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Innovation Awards Macfrut
Bronze award for grape destemmer
The Destemmer by ZTI Smart Machines from Tuitjenhorn, has won a bronze award at the Macfrut Innovation Awards. The destemming of grapes, dates and baby tomatoes using the destemmer beats doing it by hand. The machine is unique as it is the only one of its kind to remove the stem by twisting, just as with.....
South Africa’s Barloworld and Germany’s BayWa
Farm machinery distributors join forces to supply Zambia
AGCO a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment, reports that a new Joint Venture company formed between South Africa’s Barloworld and Germany’s BayWa has been appointed as its national distributor for Zambia. The Joint Venture between Barloworld and BayWa will be responsible for.....
Steaming of citrus trees controls greening disease
Steaming stops the spread of greening disease found in citrus trees worldwide. Since spraying chemicals to stop greening bacteria in the tree has been fruitless and is not an achievable option, different heating methods are employed in order to control greening HLB and allow citrus trees to thrive. Research.....
US: Tech solves berry mechanization challenge
Blueberry production is a billion-dollar business in the U.S. Although the industry grows every year, a key stumbling block to mass production is labor. More than 70% of fresh-market highbush blueberries are harvested by hand and the issue of labor availability continues to become a greater concern.A.....
Italy: Unitec presents new division
Unitec Intelligent Packaging is the new UNITEC division specialising in vertical packaging machinery for food (pasta, biscuits, flour, pet food and the fresh-cut range)."We have introduced four new machines so far and in the future we will also think about how they can be applied to the fresh produce sector.....
Italy: First edition of Macfrut at Rimini Fiera
The first edition of Macfrut held in Rimini ended on 25th September.Over 11 thousand people visited every day (34 thousand in total), although the first two days were the busiest according to the organisers.The event was held at the same time as Flora Trade, which attracted 4,793 visitors over three days.20%.....
Dofra Foodtec will continue under the name FTNON-Dofra
Machine producer FTNON buys product portfolio Dofra Foodtec
Machine producer Food Technology Noord-Oost Nederland (FTNON) is taking over the the product portfolio of Dofra Foodtec, a machine builder in the agrarian and food sector. With the takeover FTNON is gaining the know how to serve both its national and international customers.FTNON, which is part of.....
XI International Mango Symposium- Darwin, Australia
Felix instruments to host master class at mango event
Felix Instruments presents F-750 Produce Quality Meter and hosts Master Class at XI International Mango Symposium in Darwin, Australia.According to the Australian Mango Industry Association (AMIA), "consumer research has repeatedly shown that quality is one of the key drivers of mango sales"—the most.....
More than just good and bad potatoes
Marcelissen's optical sorting machine raises the bar
The Dutch company Marcelissen offers an optical sorting machine with a wide range of different sorting possibilities. "This kind of optical scanning is completely new in the trade,"¯ explains Guus Treuen, Managing Director of Marcelissen. "We already have several machines up and running."¯ One of those.....
A lot of interest in solar panels from the fruit and vegetable market
Do you have a high energy bill and space on your roof? Then solar panels may be the solution. Many fruit and vegetable companies have recently taken the step and we are therefore seeing a more serious move towards sustainability in the sector. With the current low interest rates, the favourable advantages of.....
Macfrut, Pad. B1 - Stand 195-196
Italy: PND in Rimini with innovations in fresh-cut fruit
PND, the leading company in the production of machinery for fruit processing, will take part in the Rimini edition of Macfrut."We believe that, this way, we will be able to meet a larger number of Italian and foreign operators," explains Virginia Cascella.In particular, the SS8 cutting machine and the PL1D.....
AU: A FreshView on ripening and degreening technology systems
Developed by an Australian based company, Pacific Data Systems, the FreshView EC12 Ripening Controller system is being heralded as the latest proven, robust technology to monitor, control, ripen, degreen, and store fruit and other perishable commodities.The modular industrial design of the FreshView system.....
An investment in the future
Optical sorting machine reduces costs and convinces with efficiency
Eugen Borgmann has run the potato peeling company “querbeet” at the farm Borgmann for the last 20 years. The family business, with a specialization on asparagus while seasonal, has grown steadily since. “At the moment we are using our sixth new peeling line," explains the businessman. Borgmann produces his.....
NZ: Compac opens centre of excellence
A company which grew from a backyard project in to an international player celebrated the opening of its “Kiwifruit Centre of Excellence” in Papamoa last night.Hamish Kennedy, who 30 years ago built a fruit sorting machine in his parents' garage and went on to found the company known as Compac, says the.....