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Used by one third of California grape growers

Shelf-life extension technology reduces brown stems in grapes

Since commercializing their flagship shelf-life extension technology in 2016, Hazel Tech’s Hazel 100™ has proven to be very effective in the table grape category. “Our technology continues to drive a lot of value for grape growers/packers/shippers/importers, and retailers,” says Hazel Tech’s Mario…

Innovation of Nespak

Resealable and sealed freshness container made of one material and in one piece

  Nespak, part of the Guillin Group, remains committed to sustainability and is launching Securipack, an innovative plastic tamper-evident tray. Securipack is a new option for those looking for packaging that combines security, aesthetics, functionality and sustainability. It is a freshness tray in rPET, 100% recyclable…

SITIF: the Hydroponic school by AgeonTech

AgeonTech is the oldest hydroponic advisory company in Italy. A team of five agronomists specialized in high tech greenhouse advising, working in Italy and with experiences in some other countries like Switzerland, France, Romania, Lebanon and few others. "AgeonTech has a data driven approach with a well…

Andalusian Agriculture and Fisheries Awards

Malaga company awarded Innovative Initiative award

The jury of the XVI Andalusian Agriculture and Fisheries Awards have selected this year's winners. The awards, which are granted by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries,…

Varietal range presented by Med Hermes Vegatable Seeds in Italy

New vegetable varieties being released

As part of a project to relaunch and invest in the Italian professional horticultural market, Med Hermes Vegetable Seed Srl, in October 2022, organized two technical meetings aimed at farmers, nurserymen and market operators in the regions of Campania and Veneto. Febo F1 "Our company technical sales…

Optical dendrometer tested at Walkamin Research Centre, Queensland

'Monitoring water use by mango trees might improve irrigation management'

In Far North Queensland, kids and grown-ups alike are out gathering mangoes. Mango growing is a multi-million-dollar industry, with growers across northern Australia competing…

Irritec: "Drops for a sustainable future"

The future of agriculture from micro-irrigation to digitization

Once again, this year, the Sicilian company Irritec, specialized in precision agriculture, took part in the EIMA International and the international agricultural and gardening machinery exhibition held in Bologna, Italy, from 9 to 13 November, to show how its sustainable and innovative solutions can…

Mexico's first online supermarket delivers longer-lasting berries

SAVRpak, a food tech innovation company announced its moisture control technology that extends the shelf-life of produce up to three times will be made available through Jüsto, Mexico’s first online supermarket. Beginning in December, each clamshell of berry varieties ordered through Jüsto will include…

Perfarelalbero

"More and more operators use battery-operated tools"

Battery-operated tools are becoming increasingly popular with growers because they are practical, lightweight and versatile. In addition to being excellent solutions to increase yields with a lower effort for operators, they also respect the environment because they produce zero emissions. So no smoke, very…

24-27 January 2023

"Focus on the future of horticulture" defining theme of IPM Essen

After the latest IPM ESSEN advisory board meeting, the participants agreed: horticulture is facing major challenges. In addition to the shortage of skilled workers and climate change, the energy crisis is of particular concern for the green sector. Modern technology can be an instrument to make…

Computer chip from mushroom skin can easily be recycled

Mushroom skin can be used to make the base of computer chips and batteries that allow them to be more easily recycled. Martin Kaltenbrunner, at Johannes Kepler University in…

Tunisian technology at the service of fruit and vegetable producers in North and West Africa

A cluster of Tunisian agri-tech companies, led by Stecia International, is organizing the Tunisian agri-tech week in Abidjan from November 21 to 25. Among these companies, iFarming offers IT solutions accessible to smallholder farmers. We spoke with Ms. Rabeb Fersi, the co-founder of the company. For Ms.…

'Field robot sales will hit $11 billion by 2030'

The global agricultural sector is tackling a multitude of challenges, from climate change to population growth, and the growing demand for food. Robotics offers a much-needed solution, providing answers from vertical farms to drones. This has catalyzed the demand for field robots, which reached sales of…

Vertical farm in Hong Kong making the case for local, sustainable food production

“Let's talk about fast food...junk food...overly processed food... It's always available, quick and convenient. It's easy... Why don't we see healthy options in the same light? We want to prove that the future of fresh food production can and is evolving to be more sustainable and accessible,” says…

Francis Paon, Fertil, on the Fertilpot:

"A biodegradable pot that saves time, labor and money"

The French fruit and vegetable sector has been particularly dynamic lately to offer plastic-free packaging but it still has a long way to go. Indeed, before the products can be placed on the shelves of wholesalers and supermarkets, they very often first grow in plastic pots, which create tons of waste…

Innovations for apple orchards in the plain

In these tough times for the entire fruit sector, it seems difficult to talk about renewal, however the only way to keep working is to innovate by planting varieties with a unique appearance, flavor and shelf-life. Zhen Aztec Fuji  apples “The plain can attain a quality higher than that of the produce from…

Ag tech sanitizes produce already packed and palletized

After years of extensive and thorough testing, Cardinal Fresh has developed a new commercial system that sanitizes fresh fruits and vegetables already packed and palletized. This is especially valuable for products like berries which are picked and packed in the field and cannot be washed. The same holds…

Moroccan tomato producers have the potential to double their export volumes

Although they seem to have reached a glass ceiling, Moroccan tomato producers say they have the potential to double their export. How to reach this level of efficiency while…

Letting their fruit…dry out!

While consumers have long whipped their fruit into smoothies, blended them into bowls and sliced them up to top salads….they’re now getting more creative with their fruit and vegetables. They're also…

Chilean scientists work on chemical to avoid losses due to frost

Crop protection is a permanent challenge for agribusiness, especially when it comes to spring frosts. In Chile, this phenomenon has generated losses between US$130 and 320…

Crop protection innovations: Who will give the final push in the right direction?

At an event on crop protection, it never takes long before a target, and a deadline are mentioned. This was also the case at the World Horti Centre in Naaldwijk recently. By 2030, Europe wants the use of plant protection products to be halved. The question here is not so much whether we agree but more…

Yannick Chevray, Bejo France:

French innovation: Orion, the onion that doesn’t make you cry

“0% tears, 100% mildness”: this is the promise of Orion, the latest addition to the range of condiments. The name was chosen as a reference to gold because, according to its creators, Orion is a real “gold nugget”. It is a welcome innovation, as explained by Yannick Chevray, marketing manager at Bejo…

What's new at Macfrut - Italy

For the first time at the fair, an exhibition on innovations in nursery gardening

The Exhibition of Nursery Gardening and Varietal Innovation will debut at Macfrut 2023 (Rimini Expo Center May 3-5, Italy). It will be an international and specialized meeting point for nursery growers, breeders, producers, technicians and researchers in a field that is strategic for the development of…

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Precision Breeding Bill will supercharge investment in UK crop innovation

New legislation to be debated by MPs in Parliament on 31 October could help unlock the UK’s global leadership in plant genetic research and encourage innovation in agriculture to address the most pressing challenges of today – developing crops that are higher yielding, more nutritious, more resilient to…

Canadian testing of high-yield ToBRFV-resistant tomatoes could be two years away

Nearly 10 years ago, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) initiated, in collaboration with the Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers (OGVG) and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), a greenhouse tomatoes-on-the-vine (TOVs) breeding program in Canada. As the majority of tomato varieties…

Dried passion fruit inspired a Chinese device that could clean up debris in space

A box of withered passion fruit inspired Chinese scientists to invent a device that might be used to clean up space debris. Researchers at Fudan University in Shanghai and Tsinghua University in Beijing have developed a soft silicone ball with a bumpy texture resembling the wrinkled skin of the dried…

New tech sizes 5000 apples, straight off the truck

Hectre have released their transformative Spectre Top Down app to seven select US apple receiving sites. This enables high volume packhouses to quickly size more than 5,000 apples straight off the truck, with no touch on the fruit. Huge size samples are being captured straight off the top of trucks…

New technology non-destructively determines ripeness of avocados

Apeel announced its plan to introduce new solutions to instantly and non-destructively determine the ripeness of avocados. “The expansion of our technology offerings will increase access to insights to create a smarter supply chain maximizing the lifespan, quality and sustainability of fresh produce,”…

Local hydroponics grower drops transport time to seconds with indoor farm at New Sendik’s

Ernessi Farms has partnered with Sendik’s Food Market to create a small indoor farm in their new Oconomowoc Pabst Farm location. This Stand Alone Growing Enclosure (SAGE) Farm will grow two different lettuce varieties, thus reducing harvest time to the consumer to less than 10 seconds. Ernessi Farms,…

Turning to post-harvest solutions as part of apple orchard modernization

Castleton, New York-based Windy Hill Orchard was defunct, overgrown and undernourished before it was bought by Todd and Scott Seeberger. Now, in the fourth harvest since purchasing the land, modernizing the facilities and pruning, fertilizing, picking and storing fruit, the farm has transformed into a…

Robotics Plus unveils autonomous modular vehicle to alleviate agriculture labor shortages

Robotics Plus, a New Zealand-based agritech company launched its autonomous multi-use, modular vehicle platform for agriculture designed to carry out a variety of orchard and vineyard machine tasks - to alleviate ongoing labor shortages and transform the industry. The multi-purpose Unmanned Ground Vehicle…

Argentinian startup targets produce grown in Latin America

Nat4bio makes food-grade coating to protect fruit from microscopic threat

Nat4bio is a young Argentinian startup that focuses on the thin layer of coating applied to produce. This serves two key purposes. First is the aforementioned pesticide…

The rise of agrivoltaics

French farmers are combining large-scale crops with solar panels

Agrivoltaics is known as the practice of using land for both solar energy and agriculture; this phenomenon is now on the rise across France. In the Haute-Saône region, in the…

‘3D food printers will become just another kitchen tool to make preparing meals easier and faster’

In a recent survey by 3D printing experts Hub.com, it was revealed that 3D printed food garnered an impressive number of Google searches per month when looking at a range of…

Growing crops and producing energy while protecting plants - Italy

Advanced agri-voltaic installations for fruit and vegetable crops

Agri-voltaics is one of the most interesting and most highly considered systems within the energetic policy development of all European countries, as it allows for dual production, such as energy production and agricultural cultivation, by making use of large areas. It is a new and reliable system that sustains…

Sun Exchange

Automotive platform buys into Karoo Fresh Off-Grid Solar Project to boost sustainability

Karoo Fresh is a commercial farm in South Africa’s Karoo district. Situated in the harsh climate of the Karoo, the farm places sustainability at the center of its operations.…

Vitesy launches Shelfy, a smart purifier that extends the shelf life of fruits and vegetables

Shelfy properly preserves fresh fruit and vegetables by extending their shelf life. Made from recycled plastics, Shelfy features Vitesy's nanomolecular photocatalytic…

Agrotonomy

Tower Farms:

“Commercial hybrid farming is gaining momentum”

“We are excited about the growth and appreciation of the industry and the value it offers. Our towers are energetically efficient, can be installed anywhere, and greatly reduce the carbon footprint of food,” says Jenny Twomey, an authorized commercial representative at Tower Farms and co-founder of Green…

Display at supermarket shows opportunities in African market

‘Africa is ready for innovation by providing easy access to nutritious produce’

“Hydroponics and vertical agriculture are nascent methods of farming in Africa with Vitagrow Urban Farms being at the forefront of blazing a trail in the region. With their goal of ‘Revolutionizing the Urban Food Landscape’, the Zimbabwean start-up is driven by process, innovation, research, and…

Innovations at Fruit Attraction:

New product concepts, sustainable packaging, and bio(dynamics) gaining ground

Despite the restrained innovation drive within the sector, there were several novelties at this year's Fruit Attraction in Madrid, Spain. In this photo report, we take a closer look at some overarching trends and unusual innovations. The Rubis Gold apple was one of the products displayed by the Devos Group. New product…

Fresh Produce Category

Surinver's Creamy Pumpkin Desserts were awarded the Innovation Hub award at Fruit Attraction

On October 6, Fruit Attraction celebrated its Innovation Hub Awards, which recognized the innovative work of 3 companies. Surinver was awarded within the Fresh Produce category for its new Creamy Pumpkin Fruit Dessert Range. A jury composed of five prominent personalities awarded the Alicante cooperative…

Sandia National Laboratories, New Mexico

US innovators use the sun to roast state’s famous green chiles

Engineers from Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico recently gathered on top of a 200-foot solar testing facility to roast green chiles. One of them was Kenneth Armijo,…

Wageningen develops tool to measure flavor

Wageningen is researching techniques to measure the taste and flavor development of tomatoes, both while growing and after harvest. To this end, a number of different techniques are already under development, allowing whole crates to be 'scanned' at the same time and individual tomatoes to be screened by…

"Our latest innovations meet demands for automation, speed and quality standardisation"

This year Sorma Group will once again be exhibiting at Fruit Attraction, the major international meeting-place for fruit and vegetable sector professionals (Madrid, 4-6 October 2022). The company comes to the Spanish show with three big innovations for post-harvest fruit processing: the InstanDefect-AI…

Elena Ozeritskaya

Get inspired by consumer trends

Elena Ozeritskaya is the founder and managing director of Fresh Insight. Her mission is to help fresh food companies develop and launch meaningful products and brands for consumers. "I am always intrigued about 'why' consumers behave in a certain way and how food brands and products can benefit from that," Elena explains.…

Food Safety and Standards Authority of India:

GreenPod Labs sachets for fruit and veg shelf-life extension approved

This past Food Awareness Day, 29 September 2022, GreenPod Labs Sachets got the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) scientific committee’s approval in the…

Special type of vegetable box designed by Junagadh University of Agriculture

A foldable plastic box for transporting crops was researched by Junagadh Agricultural University in 2013. The design was submitted to the government of India for the…

Planasa's novelties in Fruit Attraction 2022

RedSayra and Red Samanta strawberries, two new raspberry varieties, and the formation of a company in South Africa

Planasa will arrive at a new edition of Fruit Attraction with several novelties in its portfolio. "In addition to the launches of the RedSayra and Red Samantha strawberry varieties, which are having a very good reception in Spain and Italy, the breeding company has two raspberry varieties in the…

“We provide clients a complete innovative solution for farming”

Agritek has various areas of expertise, such as building greenhouses and making profitable farming feasible even in the desert ecosystem, says Mr. Nehayet Rasoul, Chief Operating Officer of Agritek: “We provide complete agriculture solutions to help farms develop more sustainable agricultural practices…

Optomni

South Australian Agtech startup raises seed round to tackle $400m a year of fresh food waste

South Australian Agtech startup, Optomni, is stepping up its efforts to tackle Australia's fresh produce waste problem, after raising its first 'Seed Round' funding from Skalata Ventures. In Australia, total fruit and vegetable waste is approximately 45 per cent – and nearly half of it occurs in the…

Innovation team looks to expand berry production in Canada

Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) is proud to collaborate as one of 15 teams granted a Spark Award, the initial award phase of the Homegrown Innovation…

Sarjaa Designs Private Ltd

Indian company makes bags made out of apple skin and other fruit-based leather

Founded by Anjana Arjun, Sarjaa Designs Private Ltd aims to create functional, stylish, luxury handbags, made out of plant-based and fruit leather. Introducing a line of…

Eurosemillas

Innovations in strategic crops: new varieties with lower water footprint and negative carbon balance

Eurosemillas has arguably entered a new phase of development since it celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2019. This stage, which started years ago, is more in line with the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda proposed by the UN and assumed by the EU. It is defined by a greater commitment to…

Jan van der Merwe – SupPlant

Getting orders straight from the plant

SupPlant is a market leader in artificial intelligence-driven tree telemetry in the world, coming from Israel where optimal water use is front of mind, and gaining ground in other water-scarce countries like South Africa, Israel, Australia, Mexico and Morocco.Distributed in South Africa through AECI…

Italy's NovArancia project

Technological innovations for genetic and phytosanitary certification

The NovArancia project, a project funded by the RDP Rural Development Programme Sicily 2014-2022 of 08/10/2018, which aims to introduce 'Technological innovations for the valorization and traceability of the Blood Orange,' is proceeding at a rapid pace. These include High Throughput Sequencing (HTS) of…

University of Pretoria

Researchers boost nutritive benefits of sweet potato with novel drying technology

Researchers at the University of Pretoria (UP) have found a way to make orange-fleshed sweet potato last longer in an effort to benefit from this smart crop and address…

Sakata

Purple Magic, the market's first full purple broccoli, will compete for the Innovation Awards at Fruit Attraction

"Sakata Seed Ibérica will participate in Fruit Attraction 2022 where it will showcase its novelties and important advances for distribution, consumers, farmers, and the planet. One of these novelties is the Purple Magic broccoli, the latest addition to its broccoli catalog together with Leónidas, which…

New Zealand: Is it ready for cauliflower ice cream?

This summer, Mrinali Kumar’s cauliflower ice cream Kinda, produced from vegetables destined to be discarded, will go on sale in New Zealand. Kumar is a finalist in the…

Australia needs more agricultural innovation in the years ahead

Australian growers have always been innovators, which has led in part to Australia becoming an agricultural powerhouse. The nation produces enough food for 75 million people,…

Using human hair as substrate for hydroponics

The clumps of discarded hair on the salon floor could one day help to grow your lunchtime salad, thanks to scientists from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore), who have created the growth medium used in urban farming – known as hydroponics substrates – using keratin extracted from…

Growing interest for Save Foods’ innovative eco-treatments among European retailers and distributors

Save Foods, Inc., an agri-food tech company specializing in eco crop protection that helps to reduce food waste and ensure food safety while reducing the use of pesticides,…

Yellow bell pepper variety back in the picture as greenhouses go colder: "It needs slightly less warmth"

With the current high energy prices, growers are doing their utmost to farm as energy-efficiently as possible. Breeding companies, too, are focusing on this. Every year, they…

Innovative biological sensor detects hidden disease in potatoes

During the process of rotting, caused by microorganisms, plants emit various volatile organic compounds into their surrounding environment, which can be monitored for early…

Gemüsebau Steiner

Gemüsebau Steiner wins federal German Innovation Award for Horticulture

"In times of high dependence on energy imports, our model is exemplary"

Gemüsebau Steiner from the Upper Bavarian district of Altötting has received the German Innovation Award for Horticulture for its innovative sustainability concept. Since 2014, the company has been producing almost 10,000 tons of tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, and strawberries annually on some 33…

Improving plant growth, productivity, and stress management through seaweed-based biostimulants

Doing more with less is the mantra that every grower strives for. Especially during these trying times, being resource-efficient and still having a bumper crop is of the utmost importance. “Now more than ever, growers are faced with more and more challenges,” says Dr.  Holly Little, Director of R&D at Acadian…

AgPick Technology

Harvest technology introduces SMS recruitment system ahead of summer fruit season

Labour management and harvest technology provider AgPick Technology has enhanced the capabilities of its key tool, AgPick to include an SMS system, which allows growers to recruit and communicate with pickers directly ahead of the Australian cherry season. Chief executive officer Henrietta Child said…

Rijk Zwaan shares cucumber innovations in Canada

On 7 September, Rijk Zwaan organized a Customer Appreciation Event in Leamington, Canada, based around the theme: ‘All about cucumbers.’ During the event, a panel of cucumber experts shared an interesting peek behind the scenes at various parts of the cucumber cycle. The event was attended by around 100…

Dr. Lior Rubinovich, Northern R&D-Migal/Zenger

Faster avocado growing method developed by Israeli researchers

The MIGAL Galilee Research Institute in Israel has reported their research, hoping it will enable the more rapid production of avocado seedlings. "According to research led by our very own Dr. Lior Rubinovich, It is now finally possible to grow avocado plants solely from tissue culture," the institute…

Special Fruit combats food waste

Special Fruit's Softripe ripening cells conducted consumer surveys, which indicated taste scores are 25% higher than for conventional avocados, mainly due to the stronger nutty taste. Also internal appearance and external appearance score at least 8% better and shelf life is extended by 7 days. Softripe is an AI-based technology…

Controlling spotted wing drosophila

Promising results in USDA disinfestation trials using ag tech

RipeLocker is broadening the use of its system for senescence control and decay suppressant of perishables to eliminate fruit flies without the application of postharvest…

TR Turoni

The right tools help save money when it comes to storage

With the current energy prices, it is essential to find the best management of storage units. Enrico Turoni is the CEO of TR in Forlì, one of the leading producers of systems to check ripening and the quality of fresh products. "Thanks to the tools for the non-destructive management of ripening (DA-Meter),…

Danish brand Ganni introduces synthetic fibers made from bananas

Offering an alternative to synthetic fibers typically used for athleisure, Danish brand Ganni has crafted a three-piece tracksuit set made from banana waste. While still not…

The Parlapiano company in Sicily

The PGI Bivona Peach is now in the Italian large-scale retail sector

The Pesca di Bivona (PGI Bivona Peach) is doing well in the Italian large-scale retail trade. This variety is commercialized by Parlapiano Fruit. "It is one of our flagship products. For the 2022 season, it marks a steady increase in sales," said Paolo Parlapiano, sales/marketing manager of the Sicilian…

Avocados see production and quality improvements with nanobubble-infused irrigation water

Avocado growers face many challenges, particularly in irrigation. Unlike most plants, avocado trees’ root zone is situated close to the surface of the soil and needs to be continuously irrigated to fight drought conditions and develop healthy roots. Avocado tree roots are highly susceptible to anoxia, or…

Healthy Hydroponics launches Pathogen Mini and Pathogen+

Healthy Hydroponics Innotech launches genomics-based pathogen monitoring services to hydroponic growers to enhance the prediction of crop diseases and assurance of food safety. Healthy Hydroponics Innotech is headquartered in Waterloo, where it stemmed from the Healthy Hydroponics project led by the…

Announcing the results of the TFF challenge 2022

Thought For Food (TFF), the world's non-profit leader in next-generation innovation for impact in food and agriculture, is thrilled to announce the 10 Finalist Teams and…

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Arizona company using new technology to help solve water crisis

Sam and John Bertram want to change the world, and they’re off to a good start. Their tech company OnePointOne is looking to renew global food production by creating a new way to grow fruits and vegetables. “I want to channel whatever power I have towards improving humanity,” said Sam Bertram. “The best…

Research to obtain natural ingredients for the food industry from citrus, kaki and watermelon waste

AINIA, the Institute of Agrochemistry and Food Technology (IATA-CSIC) and Productos Lácteos Romar are participating in a project intended to boost the value of agricultural by-products and obtain ingredients with improved technological and nutritional properties, with which to make dairy desserts,…

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Hazera launches ToBRFV resistant varieties

Hazera has announced the launch of their ToBRFV intermediate resistant varieties- the optimal balance between protection and performance- providing the grower an effective tool to face the highly infectious virus, infecting tomato plants, fruit and affecting growers worldwide. The Tomato Brown Rugose…

Rijk Zwaan to display diverse and resistant varieties during Hydroponic Demo and Open Field Demo

Rijk Zwaan is once again organizing its Hydroponic and Open Field Demos in the Netherlands this autumn. From 19 September onwards, the vegetable breeding company will be presenting numerous innovative varieties and concepts for both indoor and outdoor production. At the Open Field Demo, there will be…

Clarifruit AI-powered QC software reduces supplier waste by 20%

Automated quality control set to dramatically reduce fresh produce wastage

Quality mismatches during sorting result in the rejection of hundreds of tons of fresh produce annually. It’s at this critical link in the supply chain that Clarifruit’s cloud-based QC software can reduce supplier waste up to 20%. Clarifruit, which uses computer-vision technology to assess the quality of…

Providing shade while generating electricity

German farmer trials solar roofs for orchard

At Christian Nachtwey’s organic orchard in Gelsdorf, western Germany, workers are loading their carts with ripe red Elstar apples. But the farm is also reaping a second…


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