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2022 Vertical Farming World Awards Finalists Announced

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The finalists for the 2022 Vertical Farming World Awards are now published. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on Tuesday 20 September, during the 2022 Vertical Farming World Congress in Brussels.

The awards are organized by global food and drink experts Zenith Global with support from category sponsors Cultivatd and Intelligent Growth Solutions (IGS).

Celebrating excellence and innovation across the global vertical farming industry, entries were invited in 14 categories spanning crops, technology, sustainability, and commercial initiatives.

The Finalists

Best Crop Innovation

Best Crop Enhancement

  • GreeenTech – Urbanio indoor farm EXPO2020
  • Neuron Software Ltd. – nGen Greens – Functional Grow
  • Vertical Future Ltd – Optimised Light Recipes for Red Pigment Plants

Best Yield Improvement

  • Infarm – Cocktail Tomatoes Yield Improvement
  • LettUs Grow – LettUs Grow’s ultrasonic aeroponics
  • Urban Harvest   – Strawberries forever

Best Lighting Development

  • Sananbio – Grow rack, lights
  • Signify – A lighting system as dynamic as a vertical farm

Best AI/Automation Development

  • Bowery Farming – AI-Powered Intelligent Crop Retrieval
  • Infarm – Infarm’s Revolutionary Biofeedback System
  • Sananbio – Grow rack, lights
  • TTA BV – FlexPlanter

Best Climate Control Innovation

  • Intelligent Growth Solutions (IGS) – Automated precision-controlled environments using IGS’ vertical farming systems
  • Les Jardins Suspendus – The Vertical Farm built on the top of an ice Factory in Djibouti, East Africa
  • Smallhold – Smallhold
  • Urban Harvest   – Data driven climate control
  • YASAI AG – Circular Vertical Farming System

Best Farm Design Innovation sponsored by Cultivatd

  • Bowery Farming – Grow Position Mapping and Scalability
  • Ljusgarda – Industrial design
  • Sananbio – Grow rack, lights

Best Energy Efficiency

  • Intelligent Growth Solutions (IGS) – Driving energy efficiency through three-phase power and precision lighting
  • Les Jardins Suspendus – Les Jardins Suspendus: building a VF at the equator in a cold chamber that is powered by the sun
  • Nippon Koi Farm Pte Ltd – Nippon SG Aquaponic
  • Urban Crop Solutions – ModuleX

Best Sustainability Initiative

  • Nippon Koi Farm Pte Ltd – Nippon SG Aquaponic
  • Upward Farms  – USDA-Certified Organic Indoor Aquaponic Vertical Farm
  • Urban Crop Solutions    – Closing the loop by transforming waste to food

Best Community Initiative sponsored by IGS Limited

  • LettUs Grow – Grow It York
  • Nippon Koi Farm Pte Ltd – Nippon SG Aquaponic

Best Brand Marketing

  • AeroFarms – AeroFarms FlavorSpectrum™
  • Bowery Farming – Feel Good Greens
  • Smallhold – Smallhold

Best Retail Innovation

  • AeroFarms – AeroFarms Baby Bok Choy
  • AeroFarms – AeroFarms Micro Rainbow Mix
  • Bowery Farming – Bowery Strawberry Duopack
  • InvertiGro – Enabling reimagined food supply chains with In-store InvertiWalls

Best At Home Innovation

  • Bioelements Agro – Bioelements Home Composting Additive
  • Green World Revolution – Micro Urban Farm ECO ABUNDANCE Growing Kit
  • ZipGrow Inc – The ZipGarden

Best New Business

  • Certhon – Gronos
  • Les Jardins Suspendus – Les Jardins Suspends, the first Commercial Vertical Farm in Djibouti, East Africa.
  • Sananbio – Grow rack, lights

The 2022 Vertical Farming World Congress will be held in Brussels, Belgium from 19 to 21 September. Livestream access is also available. For full programme and booking details please visit

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