Tesco opens entries for annual Agri T-Jam competition

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Entries are now being accepted for one the food industry’s most innovative competitions, Tesco’s Agri T-Jam, which highlights the most creative and thoughtful solutions being developed across the UK and the world.

Seed and early-stage agri-tech innovators must submit their entries on improving supply chain efficiency and sustainability by June 10 for the opportunity to be considered among 10 finalists that will be honored at the virtual World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit on 28-29 September. Fresh produce is among several categories. Tesco is planning to announce the overall winner during a webinar on Oct. 18.

“Start-ups are a vital part of our agtech community, driving sustainability and presenting huge opportunities for investment,” Abigail Ryder, Programme Director for the World Agri-Tech Innovation Series, said. “We’re delighted to continue the partnership with Tesco, working with their influential supply chain to support innovation and give start-ups this platform for visibility and growth. We look forward to sharing the next crop of dynamic international agtech innovators with our global audience as we showcase them at the summit and beyond!”

For those drisuptors, this is a chance work closely with the UK retailer as well as those in its supply chain, where they can get mentorship and the chance to advance to trial.

Tesco said it is looking for technologies that address these areas:

  • Reducing Environmental Footprint & GHG Emissions
  • Predictive Farming
  • Crop Specific Solutions, Shelf Life & Storage
  • Improving Soil Health & Resilience
  • Water Quality Analysis & Irrigation
  • Robotics, Automation & Sensor Technology
  • Monitoring & Supporting Biodiversity
  • Livestock: Animal Health & Welfare
  • Supply Chain Efficiency & Waste Reduction
  • Indoor & Vertical Farming
  • Remote Operations – Automation, Farm Management, Worker Safety

“We are always looking for new innovative ways to serve our customers, colleagues and communities better. We are looking forward to seeing the new technologies and ideas that come forward, and to offering the finalists a chance to partner with our suppliers to make a positive difference in providing affordable, healthy, sustainable food,” said Natalie Smith, Head of Agriculture at Tesco.

Previous winners have included Senesino’s Numnuts, Roboscientific, and ImpactVision.



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