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Mpumalanga Province, South Africa

Mbombela grower switches to machine harvesting of macadamias

At Braam de Kock’s farm on the outskirts of Mbombela, Mpumalanga Province, there is a distinct lack of business that is typical of a macadamia nut farm in May. Instead, plumes…

New machine seals cardboard fruit and vegetables boxes with a sticker

The ATH-IX-BR is new to the Euro-Label 06 range. This is an automatic labeling system. It was developed to apply stickers to cartons with flaps. It was designed to meet increasing demand. Companies wanted a machine that could apply stickers to fruit boxes. These can be for four, six, or eight pieces of…

“Preserve natural shape, color, texture, and keep leaves well-separated”

Rasmus Larsson, CEO of Swedish IQF machine manufacturer OctoFrost, states they’ve managed to reach quite a few markets with their IQF machinery: “Our customers IQF freeze herbs and leafy greens to serve demands coming from international buyers in Europe, the USA, and Japan. Some of them have replaced…

5th Bio-Fachforum vegetables and potatoes

Robot presentation and organic strategies of food retailers

Both the organic market for potatoes and vegetables and robot technology for vegetable cultivation are the main topics of the 5th "Organic Specialist Forum for Vegetables and…

Satellites aid Northern Territory mango growers

Satellite imagery is helping Northern Territory farmers plan their harvests including to predict the equipment and number of staff that may be needed. A three year trial is…

Ecuador: Agricultural drones spearhead sustainable Andean farming

In the Andes region of Ecuador, XAG Agricultural Drones were recently introduced to a series of on-farm spray trials for high-altitude specialty crops. The demonstrations on…

Sorting without a huge budget

Fruit and vegetable sorting can be a considerable investment. But, as this clip, shows, you can do so with a very limited budget. Admittedly, the product's internal and external quality still has to be graded. But, for size sorting, this is an inventive solution.

Jaime Mendizabal, commercial director of Maf Roda:

"The industry has understood that automation is a necessity to ensure survival"

This year, Maf Roda Agrobotic will again attend Fruit Attraction, where it will showcase its innovations in sizers, quality systems and solutions for fruit and vegetable facilities. The multinational is facing the new season with great enthusiasm, given the growing demand for process automation in the…

Kubota and Yamaha Motor invest in US startup developing robots to automate strawberry harvesting

Kubota Corporation and the Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. have additionally invested in U.S. startup Advanced Farm Technologies. AFT is a U.S.-based startup seeking to raise efficiency in the agriculture field by developing and manufacturing robots for strawberry harvesting. Their TX robotic strawberry harvester…

PND to attend Fruit Attraction in Madrid

New machine to process apples

"We restarted from Italy, and we are very proud of it and of our Italian products," commented Virginia Cascella, export manager at PND, a company specializing in the manufacture of machines for peeling and cutting fruit.  Vincenzo Di Prisco (general manager) and Virginia Cascella (export manager), next to a mod. SS8 machine "At Macfrut,…

Crate loading robot for fresh produce wins robotic and Automation award

Brillopak’s UniPAKer crate loading robot for fresh produce, meat, fish, and ready meals factories has won the Food Processing Robotics and Automation Award at a prestigious live event hosted by comedian Patrick Monaghan at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Coventry, on 9th September. The judging panel…

Machine brushes hands clean within seconds, drying them too

No one simply walks into a greenhouse anymore. Washing your hands first has become a habit. That is often done by putting your hands in a hygiene sluice and then disinfecting them. Scrubzone Europe has, however, introduced a new machine to the market. It eliminates the need to rub your hands while…

Geoff Furniss, CEO TOMRA Fresh Food

"At this year's show, we will have a demo model of our new Cascade Singulator"

At this year's Fruit Attraction in Madrid, TOMRA Food will look to attract cherry growers and packers from around the world with the launch of the new Cascade Singulator for cherry cluster separation. "At this year's show, we will have a demo model of our new Cascade Singulator at our stand 10E11,"…

Easy to use, lightweight, compact and suitable for all container types

Karmen scales are designed for packaging directly in the fields

It weighs only 4.8 kg and its maximum height is 7 cm. It is covered in stainless steel and has a 6-inch backlit display with intuitive, programmable keys. These are just some of the main features of the innovative Karmen scale, a tool designed and assembled for farmers by Rescina Service of Noicattaro…

Jebe seeks distributors/importers for other European countries

In Europe, more and more potatoes are being stored, disease-free, using the Humigator

The Humigator has been decontaminating potato storage spaces across the globe for eight years already. This machine, developed by Idaho Hydro Tech, does so without using germicides. This air purifier disinfects and humidifies the air in storage areas. It also removes all bacteria and microbes. That…

UNITEC Group presents the new UNI Robotic division at Macfrut

"Many machines are designed to perform a specific task, whereas a robot can be programmed to perform multiple functions

"Since January we have hired more than 100 people to strengthen our company's structure and also to consolidate our new UNI Robotic division, specialized in intelligent robotic solutions for fresh fruit and vegetables processing," said Angelo Benedetti, president of UNITEC, who presented the main novelty…

Suma Reddy with startup company Future Acres

“We are looking to increase yields and reduce emissions by using artificial intelligence”

A new startup company has a blueprint for successfully reinventing the wheel...barrow. Suma Reddy, CEO and cofounder of Future Acres, and her colleagues are in the process of developing artificial intelligence (AI) that would facilitate the picking process on farms harvesting fresh produce. “We are…

Ecofarm Storti, Italy

Ozone water for irrigation and produce treatments

Among the various products showcased at Macfrut, a series of devices to 'produce' ozone to sterilize irrigation water, perform treatments and for storage units were particularly popular. The company that develops this technology is Ecofarm Storti. Left to right: Massimo Bizzarri, Enrico Storti and…

Rory Cole - Elifab

First Elifab Berry Class packline gives peace of mind in a challenging Western Cape blueberry season

In what has been a difficult blueberry season in the Western Cape’s Overberg region - a lot of rain, cold and even hail, very unusual for this region - the decision to install the first Elifab Berry Class packline in South Africa has been a highlight for an Overberg blueberry grower whose volumes have…

Guustaaf Hoekstra: "This model has all the technical bells and whistles"

Dutch firm celebrates anniversary by demonstrating innovative crate washers at companies

In the Netherlands, there was a changing of the guard at LETS this summer. As of July 1st, Guustaaf Hoekstra and Bartelt Leeffers took over the management tasks from Johan and Hilda Leeffers. Guustaaf is the commercial director. He has been working for this company for more that 25 years. It is a…

XAG self-driving robot to aid Japanese fruit farmers

Japanese farmers are struggle to maintain their high quality fruit production due to pronounced labor shortages. That is why XAG autonomous farm robots are now pitching in to…

Sorma Group launches the new WD4-S weighing machine

During Macfrut, the International Fruit and Vegetable Fair in Rimini, Sorma Group premiered its new WD4-S weighing machine. This high-performance machine, which outperforms other machines on the market, completes the company’s range of weighing machines. The new compact and efficient machine is…

Zummo expands its product portfolio by presenting new solutions for the retail sector

The latest news from Zummo; Pina Slicer and Apple Juicer are two new machines that offer the customer freshly cut pineapple and freshly made apple juice, perfect for creating a fresh corner together with the Z40 range. The Valencian company, once again, adapts to the needs of the consumer. Pina Slicer by…

"We're launching our most advanced machine ever"

After four years in Research and Development, working alongside food producers and manufacturers, Packaging Automation have challenged industry limits to create the latest and…

Bag in Box fillers and pulpers by EnoItalia

Enoitalia specializes in the manufacture of machinery for the bottling and filling of liquid foodstuffs and in the processing of fruits and vegetables (e.g. apples, pomegranates, prickly pears, apricots, cherries, peaches, plums, tomatoes, elderberries, olives, grapes, bell peppers, chili peppers). It…

Dutch company's robotic depalletizer handles hygienic pallets fully automatically

Next phase in foldable crates process automation

The demand for the automatic unfolding of collapsible crates remains high. Last week, Lan Handling Technologies delivered a crate erector. It has a fully automatic folding crate feeding function. This machine went to a major meat substitute producer in the Netherlands. They have developed an additional…

Cosmec Srl

Italian company launches sustainable packaging materials

Cosmec, an Italian company that produces automatic systems, has more than 30 years' experience in the fruit and vegetable sector and is a partner of Dutch company GREEFA. Since January 2021, Cosmec has been using inKarta, flexible packaging for fresh, dried and frozen fruit and vegetables. Giovanni Aloisi,…

GC Farms improves its sorting efficiency with the Tomra Insight data platform

"The quality of our raw material may vary, but the product we deliver must always have a high quality"

As part of its commitment to digitization and staying ahead of the competition, US company George Chiala Farms is one of many vegetable processors globally using the Tomra Insight data platform. GC Farms specializes in the production of prepared plant-based ingredients for well-known consumer brands that…

"I think this will be the biggest herbicide revolution in agriculture."

Carbon Robotics develop robot capable of eliminating 100,000 weeds per hour with precision lasers

The Carbon Robotics company has developed an agricultural robot capable of eliminating 100,000 weeds an hour through the use of precision lasers and artificial intelligence…

Optical Brussels sprout sorter gains 50% of Dutch market share within two years

TechNature sorting machines are processing an increasing quantity of Brussels sprouts. This young Dutch company crossed into neighboring countries with these machines within two years. Brussels sprout growers use the Sproutcam in the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, France, Poland, and Scotland. That is…

Georgian growers look to mechanized harvesting as a solution to labor problems

Large farmers in Georgia’s agricultural sector are more likely to find the workers they need than small ones, but hiring seasonal workers has become more expensive this year…

Mercadona takes charge of new automation provided by Cimcorp

Mercadona has ordered automated intralogistics systems from Cimcorp for four of its distribution centers – Zaragoza, San Isidro, Huévar and Sagunto – and now the first one, in Zaragoza, is up and running. Installation and commissioning at the Zaragoza distribution center was finalized just before Easter,…

RS Bilance from Sicily presented its sorting machines

Open Day on interconnected technologies and automation

RS Bilance organized an Open Day for its customers. The number of participants was limited, and the setting was very informal, making way for a fruitful working day. The exhibition of RS Bilance machines (click here to access the photo album), which took place in a luxurious location in Acireale (CT) in Sicily,…

FstSort

Blueberry sorting machine will be shipped to Chile

Due to the continuous COVID-19 epidemic, the sea freight has been soaring, so that the manufacturing cost of the FstSort blueberry grading machine and other fruit and vegetable grading machines continues to rise. However, the blueberry grading machine is still loved by a group of blueberry growers and…

Bart Wehman - a man with extensive agricultural experience from “seed to ready-to-eat”.

Bart Wehman is passionate about introducing products and technologies that can make a difference. He is a true business development manager. In a nutshell, his experience ranges from “seed, to ready-to-eat”. It includes all facets of the horticultural supply chain. For almost a decade Bart has resided…

Flying robots with AI mechanisms can identify the right fruits for plucking

In the past decade, the introduction of cutting-edge technologies like AI, machine learning and deep learning has transformed the overall process of fruit harvesting. Now,…

MonstaFill box filler ensures a continuous box filling process

Since its launch in 2019, the MonstaFill box filler from Tong Engineering has proved very worthwhile in transforming post-harvest box filling for growers worldwide, from the UK and Ireland, to Australia and the USA. And now several new models of the MonstaFill twin-head box filler are in production at…

Europeanized American storage method

“Storing potatoes, disease-free sans chemicals”

Storing potatoes, disease-free and for longer without using chemical agents or germination inhibitors. That is what the Humigator does. This American-made machine is available in Europe for the second year. Initial results are very promising. Jef Viaene is the European market’s Humigator DFS dealer. He's…

Soft robotics might increase use of robots on the farm

‘Soft’ robots are made of malleable materials such as silicone and other polymers instead metal. These materials give robots organic characteristics, replicating the way…

"Our new 3D animation demonstrates OctoFrost Vegetable Processing Line in detail"

Swedish IQF machinery manufacturer OctoFrost has released a new 3D animation to allow potential customers to get a comprehensive understanding of the OctoFrost IQF Vegetable Processing Line. According to Sana Rehman, marketing coordinator of OctoFrost, the animation shows off the convenience of using the…

The prototype will be presented at Macfrut by the Italian company Bagioni

How to weed organic asparagus mechanically

A system that keeps the asparagus field clean of weeds, through mechanical weeding, without increasing costs is Aurenzo Bagioni's latest solution which will be presented at Macfrut, during the Asparagus Days. The Forlì-based company Bagioni, which already produces asparagus harvesting machines, will present…

Reinhard and Niklas Krebbers of Wilhelm Weyers, Germany

"New optical sorter means we can serve all markets"

German potato wholesaler, Wilhelm Weyers, was founded in 1964. It primarily cultivates and sorts onions and potatoes. In 2014, Julia Krebbers and her husband Reinhard took over. Julia is the company's founder's daughter. The company bears his name. Recently they invested in a new Elisam optical potato…

Blockchain-powered grading machine for UK-based food marketplace

HashCash Consultants, a global blockchain development company, announces the commencement of a new combined cooperation effort with a UK-based Food marketplace. HashCash is to…

Introducing enhanced capabilities in potato, and other root vegetable equipment

ProEx Food, LLC announces enhanced capabilities in potato, beet, and other root vegetable processing line solutions. This expansion now covers fresh applications, with new portfolio products and industry knowledge. While ProEx Food has served potatoes and other root crops since 2018, initial offerings…

Vitafoods is unrivaled in FM removal after reinvesting in the SORTEX FA range

IQF fruit processor Vitafoods, born from a recent merger between frozen food giants Hortifrut and Alifrut, has extended its relationship with Bühler by investing in the SORTEX FA range to handle its processing operations. The plug and play optical sorters with advanced definition of color defects and…

MULTIVAC is constructing a multi-purpose building in Japan

Despite the Corona pandemic, MULTIVAC is continuing its course of expansion in Asia. The company is constructing a new multi-purpose building, costing around 20 million euros, in the Japanese city of Tsukuba. Future areas of growth will include integrated systems, as well as the products from the FRITSCH…

Australian automation company opens new office to meet demand

There has been a surge in demand for automation across the fruit and vegetable industry, as growers and packers react to a shortage of labour and are looking at increasing…

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Shepparton, Australia

Ripe Robotics hopes commercial trials will bear fruit

Shepparton-based startup Ripe Robotics is working on an automated prototype called Eve, which is aimed at harvesting fruit from the two sub-sectors of apples and oranges. The entrepreneurs seek to correct the effects of labor shortages that weigh heavily on the fruit industry. Ripe Robotics -founded in…

Chilean company installs Tomra 5B

“The raspberry is the product with the highest added value when it is whole"

The Chilean company put its trust in Tomra Food once again in order to optimize its sorting process and continue to offer premium quality frozen raspberries. Ten years ago, Vitafoods (formerly Hortifrut and Alifrut separately) opted for the brand for its blueberry production and acquired Tomra…

AirJet® blueberry grader described as a gem

Third-generation orchardist, David Mazzardis and his wife Leasa, supply blueberry seedlings and plants to most states in Australia, and many countries around the world, as well as operating their own blueberry orchard at Yanchep Springs. A passion for breeding high-quality fruit has earned them a…

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$1M automation system speeds up Elgin County tomato farm

A new tomato processing system at an Elgin County farm is helping one Southwestern Ontario grower solve the industry’s longtime problem of finding enough field workers. DeBackere Farms Inc., which produces field and Roma tomatoes on five hectares southeast of St. Thomas, has invested $1 million in…

South African farmers find many advantages to electric three-wheelers

The electric three-wheelers that Pierneef Smit, South African general manager at Berda Fruit Agricultural Consultants, noticed on Chinese fruit farms, have proven themselves useful to South African farmers in more ways than expected. The electric three-wheelers in use on a farm near Lydenburg, Limpopo…

One Harvest deploys SmartWash Solutions® in produce processing facilities across Australia

One Harvest, a leafy greens and fresh-cut produce supplier from Australia, announced the installation of SmartWash Solutions’ food safety program throughout their Australian…

Cabbage harvester does the work of 20 - 30 people each day

The labour shortage in the UK has been well documented and growers are having to leave crops in the ground because there is no labour available to harvest them; this comes at a great cost to growers and is a huge waste of food and investment. Featherstone Machinery is focusing very strongly on…

Montague partners up with Tomra Food

The new packing and distribution facility will increase Montague's packing capacity to reach more than 40 million kilograms of fresh fruit a year. The Australian fresh produce company partnered with Tomra Food for its technology's grading accuracy and capacity to deliver a project on this scale.  Rowan Little,…

Sorma Group to launch new machine at Macfrut 2021

From 7 to 9 September 2021 Sorma Group will be exhibiting at Macfrut, the international Fruit & Veg Show which is to return to face-to-face mode this year in Rimini (stand 147, hall D1). It is the ideal occasion for the company to give the world première of a new weighing machine. “The new weighing…

Ryo Takeshita: ”We received many orders from fruit sandwich shops”

“We benefited from the popularity of Japanese fruit sandwiches”

The fruit sandwich is a combination of two pieces of bread (without crusts), with whipped cream and fresh fruit pieces. The fruit sandwich was first invented in Japan in the 1910s-1920s. With the popularity of SNS, this type of food experienced a booming period in the past decade. Nowadays, it can be…

Unitec

Blueberry Vision 3 from UNITEC:

Constant research and innovation in blueberry grading

UNITEC is a company, specialized in the design and implementation of innovative technological solutions for processing, calibration, quality classification and packaging of fresh fruits and vegetables. The firm has been committed to improve quality of the fruit and vegetable process in the more than 65…

Patented by Dari Ecomeccanica, it will be on the market by the end of 2021

A new lamb's lettuce harvester that guarantees a clean product

The Italian company Dari Ecomeccanica has patented a new cutting system and a new harvesting machine for lamb's lettuce, which will be on the market at the end of 2021. The machine is a mix of innovation and sustainability, thanks to a new cutting system (circular cutting), which allows the harvesting of…

Ripe Robotics

Australian start-up Ripe Robotics working hard on commercial pickers

Australian start-up Ripe Robotics recently raised $610,000 their investor seed funding round. CEO and co-founder Hunter Jay said this new funding – and a place in the Startmate Accelerator Program – will keep Ripe Robotics on track for commercialization in the near future. Hunter said: “We’re going…

Dutch fruit company buys Burg Tray Infeed (BTI) for packaging Pink Lady apples in small trays

"Demand for Pink Lady apples in small packaging, new machine introduction coincide perfectly"

Kutschruiter is a fruit company in the Netherlands. Besides having some 60 hectares, they cool and package their own and third-party fruits every day. These go to supermarkets. Recently, the company gained access to the new high-speed Burg Tray Infeed (BTI). They use it to packing Pink Lady apples in…

Sales collaboration between Ropa and Bijlsma Hercules

Ropa Fahrzeug-und Maschinenbau GmbH takes over the exclusive sales of storage technology from Bijlsma Hercules all over Germany (with the exception of Schleswig-Holstein) with immediate effect. Thanks to the collaboration with the Dutch specialist in the field of storage, grading and processing…

New crate washing lines at vegetable processor ready for automation

As of March this year, two new crate washing lines at Hessing Supervers in Zwaagdijk have been processing 40,000 crates every day. These are serious numbers for the vegetable processor, which has grown rapidly over the past five years. That is why next year, Hessing Supervers will open a new location,…

Stuart Payne - GP Graders

"We have a huge pipeline of new developments in mechanical innovations, electronics and software development"

Earlier this year GP Graders trialled the new MultiView camera at a snack tomato grower in Central Queensland and according to Stuart Payne Director at GP Graders the results have been excellent.  "We can now “see” the ends of elongated snack tomatoes such as mini Roma and grape tomatoes that weren’t otherwise…

Increased packaging demand can also be seen in sales figures of secondhand machines

By now, the fact that the demand for packaging has increased due to the corona crisis is no longer a secret. In fact, it has become common knowledge. As a result, the people at Duijndam Machines, international buyer and seller of second-hand machines, notice an increase in the demand for packaging…

Box filler, and tipper in one!

Storing 50.000 tons in 3 weeks… and then everything in boxes too. Then a capacity of 100 tons per hour is the starting point for the box filler. A challenge for our engineers, which ultimately led to a great product for an international potato processor. The principle of our automatic box filler and box tipper has been tried…

Higher capacity and improved product quality

Kronen integrates machines into the apple processing line of a fruit producer

The combination of existing machines from different manufacturers with new machines to form an optimally coordinated processing line can be successfully implemented through a detailed consulting and planning process. An example of this is the commissioning of an apple processing line for up to 3000 kg…

GC Farms:

"We benefit from the Tomra Insight data platform"

As part of its commitment to digitalization to stay ahead of the competition, American agriculture and food business George Chiala Farms is one of many vegetable processors in the world to use the Tomra Insight data platform. TOMRA Insight has the potential to revolutionize food processing by gathering…

Futura starts attending fairs once again

In view of Macfrut (September 7-9, 2021), FreshPlaza has talked to Futura, a company specializing in the manufacturing of sorting machines for fruits and vegetables. Over the last period, the company has started focusing even more on the foreign market, so much so that it has opened a branch in…

Jonika's Jaap Nieuwenhuijse: "Three palletizing lines gives us high capacity, some flexibility"

Hat trick for Dutch onion packer

Five years ago, Dutch onion packaging and sorting company, Jonika invested in its first Symach palletizing line. At the beginning of this year, they got their second and third ones. These are combined with the newly purchased weigher and Baxmatic from Eqraft. All this has given the factory a renewed impetus. Now, customers in other parts…

Dermark Pty Ltd (Turnbury Orchard)- Reemoon Fruit Sorting Machine

The high-tech fruit sorting machine delivering better pack-out and workforce efficiencies for a Queensland citrus grower

The introduction of a pre-packing facility and state-of-the-art sorting machine has helped a Queensland citrus grower achieve bigger pack-outs and ease some of the effects of the workforce shortage. Dermark Pty Ltd (Turnbury Orchard), located in Gayndah, north of Brisbane, says the new facility and…

JLS

JLS will demonstrate Robotic Carton Closing at PACK EXPO Las Vegas

High-quality design is elemental with the Peregrine® robotic cartoning system from JLS. The vision-guided system might change the cartoning game with the integration of JLS TRAKTM; it handles a variety of packaging with on-the-fly changeover. The high-speed, flexible Peregrine utilizes our proprietary…

Chilean cherry packer achieved 60% water and 48% fungicide reductions

AgroFresh announces global expansion of Control-Tec™ sustainability technology systems

AgroFresh Solutions, Inc. announced the expanded availability of Control-Tec™ sustainability technology systems across North America, South America, Europe and Australia/New…

Dutch company develops complete collapsible crate processing machine series

"Increasing demand for smart solutions to automatically fold, unfold collapsible crates"

In Europe, the transition from rigid to collapsible crates is in full swing. "More and more companies are looking for smart solutions," says André ter Braake of Bateq, a Dutch engineering company. "They want to fold or unfold these collapsible crates automatically." "Workers were supposed to 'just' unstack, unfold, fill,…

TikTokers swoon about gadget with robot arm that can peel 'any' vegetable

What’s the best way to peel a potato without a peeler? Well, there’s a viral gadget that claims it can solve that problem. This Starfrit peeling machine is supposed to tackle…

Reemoon introduced Gulupa sorting line

"We hope to shorten the period of return on investment for our clients"

Jiangxi Reemoon Technology Holdings Co., Ltd. recently installed their first automated processing line, which is now officially in operation. Vincent Zhang, regional sales manager for Reemoon in South America, recently talked about the new processing line. Regional Sales Manager, Vincent Zhang first introduced the…

"People are even emailing us, expressing their deep appreciation for this kind of packaging"

German tomato grower, Bong, uses Dutch Johannes packaging line under private label

A few years ago, wholesaler AGF-Holland introduced the Johannes packaging line. This plastic-free line consists of baskets, trays, and banderoles. It's made from specially-developed natural cardboard that uses 100% organic, biodegradable material. All packaging is now also available with a sealing/click lid.…

Effortlessly harvesting asparagus 16 hrs/day

AVL Motion has brought the AVL Compact S9000 onto the market. Quite a mouthful. This latest automatic asparagus harvester is a futuristic sight in the Dutch village of Grashoek. From early morning to late night, the robot, seemingly calmly, harvests asparagus. The machine sports a gondola that houses 12…

MARS: Monash Apple Retrieving System

Monash robotic apple-picker tested over 2021 harvest

MARS is the Monash Apple Retrieving System, developed by Dr Chao Chen of Monash University’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. MARS has been developed as…

EMVE Sweden AB

Swedish firm manufactures potato and vegetable processing machines for sustainable future

EMVE Sweden AB is a developer, manufacturer and supplier of machines for handling potatoes, vegetables and fruit. The firm provides its customers with everything from…

Nick Maglio with ProEx Food

“We are a single source that handles all automation needs”

The need for automation is higher than ever. Processors of fresh produce have been struggling to fill open positions on their processing lines, even prior to Covid. As a result of labor shortages and in an effort to attract talent, processors increasingly spend more on wages, benefits, housing, etc.…

Martin Barthel, VDL Packaging, The Netherlands:

"New washdown VFFS machine saves a lot of cleaning, changeover time"

VDL Packaging is part of the Dutch VDL Group. It's been manufacturing vertical form, filling, and sealing machines for 50 years. In recent years, the fruit and vegetable sector has also become an increasingly important market segment for them. It could be a bag of carrots for McDonalds. Or a bag of mixed…

Abundant Robotics

Abundant Robotics ends fruit harvesting business

Abundant Robotics, agricultural robotics company from a Hayward, California, has shut its doors. According to a memo about Abundant’s liquidation obtained by The Robot Report, the company “was unable to develop the market traction necessary to support its business during the pandemic.” On June 29, 2021,…

Robot on the cutting edge of improving organic farming

Strawberries are a crop often targeted by all kinds of pests. “We're focusing on strawberries,” said Adam Stager of TRIC Robotics. “The pests that we're treating against, it's…

SC-740 / NextGen

New technology in a proven centrifuge

2021 is the year of the SC-740 / NextGen launch. This machine makes the technology of its big brother, the SC-940 / NextGen, available for lower capacities. The result is an extremely stable centrifuge that dries delicate leafy vegetables in a short cycle time. A strong coreThe predecessor of the NextGen…

At Forbes THRIVE Future of Food Summit

Autonomous Pivot & Bloomfield Robotics win Innovation Icon Award

SVG Ventures and Forbes have announced that Israeli-based Autonomous Pivot and US-based Bloomfield Robotics’ are the two winners of the Innovation Icon Award at the seventh…

Low temperatures, low pressure (vacuum) and oxygen free drying for fresh produce

OVDMA dryer now available for lease

Over the last 25 years Driedfresh Ltd have developed and refined a process to dry fruit, vegetables, sea foods and other foodstuff from fresh without losing any of the nutrients. The process does not involve freeze drying, but rather is done at low temperatures, low pressure (vacuum) and oxygen free. “It…

Zummo Innovaciones Mecanicas

Any citrus fruit can be squeezed with Zummo's Z40 Adapt Custom

Zummo Innovaciones Mecanicas is a Spanish company, founded in Valencia in 1992. It evolved into a big global player, designing and manufacturing automatic citrus fruit extraction machines, marketing its products in more than 100 countries. According to the company, its Zummo's Z40 Adapt Custom is the…

Traptic

Strawberry-picking robotics startup Traptic begins commercial deployment

South Bay robotics startup Traptic has announced some major progress. For starters, it began commercial deployment of its strawberry-picking mobile robot early this month. Blazer-Wilkinson, a large US strawberry producer, began to deploy the technology in June, and the system is working in tandem with…

Tech solutions provider launches robotic de-coring technology

JBT Corporation , a technology solutions provider to the global food and beverage industry, has launched the JBT FoodTech’s CoreTakr Flex™, an intelligent and flexible robotic de-coring technology with product data management. The new and improved CoreTakr Flex includes fully automatic de-coring…

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On the way from the grower to the shelf, everyone takes a bite

Fresh produce prices skyrocket in Israel

The prices of summer fruits are especially high this year, and some are sold for tens of shekels per kilogram. Vegetable prices have also skyrocketed, which has stirred up the debate again: who is to blame for these prices? The parties involved in the process – from the grower to the plate of the…

FreshPlaza July/ August Special -Automation

This month FreshPlaza will be will be highlighting automation in our special. Is your company automating? Do have new and exciting technology and systems to automate processes within the fresh produce trade?  We would love to hear from you for our July and August special section. You can send us some information…


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