Rick Stein’s Food Stories on BBC Two

A few of our robots were lucky enough to co-star in Rick Stein’s Food Stories on BBC Two this evening – alongside Sir James Dyson himself. Rick Stein and Sir James have both thought very deeply on the subject of sustainable food production – and by developing state-of-the-art fruit harvesting robots alongside inspiring and innovative customers such as Dyson Farming and Hugh Lowe Farms, Dogtooth is delighted to be doing its part to improve the sustainability and security of UK food production.

If you have access to BBC iPlayer (UK TV license payers only), you can watch the episode here.

Daily Mail Interview with James Dyson

Last week, James Dyson spoke to Sarah Rainey of the Daily Mail ahead of her visit to th Dyson Farming glasshouse in Lincolnshire, where – with the aid of 20 of Dogtooth’s strawberry harvesting robots – the team are working hard to produce British grown strawberries at Christmas.

Read the full article here.

Dogtooth In The News

Dogtooth is making the news! We recently welcomed BBC News to Hugh Lowe Farms to see our strawberry harvesting robots picking fruit in the polytunnels. Their visit was an opportunity to explain how AI and robotic automation are helping to make agriculture become more sustainable.

This clip featured in last week’s episode of “Talking Business” alongside some other remarkable innovations helping to drive sustainability. If you’re in the UK, you can watch the whole episode via BBC iPlayer.

From the Polytunnel to the Palace!

Our strawberry harvesting robot made its royal debut this week at Hampton Court Palace for the 2023 Global Investment Summit. We were delighted to have been selected by the Department of Business and Trade to represent the UK’s nascent agri-robotics sector – and to have the opportunity to discuss our business with Oliver Dowden, Deputy Prime Minister, and Andrew Griffith MP Andrew Griffith, Minister of State for Science, Research, & Innovation. We were also rather pleased that our robot was placed next to some beautiful cars from Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd and McLaren Group, established British businesses that we love!

A Million Strawberries: Guess the Weight

Last week marked a significant milestone at Dogtooth. Thanks to our fantastic field operations teams, we hit a groundbreaking record: one million strawberries picked this season (and counting!).

It’s not just about the number, it’s about the innovation, the technology, and the drive behind each pick. Congratulations to the entire team on this incredible achievement!

And the weight of one million strawberries? About 25 tonnes.

Dogtooth Dashes through Cambridge for a Heartfelt Cause

Yesterday 12 members of the Dogtooth team took part in the 30th edition of the fantastic #ChariotsOfFire race through the heart of Cambridge.

It was a great effort by everyone, demonstrating characteristic competitiveness, and more importantly a great reason to raise money for the fantastic Arthur Rank Hospice Charity. If you can please help them to do even more by contributing to our fundraising efforts.

Freethink Documentary: The Farming Robots that will Feed the World

This interesting documentary feature was created by Freethink, who approached us late 2022 to appear in their series, “Hard Reset” which focuses on companies and people taking revolutionary approaches to help solve the world’s biggest challenges.

We had the pleasure of welcoming Director Nick Tucker and his film crew to our facility in October to take a closer look at our intelligent robots, find out what makes them unique, and to capture them in action picking fruit on a UK farm.

Night Picking Boosts Productivity

As the nights draw in (at least for our northern hemisphere customers), we have made good use of our robots’ night picking capabilities.

This year we have been operating robots in 16 hour shifts, increasing capital utilization and maximizing productivity.

Even in Summer, night picking can be beneficial – not only because double shifting allows us to flex capacity to address production peaks but also because the shelf life of berry fruits can be extended by up to two weeks when berries are picked in cooler night time conditions.

FII Institute Invests in Dogtooth

We are thrilled to announce investment into Dogtooth by the FII Institute . Their Environment, Social, & Governance investment agenda resonated strongly with us and we are delighted to have their support as we seek to tackle the sustainability crises facing the global fruit industry.

This is the first investment by the FII into a UK business, and we are fortunate to benefit from the strong relationship between Great Britain and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

We are grateful to the Department of Trade (DIT) for facilitating introduction to the FII and to the British Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Neil Crompton for hosting us in Riyadh this week and for his willingness to support our business development activities in the region.

Our thanks are also due to Tony Berkley and others at the FII for getting this deal over the line.

Spring Down Under: Strawberry Robots Head to Australia

It is Spring in the southern hemisphere and our strawberry picking robots are on their way to Australia!

They will arrive on site in a few weeks, ready to leave the shipping containers in which they are both transported and stored and start work.

Seasonal agricultural workers must often travel long distances to satisfy changing labour requirements. Now that robotic picking is being used to make up for the shortfall in human labour, it is an interesting irony that robots are also migrating with the changing seasons.

Unlike people they don’t need passports or visas – although they do need to be scrupulously clean to pass Australian quarantine!

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