Innovations

Planting potatoes on the moon

Future long-term manned space missions will raise the question of how food can be supplied to astronauts. Plant biologists from the University of Zurich (UZH) have now studied how agriculture on the…

World's first driverless grocery in talks to launch at Expo 2020 Dubai

Very possibly, the world’s first driverless grocery will launch in Dubai during the Expo 2020. Last year, Silicon Valley start-up Robomart was founded by two former Dubai entrepreneurs, Ali Ahmed and Emad Rahim, and autonomous car expert Tigran Shahverdyan. While it is currently being tested commercially in the…

Trieste-Rostock railway line: North Europe closer to Italy

Starting from today, the North-Eastern Adriatic is closer to Germany thanks to a new railway connection. The service will link the Cervignano interport to Rostock Germany. The railway was inaugurated on the 16th of October 2018. In addition to the function as the port of Trieste, Monfalcone and Nogaro, the interport of Cervignano ultimately…

Post-harvest solutions company presents protection technology

Hazel Technologies, Inc., a USDA-funded post-harvest solutions company, said it continues to gain traction in the fresh produce industry with its post-harvest quality-protection technologies. According to the company, the technologies improve arrival quality and reduce shrink during distribution. “Many post-harvest solutions…

System to be officially launched and demonstrated at Fruit Attraction

"FruitCheck enables efficient quality controls at all stages of the value chain"

Digitization is progressing rapidly, and so is the modern fruit trade. At the upcoming Fruit Attraction trade fair in Madrid, the developer of test equipment, Dr. Lippert Instruments, will be launching and demonstrating its app-based system for optimizing and accelerating quality controls. The technology…

An investiment of 1.5 million euros

The walnut supply chain works: new plant inaugurated

On the 11th of October 2018, New Factor inaugurated their new walnut processing plant, costing 1.5 million euros. A zero-km supply chain, with the walnut plants just a few meters away, by the San Martino di Forlì company. The harvesting process at the San Martino company Davide Drei, mayor of Forlì, cut the inaugural ribbon of…

Italy: Innovative plant for dates by Elisam

Dates are extremely delicate and they require exceptional and specific care. The Elisam company aims at offering an alternative for the processing of fruit and vegetable. The company has developed a system focused on reliability, delicacy and speed. Elisam can provide its clients with innovative solutions for the…

Aerobotics presents AI app to identify crop problems

Aerobotics, a South African precision agriculture tech company, have launched their new drone scouting app which is able to see whatever a human, standing close to a tree, would - and come to the same conclusions. James Paterson, co-founder and CEO of Aerobotics The company's agronomists have labeled and classified hundreds of thousands…

Photonics: New laser scanner to detect carcinogenic chemicals

Last year, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) issued a warning about eating over-fried potatoes, burnt toast and crisps that can contain cancer-causing chemicals such as…

Conference will be held from November 14 to 16, 2018

‘The Hybrid Solution’ presented at BioControl LATAM, Medellin, Colombia

At the upcoming BioControl LATAM Conference in Medellin, Colombia, November 14 – 16, 2018, STK bio-ag technologies Country Manager for Colombia & Ecuador, Jose Antonio…

Blockchain-based tracking against salmonella outbreaks

Europe’s largest retailer teams up with IBM

Carrefour, Europe's largest retailer, has adopted blockchain ledger technology to track and trace chicken, eggs and tomatoes as they travel from farms to stores. The French retail giant said it will rely on blockchain technology developed by IBM , which is working with a number of retailers, logistics…

Idrologica proposes a new anti-hail/anti-bugs system

V5: anti-hail system that prevents ice accumulation

Increasingly devastating weather phenomena are now threatening even the anti-hail/anti-bug nets. Often, heavy hailstorms damage not only the nets but also break the poles. To avoid this, the European patented V5 system is a type of anti-hail cover characterized by an innovative ice discharge method which…

Increasing burden of traceability eased with consus system

Smaller vegetable, fruit and flower producers still using paper-based systems are struggling to meet the ever-increasing requirements of retailers for quality assurance and traceability, says Derek Thompson, co-founder of Consus Fresh Solutions, Bourne, Lincs. To address this the company has developed an intelligent software-based…

Test areas include agriculture, urban environments and ports

KPN tests 5G applications

Chinese vendor ZTE has worked with Dutch telecom operator KPN to successfully complete a test of the first 5G application for precision agriculture on an experimental farm in the Dutch province of Drenthe. According to ZTE, the precision test was carried out in cooperation with the Province of Drenthe, Wageningen University & Research, Dronehub…

Company valued at $7 billion

‘Meicai’ app funding round generates more than $600 million

Chinese start-up Meicai, which helps farmers sell their vegetables to restaurants, raised more than $600 million in a recent funding round. Using Meicai’s app, restaurants are able to order various vegetables directly from farms, effectively cutting out the need for middlemen in the traditional wholesale process. Meicai aims to service…

Croptracker implemented by New Zealand apple supplier

Croptracker, Inc. is excited to announce a long-term adoption and service level agreement of its crop management and record-keeping software by Mr Apple New Zealand Ltd. Mr…

Launch of cover innovation promises reduced fruit growing costs

A newly launched crop protection solution which enables growers to open and close fruit covers in minutes is promising increased efficiency and, as a result, lower production costs and all-round performance of orchards. The developers of the  Wayki solution say growers are already using it on cherry crops to deploy and…

Princeton-based Arable Labs making 'smart farming' a reality

Farming and the distribution of food and agricultural products has become more and more complex and more and challenging than ever. Arable Labs, a Central Jersey company is making smart farming and distribution possible with its technology that helps farmers manage their crops through satellite imaging,…

Received backing from William Tunstall-Pedoe

Aussie supermarket automator Black.ai

Melbourne start-up Black.ai has been trialling its system of connected sensors and cameras at a major supermarket chain (co-founder Keaton Okkonen won't say which one) with the aim of eventually allowing it to dispense with cashiers and in-store detectives, and allowing it to automate functions like…

Spanish firm pilots R290-CO2-CO2 refrigeration

Intarcon, a Spanish manufacturer of commercial and industrial refrigeration units, is piloting a double cascade R290-CO2-CO2 refrigeration system in an installation in…

Combating fruit theft: Tracing stolen fruit with ‘Olidetec’

Recently, cases of fruit and vegetable theft seem to be on the  increase. In the past, there have been many reports of fruits and vegetables being stolen from the farm. But now, farmers need not worry as much about it as entrepreneurs are trying to launch device that could trace the stolen farm produce. Olidetec is one…

Cambridge University

The power of future farm automation

The robot takeover of farm labor made another step forward this week as researchers unveiled a prototype of a machine that can now perform a task once possible only with the human hand. A team of engineers at the University of Cambridge have developed a robot that can manoeuvre so deftly that it’s able to pick…

South Australia research:

‘Mango peels could help clean up oil contamination’

According to new research, mango peels could be used to break down oil sludge. University of South Australia researcher Biruck Desalegn Yirsaw has proven an extract of the fruit's peel can be used to "synthesise" the material that can break down contaminated soil. Currently, boron hydride is used to fuse the material…

Peruvian invention that increases shelf life of fruit and veg obtains foreign patent

The Peruvian invention that increases the shelf life of fruits and vegetables has been patented abroad through the Accelerated Patent Program (PPH), reports Indecopi. Thus, as a result of the agreements signed by Indecopi with various patent offices abroad, the National Institute of Industrial Property…

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew study:

Plastic-eating mushrooms aid in combating growing waste crisis

A new study from the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, London, claims that fungi are capable of expediting the breakdown of plastics. The aspergillus tubingensis fungus was featured in the State of the World’s Fungi 2018 report, which also documented that fungi are optimal in producing sustainable building…

New post-harvest technology developed for fresh blueberries

Quimas, the Chilean company that developed SmartPac some years ago, have now launched a new device that combines an Modified Atmosphere bag (MAP) with they proprietary SO2…

Smartisland Group: Technology that reduces the water, energy and fertilizers costs

Agro-engineering is finding solutions to the most pressing issues in the world of production, such as the high costs of the skilled labour,  fertilizers and the ever scarcer water availability. Machine Learning is the solution proposed by Smartisland Group. Their technologies consist of two units: a hardware and a software that allow…

‘Agrilaser Autonomic’

Argentine: Farmers decrease crop losses by 90 percent with lasers

A group, focused on Bird Control for Argentine farmers, conducted successful trials and demonstrations deterring birds with Agrilasers. Local farmers decreased their crop loss by 70-90 percent. The projects were sponsored by the Dutch government as a part of the subsidy scheme for demonstration projects,…

Tool makes it easier to harvest apples and pears at the right time

It's no longer possible to harvest fruit randomly or based on experience, because it's increasingly difficult to find specialized, expert labor. For over 35 years, TR Turoni has been developing tools to monitor ripeness. Its DA Meter is an essential tool to determine the best moment to harvest top and…

UK: Researchers develop robotic lettuce leaf peeling system

“There is a growing need to develop automated robotic solutions for agriculture due to increasing demand for food, changing climate conditions and decreasing availability of manual human labour," said Cambridge PhD student Luca Scimeca. "Our lettuce and stem detection algorithm demonstrates a robot which…

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You can live or you can die of innovation

To propose something new, to invent oneself anew: sometimes it sounds paradoxical or difficult. But there are examples of success, such as Granarolo that three years ago introduced the 100% vegetal line of products, alongside the zootechnical-dairy products. Veronica Iannella – marketing, responsible for…

Walmart will use blockchain to stop the spread of E. coli and other diseases in lettuce

Grocery giants Walmart and Sam's Club are requiring their lettuce suppliers to get into blockchain technology. Those providing leafy greens to the grocery chains will need to upload data about their foods to blockchain within a year, the companies announced to its suppliers Monday. The companies highlighted an E.…

Spain: A system to trace stolen fruit

A group of Andalusian entrepreneurs has developed Olidetec, a system that is able to warn of a theft in the countryside and trace the stolen fruit. The service offers 24/7…

University of Wisconsin -Madison

University specialists and apple growers bring data to the orchard

A robot weather station stands watch above the fences of an apple orchard in the Richland County hills. The device, a  21st-century enhancement of the ancient weathervane, is measuring wind, rain, humidity, temperature and sunlight duration and intensity. Installed this spring, the weather station is part of a system…

Biodegradable plastic bags developed in South Africa

Soon, South Africans will be able to dispose of their plastic bags along with the rest of their waste without having to worry about any possible negative effects on the environment. A team of local scientists from the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Polymer and Composite Research Group in Port…

Bulgarian scientists develop installation for fish and vegetables

Scientists from the Agrarian Faculty at the Thracian University in Stara Zagora registered a model of an installation that can raise fish and vegetables in a closed cycle. The…

A new way of fruit cutting in retail

In Scandinavia, most of the fruit retailers sell fruit such as melon and watermelons in halves, quarters or even smaller slices. However, for the fresh produce employees in charge of cutting and preparing the fruit for sale and display in the shop, the fruit cutting process was always a time-consuming,…

India: Increasing shelf life of onions

A young onion farmer from India’s Vijayapura district has designed a shed that increases the shelf life of onions by at least two months. Rajkumar Aski, an onion farmer from Hachal village of Sindgi taluk, has designed a simple yet effective onion storage shed with the help of Social Media and…

Robot counter helps growers keep track of apples

The Washington Tractor company is introducing a new technology into the Yakima Valley that can count and size apples on a tree. Laurence Dingle is the owner of Intelligent Fruit Vision, a company in England that developed a system with growers to make production easier in the fields. "The support that we…

GlobalData:

"Foodservice operators should capitalize on visual trends through social media"

As millennials continue to lead trends in consumer habits, foodservice operators should capitalize on the visual trend through social media to reach out to this segment, says…

Wireless temperature loggers working together with MAP system

Apio, Inc. is a provider of fresh, bagged produce with a presence on retail shelves around the United States. The company develops technologies in packaged and modified…

Interko opens Russian office to satisfy local ripening room demand

Interko, the leading provider of ripening solutions for the international fresh fruit industry, has strengthened its future position in Russia and the Commonwealth of…

West Virginia University’s ‘BrambleBee’

Autonomous robot pollinates bramble plants

Natural pollinators, particularly honey bees, are disappearing at an alarming rate. This poses serious risks for agriculture as bees are the primary pollinators of a vast variety of crops. Their disappearance could compromise the work of food producers, ultimately reducing the amount of food available on…

Jaguar and Hoogvliet introduce ‘Alleen Even Intrekken’

Fruit kit to make fruit water

Jaguar TFC and Dutch supermarket chain Hoogvliet introduced a new concept on 5 September: Alleen Even Intrekken (Just Let It Be Absorbed). An easy, pre-assembled fruit kit to make fruit water.   The various kits all consists of various types of fruit and herbs to offer consumers easy and varied choices. The fruit just has to be added to…

Audi Foundation supports orchards with drones

A plan from the Audi Environmental Foundation, along with several different project partners and the district of Bad Schönborn, has resulted in an innovative project that uses geo-technology to develop recommendations for orchard management. Individual drones will fly at regular intervals over the mixed…

CargoX: Smart contracts greatly reducing BoL transfer times

Last month, CargoX made history by deploying a new kind of bill-of-lading for a container shipment from China to Slovenia: the Bill of Lading was actually a smart contract: software, executed on the Ethereum blockchain. The maritime freight industry still uses paper bills of lading that take up to ten…

Doing away with check-outs

Woolworths trials ‘scan and go’ technology

For those impatient people who find even self serve check-outs too time-consuming, Woolworths may have the answer. It’s trialling new tech that does away with check-outs altogether. At its supermarket in Sydney’s Double Bay, the retailer is letting customers trial a new “scan and go” system. If a…

Crop picking robot ‘Tarzan’ inspired by sloths

Engineers have long wanted to build robots to lighten the load of the fruit picker. But it has proven no easy task. Robots that walk or roll along the ground can trample delicate plants. And they can get bogged down when rain turns fields muddy. “Tarzan,” however, could overcome some of those challenges,…

Florida scientists hope to breed better-tasting sweet corn

University of Florida scientists plan to use a $7.3 million, four-year grant to find the genetic traits that will make sweet corn taste even better, last longer and grow…

Paying for fruit and veg with crypto in Ukraine

Paytomat is an Estonian crypto payments processor that is currently helping with the real world adoption of crypto. They are making it easy for traders across Europe to accept payments in various popular cryptocurrencies. The list of 13 supported cryptocurrencies includes Bitcoin (BTC), Bitcoin Cash…

China's agricultural remote monitoring provides global service

Up until now, China's agricultural remote sensing monitoring platform has provided information services to 147 countries and regions, its developer said last Tuesday. CropWatch, the platform that was launched in 1998, is a system based around remote sensing and ground observation data that independently…

AU: Electric partnership powers energy innovation

With Australia’s energy crisis dominating news headlines, a powerful new industry – research collaboration is signalling the emergence of a new renewable energy market - organic printed solar. Created by University of Newcastle Physicist, Professor Paul Dastoor, organic printed solar cells are electronic…

China: Drone irrigation will reduce water consumption by 90%

Chinese company Eagle Brother Co Ltd from Hubei Province is currently testing a platform for spraying crops with the help of drones. The platform will be launched in September 2018. Modern technology will minimize water consumption by 90% and increase productivity to 50%. It is specified that farmers…

Russian ‘robo-bees’ to help grow more strawberries

As bees in the wild are struggling with a steep decline in numbers, Russian scientists offer robotic pollinators as a viable substitute. American beekeepers have lost an…

‘Ready by Brexit'

Fruit-picking robot designed to replace seasonal workers on UK farms

Academics have claimed that a prototype robot, designed to inspect and pick hard-to-harvest soft fruits, is set to be unveiled in time for Brexit. Robotics experts at the University of Essex said the machine would attempt to recreate how humans pick with two hands, using cameras to find berries hidden…

Autogrow unveils OpenMinderTM – an open-source solution for water monitoring

Global AgTech innovator Autogrow has unveiled an open-source root zone monitor as part of an ‘open-collaboration’ platform. “OpenMinderTM is a product that someone can build themselves, but more than that it represents where this industry is going with open-collaboration, APIs and a focus on water…

Murdoch University - Australia

Scientists find a way to zap fruit & kill mould

Scientists at Murdoch University have developed a low-energy, chemical-free process that can zap fresh produce, stopping mould spores from germinating and extending its shelf life for weeks. This innovation is causing great excitement among growers in Western Australia and around the world. The…

Self-driving car startup is taking its cars beyond closed-door testing.

AutoX Launches Autonomous Grocery Delivery

AutoX is launching a grocery delivery and mobile store pilot in San Jose, CA, allowing public users to order and receive fresh produce and other goods delivered by AutoX self-driving cars. Arriving in time for the autumn harvest produce season, the new amenity will be available to customers in geo-fenced…

Thailand: Water spinach stems as eco-friendly straws in Bangkok

Plastic straws, accompanying bottled drinks sold at convenience stores, are part of everyday life in Thailand. However, when in June a dead whale was found that had died after swallowing 80 plastic bags, public awareness of plastic waste grew, sparking a move away from the material. Now Broccoli…

University of Kentucky

Research: Can peach pits & walnut shells power your cell phone?

A study by University of Kentucky researchers is examining whether peach pits and walnut shells can be used to create cheaper, longer lasting lithium ion batteries. The…

Underground irrigation tech helps Tunisian farmers counter drought

Underground irrigation technology has helped 100 farmers in Tunisia to continue farming during droughts. It is dubbed the Buried Diffuser and this technology utilizes half the amount of water that drip irrigation needs, while raising yields 3 to 5 times. It also ensures that no water is lost through…

Alternative eco-friendly power for container ships tested at the Port of Hamburg

Hamburg is taking a step further toward improving air quality at its port. Innovative technology developed in the city is set to enable large and very large container ships to…

Compac brings the laboratory into the orchard

At the recent South African Citrus Research Symposium, Compac launched a field research unit, a mobile laboratory in a 40ft container. According to the company, it is the first of its kind within the fresh produce industry.  The field research unit can be placed anywhere along the supply chain to analyse both…

Technology Institute develops tomato which becomes more tasty under stress

The Izmir Technology Institute Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics has developed a tomato variety that can actually become more tasty when faced with stress conditions, such as drought or salt. The productivity of this particular variety is observed to be 50 % more as well.  This variety was developed…

Increasing consumption while reducing waste

Consumer demand for fresh, healthy, convenient food options is high according to reports, as evidenced by the growth in the fresh cut produce offerings. Going hand and hand…

Salad vending machines becoming big business in Chicago

Forget crisps, gum and candy bars: Chicago is all about putting leafy greens into its vending machines. Since 2013, more than 170 salad vending machines called Farmer’s Fridge have popped up throughout the city in airports, universities, hospitals and shopping areas, all because a then-27-year-old sales…

Highly effective natural plant-based food preservative discovered

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) scientists have discovered a plant-based food preservative that is more effective than artificial preservatives.…

Pollen Systems launches drone-based data and analysis solution to improve vineyard and crop yields

Pollen’s drone-aided managed services and self-service portal help farms and vineyards monitor crop growth, discover irrigation issues, and investigate pests and diseases,…

Findings suggest rootstock choice may be key to optimizing yields and tree health

UF/IFAS research shows rootstock influences metabolism in Sugar Belle® citrus

Florida citrus growers recognize the Sugar Belle® mandarin hybrid for its tolerance of citrus greening disease, and new findings from the University of Florida Institute of…

'Readycado': Sensor alerts avo lovers when fruit is ready to eat

Avocado squeeze tests might soon be a thing of the past with the launch of a new, sensor-driven technology designed to detect if the fruit is perfectly ripe. The Avocado Firmness Decision Aid Tool, nicknamed 'Readycado', was recently revealed at Queensland's annual agricultural show, Ekka, which runs…

Hyperspectral imaging of avocados is here

Current quality assurance methods for avocados and other produce generally involve randomly selecting individual pieces of fruit and performing various destructive tests to determine information such as sugar levels, pH and ripeness. Today, the percentage of produce that can be sampled ranges from 0.1 to…

'Aerobotics'

South Africans to aid Florida citrus industry fight pests and diseases

South African agritech company Aerobotics has developed an early warning smart scouting platform to help farmers identify potential pest and disease issues in tree crops. Farmers everywhere are seeing the value in being able to find early stage problems, with 40% of the South African macadamia nut…

How sustainability can increase your profits

“We help companies integrate sustainability into their core business and make money in the process. We help businesses address sustainability issues in their operations and supply chains, which results in higher profits and lower risk”, says Ajay Varadharajan, CEO of Green Insights, an innovative…

Fresh produce laser can engrave up to 6,000 cucumbers per hour

Under the motto ‘Nature has the best inspirations – and we should make use of these,’ the German brand Eco Mark presents so-called Natural Branding. This very modern branding procedure makes it possible for the fruit branch to mark fresh products without using chemicals, plastic packaging or labels. This…

Carrots could be key to stronger concrete

Concrete mixtures could be strengthened by adding nanoparticles extracted from carrots and other root vegetables, research currently underway at England's Lancaster University…

PEF system handles whole fruits and veggies

Diversified Technologies pulsed electric field (PEF) laboratory system for pre-treating whole pieces of fruits and vegetables lets users establish parameters for production…

Veg picking robots not that far away

In the very near future, robots are going to be picking the vegetables that appear on grocery store shelves across America. The automation revolution that’s arrived on the factory floor will make its way to the ag industry in the U.S. and its first stop will likely be the indoor farms that are now…

Food Bank using 'veggie meter' to encourage healthy eating

Imagine being able to find out just how well you're doing when it comes to eating fruits and vegetables in the matter of seconds? Well, that's exactly what the Food Bank of Delaware is doing with their brand new 'veggie meter' to help show people how to eat healthier.  It may not look like anything other than…

Agritech firm to test raspberry-picking robots

A robotics company spun out of the University of Plymouth has struck a deal to prototype and field test a raspberry harvesting robot system. The agreement between Fieldwork…

Data-based pest management system helps companies use pesticides more efficiently and safely

Founded by two Israelis with a farming background, FieldIn’s data-based pest management system helps global agro companies use pesticides more efficiently and safely—leading…

Quantifying hand-harvested produce and its growing conditions

As the fresh produce industry continues to move towards a higher use of technology, we are seeing more sophisticated innovations in all aspects of the industry. There are still gaps where it has been difficult for technology to have any influence on farming outcomes. This is what Nathan Dorn of…

AgroFresh launches FreshCloud platform

AgroFresh Solutions, Inc., a global leader in produce freshness solutions, announced the official launch of its FreshCloud platform, a data-backed, insights-driven solution…

JMT US and Macro Plastics launch natural controlled atmosphere shipping bin solution

Following years of collaborative research and development, JMT US and Macro Plastics are proud to launch, in the USA, new controlled atmosphere equipment for the preservation of fresh commodities: the JMT CA Bin 730. This new solution combines the expertise of both companies. Macro developed the nesting…


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