retail and food service customers. Our customers include Aldi, Asda, Co-op, KFC, Lidl, Marks & Spencer, Morrison’s, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Waitrose.
Marks and Spencer
Marks and Spencer is a leading British retailer bringing quality, great value food, clothing and homeware to millions of customers around the world.
The team at Farming Online create decision support systems, using ML techniques and smart phone technology, for actors in the food supply chain. They deliver for key international companies and work alongside research stations in the UK & abroad. Farming Online were finalists for a USAID Data-Driven Farming award for their work on using satellite imagery to support small holders in Nepal. They are part of AI for Earth – a community using ML techniques designed to solve environmental challenges.
Founded in 1977, afimilk Ltd. (S.A.E. Afikim) has become a global leader in developing, manufacturing and marketing advanced computerized systems for the modern dairy farm, and for herd management. The company , since its inception, has been a leader through innovation: afimilk introduced the world’s first electronic milk meter more than 30 years ago, the first pedometer to monitor cows, the first dairy farm management software and the first online milk analyzer (AfiLab). These tools have enabled farm managers to improve performance and maximize efficiency, ultimately increasing profits. Afimilk systems and products are in use worldwide. The company is active in more than 50 countries: thousands of farms, hundreds of thousands of milk meters, millions of pedometers. Afimilk leading product line, is an automated modular system for intensive dairy farm management. The fully integrated software program, AfiFarm, collects information about each animal, builds a database and generates reports. This gives the farmer real-time information about herd health, milk quality and other critical factors, and enables well-informed decision-making.
AgSpace Agriculture Ltd
Over the past ten years we’ve helped agri-businesses benefit from big data, online precision farming and bespoke digital agronomy products, so they can seamlessly connect their business with thousands of farms and use technology to help farmers grow more. Our products are Contour and GRID: Contour is our farmer facing interface. It provides real time, secure advice from agronomic experts to farmers, along with the satellite imagery and data they need for better decision making. GRID is our financial partner facing interface. It lets farmers and financial partners grow together by establishing trust at a distance. Connecting innovator and investor, lender and borrower in ways that previously have not been possible.
Venture Capitalist / Private Equity
DC Thomson Group
DC Thomson is a private company and one of the leading media organisations in the UK. It is headquartered in Dundee, Scotland, with a London base in the world-famous Fleet Street. The company publishes newspapers, magazines and has diversified into new media, digital technology, retail and television interests.
The DC Thomson Group includes global genealogy company Findmypast, leading IT business services provider Brightsolid, premium gifting business Wild & Wolf multimedia studio Beano Studios and, alongside DC Thomson Media, magazine publishers Puzzler Media and Shortlist Media. DC Thomson Ventures is the venture capital arm of the company.