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Start-Up in Switzerland: Fighting Food Waste with Fruit and Veg

Fruit and vegetables that look a little out of the ordinary will be sold in the Bernese "gmüesgarte" [vegetable garden] in the future, rather than being thrown away. The store is to open this summer and the conversion of the premises is to be financed via crowdfunding.Any remaining food products are purchased.....

Chinese product that improves quality of fresh produce has strong competitiveness

"Our biggest product is Mecypro, an internationally revolutionary medicine that keeps fruit, vegetables and flowers fresh. Mecypro helps farmers, refrigeration companies, distributors, wholesalers and retailers to maintain the quality of their products, improve their efficiency, and reduce waste. Because of.....

United Fresh announces finalists for Product Innovation Awards

United Fresh this week announces 46 new products as finalists for the United Fresh Produce Association’s 2017 Innovation Awards. This year’s finalists will compete in five categories for the title of Best New Product at United Fresh 2017, June 13-15 in Chicago, where attendees will be able to vote for those.....

Plus Super-flavour seeds

First electric tractor at Macfrut

The first Italian electric tractor, probably the first in the world, is on display at Macfrut and has all it takes to be produced in series."We just took a normal Landini tractor and, together with the Geminiani company, created Hintesys - the first tractor powered by an electric motor that can work for 7-8.....

First Bayer ForwardFarm in the Netherlands

Together with independent companies, the Bayer ForwardFarming initiative promotes sustainable agriculture. Yesterday, Bayer officially announced its first cooperation in the Netherlands. Het Groenhart, located in Abbenes in the North of Holland, is a private holding owned by Bayer and other partners, who will.....

NZ: "WeChat enabled us to market oranges to China"

"If you're not online, you're invisible."That was the message from Ross Young of Google NZ to those who attended a presentation this week focusing on how small Tauranga businesses were benefiting from technology.The Digital Enablement Project, part of Techweek, was officially launched on Thursday evening at.....

Italy: Edible coating made with snail slime

The minds behind the "A passo di Lumaca! Utilizzo di un antimicrobico naturale per il miglioramento della shelf-life di prodotti di IV gamma" project are three young students of Liceo scientifico Quinto Ennio in Gallipoli who, together with Professor Rossana Congedo, developed a snail slime extract which,.....

Italy: Ambra Light LED lighting

Light is not all the same, especially for plant growth. This topic will be discussed at Macfrut during the convention (Friday 12th may, 11 am, meeting area D3) organised by Ambra Light (hall D7, stand 197). The event will also be attended by Milena Mastropierro from Migreen Food, a company from Puglia.....

Australia: Agricultural highlights from the 2017-18 Federal Budget

The Agriculture sector has been boosted by a number of new initiatives in the 2017-18 Federal Budget, which was handed down in Canberra on Tuesday evening.Among the new funding is an additional $8.4 billion towards an inland rail line, stretching 1,700 kilometres between Melbourne and Brisbane. It will.....

Supports meeting Foreign Supplier Verification Program standards

Traceability down to the pallet level

“Last January, we launched our ColdTrak Import-Export Traceability Solution, a full-service system that links products to traceability data,” says Frederick Wu, President and CEO of DeltaTrak. “It gives visibility down to local distribution at the pallet level,” he added. The FlashLink USB PDF In-Transit.....

EDEKA foundation

Germany: Vegetable patches for kids: small gardeners - big successes

Roll up your sleeves and get to the vegetable patch! The EDEKA Foundation project "Vegetable patches for kids" is now entering the new season. A record-breaking 180,000 kindergarten children are growing their own vegetables in raised beds from April to June, which have been made available by the Foundation......

Lucchini Vertical Farming solutions on display at Macfrut 2017

Growing fresh vegetables, shoots and aromatic herbs anywhere, without needing soil, and with an advanced software monitoring all agronomic conditions, is now possible. Two years ago, protected environment specialistIdromeccanica Lucchinishowed what was possible in terms of Vertical Farming at Expo 2015......

iCub technology and new materials for food and agricultural innovation

The Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), an international point of reference for scientific research, will attend the third edition ofSeeds&Chips - the Global Food Innovation Summit- to present some of the most extraordinary projects for home robotics as well as new materials and systems applicable to.....

Italy: CRISPR-Cas 9 is the new genetic frontier

A genetic technique that does not use "external" DNA and that, at the same time, is effective and respectful. We're talking about CRISPR-Cas 9, a new frontier that is raising the interest of laboratories all over the world. This is what was discussed on 27th April 2017 at the Assosementi "Innovazioni in.....

Old cotton mill is converted

Germany: 18,000m2 Vertical Farming Facility in Mittweida

At a time when regionality and sustainability are becoming more and more important, ever more possibilities are opening up in local neighbour-hoods.Klaus Eckelmann, Managing Director of New Energy London Deutschland UG, is currently working on a new project.He wants to transform an acquired property, with a.....

Vegetables cultivated in water loved by consumers

Vegetables that are cultivated in water require a shorter time to grow, and contain many sorts of minerals and vitamins the human body needs. Currently, high-end customers think highly of these kind of vegetables. In the picture on the right, two citizens in the botanical gardens of Urumuqi city are admiring.....

Scientists investigate fluctuating apple yields

The yields of fruit trees often fluctuate in a two-year rhythm: first a year with a strong yield followed by one with a low yield. Scientists from the University of Hohenheim want to investigate the cause of this phenomenon by looking at the apple harvest.According to the university, the so-called alternation.....

Veggie Bags conquer Migros in Switzerland

In the Migros supermarket in Zurich, the reusable Veggie Bags for fruit and vegetables have successfully passed their trial phase. So from 18 April, Veggie Bags are sold in all Migros supermarkets in Switzerland.The transparent, reusable Veggie Bags are an environmentally-friendly alternative to plastic bags,.....