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Paul Koppert (Koppert Machines): "Automation a hot item in North American cultivation"

New radish bunching machine for Grimmway Farms in California

Last week, Koppert Machines supplied a new radish bunching machine to Grimmway Farms in California. The Central Valley company is best known for its carrots, but also grows 65 other products, including radishes, all year round. This is sold under the label Cal-Organic. "It is fantastic to see those endless…

HEPRO-1800 vertical asparagus peeling machine conquers farm stores

"Saving on labor, serving customers quickly"

Through a unique vertical peeling principle, HEPRO® not only offers its customers the optimum in peeling quality, but also scores with several other factors. "We want our customers to be able to get an idea of the machine with their own produce and their own employees. Especially now that trade fairs…

Maf Roda launches new cherry defect analysis system on the market

The latest advances achieved by Maf Roda in its cherry lines are making it possible to increase the productivity of post-harvest cherry plants. The Cherryway 4 and Cherryscan technologies have become essential for any cherry grower. When working with cherries, you are dealing with several difficulties,…

Elea Ltd hosts international webinar on April 21

"Reduced blanching time, improved cut quality, increased revenues and reduced costs"

The Elea PEF Advantage Belt System is designed to improve both product quality and revenues within fruit and vegetable processing,  while at the same time reducing production costs and electricity consumption. By using the Pulsed Electric Field (PEF) process, raw materials are much easier to process, there…

EastFruit

Smart sorting as the key to successful berry sales

Optical sorting is one of the most important stages in preparing fruit and vegetables for sale. High-quality sorting procedures enable producers to sort their products by various characteristics: weight, size, color, etc. It helps ensure that the packaging of vegetables, fruit and berries is in…

Top Control

Jason Glue - Top Control

"Top Control can install a complete system to generate the correct packing weight, align the correct labelling"

Top Control is an Italian based company which operates around the world providing weighing, packaging, labelling and storage management systems to fresh produce companies. The company is particularly active in the South African grape packing industry where it provides weighing systems on pack lines. “Our…

CCF self-installed the sorting line over video calls

Reemoon officially installs its first kiwifruit sorting line in South America

COVID-19 has provided many challenges for fresh produce companies, Chilean kiwifruit producer CCF has self-installed its new fruit sorting machine with help from Chinese supplier Reemoon over video calls. Felipe Espinosa, director of the CCF Company, and a member of the Chilean Kiwifruit committee, first…

Root-ai.com

AppHarvest acquires Root AI and its robotic harvester

The Kentucky-based AppHarvest company has built over 3 million ft2 of indoor agricultural space to hydroponically grow non-GMO, pesticide-free produce using 90% less water than open-field agriculture. At the same time, the company claims to be producing yields up to thirty times that of traditional…

Chemical savings up to 78%. Video below

Electric robot for a precise weed control

Over the past few months, the Swiss company Ecorobotix has developed an electric-powered robot, powered by photovoltaics. The additional novelty lies in the fact that it is a precision weed killer that saves up to 78% of chemicals. Video below  The tests were conducted last summer in Germany on herbaceous crops,…

FairPick registration system seeks European distributors

BCON Instruments, in the Netherlands, has been importing and distributing 2nd Sight Bioscience in Europe for several years. This American company supplies innovative equipment and software for growers. This is in the field of labor registration and stock management. They have a product for the fruit and…

Collaboration between Swift International and Zeelandtrac bears fruit

"Night frost fan immediately deployable for fruit growers"

The collaboration between Swift International and Zeelandtrac in the area of the Frost Fans mobile night frost machine has now been ongoing for one year. "Over that year we supplied dozens of machines that will be used against radiation frost this spring. There is a lot of interest because in recent…

Agros and Aweta: a 19-year partnership to add value for consumers

"High technology is very important to Agros´s processes to deliver high quality produce to our customers. From our greenhouses to the packing process, we have strict food…

How the New Zealand agriculture industry is preparing to enter the "golden age" of robotics

The horticulture and agritech industries are at the start of the golden age of robotics and automation, according to a leading New Zealand-based company. Rocos provides the support to connect robotics to what 'The Cloud' has to offer including AI, 3rd party API's and visualization, as well as helping to…

Organic grower Michael Görnitz on robotization in the fruit industry

"We need robots to harvest the apples and the strawberries".

As societies flourish and grow, so do the distances. Today, growers can hardly hardly get any seasonal workers from Poland or the Czech Republic, as their demands and their income have grown. Now, the harvest helpers at the Görnitz organic farm in Sörnewitz have come from Ukraine, and even from faraway…

Broad offer of machinery for the fruit and vegetable industry

If you are looking for fruit and vegetable processing machines, you are in luck! Industrial Auctions is organising two online auctions in Kapelle and Eindhoven (NL) which offer machines such as; vegetable slicers, multihead weighers, traysealers, packaging machines, turning tables, metal detectors,…

New slice and dice option available for the Piñabar machine

While some fruits are ready-to-eat or easily peeled and popped into your mouth, other fruits require a bit more effort. That is why Piñabar developed their signature product: a machine that cuts up fresh pineapples in supermarkets for consumers. The company started out in Europe in 2015 and quickly grew…

“Non-destructive portable measuring device saves on fruit waste while increasing efficiency”

The South Korean portable measuring device provider Sunforest worked with Zespri to test the attributes of kiwi fruit in their orchards in New Zealand. Sunforest is a South Korean provider of innovative portable NIR Spectrometers that measure fruit attributes in a non-destructive manner. “Using a…

A new vision for high quality onion sorting at Elveden

A turnkey optical onion sorting line featuring a collaboration between UK vegetable handling equipment manufacturer Tong Engineering, and French machinery manufacturer MAF Agrobotic, has enabled leading UK vegetable producer Elveden Farms Ltd to minimise labour requirements whilst increasing capacity and…

Jessie Clark of Juicernet:

“We’ve seen increased demand for juicing machines throughout the pandemic”

Throughout the pandemic, the consumer focus on health has been growing. This has manifested itself in higher consumption levels for fruits and vegetables as well as higher sales at retail locations for fresh produce. But the reach of this trend has gone even further than that, says Jessie Clark of…

FreshPlaza April Global Focus on Machinery and Packaging

FreshPlaza's April Global Focus is on Machinery and Packaging. Do you have an innovative system or new packaging? Are you investing in robotics? Changing from plastic to cardboard packaging? We would love to hear from you. You can contact us via info@freshplaza.com  with information or we can do an interview…

Internal defect sorter provides confidence in providing high-quality apples

Although internal defects in produce cannot be prevented, they have a significant impact on consumer experience and repeat purchases. In 2015, in order to prevent shipping product with internal defects, New York based Crist Bros Orchards started working with a measuring system that identifies the…

Online auction of potato, fruit and vegetable processing machinery

An online auction of machinery for the food industry in Dronten offers very broad selection and many machines for processing fruit and vegetables. For example, a shake liner from the brands Jasa and Ishida is offered. In addition, a complete weighing and packaging line from Bodijn and Newweigh is…

Hans Keijzer, ZTI smart machines, the Netherlands:

"We hope this melon peeler is as successful as the grape destemmer"

The global COVID-19 measures have upended the fruit processing world too. "We indirectly supply many clients in the travel, hospitality, and canteen industries. They're struggling at the moment. Some of them have seen a 70% loss of turnover," begins Hans Keijzer of ZTI smart machines in the Netherlands.…

Growers choose Cerescon's Sparter for guaranteed operational reliability

NL: Teboza, Martens Asperges get first selective asparagus harvesting robots with underground detection

It was a first for two Dutch asparagus farms on Wednesday, 24 March. Teboza and Martens Asperges took delivery of the Sparter. This is Cerescon's selective asparagus harvesting robot. The robot was demonstrated to the trade press on an asparagus field in the Netherlands. These two growers are members of the…

Cimcorp partners with GEODIS to introduce Automated Layer Picking warehouse solution

Cimcorp, a manufacturer and integrator of turnkey robotic order fulfillment and tire-handling solutions, announces the successful implementation of a robotic Layer Pick…

Lizette Farm Store, the Netherlands:

"You can no longer do without an asparagus peeling machine"

Thirteen years ago, Eric and Lizette de Loo bought an asparagus peeler, almost by accident. They were one of the first to do so. It was exciting at first. But they now have their third Tenrit Foodtech machine in use. "It's actually one of the best things we've ever done. People were initially wary of the…

Fenaco packer relies on innovative technology from Switzerland

"Robotics gives us flexibility and, above all, consistency"

Replacing backbreaking work with robots; this is what the Steffen-Ris company of the Fenaco cooperative has done at the potato packing plant in Bätterkinden. A prototype of…

Lanlivery, Cornwall

Cornish potato farm to expand with £400,000 robot picker

A fifth-generation potato farm in Lanlivery is set to double its productivity thanks to a £400,000 investment. Colwith Farm supplies premium quality Cornish potatoes, to…

SCEA Hermant invests in TOMRA 3A sorting machine

SCEA Hermant has invested in a TOMRA 3A sorting machine to optimize the quality of potatoes and onions sold at fresh markets For two years, SCEA Hermant carefully considered acquiring anew optical sorter to sort and grade potato and onion crops prior to storage. The launch of the new TOMRA 3A convinced…

Fieldwork Robotics raises £675,000 to accelerate development of harvesting robots

Portfolio company Fieldwork Robotics has raised £675,000 through an equity fundraising from existing and new investors.The proceeds will be used to support development of the…

Getting it right first time

End of line automation

Focused on serving the fresh produce sector, David Jahn, co-owner of Brillopak with business partner Peter Newman, is passionate about assisting packhouses to address labour shortages, profitability…

Aporo Robotic Fruit Packer

Here’s a practical solution to help fill the labour gap in the industry – the new robotic technology of the Aporo Produce Packer. Here the focus is on making one of the most labour intensive…

Dutch students developing broccoli harvesting robot

In February 2021, two students from the Dutch Inholland University of Applied Sciences started their graduate internships for the so-called Smart Farming Broccoli project.…

World premiere in Warendorf: Früchtehof Ahlbrand relies on asparagus robot

"Workforce availability decreases year by year"

Asparagus robot "Sparter" from Cerescon was used for the first time last year in the fields of the Ahlbrand fruit farm in Warendorf, Westphalia. Ultimately, the tests led to the purchase of the harvesting robot. However, a number of suggestions for improvement were implemented before the official…

Joanne Wells - Main Range Orchard

"We estimate that we have saved up to 50% in labour costs by installing the system"

Main Range Orchard, situated in Young in New South Wales grows cherries on approximately 25 hectares. The cherry season runs from mid- November to early January depending on weather conditions. Cherries from Main Range Orchard are exported to Singapore and Vietnam. In 2006 the company bought their first…

New EU project Robs4Crops accelerates shift towards robotics

From farming controllers and smart implements to fully autonomous farming systems, Robs4Crops (a new project) is helping farmers fill labour shortages — shaking up the farming landscape. The Robs4Crops project will accelerate the shift towards the large-scale implementation of robotics and automation in…

Survey to research level of automation uptake in UK horticulture

A new survey by AHDB Horticulture is underway, looking to measure the level of uptake of automation and robotics within UK horticultural businesses over the last four years.…

UK: Drones will be mainstream delivery option by 2040

As unmanned technology and network scale dramatically bring down costs, drones could account for one-third of same-day package deliveries by 2040. While security and privacy…

NL: Het Packhuys installs three top seal lines at VGK Cool Logistics

The Dutch company, VGK Cool Logistics, relocated at the beginning of the year. "To a larger, newer, more modern building with a view to the future," says Etienne Vennink. "We're delighted. There are always some teething problems in the beginning. But after a week, we got them all under control." "The new…

HerbERT drying container see first time use at Schwammerlprinzen LLC

"Our process contributes significantly to reducing food waste"

The innovative HerbERT drying process has already proven itself at many producers and processors of fruit, vegetables and herbs at home and abroad. The drying system of Austrian manufacture is now available as a large container as well. At Lower Austrian mushroom grower Schwammerlprinzen LLC, the system…

GNA solution

Complete weighing, filling and packaging line

This is a complete solution to create perfectly packed products, whose qualities are fully preserved: we are talking about the weighing, filling and packaging line of the Italian company GNA based in Ozzano dell'Emilia, in the province of Bologna. This line was recently installed also in Iceland. The…

Air-cleaning technology helps with storage challenges

To prevent the fast softening of papayas along with citrus mold issues, Papayas & More invested in Bio Turbo air-cleaning technology and has since managed to overcome other storage challenges such as cross-contamination. Papayas & More was born in 1970, exporting fruits to the United States and later to…

Robot hand with a 'human touch'

A human hand can grasp anything. From a whole pineapple to a bag of tangerines. We also instinctively know how to adjust our grip on products. The company Soft Robotics applies this technique to their robots, making it very suitable for delicate products such as fruits and vegetables.

Agerris

Australia: SuniTAFE SMART Farm receives Digital Farmhand

SuniTAFE SMART Farm is found some 16 km from the centre of Mildura. The farm acts is a training and research facility, implementing the latest innovations and best practices of digital farming. Now, SuniTAFE has acquired an Australian designed and produced agricultural robot called The Digital Farmhand.…

Citrustech begins testing mechanized citrus harvesting with an olive grove harvester prototype

The Citrustech Operational Group, which was set up to modernize citrus farms through mechanization and incorporation of technology, has begun testing mechanized harvesting and…

Ausveg

AUSVEG and Heat and Control commence new strategic partnership

AUSVEG is proud to announce Heat and Control – a leading engineering and manufacturing-focused company with a global customer base – has commenced a new strategic partnership with AUSVEG. From a single piece of equipment through to a complete, fully integrated system with full engineering, design and…

Food-safe sorting and packaging with GeoSort Ultimate Clean

How can one sort and package with food safety as a top priority? That question becomes increasingly important in the market, with consumers paying more and more attention to fresh produce hygiene. Greefa is rising to that challenge with the development of a new hygienic machine. Dick Verkade, Manager…

Ag Pro Robotics

Ag Pro Robotics, California

StrawBot follows harvesters during strawberry picking

Ag Pro Robotics from Watsonville, California, has presented a semi-autonomous strawberry harvesting robot called StrawBot. The machine is designed to support human strawberry pickers, as it can autonomously follow them through the field during harvesting. Although there have been many attempts to develop…

Lasko

New, fruit-shaped device to keep our fridges fresh

The new Fresh Slice Fridge Ionizer from Lasko is a battery-operated, watermelon-shaped device that functions as an air purifier, just for our fridges. It uses the brand’s patented technology to release “odor eating particles” helping to break down ethylene gas, while also keeping any smells at bay.…

Christophe Blanc, Managing Director of Maf Roda Ibérica: "We want our lines to be self-sufficient"

"Our investment is focused on automation, internal analysis and total traceability control. They are the future"

The lack of labor in the fruit and vegetable sector, as well as the restrictions on mobility since the health crisis broke out, are giving a boost to the demand for solutions providing greater automation in the calibration and sorting processes. Moreover, internal sorting technology is becoming more and…

The warehouse of the future

The future of warehouse logistics. These are the STO Express logistics robots in the sorting centre of Xuzhou, China.    

Bringing automation to nut harvesting

The macadamia market is constantly growing: indeed, the nutritional virtues it provides makes the macadamia nut a fruit very much in demand. "The success is such that today the macadamia nut is the most expensive nut in the world with a price varying around 60$/kg (R900). This infatuation has naturally…

MAF RODA

Chris Bray - MAF RODA NZ

"Ease of integration and design means customers only need to deal with one company"

More and more companies are investing in robotics and automated packhouse machinery, this may be to tackle labour shortages or cope with growing production volumes. MAF RODA NZ have built up a strong presence in the NZ Market in the last 5 years with annual kiwifruit projects since 2017. "We also have stonefruit…

Monitoring hardware now included with Frost Fans

Australian Frost Fans is the sister business to New Zealand Frost Fans, which manufactures the FrostBoss® range of frost fans at their factory in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand. The FrostBoss® C49 (4-blade machine) is one of the the best-selling machines in Australasia. "Web-based monitoring of frost fans is becoming…

"Setting new standards in grading accuracy with SmartGradeTM software"

Tomra Food introduces SmartGrade on its Spectrim platform. The new system puts the packhouse in complete control of grading with such accuracy that it is able to pack fruit to maximize sales by matching very precisely the specific requirements of the individual customers. It identifies each blemish and…

Venus Sphera was born as a collaboration of Coop Bilanciai and Agricola Don Camillo. Video below.

Weighing and labelling round products is now easier

Working together is the starting point for great ideas, and this is exactly what happened between the Italian Cooperativa Bilanciai and Agricola Don Camillo. The weighing and labelling of round products such as melons and watermelons has always been difficult and sometimes inaccurate, because the…

For Agriplast hi-tech innovation at the heart of eco-friendly agriculture

Appropriate investments can reduce environmental impact

The challenge for the coming years is to combine development and environmental sustainability, as set out in the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030. Technology and research applied to agriculture must be geared towards the development of production techniques that can achieve maximum…

Dolly/crate loader is used successfully at large German onion and potato processor

More efficient repackaging of small packaging with one machine

For processors of onions, carrots or potatoes in small packages from 250 grams to 3 kilos in bags or nets, automation can make the difference. These producers often deliver custom work to their customers and therefore have to deal with a wide range of packaging options or different product carriers. “As…

Flying fruit picking robot uses AI to distinguish between varieties

It's becoming increasingly difficult to find good workers. Fruit and vegetable growers, too, are facing these problems. This has been exacerbated by the global pandemic. But their tomatoes, apples, or pears must be harvested in time. So some growers turn to drones to pick their crops, as this video…

Fresh-cut strawberries are a time-proven success

"The cultivation of strawberries has increased in recent years, thanks in part, to genetics, allowing the fruit to be grown with an extended season. The strawberry used to be grown only in spring, but now in some areas this has been extended to 10 months a year," said Virginia Cascella, export manager at…

ProEx Food Automates Post-Harvest Leafy Green Processing & Packaging

"Controlled environment facilities automate growing, yet still rely on manual post-harvest processing"

“Over the last year or so, more growers have been looking to further remove labor and reduce human touches to help efficiently scale operations and mitigate contamination and recalls. We have added additional automation options to their leafy green line solutions. These lines and equipment include…

Tong introduces updates to its range of vegetable polishing equipment

As part of the company’s ongoing development programme, Tong Engineering has unveiled several updates to its range of vegetable polishing equipment. “As a supplier to the food industry we have been fortunate that demand for advanced and automated vegetable handling equipment has continued to strengthen,”…

Proseal

Proseal’s fast and flexible solutions prove invaluable for soft fruit growers

Proseal’s advanced tray sealing machines are helping growers meet ever-increasing demand for soft fruit - which has been particularly strong during the current pandemic - by providing high quality, flexible sealing solutions that also deliver on sustainability. As soft fruit volumes continue to climb,…

Corrugated Industry and its suppliers exchange on state-of-the-art innovations on process technology

The European Federation of Corrugated Board Manufacturers (FEFCO) held its first online technical workshop on Tuesday (23rd February) entitled ‘Sophisticated fortune telling –…

The Foxdrive Plus by Checchi&Magli is a universal and multi-purpose type gripper transplanter. Video below.

Efficient and easy transplanting of sweet potatoes

The Foxdrive Plus is the Checchi & Magli transplanter par excellence. Equipped with a distributor that features 5, 10, 15 or 20 grippers for an inter-plant distance of between 13 cm and 140 cm, it is a professional ally for transplanting sweet potatoes. "The Foxdrive Plus is appreciated by sweet potato growers…

Future Acres

Robot ‘Carry’ will be a great aid to farmers in the future

Farming is a tough business and global food demand is surging. There will be an expected 10 billion mouths to feed by 2050. At the same time, environmental challenges and labor limitations have made the future uncertain for agricultural managers. A new company called Future Acres will help enable farmers…

"We are working hard to develop a peeling machine with a great price-quality ratio"

As the labor cost is rising, food processing factories often experience labor shortages. This situation has only grown worse during the pandemic. In addition to the labor shortage, the need for hygiene and food safety has also stimulated the demand for automated food processing machinery. Ningbo Lueon…

Hyperspectral imaging: the stuff of science coming to an automated food line near you

Vision can be deployed in a number of different ways on a food processing line to tell if food is safe to eat and meets the quality standards demanded by retailers. Now the…

Corné van Liere, of ISM Machinery:

"We have everything in-house to design and engineer custom fresh produce processing and packaging lines"

In the three years that the firm ISM Machinery has been established in its new business premises on the De Poel industrial estate in Goes, the company has undergone significant developments. "Back then, we were still delivering just five machines a year; now we are already doing thirty," says head of…

Maurits van de Water (Van de Water Fruit Group) on Burg MachineFabriek installations

"Water purification installation always worth it for more than ten channels"

The busiest weeks for sorting Sweet Sensation pears have arrived at Van de Water Fruit Group in Waalwijk. The fruit is sorted on a 2x four-track machine from Perfect with Ellips hardware and software, whereby two varieties can be sorted simultaneously. The sorting company has a Burg 3D portal for the…

Designed to be used in walnut plantations, it can be adapted to other orchards. Video below.

The Speedy Cut pruner features fast and environmentally friendly technology

A pruning machine for small fruit trees like walnuts, but that also applies to all other situations where plants can be harvested and chopped mechanically. The machine is called Speedy Cut and is equipped with a multi-disc bar supported by a hydraulic and telescopic arm which is adjustable to obtain…

Innovative harvesting system developed for the blueberry industry

In Oregon – one of the best blueberry growing regions in the world – it’s expensive for pickers to hand-harvest the delicate fruit for fresh market. New harvesting technology developed by Wei Qiang Yang, associate professor and berry Extension agent for Oregon State University Extension Service, could…

"Robot pickers could also work during night time"

Attention to ‘discerning robotic vision’ is key when designing a picking or harvesting robot. Improvements in machine-vision algorithms and the use of multi-spectral cameras…

P&C Automation

Horticulture labour shortage leads to a surge in demand for automation solutions

The worker shortage in the Australian horticulture industry following the COVID-19 pandemic has led to a surge in interest for automated systems in the past few months for one post-harvest consulting and equipment supply company in South-East Queensland. P&C Automation Director Hayden Stewart says the…

WSU Ag Robotics team

WSU, OSU, UC team with tree fruit groups and other universities in a major global push.

Farm groups, researchers strive for automated harvests

A trio of West Coast land-grant universities are teaming with farm groups and other researchers in a major global push to automate the harvests of apples, pears and other tree fruit. Scientists from Washington State University, Oregon State University and the University of California are working with…

Stavros Vougioukas receives $1.6 million to develop innovative fruit-picking machines

Biological and agricultural engineering associate professor Stavros Vougioukas is leading two new research projects to mechanize the orchard and pick fruit more effectively. The first project, which received $1.2 million from the National Science Foundation’s Robotics Initiative and National Institute of…

Higher speed, minimized yield loss, and a cleaner product

A new industry standard in the almond and pistachio processing industries

In the past decade, California has seen a dramatic increase in tree nut production, in particular in almonds and pistachios. As a result, significantly higher volumes of nuts need to be processed and processors are looking to increase capacity. “We’ve responded to their needs by building processing…

Tomra Food Compac

Analysing fruit data in the supply chain has never been more important for business efficiency

Fruit and production data can be used in ways that it has never been done before to improve a company's efficiency and boost profits, according to global packhouse equipment and automation supplier Tomra Food.  The company is renowned for supplying turn-key packhouses across a range of horticulture commodities.…

CubicFarms

CubicFarms' cultivator module

Bringing food production closer to home

Dave Dinesen, CEO of CubicFarms, believes that we are experiencing a global crisis in food security and that technology is necessary to feed the growing global population. CubicFarm Systems Corp. is a local chain agtech company headquartered in British Columbia, Canada. The company specializes in the…

IQF; a viable solution for a sustainable future?

As oceans become increasingly polluted, low underground water levels reaching historically low levels, CO2 levels increasing in the atmosphere, and on top of that, a climate emergency right at our doorstep, it should really not be a surprise that one of the top three food trends when it comes to…

ZTI, in the Netherlands, introduces new Fruit & Vegetable Wedger

"The pandemic created room for new developments"

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the Dutch company ZTI smart machines is positive about the past year. Machine production lagged somewhat, but the scope for new developments was also created. The Watermelon Wedger, the Watermelon Dicer, the Fruit & Vegetable Wedger, the Mango Peeler-de-Cheeker 20, and the…

EE Muir and Sons

Australian-made lasers reduce bird damage

Troublesome birds can be a problem for some specialist horticultural crop growers, but evidence suggest that using lasers can severely curtail their damage. Gazzola Farms installed the laser bird deterrent in 2018. It showed a decreased bird presence of up to 90%. The business, located near Melbourne,…

Ryo Takeshita: “more than 20 types of fruit can be peeled with one machine”

Industrial fruit peeling machine balances maximum capacity and minimum waste

Automatic peelers are used often in the fruit processing sector. At the moment, factories with high capacity demand mostly use the ‘round-type peeling unit’, but it has a high wastage problem. For businesses that process small sized fruits, when peeling accuracy is guaranteed, productivity becomes a…

Northern Valley Packers continue to seek ways to refine their operation

When Northern Valley Packers was established in 2017, the facility was built with a commitment to innovation and excellence. This included some of the most advanced sorting software and automation equipment. Three years on, Northern Valley Packers continue to seek ways to refine their operation,…

Crop-spraying drones coming into vogue in South Africa

Using drones to spray crops is a new method of dusting in South Africa, with the first license being awarded by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) in 2019. And while start-up…

Yannick Collard, Collard:

Collard is now looking to conquer the arboricultural market

Already present in the world’s major vineyards with a well established distribution network, the company Collard is now looking to develop the marketing of its pneumatic leaf strippers in the main apple producing countries. “We were there at the start of the distribution and the manufacture of the very…

Patrick van der Vegt, VWS Nederland

"Our machine's advanced blow-on system allows it to label packaged fruit and vegetables"

VWS Nederland turns 20 this year. This Dutch company develops, manufactures, and supplies labeling machines for the food industry. Chances are that their machines have labeled products like packed tomatoes, broccoli, pointed cabbages, and mushrooms. The LP500 automatic barcode label printer series. “Our…

WSU

Washington State University

WSU partners with Netherlands, Washington growers to improve orchard robotics & automation

Washington State University scientists are joining forces with researchers, fruit growers, and technology companies in the Netherlands and Washington State to solve major tree fruit challenges through orchard automation and robotics. On Feb. 3, 2021, André-Denis Wright, dean of WSU’s College of…

East-Fruit

Greater focus on exports

Modern onion processing line launched in Tajikistan

On February 2, a new onion processing line was launched by Khujand-Agro LLC in the northeastern industrial zone of the city of Khujand in Tajikistan. The main activity of the enterprise is the processing, drying, and packaging of fruits and vegetables. The installation of the new additional line for…

"Our goal was to pick the most efficient equipment and deliver a process that took the fruit from the orchard to a finished product"

Montague moving closer to fully opening its new production facility near Melbourne

Major Australian fruit producers Montague has opened its some of its new production facilities and new retail space, which includes state-of-the-art equipment from its partners Tomra Compac. As part of a tour for APAL's recent online Post-Harvest Seminar, Chief Innovation Officer Rowan Little says the…

HortNZ

Brian Fulford - Omahuri Orchards, Hawkes Bay

New Zealand grower philosophical about season

Brian Fulford, of Omahuri Orchards in Hawkes Bay, is philosophical about the current season and the industry. ‘We got through the summerfruit season thanks in the main to our 10 permanent staff.  We usually have 12 RSEs (Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme workers) but those particular workers went home in…

Oliver Werner (Upmann Verpackungsmaschinen LLC):

"Corona has significantly accelerated automation"

In recent years, the agricultural industry has rapidly automated itself. Whether in sorting, processing, weighing or packaging - fully automated solutions are increasingly being used. The purpose of this automation is to save personnel and thus labour costs. This demand has only increased because of the…

Scott announces multi-million contract from the Alliance group

Following on from the previously announced lamb automation system, Scott has been awarded a second large contract by Alliance Group, this one to design and build a carton handling, sortation andpalletising system in frozen environment (-28°C). The system will increase product handling efficiencies by…

Astra fruit-peeling machines Youtube.com

Top solutions for fresh cut produce

With labor and food safety concerns more important than ever, more and more grocery retailers are looking to commissaries, central kitchens and other offsite facilities to…

Beni Dürr (Verdunova AG) on the modernisation of the vegetable freezing installation

"With our new flowfreezer, we are expanding our production capacity by 30 tonnes per day"

Exactly twenty years ago, Swiss entrepreneur Beni Dürr brought a very inexpensive flowfreezer to what was then Czechoslovakia, which, although almost new, was suddenly made redundant by the change in a company. The giant box was installed at the main site of his company Verdunova AG. For twenty years,…


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