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Special  —  Machinery / Packaging / Labeling

Naio to automate row crop management

Naio Technologies, a French company started four years ago, is looking to fully automate the way growers plant, maintain and harvest row crops. After several years of research and development, they've released a robot that can weed a field all on its own.“You can put the robot at the first row, you answer a.....

LaserFood reduces need for labeling material

As the fresh produce industry continues to trim waste in packaging and do more with less, LaserFood provides a way to dramatically cut down on labeling materials. By using lasers to mark the actual fruit, there is no need for anything else.“The idea is to permanently label fresh fruits and vegetables,” said.....

US: New bagger ensures correct portions

The latest bagger from Ag-Pak is equipped with a feature that weighs bags of produce immediately after they've been filled in order to ensure each bag contains the correct portions. The company will feature the new AP7000 at the upcoming United Fresh convention in Chicago.“We're releasing a new wicketed.....

Village Farms finalist for Best New Packaging, Vegetable

Village Farms International, headquartered in Heathrow, Florida is pleased to announce they are finalist in two categories in this year’s United Fresh New Products Awards Competition. First, their new Cabernet Estate Reserve™ tomato in the Best New Vegetable category. This beautiful brown cherry on-the-vine.....

Cold room for Belgian test, demo center

Thanks to its new facility, Tomra Sorting Solutions is now able to test the performance of its sorting machines for all individually quick frozen (IQF) products in a true-to life environment. The company has installed a brand new 56 square meter cold room in its test and demonstration center in Leuven,.....

Sorter introduces new packing robot

Sorter, a large Polish-based supplier of machines for unloading, grading and fruit packing in Poland, Central and Eastern Europe, has started producing robots capable of packing a variety of fruits and vegetables. Marketing Manager Edgar Klusa affirms that “PRO Packing Robot is a multi-purpose robot.....

Jeanine Sciacca, Luke Oldridge presented at PMA Fresh Connections Conference Day

Communication, packaging, online relevance key for retailers

Health, sustainability and snacking were key global trends for produce growers and retailers, according to Neilsen’s Jeanine Sciacca. Ms Sciacca, who is Associate Director in Commercial Development for Nielsen shared her insights at the PMA Fresh Connections conference day.Globally Australians are on the.....

Print and apply labels for wicketed bags/sleeves

Posie Packer Corp. a Canadian agri-machine manufacturer, announcessignificant improvements for its established wicketed poly bag/sleeve labeler.The market has shown that there is significant and increasing demand by the consumer for time sensitive information on a product regarding sustainability,.....

IDD 4 breaks ground in Internal Defect Detection

MAF RODA breaks ground in the field of Vision of the Internal quality sorting with the launch of the IDD4. As specialist in design with 100% integrated manufacturing of turn-key installations for grading, packing and handling fresh fruit and vegetables, MAF RODA brings to its customers new high performance.....

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)

Bringing more attention back to supervising operators

In a busy pack house, when there are so many varying factors to keep control of, crucial elements such as ensuring the right product and correct volume continually gets to the line can occupy all the attention of the pack house manager. This can mean that supervising the operators is not always given the.....