Category Archives: Sector: Agriculture & Food

Operations Insight: Shed Grounds Maintenance ISO9001 certification

Shed Grounds Maintenance is a privately owned company based in Chesterfield.  It was founded in 2003. It now has 150 clients ranging from business parks to university campuses, and hotels to factories.  It states its order winners as being “reliability, … Continue reading

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Walking Plant System

This is so “on trend” I had to post a video of it, even though the Dutch have being using this system for a decade.  I tried to get one with an English commentary, but you’ll get the idea…

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Sustainable fly farming

The Irish firm Hexafly was established in 2016. It operates sustainable insect farms that convert black soldier flies into high-value feeds, fertilizers and bioplastics. Hexafly supplies these insect-derived products to a range of companies in the aqua and animal feed, … Continue reading

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‘Internet of Things’ research journal

The Internet of Things research journal was launched in September last year.  Of interest is what the journal identifies as IoT applications.  They are as follows: “Energy (smart grids, meters & appliances, renewable energy). Transportation (infrastructure, logistics, road and rail, … Continue reading

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Curing cancer with a lightly boiled egg?

You may have heard about this on the news this morning, but I could not let it pass.  That’s because chickens can potentially make some drugs up to 100 times more cheaply than a pharmaceutical plant… The birds have been … Continue reading

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Operations Insight: R & D at Muntons

Muntons are a world-leading supplier of malt and malted ingredients to the brewing, and food and drink industries.  Headquartered in Stowmarket, they have another maltings in Bridlington.  Between the two sites they produce 175,000 tonnes of malt a year, along … Continue reading

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Sustainable techno farming

Beladon are building a floating farm in the centre of Rotterdam port, as explained in this BBC report.  The concept is that fresh milk and yogurt will supply the local residents, minimising food miles.  The prototype will start with 40 … Continue reading

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Mass personalisation of bottles

We have posted a great deal about mass customisation on this blog, but not much about mass personalisation.  This takes two main forms – package personalisation and product personalisation.  The former refers to having packaging designed specifically for individuals (sometimes … Continue reading

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Open innovation in food and drink

Interesting article on themanufacturer.com website explaining open innovation (OI) and how it is being adopted by food and drink operators.  OI has been typically associated with technology companies, but firms in the food industry such as Heineken, Pepsico and P&G … Continue reading

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“…as a Service” applied to agriculture by the Small Robot Company

Back in 2012 I blogged about cloud computing and explained three alternative models of this –  ‘infrastructure as a service’ (IaaS), ‘platform as a service’ (PaaS), and ‘software as a service’ (SaaS).  The “… as a Service” business model is … Continue reading

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