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BrimaPack planting/harvesting rig nominated for United Fresh Innovation Award

BrimaPack BV announced today that they have been nominated in the category ‘Best New Packing/Processing Equipment’ for the United Fresh 2017 Produce Innovation Awards. The United Fresh 2017 Produce Innovation Awards honor the results of years of R&D and the foresight of companies bringing innovation to the.....

AU: Farmers slowly turning to aerial technology to manage crop health

An Australian drone operation company says an increasing number of farmers are starting to become curious at how the new remote technology can help their operations. But the aerial photography and surveillance service provider, National Drones says it would not describe the usage as widely used, as yet."I’d.....

Italy: Unitec - technologies to retain consumers

Why disappoint consumers when one could fully meet their expectations? Especially considering that each consumer is different and has different tastes. Unitec believes businesses must assume the responsibility of making sure fruit meets all quality requirements, a result possible only with the help of.....

New technologies to improve walnut processing

The Californian firm Jessee Equipment Manufacturing is one of the world's leading companies in the manufacture and design of processing equipment for the walnut industry. Peelers, dryers, calibration machines of different types, mechanical cracking lines and suction systems are some of its main products.Two of.....

More demand for large sliced vegetables

Vlaemynck is a total supplier of fresh produce. Besides a complete range of unprocessed fruit and vegetables, the company also supplies sliced vegetables. The wholesaler sees an increase in demand for fresh sliced vegetables, preferably in a larger size.At the company’s own cutting plant, fresh daily.....

Latest flowpacker saves on packaging

During the Interpack, the Fuji Flowpacker type Alpha 8 was introduced by Dijkstra Vereenigde. This machine is equipped with the latest technologies. The Alpha 8 has been developed and built with two things in mind: return and savings. These spearheads and the user friendly control panel result in a machine.....

TOMRA ships world's largest steam peeler

TOMRA Sorting Food has delivered an industry first in the form of the world’s highest capacity steam peeler, which will be used by a leading potato processing company. The new Eco steam peeler stands more than eight metres tall, and has the capability to peel 650kg of potatoes in less than seven seconds. The.....

Vitacress sponsors educational workshops on robotics in agriculture

Salad, watercress and herb producer Vitacress has helped sponsor a series of educational workshops. The sessions were designed to encourage students to consider the application of robotics in areas such as horticulture and agriculture. The ‘Growbotics’ workshops took place at the Kings College London Strand.....

Warehouse manager Zozk Shafik: “Remotely monitoring process thanks to software”

Blow-labeller limits ERP failures to a minimum

Europe Retail Packing (ERP) offers optimal facilities for the storage, transfer and packing of fresh produce, and has locations in Poeldijk, Barendrecht and De Meern. When ERP started having to deal with too many failures at the older production lines, they began orienting themselves to replace existing.....

REV Packaging Solutions introduces new Hollywood crate film machine

When talking about crates to be covered with films or protective nets, one immediately thinks about the great manual labour required to apply them. Due to the increasing demand for this type of packaging, REV Packaging Solutions developed an innovative solution - the Hollywood crate film machine.Hollywood is a.....

English freshcut company chooses Kronen washing machine

Kronen has made a further step into the English market as a major freshcut company has chosen their GEWA 3800V PLUS washing machine to clean their salads and vegetables with its flume washing process without mechanical submergence.Kronen claims that its engineers worked with the customer to not only improve.....

BC Tree Fruits expansion to boost capacity by 30%

BC Tree Fruits announced on Friday that the facility has submitted an application to expand their Winfield packinghouse to allow space for a new apple bagging line. Once approved, the new line would be ready for operation prior to the 2017 apple crop starting this fall.The new line would expand BC Tree Fruits’.....

Taiwanese onion farmers see potential in mechanical harvesting

The Farmers' Association of Hengchun in southern Taiwan's Pingtung County demonstrated on Friday a number of harvesting machines that could help address the problem of labor shortages in onion production in the county.Recently, urban migration and an ageing population have made manual harvests difficult. In.....

Sinclair® Compact Pattern Labeller™ wins Silver Medal Macfrut Innovation Award

The Sinclair® Compact Pattern Labeller (CPL) has been awarded a silver medal as part of the 2017 Macfrut Innovation Awards in the category of packaging and packaging materials. Sponsored by Cesena Fiera and The Agrarian Informer, the Macfrut Innovation Award program celebrates product innovation and quality as.....

New laser scanner filters out toxic fries

Amid growing concern about the discovery of cancer-causing chemicals in crisps and French fries, a young scientist has developed a new laser system that scans peeled potatoes in the factory to detect toxic compounds and prevent them from reaching the consumer. Earlier this year, the Food Standards Agency (FSA).....

by Mike Poodt

What does it take to make robots a success in agrifood?

Last week I attended the event RoboBusiness in The Hague. A specific part of the program was dedicated to the agrifood sector, and deservedly in my opinion. The various presentations confirmed to me the big potential that robots have in our industry. With an increasing demand for high-quality food, combined.....