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Newest solution for the growing vegetable rice trend

The cooking and eating habits have been changing over the past years. Healthy nutrition has come to the fore more and more. This includes the consumption of fruit and vegetables.Furthermore the convenience sector is gaining importance. One new trend, which came to the centre of attention at the PMA Fresh.....

Asparagus harvesters popular at German fair

Technologies for asparagus cultivation were recently presented at the Karlsruher fair in Germany (22nd-23rd November 2017). All the most recent innovations were displayed by the manufacturers.Bagioni has been working for a year in the asparagus harvester sector. "A lot of people attended, especially during day.....

Water-based cutting tool

No-till planting technology showing success in testing in Ontario

An Ontario company has created the technology for robotic cutting solutions has had some successful testing in developing an ultra high-pressure no-till planting tool that’s essentially a liquid coulter. I-Cubed began research on the idea about 10 years ago. It started on a request from farming groups who were.....

Australia: Technology helps track orchard's activities

The manager of a 70ha orchard, Ardmona horticulturist Mitchell McNab, takes a conscientious approach to planning, preparation and research by using real-time data. countrynews explains.McNab said ‘‘From record-keeping on-the-go, to orchard management, picking, packing and transport, new innovations drive our.....

Sint-Lucie invests in a GSP 55EVO

"With the new line, we can pack 400 bushels in 13 minutes"

"We want to work faster and more efficiently in our packing division. This is why we recently invested in a new packaging line and we have been working with pre-printed films for several weeks now", says Frank Vansimpsen, manager at Sint-Lucie, a Belgian company that specialises in watercress.They purchased an.....

Web based system helps U.S. strawberry growers ward off deadly pathogens

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, a new University of Florida study shows.That’s good news as Florida’s strawberry growers start a new season. Strawberries pack a powerful economic punch nationwide.....

Dry fog system controls humidity level in warehouses

Keeping produce ripe and fresh is an ongoing challenge for growers and shippers of fresh produce. When it comes to avocado and citrus, for example, de-greening as well as controlled ripening often requires storage in a controlled humidity environment. Corrigan Corporation of America have developed a humidity.....

The foundation of an organic fruit company

China: "New machine could lower the cost of labour by 70%"

"This packaging machine for young fruit operates 5-7 times more efficiently than traditional manual packaging, which could lower the cost of manual labour by 70%. That is an estimated increase in profit of over 500 yuan [75.78 USD] per 0.07 hectare. In addition, after processing, the appearance and quality of.....

Japan Airlines partner with Champ Cargosystems to increase IT performance

Champ Cargosystems, the supplier of integrated IT solutions to the air cargo industry, builds on its relationship with Japan Airlines. As part of this technology partnership, Champ and Japan Airlines will engage in a series of projects that leverage IT to provide value to the airline’s customer base.In 2014,.....

California growers turning to robots to assist production

With labor shortages leading to difficulties as well as cost increases for growers, many are turning to technology to assist them in production. The use of robotics in the lettuce industry is one example where growers have turned to machinery for both harvesting as well as packing produce. Taylor Farms,.....

New water-wise bin washers available for South African fruit producers

Hygiene plays a major role when perishable products like fruit have to be harvested and transported to the packing shed, especially when a major overseas journey lies ahead.Up until now, South African producers have been relying on imported automatic bin washers to ensure sparkling clean bins for a pristine.....

Freon prices rising explosively due to phasing out of coolants

Due to European regulations curbing the use of synthetic coolants more and more, the market for these coolants has changed into a market with sharply increasing prices. Natural coolants offer an alternative, but these aren’t new. Frank Boeijen of Van Kempen Koudetechniek says the company was already building.....

Equipped with electronic valves

Transcritical CO2 cooling system for mushrooms

The Dutch company, Huijbregts Koeltechniek, was recently assigned the task of installing a transcritical cooling system. This system, ordered by Prochamp in Velddriel, needs to have a 120 KW capacity, and will be used to keep mushrooms cool. The system will have a Danfoss regulator, equipped with electronic.....

Onion packing centres updated about Eqraft optical sorting machine

Last week, the onion sector was brought up to date about upgrades made to the Eqraft optical sorting machine in the past six months. This was done at Dutch onion trader, Hoza, who have the first model of the Eqrafts Eqrader. This machine sorts onions by size, colour, form, weight, and internal as well as.....