As the Vertical Farming World Congress continued, the second day of the summit was all about panels, with various speakers lined up from all around the globe. And, of course, the gala dinner that many attendees were looking forward to finding out who actually won which award. We have them summed up for you below, but first, we'll have a quick recap of day two of the event.
The LettUs Grow guys are looking sprightly as ever (Photo credits: LettUs Grow)
This year there were many diverse panels present, which brought nice variation and contrast to the program. From limitations, or rather opportunities, new trends such as AI and robots, the usual cost tag of vertical farming, to new products that have been entering the industry: the vertical cultivation of insects and fish.
Michael Spencer on stage presenting Stacked Farm
CCO Michael Spencer shared, “We appreciated the opportunity to present to our peers and the industry as a whole to share our company’s insights into the importance of process design in order to achieve mass balance for commercial scale farming.”
A special moment in vertical farming history
During one of the panels, the first Vertical Farming Manifesto and Identity was signed, which holds both clear and bold industry standards. These standards highlight the impact and contribution the industry intends to make to transform current food systems and help to solve one of humanity's toughest challenges of providing food for a growing population in a sustainable, circular way.
Many people in person or virtually witnessed the signing of the memorandum (Photo credits: Stacked Farm)
The companies involved are 80 Acres Farms, Aerofarms, Bowery Farming, CropOne, CubicFarm Systems, Elevate Farms, Fifth Season, Fischer Farms, Freight Farms, Infarm, Infinite Acres, Jones Food Company, Kalera, Ljusgarda, La Grangette, N.Thing, Plenty, Stacked Farm, Urban Crop Solutions, Urban Harvest, Vertical Future, YesHealth Group, and ZipGrow.
Awards- Who won what?
After a day filled with important industry topics, it was time to head to tighten up and get ready for the gala dinner. Eventually, the winners of the Vertical Farming World Awards 2022 were announced on 20 September at a Gala Dinner during the 3rd annual Vertical Farming World Congress in Brussels.
The winners of the Zenith Vertical Farming World Congress Awards 2022 (Photo credits: Signify)
Drum roll, the winners of this year's awards were:
- Intelligent Growth Solutions (IGS) won the Best Crop Innovation category
- GreeenTech won the Best Crop Enhancement category
- Vertical Future Ltd won the Best Crop Enhancement category
- LettUs Grow won the Best Yield Improvement category
- Signify won the Best Lighting Development category
- Sananbio won the Best AI/Automation Development category
- Les Jardins Suspendu won the Best Climate Control Innovation category
- Bowery Farming won the Best Farm Design Innovation category
- Les Jardins Suspendu won the Best Energy Efficiency category
- Urban Crop Solutions won the Best Sustainability Initiative category
- LettUs Grow won the Best Community Initiative category
- AeroFarms won the Best Brand Marketing category
- Bowery Farming won the Best Retail Innovation category
- Green World Revolution won the Best At Home Innovation category
- Les Jardins Suspendus won the Best New Business category
The Urban crop Solutions team showing off their award
Erin Livesey, Senior BD Manager at Vertical Future and Dmitrij Lipovskij, co-founder and CEO of GreeenTech are showing off the awards they've received at the Gala Dinner (Photo credits: Vertical Future)
The IGS team is proudly showing its award ‘Best Crop Innovation’ for our initiative ‘Beyond Basil: growing tree seedlings in a vertical farm environment’