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"Local and organic are niches, the majority just wants fresh products"
HNGRY: the IKEA concept for food
In Antwerp, Thierry Peeters opened a new concept late last year: HNGRY. This concept is aimed at people who want to decide 'last-minute' what they're going to cook that night. When people enter the store, they step into a cookbook as it were, and can choose between ten dishes. All ingredients are sorted by.....
Japan : robot feeds you tomatoes during marathon
An engineer from the Japanese company, Kogame, realised that it was difficult to eat tomatoes during a marathon…so they invented this robot.Japan is an avant-garde country in robotic inventions. Kogame specialises in making tomato-based food. To create a global buzz, they decided to promote healthy eating by.....
Israel: Temporary tattoo art for plating food
An Israeli temporary-tattoo company is hoping culinary culture will adapt its designs for plating. One look at Chef Alexander "Zoonder" Lachnish’s food presentations and you’ll be surprised the idea for soy-based temporary tattoos took this long to hit the table.The Almost Sexy outfit, conceived by the.....
‘Dark Strawberries’ have health appeal in Queensland trial
Consumer preference for a new breed of ‘dark strawberry’ high in anthocyanins increased ‘significantly’ when the relevant health benefits were provided alongside taste trials, according to a spokesperson from the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. “Preliminary results indicated.....
Aussies not keen on ‘musky’ aftertaste of common papaya
The results of a recent taste test and sensory profile proved that more than half (55%) of Australians prefer papaya (also known as paw paw) to be a dark, burnt orange colour, and smooth and velvety in texture with a sweet aftertaste, similar to a ripe rockmelon. The results came from a survey of 101.....
Florida strawberry growers connecting consumers and pickers
An innovative method is connecting Florida strawberry growers to consumers. For the past seven years, Wish Farms, a year-round grower of strawberries, has implemented a traceability system called ‘How’s My Picking?™’ which allows each carton of berries to be traced back to the picker. “This season we are.....
Aad van Dijk: "Bio based box next level in sustainability"
The Greenery innovation: tomatoes packaged in own stalk
The Greenery had a real world first at the Fruit Logistica. A carton packaging made from fibres from tomato stalks was presented for the first time. Duijvestijn tomatoes are packaged in the bio based box. Not unrelated, this Greenery grower was chosen as thewinner of the Tomato Inspiration Award 2015at the.....
Is selecting with smart glasses the future?
A Creative Technology student for the University of Twente has begun examining the use of smart watches and smart glasses, such as Google Glass, in the selection process of fruit and vegetables, his work has been commissioned by Tradle. In the film below the results can be seen. This movie gives a glimpse of.....
Could DNA spray replace the barcode?
What if you could use your smartphone to tell if the apple you're about to bite into has been genetically modified, if your bottle of extra-virgin olive oil was watered down with an inferior product, or if the Armani suit you purchased is genuine or a knockoff?You might someday, with the help of an odorless,.....
High quality and low energy use
Research brings ideal pear storage within reach
Optimization of storage spaces for pears leads to a significantly higher product quality and lower energy use. That's the conclusion following research carried out by Wageningen UR, on behalf of GreenPort Noord-Holland Noord. The project, which involved several chain parties, has yielded innovations and.....
Frost Control system successful against cold wave
Last weekend, between 7 and 9 February, temperatures dropped below -4 degrees Celsius in areas at high risk of frost, causing some damage to citrus and stonefruit.But the situation is different for growers who have made use of methods such as the new patented Control de Heladas (Frost Control) system, which.....
Holistic approach for reducing food loss
According to the latest (2011) report of the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), on a global basis about one-third of the food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted, amounting to 1.3 billion tons per year. In the US alone, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NDRC) estimates that 40%.....
AU: Gippsland Growers Go Green
Recently, two farmers in the Gippsland region of Victoria turned on an Australian first in biomass renewable technology and became fully independent from their former energy source of brown coal briquettes. The combined operations use 7000 tonnes of residual biomass waste annually from the surrounding.....
Quality monitor for passionfruit available
Innovative Fresh provides objective quality monitoring of fruit and vegetables on shop shelves. "We do this as commissioned by retailers, producers and fruit and vegetable trader. Around ten times per year we publish a public month monitor and a weekly oversight of offers in European supermarkets," says Maud.....