Tesco and WWF fund food innovators

Companies pioneering new approaches in fish feed and carbon footprinting are among those that will receive £150,000 in funding to scale up their innovations.

This week Tesco and WWF announced the five start-ups that have won funding under their new Innovation Connections accelerator programme. The winners will have the chance to test and scale their innovations in Tesco’s supply chain subject to a detailed project proposal and funding agreement being finalised.

Tesco and WWF said they hoped the pilots would help scale up new ideas and technologies and enable them to become more widely adopted in food supply chains. The pair have a long-term partnership which aims to halve the environmental impact of the average shopping basket.

AgriSound will partner will Tesco fruit supplier AM Fresh to pilot technology that uses bioacoustics to monitor pollinators and pest levels on farm to help farmers protect biodiversity and increase produce yields.

Ai has been paired with meat and fish supplier Hilton to test a monitoring system that uses birdsong as a science-based biodiversity indicator in grassland farming.

A collaboration between CCm, Andermatt and Farm Carbon Toolkit will work with potato supplier Branston to demonstrate how low carbon fertilisers can reduce the carbon footprint of potato production.

Farm Carbon Toolkit and Tesco produce supplier Produce World will work together to develop advanced carbon footprint software for horticultural growers to analyse and reduce their emissions and increase carbon sequestration on farm.

Finally, Future by Insects will join forces with Hilton to create a circular system for fish feed using food waste to grow microalgae to feed fish.

“In a climate and nature crisis, we urgently need to find more sustainable ways to grow enough affordable food for everyone,” said David Edwards, director of food strategy at WWF. “The winning projects represent huge potential to help create a food system that restores nature and protects our climate.”

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