Agtech start-up Crop Intellect has won the opportunity to work with the UK’s leading retailer, Tesco, and its supply chain partners, after winning the  Tesco Agri T-Jam event run in partnership with the World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit.

The UK-based innovator applies its R-Leaf® technology to plant foliage, capturing atmospheric Nitrous Oxide pollutants and converting them into plant feed in the form of nitrate. The results include an enhanced yield, with reduced air and soil pollution.

Commenting on this year’s competition focus, Natalie Smith, Head of Agriculture at Tesco said: “This year we cast the net wider in terms of the technologies we were looking for, all fitting around animal health and welfare, crop health, and our extended commitment to reach net zero across our total emissions footprint, including our supply chains, by 2050, as well as the importance of protecting and restoring nature.”

After an in-depth review and judging process with Tesco’s agriculture team and supplier R&D committee, which selected eight finalists from over 150 international entries, Natalie Smith revealed the winner in a live webinar showcase on October 18.

Commenting on the reasons for the winning choice, she said:

‘We were hugely impressed by Crop Intellect and it’s potential to transform agricultural supply chains with its R-Leaf technology. In this critical decade for driving action on climate change and restoring biodiversity, it was great to see so many start-ups coming forward and showcasing innovative technologies that have the potential to tackle climate change.”

Responding to the win, Apostolos Papadopoulos, CEO of Crop Intellect said “We are so proud and excited to have won the prestigious Tesco Agri T-Jam for 2021. Our technology has the potential to make a huge positive impact towards clean air, increased yield, soil sustainability and farming profitability while reducing the incidence of global warming. We look forward to working alongside Tesco and their supply chain to maximise the potential of the technology and support them to achieve their goal of reaching net zero by 2050.”

Crop Intellect will now benefit from introductions to Tesco’s supply chain partners, as well as ongoing support from the Tesco Agriculture team, the value of which was shared in an update from last year’s winner, NumNuts by Senesino, whose technology has been in testing with a range of suppliers.

Abigail Ryder, Programme Director for the World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit said: “It’s been a pleasure once again to provide a platform to connect innovators with Tesco’s supply chain. We join Tesco in being delighted by the calibre and diversity of fresh solutions presented from across the globe as innovators respond to the demand for new technologies to fuel sustainability from farm to fork.”

The remaining seven finalists were: Netword Agro (Brazil), Greengage (UK), Farm4Trade (Italy), Sylgen Animal Health (UK), BIO-F Solutions (UK), Silvec Biologics (USA), Iceni Earth (UK).

A special mention was also given to runner-up Silvec Biologics for its solution to vaccinate trees for lifetime protection against disease, without genetic modification, using novel RNA therapy similar to Covid vaccines.

For more information on all finalists and the World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit visit: www.worldagritechinnovation.com/tesco-agri-t-jam-2021/