UK- Leading UK-based vertical farming company, Vertical Future, has partnered with Heck Food, to build to create an onsite vertical farm at Heck HQ in North Yorkshire. Vertical Future’s sustainably grown, ‘beyond-organic’, crops will allow Heck to continue creating unique and interesting flavours in their vegan range. Grown to pack a flavour punch like no other, Vertical Future’s produce is specifically cultivated to develop top-quality taste and nutrient density to Heck’s requirements.

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For those of you that missed it, here's our CEO Jamie Burrows talking with HM Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak and a wider fantastic group of industry leaders, as part of a 'Plan for Jobs' panel, hosted by HM Treasury

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The term ‘automation’ in the vertical farming sector is often greatly exaggerated. Press releases regularly refer to ‘full,’ ‘total,’ or ‘complete’ automation, or similar. When digging beneath the surface, this usually refers to basic operational elements (primarily lights going on or off, nutrient delivery, and modulation of environmental conditions against a baseline). This is not the case for all vertical farming companies, but it is certainly widely prevalent. But what does automation really mean in the context of a vertical farm, and how critical is it?

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London-based controlled-environment agriculture firm Vertical Future is set to announce major deals in the next month, which will make the Middle East its largest market.

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Technology company Vertical Future has partnered with GreenBridge to accelerate the deployment of vertical farms in the Middle East.

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Heck is to further expand its presence in the plant-based aisles with a first move into vegan mince this spring. Described as a “convenience product for scratch cooking” by Heck co-founder Jamie Keeble, its pea protein-based Veg With Edge mince is seasoned with ingredients such as sun-dried tomatoes and garlic, making it “ready for dishes such as bolognese”, he suggested.

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Many approaches to innovation in the vertical farming space over the past few years appear to have been absent of consideration for the issues addressed above; have proven too expensive to build when considering the materials and technologies used; or have simply repeated existing technological approaches. This, together with more competition and a narrowing market, means that the financial bar for growers to succeed and survive has been set higher than in previous years. But exactly what kind of technological solutions are required for vertical farming companies to take the leap towards “larger,” more mainstream products and to reduce CAPEX and OPEX along the way?

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UK based, high-growth technology company specialising in controlled-environment-agriculture (CEA), Vertical Future, today announces plans to deploy their proprietary vertical farming system across the middle east. This follows ongoing and advanced stage discussions with parties in different countries who have shown interest in using Vertical Future’s systems.

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Vertical Future is a food tech company focused on improving population health by building a smarter, more sustainable food production and supply system. We develop technologies and build smart, high-tech production sites, primarily in urban centers, as well as growing a broad range of high-quality produce (primarily baby leaf salads, microherbs, and specialist herbs), traded under the brand name MiniCrops. With multiple production sites across London and an ambitious research and development program, we are fast-becoming a market leader in the controlled environment agriculture space, with our business model and cutting-edge production technologies changing the way that people see, understand, and consume food.

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Vertical Future’s Founder and Chief Executive Officer Jamie Burrows, said: “We have launched an advanced, intelligent, end-to-end system providing superior tasting and better crops for the future for both food and pharmaceutical production at an affordable price-point. “Exploitation of land, loss of biodiversity and overuse of the earth’s natural resources are damaging to our environment and vertical farming offers one long-term solution. We take vertical farming a giant leap further, adopting a holistic approach by offering fully automated and intelligent systems that offer endless possibilities.”

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