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Brooks Lee, of Durand-Wayland:

"The quality of vegetables and fruit can be graded more effectively, rapidly and consistently"

Grading and sorting produce has come a long way since everything was done by hand. In an economic environment where minimizing waste and accurately categorizing fresh produce are paramount, companies continue to develop technology to be able to optimize this process.Durand-Wayland is an agricultural supplier.....

US: Radar aids cranberry growers in process of counting

When people think of cranberries, they often think of flooded bogs with millions of floating berries. However, most of the year the bog is dry and the cranberries cling to a dense tangle of low-growing vines. That’s when the growers start counting their cranberries.Ben Tilberg, a Wisconsin-based scientist with.....

Vegetable cutter as a highlight on the Intergastra

Germany: High-tech vegetable slicers

At the Intergastra 2018 in Stuttgart from 3 to 7 February, Bizerba will be presenting products related to cutting. In line with the motto " better (cut) off", Bizerba presents the vegetable cutter from Brunner-Anliker at the exhibition stand. Bizerba has been selling Brunner-Anliker appliances exclusively in.....

Organic kiwifruit joins eco-revolution with laser labelling

AgrocolliBio, one Europe’s largest growers and marketers of organic kiwifruit has announced a major investment in innovative laser-labelling technology in collaboration with technology provider Laser Food, as the move away from wasteful paper labels gathers momentum across the continent. With feedback received.....


Mechanical pre pruning has interesting cost results in kakis and citrus

Using mechanical tools for certain cultural tasks, both in kaki and citrus, is one of the challenges that farmer must face. Pruning tasks, particularly, represent a high proportion of the cost of cultivating a fruit tree. Pruning and phytosanitary treatments are the most expensive parts of growing crops.Disco.....

Robots are taking over

New Zealand & Tasmanian fruit growers facing labour shortages

Tasmania’s fruit picker shortage is a much bigger problem than simply the backpacker tax, with industry stakeholders calling for a state-wide solution before the autumn fruit season begins. According to Fruit Growers Tasmania business development manager, Phil Pyke, the picker shortage is a combination of a.....

Navarro Darder SL

Spanish onion packer buys weighing and packing machines

Annually, in the Southern Spanish city of Valencia, Navarro Darder SL packages about 25 000 tonnes of onions. In order to supply their clients in a better and quicker manner, this company has, in recent years, invested heavily in fast, reliable Manter weighing and packing machines. "We are currently working.....

Technology to assess internal quality makes sense only if the market appreciates it

"Demand for ways to assess the internal quality of fruit and vegetables has boomed over the past few years, although the technology is mostly applied to onions and apples. This is probably because, for these two products, internal quality really enables a distinction between first and second-choice produce......

Packaging Automation to demonstrate new motion tray sealer at Fruit Logistica

At Fruit Logistica this year, Packaging Automation (PA) will be exhibiting their latest patented technology in high speed tray sealing, designed for packing fruit and vegetables.On display will be the fully electric SL4 Motion tray sealer. Other products boasting the same technology as the SL4 include the.....