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Plastic Covers and PSA containment - new Retilplast on-field tests
Retilplast - a leading company in the production of films and covers supported by poles, steel cables and wires - tested the technology used to protect cherries and other small berry fruit on kiwi orchards. Anti-rain cover tests were carried out in Cisterna (Latina - Italy) in the following companies:.....
"Unique technology to improve fresh produce shelf life"
PerfoTec nominated for European environment award
PerfoTec has been nominated for the EBAE, the prestigious European Business Award for the Environment. There are 16 finalists from 9 different countries. The winners will be announced during a ceremony in Lyon on December 1, 2014, during the Pollutec exhibition. The EBAE is awarded to innovative companies.....
Bonduelle launches “Salad of the day” in France
Bonduelle is launching their latest 4th range (fresh, raw fruit and vegetables ready to use- e.g. salads in bags) product, ‘La Salade du Jour’’, Salad of the Day. The composition of the salad will change every day depending on the products in stock in the Bonduelle atelier. “For a maximum indulgence, this.....
CAS technology to be used in Vietnam to conserve lychees
In order to ensure the quality of lychees exported to Japan, the Minister of Science and Technology is planning to build a factory that uses CAS technology (Cells Alive System) to preserve lychees from the Luc Ngan district in the province of Bac Giang. CAS is a technique that freezes to at least -35°C, does.....
Mini-kiwis grown in Poland hit stores
Mini kiwifruit, a variety bred by scientists of the SGGW in Ursynow, has hit the stores. This new variety was developed through cooperation between the Faculty of Horticulture and Biotechnology, the Agricultural University of Landscape Architecture and growers of the Grójecki region."Their sale in shops and.....
Russian scientists cloned potato in a test tube
Scientists from Siberian Research Institute of Agriculture have developed a new direction in potato breeding. Several test tubes with baby-plants grown from potato embryos were received from Ural scientists. These are samples of varieties “Kamensky”, “Gornyak” and “Amur”, - said Sergey Krasnikov, scientist.....
Russia to launch production of truffles
Officials from Novorossiysk suggest investing a construction project of agricultural complex “Truffle Valley” for the production of fresh, frozen and canned truffles. The complex is to be located on the territory of 200 hectares and to comprise production unit area of 20 000 sq. m, conservation unit with.....
New environmentally-friendly way to grow lettuce
The results of a study entitled "The application of amino acids in vegetable crops" conducted at the Horticultural Laboratory of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki showed that amino acids could be used to completely replace ammonium nitrate as fertiliser in lettuce cultivation. Ammonium nitrate is the.....
Interview with Callum Kay
First Zespri tests on covered kiwi plants in Italy
"Kiwis are everything for Zespri. If they die, we die with them! That’s why we work every day to be able to face whatever comes our way," explains Callum Kay (in the photo), Global Supply Development Manager for the New Zealand company. Research and development are therefore essential for.....
Spain: Ifapa tests performance of Raf tomatoes in controlled-environment chambers
Over the first half of the year, the Andalusian Institute of Agricultural Research and Training, Fishing, Food and Organic Production (IFAPA), has carried out several research activities in order to create and promote an innovative business culture, linked to the needs and demands of the food industry in the.....
Walther Faedi, CRA-FRF director
Italy: White strawberry jam - an idea for those allergic to red strawberries
Strawberries are one of those products that can generate allergies, especially in kids. Recent studies showed how the fruit contains an allergen that seems to be directly responsible for the red colour of strawberries.TheConsiglio per la Ricerca e la Sperimentazione in Agricoltura - Unità di Ricerca per la.....
Chris Verhoeven, Automaten Centrale:
"Farm vending machines on the rise"
Farm vending machines have been used in Germany for over 25 years to sell produce to locals and those passing through, but they're also on the rise in other European countries. "In Germany, there are many farm shops. They're open one or two days, and on the other days, people can buy the produce through the.....
From tomatoes to pasta sauce, from peppers to ice
Vegetable growers can opt to supply their product as is, but there are other options as well: an increasing number of growers are coming up with surprising new vegetable products. What to think of leek-candy, pasta sauce made from surplus produce, or paprika ice cream?Leek pralines Leek soup sounds like a.....
Spiessens first on potato demo day:
Drum to wash potatoes without water
On the Potato Demo Day in Westmaas, Spiessens showed something new: A drum to wash potatoes without using water. The product only comes into contact with soft rubber, so damage is prevented. Depending on the load and the rotation speed, washing can take place very thoroughly. With the slogan "don't transport.....