Riviera became involved in the development of a cauliflower maturity prediction model but needed data to support its implementation. It contacted the University of Plymouth which set up a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project. The KTP project partnered our very own Elis Luckhurst with experts at the
University of Plymouth.
Throughout the project, P.E. Simmons & Son sought to capture data to support the development and implementation of the cauliflower maturity and prediction model. Moreover, it wanted to characterise
the microclimate to fully exploit crop management and thus develop a crop management scheme including
an integrated pest management protocol. By implementing these measures the company sought to improve its position in the competitive market and increase profit.
By working together with KTP & the University of Plymouth Riviera Produce developed and implemented a cutting edge tool for crop prediction. This tool improved labour planning and reduced the company’s waste. Consequently, the company increased its turnover by 28% and saw profits rise by 14% – job done!
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