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The groundbreaking Australian technology hoping to combat fruit fly outbreaks

Scientists hope to know by as early as next season whether Australia's new Sterile Insect Technology (SIT) is an effective weapon in controlling fruit fly outbreaks.Millions of specially bred sterile fruit flies were released in South Australia this month in an attempt to stop wild flies breeding and.....

Italy: First sorter for delicate or ripe fruit

"People always talk about fruit that is ready to eat, however, this requirement clashes with automatic sorting solutions. The machines developed so far do not guarantee the same degree of automation and respect for the produce as our solution, which is innovative and unlike any other on the market," explains.....

Walmart implements two new innovations in some 700 stores

Walmart is adding pickup towers to 700 stores. What are ‘pickup towers’? They are distinctive orange towers, which serve as vending machines for online orders. Furthermore, the company is pairing the new towers with pickup lockers that hold larger items like televisions.The towers are part of Walmart’s.....

Spy tech keeps tabs on Australia’s mangoes

The CRC for Developing Northern Australia has announced a “Smart Supply Chains” project which will have major applications across Northern Australia. While the research will focus on mango supply chains in the Burdekin and Katherine regions, the outcomes of the research will impact all horticultural regions of.....

Italy: Snack bar with spirulina, hemp and chocolate

"We're a Dutch-Italian startup based in Amsterdam, established in 2018 with the idea of developing a snack bar using dark chocolate and spirulina ideal for vegetarians, vegans and people intolerant to gluten and lactose.""Spirulina is currently available on the market as a food supplement, so it can be found.....

Brazil: Multi-residue analysis of lettuce

A new analytical method to determine the multi-residue level of 16 multi-class pesticides used on lettuces was developed by researchers at the Campinas State University (Brazil). They used ultra-high performance liquid chromatography and tandem mass spectrometry with a triple quadrupole mass analyser and.....

Blockchain and cryptocurrency to usher in new era for supply chains

Major shippers of perishables are expecting a widespread adoption of blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies in the next decade. At the recent TPM conference in Long Beach, Chayenne Wiskerke, chief executive of Wiskerke Onions, the world’s largest shipper of onions, said cryptocurrencies could potentially.....

Chiquita stays fresh with energy-efficient reefer containers

Dedicated to creating more sustainable shipping practices, the world-renowned banana producer is further bolstering its fleet of Star Cool Integrated™ containers and adding more controlled atmosphere systems to deliver premium banana quality.The new batch of 2500 Star Cool Integrated™ containers from Maersk.....

Optimization of water use in Fresh-cut processing industry

KRONEN and the Spanish company CITROSOL are collaborating with the Spanish technological centre CNTA in the prototyping of a new industrial washing process. With the project aqUAFRESH the partners want to improve the food safety of processed fresh fruit and vegetables and to reduce water consumption during.....

Soup TO GO: healthy, easy soup idea

The Four o'clock cup-a-soup is already a thing; soon it may be four o'clock Soup TO GO. This snack may give you a boost, but it is not very healthy. Research done by Eurostat has found that 9 out of 10 Europeans still eat too few vegetables. The people at the Dutch company, JUST, thought that these numbers.....

Cydiance launches Cydiance Book in English, Chinese and Spanish

China: logistics tracking and collaboration platform ensures multi-party cooperation

Since its establishment in 2014, Cydiance has been working with Internet of Things (IoT) based technologies to provide location, temperature and humidity related applications for the international fresh products trade. Cydiance'stools allow customers to track and record the whole process starting from.....

Huub Kasius:

“Certainty and fewer losses are reasons to invest”

Predictability, guaranteed drying in a shorter period and fewer losses in difficult seasons. Agrovent is specialised in storage systems for agrarian products, and they have seen demand for their VaccTek technique for drying onions increase year after year.Onions can be dried in two different ways. Firstly, by.....

CRISPR - gene-edited food

CRISPR, which works by finding and then replacing, editing or deleting a genetic sequence inside an organism, is currently being tested in agricultural products in several countries, including the U.S., U.K. and Spain.DuPont Pioneer is developing a strain of CRISPR-edited corn that could be on the market in.....

Automated transplanting system to host open house

After a year of successful trials, automated transplanting system, PlantTape, is hosting an open house that the company says will highlight the system’s success in transplanting tomatoes. The event will be held in Five Points, CA, on April 10th from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Experts from PlantTape are looking forward.....

BILLA Start-up Pitch:

BILLA promotes innovative projects in the food trade

"As an innovation leader in the Austrian food trade, we are always on the lookout for new ideas, good solutions and outstanding products. Our motivation is always the same: we want to make life easier for our customers," explains BILLA CEO Robert Nagele.Now BILLA invites you to the BILLA Start-up Pitch. We are.....

‘Micro magnets’ to detect pesticides on vegetables

Recently, food scientists have created a quick and highly sensitive screening technique that can detect even tiny amounts of a synthetic pesticide in vegetables. Their process uses magnetic nanoparticles to simplify extraction of the pesticide (pyrethroid) reducing the screening process to under two hours......

Rijk Zwaan:

'Snacks and convenience mean new opportunities for cucumber growers"

Cucumbers can be found in ever-increasing varieties and sizes. However, more thought needs to be put into how cucumbers are consumed. Dutch vegetable and seed production company, Rijk Zwaan is breeding cucumbers to play into important trends. These include snacking and convenience. "We like to share market.....

China: Vending machines are transforming into smart storefronts

Imagine walking into a Shenzhen subway station to grab a bite. Expecting to be able to buy a can of soda or a bag of chips, your options suddenly prove to be far more exotic. Yes, all the basic snack items are available, but so are pastries, tofu, cooked noodles, prepared eggs, fresh vegetables and French.....