International carrot symposium speakers announced

Tue 01/08/2023 by Richard Wilkinson

The International Symposium on Carrot and other Apiaceae has published speaker and programme details for its third event held at York racecourse on 2-5 October. Coordinated by British Growers Ltd and Warwick University, the four-day conference includes various sessions and seminars aimed at showcasing the most recent scientific findings and technological advancements within the carrot and apiaceae community.

With speakers and delegates from across the UK, Europe and wider world attending, it presents a prime networking opportunity for UK growers and researchers. On day one, delegates will be treated to the inside story of one of the largest UK carrot production facilities by Huntapac’s technical director Stephen Shields. He will also review the challenges and opportunities that exist within the UK carrot sector.

Insights into the intricacies of the UK’s carrot retail market will be delivered by Joe Shaw-Roberts from Kantar, a leading data and insights company. The Symposium’s Worldwide Production, Marketing & Consumption section will take a global perspective as it addresses carrot marketing and consumption. Daniëlle Bruin, food and value chain manager for Bejo, will lead this discussion. Speakers will also explore French carrot production, and will evaluate whether cultivation and processing costs are in balance with retail prices.

The Symposium entitled ’a taste of things to come’ comprises an afternoon looking at the future of the carrot industry. Thomas Beach founder of Autonomous Agri Solutions Ltd will discuss and explain how automation can be used in a practical and commercially viable way for farmers. Looking at barriers to adoption and real-world applications, Islam Abdel-Ariz from RSK ADAS Ltd will highlight opportunities for emissions reduction in carrot production and discuss potential paths for carbon offsetting.


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