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China: First real-time tracking device for fruit and veg in commercial use

"To better meet our customers' need for tracking devices used in green produce, we have recently developed a new app-based tracking device that can provide real-time monitoring of the transportation process of fruit and vegetables on an external terminal. Currently, the device is in its final commissioning.....

Biological nematicide BioAct™ Prime DC registered in Greece

Bayer expands its crop protection portfolio in Europe

Bayer’s biological nematicide BioAct™ Prime DC has been approved in Greece. The market launch in Greece is scheduled for 2017 and other European countries will follow soon. This will further strengthen the company's crop protection portfolio in this important region.“To secure their harvests and increase food.....

TeraFOOD project

New technology detects irregularities in fresh produce

Researchers of the UPNA (Open University of Navarra) and the Anteral company, can detect irregularities in food in time, thanks to applying terahertz technology in their TeraFOOD project by means of innovative sensors. These innovative sensors are used for both fruit and vegetables and for sliced meat.....

Connecting all parts of the chain for more transparency:

Software solution for planning of fruit ripening launched

After years of working as a banana ripening planner for SPAR Austria, Robert Schwaiger thought that there must be a better way. "As a banana planner, your work was never done. Any time there was any change in the planning, from transport all the way up to the retailer, vessel delays or waste everything had to.....

Much American interest in Belgian picking robot

Next month, the Belgian company, Octinion, hopes to present a functioning prototype of their newly developed strawberry picking robot. “There’s some urgency for robots,” says Tom Coen from Octinion during the Global Berry Congress. Rising labour costs and the shortage of labour are the most important motives.....

Fifty per cent less bruising in fruit thanks to box with pocket base

Specially designed for the transport of food products, such as fruit and vegetables, a unique pocket base for big boxes was developed by Schoeller Allibert. Thanks to its unique base design with pockets, or notches, food such as apples or pears don’t start rolling around during transport. The result is.....

Vertical climbing airbag for box storage

The patented Mooij Climbing Airbag is the latest innovation for box storage from Mooij Agro. This stand-alone, inflatable, vertical climbing airbag is designed for easily and quickly sealing ducts in box storage for crops. This product was also developed out of a need from the market because people were.....

Vertical climbing airbag for box storage

The patented Mooij Climbing Airbag is the latest innovation for box storage from Mooij Agro. This stand-alone, inflatable, vertical climbing airbag is designed for easily and quickly sealing ducts in box storage for crops. This product was also developed out of a need from the market because people were.....

Automation already a reality - fewer people working on processing lines

During a recent lecture held at Bocconi, one of FreshPlaza's Italian editors talked about labour cost reduction in the fresh produce sector and about the technologies that can replace manual labour. She also brought the following examples of best practice:the processing plant at Mivor in Laces (BZ), one of.....

Automation already a reality - fewer people working on processing lines

During a recent lecture held at Bocconi, one of FreshPlaza's Italian editors talked about labour cost reduction in the fresh produce sector and about the technologies that can replace manual labour. She also brought the following examples of best practice:the processing plant at Mivor in Laces (BZ), one of.....

Sinclair’s Print on Demand™ wins AE50 Outstanding Innovations Award

The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) has named Sinclair® Print on Demand™ as a winner of the 2017 AE50 Outstanding Innovations Award. The AE50 awards program celebrates product innovation and engineering in the food and agriculture industries. Dr. Scott Howarth, Director.....

German company offers alternative to plastic

DEG invests in packaging made of plants

Plastic packaging waste is one of the largest problems worldwide. The Indian government reacted to this problem by banning certain types of plastic packaging. However, a suitable alternative is not yet available on the Indian market. This offers an opportunity for Bio-Lutions, a company in Hamburg, who just.....