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Interko eyes North American ripening opportunities

Interko, a manufacturer of ripening solutions for the global fresh fruit industry, is planning to expand its presence on the North American market on the back of growing business in the USA.The Dutch company hopes to bring the benefits of its technology to retailers, importers, distributors or wholesalers.....

How flow wrapping can help ease labour shortages in fresh produce

Labour shortages already impacting on the fresh produce industry can be addressed in part by embracing automated packaging machinery, says Tisomi, a specialist in horizontal flow wrapping solutions in the UK.Flow wrapping technology helps reduce growers’ labour requirements in the pack house and release staff.....

Italy: Growing interest in mechanisation for the asparagus world

The 2016/17 asparagus campaign saw an increase in the use of mechanical transplants. Over 1 million roots were planted thanks to a unique transplanting machine. With one single operation, it makes a hole, places pipes for underground or surface irrigation, plants roots and covers them with 10 cm of soil.Extra.....

Opportunities in mechanization for Chilean fruit

In May of this year, Google Ventures - Google's venture capital fund - decided to invest US $10 million in Abundant Robotics, a US startup that is working on the development of a robot that harvests apples, which could also serve in the future as a basis for creating robots for other fruit trees.The.....

Ishida flexibility helps dried fruit and nut success

An Ishida 14 head multihead weigher is providing the flexibility to handle a wide variety of dried fruits and nuts for a leading Russian snack food provider supplier, FoodArt.FoodArt, established in 2013, is an importer of products such as almonds, cashew nuts, peanuts, dates, prunes, raisins and cranberries,.....

Italy: A new pallet truck for orange, kiwi and apple bins

A pallet truck that hooks to the tractor making bin handling easier and saving time. What is more, there are no hydraulic circuits and it hooks on with no need for power take-off or pressurised oil.It is patented and no other machinery is needed in addition to a tractor as it can load and unload up to 4 300kg.....

Aweta's Innovative technology for aromatic organic mangoes

The company BioTropic from Duisburg, Germany, has recently installed a highly technical and electronically sensitive machine, manufactured by AWETA in the Netherlands: "It is quite remarkable what technology can do today," says Erdal Kizilyol, Head of Packaging at BioTropic in Duisburg, who was on-site at the.....

Practice tests of asparagus harvesting robot in 2018

AvL Motion, a company from the Dutch village of Westerbeek, has been working on a compact, selective harvesting robot for asparagus in the past year. In the summer of 2017, a complete prototype had its first successful test. The development of the robot is now in the stage of continued development. At the.....

Ulma packaging to take the stage at BP2017 to promote automation

ULMA Packaging will be returning to the potato exhibition BP2017 in Harrogate, promoting equipment that can help make taking crops to market more cost-effective and productive for growers.ULMA's VTC 800 vertical packing machineryThe biennial show brings the multi-billion pound potato industry together for a.....

FIRA International Forum of Agricultural Robotics to return November 29th

After a successful first edition in 2016, the FIRA International Forum of Agricultural Robotics is back on November 29th and 30th in Toulouse, France.The agricultural robotics forum is being organised by the French farmbot specialist, Naïo Technologies, for the second time in a row. The event aims to unite.....

Johan Wyckaert, Almeco

"Our ADB fan will not cause flames in greasy areas"

From small fans for fresh air, to giant industrial apparatuses used in, for example, the potato industry. Almeco, from the Belgian city of Mouscron, in addition to manufacturing fans, also builds drying systems. These can, just like the fans, be found in the food processing industry.Johan Wyckaert of Almeco in.....

Compac launches internal inspection system for fresh produce

Within a year of its acquisition by global food sorting company TOMRA, New Zealand’s Compac has announced the launch of its Inspectra2 internal inspection system for fresh produce.Combined with its Spectrim external defect grading platform, Compac offers packhouses the ability to consistently and accurately.....

Las Vegas

Customers want more from their machines at this year’s PACK EXPO

From September 25 until September 27, the PACK EXPO took place at the Las Vegas Convention center. The show had more than 2,000 exhibitors with over 600 exhibitors being focused on the Produce/Fresh segment. While what was displayed on the floors of this year’s expo was of interest, what may be more noteworthy.....

Aviko teams up with TOMRA for Chinese french fry plant

SnowValley Agricultural Group and Aviko Group, after investing in a joint venture between the two potato product brands, have decided to once again team up with TOMRA Sorting Food, for the development of a new state-of-the-art French fry processing facility.The €151m joint venture aims to deliver the highest.....

Largest kiwi sorting plant in Europe inaugurated by Agrintesa

VIDEOA €5 billion investment, two parallel lines, 32 outlets, pregrading and packaging - these are the characteristics of the new kiwi sorting plant Agrintesa inaugurated on 30th September 2017."The plant will enable us to be more competitive by increasing the reliability of our supplies and improve quality. Our.....

Are full-line machine solutions the answer to labour shortages in Poland?

PHOTO REPORTEighty percent of the machinery designed and produced by Polish company Sorter are for the fruit and vegetable industry. Manufactured and designed in-house, the company is in a position to offer a variety of full-line solutions for growers and manufacturers. Their range spans from harvest platforms to packing,.....

New Tomra potato sorter removes 98% of foreign objects

Worldwide demand for potato products is continuing to grow, and to meet this demand TOMRA Sorting Food is launching an enhanced sorting solution which they claim removes more than 98 percent of all typical foreign objects found in product streams after washing and peeling.The global provider of food sorting.....

Sun Pacific upgrades packing operations to Spectrim grading platform

US: navel orange grower adopts 64 lanes of grading technology

California fresh produce growing, packing and shipping company Sun Pacific has upgraded three pack lines in its Maricopa Cuties packing facility to Compac's Spectrim platform, and purchased a new grader for the Tulare facility, for a total of 64 lanes of Spectrim technology.Sun Pacific Shippers President Al.....

Tecnova implements a greenhouse refrigeration system in Egypt

The Tecnova Technology Center has implemented a new refrigeration system for greenhouses in Cairo, Egypt, which will solve climate management problems in this country, and has completed the construction of 1.7 hectare prototype that will endorse the conclusions of trials developed at Tecnova.This action comes.....

Reemoon establishes agency in Spain

Recently, Jiangxi Reemoon Technology Holdings has successfully established an agency in Spain, having come to an agreement with the Spanish company MAQUINARIA HORTOFRUTICOLA. They will sell the Reemoon sorting equipment in Spain.An expert from Reemoon is installing the equipmentA facility visitFor local market.....

Three new packaging machines from Tramper Technology

Autumn weather causes early pressure in sauerkraut factory Kramer

At G. Kramer in Zuid-Scharwoude they have been making sauerkraut for five generations. In the Netherlands in particular sauerkraut stew is still one of the main winter meals. The lack of a late summer isn't a problem for the sauerkraut factory. "The weather decides. You sell sauerkraut when there is an R in.....

Automation to soften impact of Brexit on produce packers

Brillopak director David Jahn highlighted the crisis likely to face farmers, fresh produce and soft fruit packers as a result of Brexit and rising labour costs – and how automated case loading can help mitigate these challenges. Tim Sykes reports from the PPMA Show.Between May to September each year, more than.....

A solution for the problem of potatoes ageing in storage

In September, potato storage begins in the Netherlands. Many crops, including potatoes, are harvested. These potatoes are then stored for several months. A new atomiser, specifically for sprout inhibitors during this 'storage period', has been designed.The atomiser, known as the Synofog, uses a new technique -.....

José Ramón Sánchez Gómez, CBDO of El Dulze:

"Futuristic technology for the agri-food sector is already outdated"

"Mechanization is an issue that every company in the horticultural sector should have started to consider and implement years ago, and if they have not yet done so, they should do so in the very near future," said José R. Sánchez Gómez, director of business development of El Dulze, a horticultural sector.....

Idromeccanica Lucchini presents hot air generators for greenhouses

Cold weather is coming so how do we keep crops warm? Idromeccanica Lucchini presents its hot air generators for the perfect temperature in greenhouses with reduced consumption and taking up minimum space.Available in the Industry and Agriculture versions, they are built with high-quality material and can be.....

Turkey: New drying system for mint leaves

The drying process requires both energy and time, meaning that reducing the energy needed and the drying time are important for vegetable raw material drying technologies.Technicians and engineers from the University of Gazi in Ankara analysed the drying characteristics of mint leaves and the energy cost of a.....

Spanish veg producer cuts 400 jobs using robots

Spanish farm produce supplier El Dulze has reduced its human workforce from 500 down to just 100 with the use of robots.The company is said to be using Fanuc robots – LR Mate 200iB models – which use vision systems to even out the production line so the vegetables are not bunched up too close together for.....