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Robomart develops self-driving greengrocer

Robomart has developed something new: a self-driving greengrocers that delivers potatoes, vegetables and meat directly to your home. The prototype is ready and waiting, and the company is now waiting for a test license.The use of the Robomart is made as easy as possible. Consumers just have to press a button.....

New post-harvest quality technology developed for okra

Hazel Technologies, Inc., a USDA-supported company developing new shelf-life extension technologies for fresh produce, announces a new partnership with Agritrade Farms, LLC, grower of specialty vegetables in Honduras and the Dominican Republic. The partnership will initially focus on one of Hazel’s most recent.....

Spain: Launch of facility for reuse of citrus washing water

A technological consortium formed by Ainia, the companies Electromechanical Verifications Engineering and Maintenance (IVEM) and Industrial Installations GRAU has received Anecoop's support for the development of an innovative test facility in the municipality of Betera, in Valencia, which will facilitate the.....

Spanish Research:

Strengthening citric fruit to better resist climate change

Recent research of the Department of Agricultural Sciences and the Natural World of the Spanish Universitat Jaume I has identified the genes within citric fruit that biotechnology could improve to face climate change. A team of researchers under professor Vicent Arbona is trying to influence the workings of a.....

'Black King brand' launched in 2015

Croatian black garlic is a hit

Samir and Diana Burnić have created an unusual and profitable business. They do not only grow garlic, but also ferment it in controlled conditions in a chamber they have designed themselves. The black garlic, under the Black King (Crni Kralj) brand, has won over Croatian consumers and can now also be.....

World’s smallest and the world’s sweetest tomatoes reach Israeli shelves

Cherry tomatoes, purple tomatoes, and this week two new tomato varieties will hit Israeli supermarket shelves. We’re talking about the Bon Bon Tomato, the world’s sweetest tomato, and the Tipa Tomato, the world’s smallest. These new tomato varieties are the creation of Ariel Kitron, Dubi Dagay, and David.....

Small footprint produce

Farm-in-a-box technology benefits farmers

While many companies are taking on the business venture of setting up containerized hydroponic growing, others have been at it for a few years now. An increase too in producing micro greens and lettuces – even flowers - makes the prospect of owning a self-contained agriculture unit appealing for many types of.....

Maarten Kimman of Biopack packaging:

"Breakthrough for the fruit and vegetable sector: affordable and fully compostable trays for fruit and vegetables"

2018, a good time to make sustainable steps in the area of packaging. Excuses like 'too expensive' and 'insufficient supply' are no longer valid. "We are the first in Europe to succeed in making fully compostable dishes and trays for fruit and vegetables on the market," says Maarten Kimman of Biopack packaging.....

FruitLook project this season extended to include the Langkloof; 35,000ha currently actively monitored

Satellites help Cape farmers use water more efficiently

Drought-stricken Cape farmers are receiving help from above – through satellite data they are able to monitor their water use efficiency, with reported improvements of at least 10%.The Western Cape Department of Agriculture is providing the FruitLook service, brainchild of Dutch company eLEAF, without charge.....

University of Florida:

Web tool helps South Carolina & Florida strawberry growers

According to a new University of Florida study, strawberry growers in Florida and South Carolina are reaping the benefits of a UF/IFAS web-based system designed to ward off two deadly pathogens.The tool, known as the Strawberry Advisory System, uses data such as temperature and leaf wetness to tell growers.....

China: Hema opens 30 new stores in Beijing

The 2018 great e-commerce war is beginning with an invasion of new participants from Taiwan. On January 3, Hema announced that they are going to open 30 new stores in Beijing. The plan includes such locations as Xizhimen, Guang'anmen and Shuangjing.When all of the stores are open, they'll cover all the.....

Germany: Handheld inkjet

VIDEO

African cherry a possible novel cure for Malaria

New studies have shown that extracts of the leaves and bark of the African cherry could be used effectively to treat drug-resistant infections. They may hold the key to new and effective alternative antimalarial medicine.A new study has established the possibility of developing antimicrobial agents of natural.....

China:

Traditional Chinese medicine a new remedy for crops?

In mid-December 2017 a remedy using extracts from multiple Chinese herbs was approved by French certification body ECOCERT. This biological remedy, developed by the research institute of natural medicine of Lanzhou Jiaotong University in Gansu Province, can effectively treat and prevent diseases in vegetables,.....

China: "Microbial fertilizer increases soil fertility and improves product quality"

"Microbial agents can have three different functions when they are applied in agriculture. Firstly, they increase the fertility of the soil. They also help the absorption of nutrition by the crops, and of nitrogen from the air. Lastly, they strengthen the disease and drought resistance of the plants. That is.....

Pook-Coconut Crisps: Nominated for the Fruit Logistica Innovation Award

Germany: “For next year, we are planning two or three new flavors”

Crisps from apples, beets and sweet potatoes are already widely available on the market. For almost a year now, there have also been coconut crisps. With these unique products, PookSpaFoods is encountering great enthusiasm within the food industry. It is no coincidence that this start-up is one of the nominees.....

A machine for banding the entire product range

New and flexible banding machine presented

Automation company Machine Service A+P Service from Jork has launched a new banding machine, in cooperation with Swiss company ATS Tanner. The so-called US-2000 makes it possible to set both fixed and variable banderole lengths, so that the banding of different goods is possible without changing the machine......

Koen Verhagen, Slowd

"Adsorbent granules slow fruit and vegetable ripening"

Fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs produce ethane, a natural gas, that helps them ripen. Bananas and avocados, in particular, release a lot of this gas. This can speed up the ripening process of other fruit and vegetable varieties. A Dutch company, Slowd, has developed a consumer product with adsorbent granules.....

Buitenstebinnen, Naktuinbouw

DNA technology presents new opportunities

Biotechnology is developing at a rapid pace. Ten years ago it cost millions of euros and years of work to decipher a living organism's genetic code. Now, this can be done within a few days for less than a thousand euros.Naktuinbouw, the Dutch Horticultural Inspectorate investigated what DNA technology could.....

Village Farms tomato wins Produce Business Innovation Award

Village Farms' 'Lorabella Blossom' tomato received the first annual Produce Business Innovation Award at the New York Produce Show last week. The bright orange tomato caught the eye of the judges and consumers are also taking note as something the tomato category hasn’t seen yet, the company says.Helen Aquino,.....