“Resources are finite, data is infinite . ” ​ It’s a phrase I’ve started using in conversation with my colleagues and customers to summarise the urgent need to increase digital capabilities to stay competitive, while at the same time being able to gain tighter control on production variables to save resources plus energy usage. Digitalisation is not a phase or the trend; it’s the key in order to businesses becoming more competitive, more productive, and, of increasing importance, more sustainable.  

As a sector, food and beverage is still catching up with other industries in terms of its overall electronic capabilities. And there are usually good reasons for this. But certain businesses, such as forward-thinking GrowPura, a vertical farming business with sites in Marston and Colworth, are starting to explore the true value associated with digital technologies.  

I recently caught up with GrowPura’s executive chairman, Nick Bateman, to discuss his sector, his company and vertical farming’s hunger for technology.  

Listen to Thornhill and representatives from Bury Black Pudding Company and Wyke Farms discuss how digital technologies can benefit even small businesses in our free webinar ​.

Now some months on from COP26, the world still seems to be at risk of irreversible plus uncontrollable impacts of climate change. While the impacts of global warming are arguably currently less obvious in countries like the particular UK, recent research is reporting that over 40% associated with the world’s population are usually highly vulnerable from changes to the climate.