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"Hip and hygienic self service tomatoes"
Stoffels develops 'candy machine' for tomatoes
A number of trends have been highly noticeable in recent years. The self service hype probably hasn't gone unnoticed by anyone, but the growing number of vending machines among store shelves can also be clearly observed. All sorts of snacks and juices are offered to us in a more or less automated manner in.....
New food tech wave shaking up industry
Smartphones, urban agriculture, plant-based substitutes — the food industry's rapid change is perhaps most evident in its technology.What better way to adapt to change than to be at the forefront of innovation and disruption by investing in a food tech startup? At least, that’s what venture capitalists have.....
breeders collaborate, Wageningen UR and Hill Fresh
New Galia melon flavor model in use
In collaboration with breeding companies Enza, Bayer CropScience, Seminis and Sakata, and importer HillFresh, Wageningen UR Horticulture has developed a model to quickly predict the taste level of Galia melons. The model predicts the taste of Galia melons based on a few measured parameters.This new taste.....
Vegetable cultivation of the future
Vegetables are healthy - and popular. For years, the demand has risen in Germany. Most of it is planted and harvested in open fields - only one percent comes from the greenhouse. However cultivation takes up space. This might change in the future, three concepts for agriculture are:Idea number 1: Vertical.....
Innovative gadget makes opening coconuts easy
People love coconuts. In fact, the coconut water industry is now a $1 billion business. It's easy to see why the fruit is in high demand given the numerous health benefits, including increased energy, improved digestion, brighter skin, and fewer food cravings to name a few.A new gadget called Cococrack is.....
Tomato peel transformed into biodegradable plastic
The project developed at the Centre for Scientific Research of Spain and the University of Malaga aims to exploit the natural viscoelastic properties of tomato peel, as well as its waterproof nature and protection capacity against other liquids, as well as parasites; a discovery that could also in principle.....
44 new products
Finalists demonstrate innovation in fresh produce
United Fresh this week announces a record 44 fresh fruit and vegetable innovations as finalists for the United Fresh Produce Association’s 2015 New Product Awards. This year’s finalists will compete in five categories for the title of Best New Products at United Fresh 2015, June 8-10 in Chicago.“We’re.....
Indoor vertical farms to be built in China
US:Green Sense Farms enters Asian partnership
Green Sense Farms USA of Portage, Indiana and Star Global Holdings of the People’s Republic of China have formed a partnership to build, own, and operate a network of indoor vertical farms in China. The new partnership, Green Sense Farms, Asia Pacific, Ltd. will begin building its first farm this year in.....
French startup launches fresh fruit tubes
A Parisian startup company, Les Fruitieres, has launched a new and original concept : diced fresh fruit (mango, pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, dragon fruit…) wrapped in fruit like a maki, in a tube that when twisted pushes up the fruit, rather like a tube of glue or a lipstick. Ali Belrhiti, one of the.....
Controlled atmosphere container extends produce shelf life
“We have developed a container, the Janny MT Module, that extends produce shelf life by using a unique and innovative process of controlled atmosphere,” says Vincent Nicoletis with Janny MT. “Due to the natural respiration of the produce in combination with the lid’s patented membranes, the modules are.....
France : Les Paysans de Rougeline focus on eco-friendly greenhouses
Les Paysans de Rougeline, a union of cooperatives in the South of France, have made a commitment to offer consumers quality fruit and vegetables from sustainable agriculture. They have grown over 50 varieties of fruit for 25 years over an 800 ha area, both in field and greenhouse crops, representing almost.....
New avocado app helps guide irrigation
University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences faculty have developed a new app for avocado growers that provides an irrigation schedule so users save an estimated 20 to 50 percent on the water they apply to their orchards.“Weather changes daily, and the app takes into account these.....
Lime grower’s zesty invention working for chefs
One Queensland lime farmer has created what he calls a world first ‘value add’ product that he hopes will ensure his farm makes a profit from limes for more than just three to four months per year. Daniel Tabone, of Suncoast Limes, has partnered with a U.S engineering firm to design and build a.....
Growers to get more say on market access, R&D
Growers around Australia will be able to get informed, and have their say on proposed Research and Development (R&D), Marketing and industry priorities as the Horticulture Innovation Australia (HIA) roadshow visits farming areas including Mareeba, west of Cairns, on May 6, and the Lockyer Valley,.....