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Behold! The pepper packing robot

The use of robots is surely one of the main trends that the horticultural sector is experiencing. The dream of automation has always pushed innovation within industries, as it allows not only a better management of the workforce but also a better quality assurance. This is what the pepper packing robot was made for. This video…

'Harv' from CROO Robotics

"Shrinking labor force needs to be solved with automation"

Both human and machine must find ripe strawberries between the leaves, gently twist them off the stems and tuck them into a plastic clamshell. Each contender has 10 seconds per plant. Then repeat endlessly before the fruit spoils. The future of agricultural work has arrived in Florida, promising to ease labour shortages…

New air purification technology for cherries during storage

Kapatovo Ltd., a fruit grower from Bulgaria, grows apples, cherries, grapes, and peaches in gardens and vineyards in the Valley of Struma region, in the southwestern part of Bulgaria. They have built 9 cold storage facilities with a total volume of 1200 cubic meters. The fruits they grow are very sensitive to storage…

Belgian fruit and vegetable cutter Allgro opts for Tramper tray sealers again

Crisp vegetables, fresh fruit and aromatic herbs, that is the tasty basis of the family recipe called Allgro. Allgro, a family-run business, has been combining the wholesale of fruit, vegetables and potatoes with fruit and vegetable cutting since 1990. Thanks to the continuous range of new and innovative products, the…

Custom design is part of the service

US: Rietveld Equipment offers in-stock parts and equipment

With several generations’ experience in onion production passed along to him and more than two decades of onion/garlic equipment distribution across the United States, John Rietveld of Rietveld Equipment is adding a new facet to his service: Equipment and parts on hand, eliminating lag time for…

Michel Koppert: “This machine is guaranteed to analyse the entire pear”

New MAF Roda pear sorting line installed at Van Haelst

MAF Roda introduced a new pear sorting line during the Fruit Logistica. The line has now been installed for Van Haelst Fruit in Verrebroek, Belgium. “With this new sorting line, which we use to sort both internal and external quality, we are guaranteed to look at 100% of the pear. No one else can…

"Our goal is for products to reach homes in the same condition as when they were harvested"

Spain: Precision in the calibration of cherries, blueberries and cherry tomatoes

Efficiency, productivity and optimization are the defining traits of the technological solutions supplied by Elifab, a company specialized in the development and installation of blueberry, cherry and cherry tomato calibration lines at international level. "Our goal is for products to reach homes in the…

TecnoFrutta develops two types of dryers for the fresh produce and canning industry

"Over the first few years we focused on the creation of systems for the processing of fennel, broccoli and artichokes, then there was an evolution that enabled us to become a leading business in the manufacturing of dyers for fruit and vegetables," explains Antonio Ferragonio, sales manager for…

US: Big farmers to pick their future crops with robots

The future of agricultural work has arrived in Florida, promising to ease labor shortages and reduce the cost of food. Or so says the team behind Harv, a nickname for the latest model from automation company Harvest CROO Robotics. Harv is on the cutting edge of a national push to automate the way we gather goods that…

Sorma Group - new sorting software and packagers that cut down on plastic up to 70%

There was a great success for Sorma Group at Fruit Logistica 2019. The company specializes in the supply of automated machinery for post-harvesting and technical packaging material. At the fair, operators from different parts of the world showed their interest. Among the various solutions on display, InstanDEF-QI 2.0 was…

US farmers using drones to check crop health and increase profits

Pittsburgh-based tech company Skycision is using drones and infrared technology to help diagnose diseases and pests in crops. The company’s goal is to help farmers improve…

New technology puts the heat on pests

Relying on heat to battle pests. That’s the concept of a new machine designed for produce crops which will allow growers to reduce or even eliminate chemicals in the fight against pests and insects. The Agrotherm XR1 is one of several new designs being made for Napa, Ca.-based Agrothermal Systems by Aeolo S.A.de C.V.…

“SMART Machines” convince the fresh-cut sector

Food processing technology manufacturer Kronen premiered its new “SMART Machines” at Fruit Logistica 2019 in Berlin from 6 to 8 February 2019. They were shown live and in function and Kronen visitors experienced how “Industry 4.0” applications can work in Fresh-cut production. Further world premieres…

JBT FTNON - SBC 200 and 300 systems

New solutions for fresh-cut salads

JBT Corporation and its FTNON subsidiary, a specialist in equipment and solutions for fresh-cut vegetables, salads and fruits, has used the forum of Fruit Logistica 2019 in Berlin, Germany to announce the commercial launch of an innovative new system for fresh-cut salads. The Super Batch Centrifuge (SBC)…

Tom Coen of Octinion presented strawberry harvesting robot Rubion at Fruit Logistica:

“As far as I know we’re the only one with a total solution globally”

All over the world, people are working on harvesting robots, but there wasn’t yet a robot for harvesting strawberries. After the Fruit Logistica last week, that robot has arrived on the market, because Belgian company Octinion presented the Rubion, a completely autonomous harvesting robot that can take…

CAN (ON): Processing vegetable growers trialing new automated transplanting technology

Ontario's processing vegetable growers are turning to technology in an effort to better meet their labour needs during planting, a short but very busy time of year. Kent County’s Bercab Farms, working in collaboration with Jennen Bros Inc. and Sydenham Farms, has been approved for funding through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership…

Farm-to-table fresh produce

AR Systems develops ‘Micro Store’

California's Corona-based A R Systems is rolling out the FreshFirst automated kiosk that delivers consumers immediate access to a variety of farm-fresh salads and produce. The company said growers, restaurateurs, vending operators and entrepreneurs can use the kiosk to sell farm-to-table foods directly to consumers…

New generation bagplacer and semi-automatic bagger launched

Manter has released the newest generation bagplacer and semi-automatic bagger: Bag Placer and SemiPack. The two machines combined are called AutoPack. The new generation stands out in capacity, ease of use and reliability and can also process a durable paper packaging fully automatically. “A must for…

Food Fresher

"First machine able to assess ethylene elimination efficiency in real time"

In this year's edition of Fruit Logistica Berlin 2019, BEfresh Technology is launching a machine with cutting-edge technology for the elimination of ethylene gas in cold rooms…

AutoPack: modular combination of bag placer and semi-automatic bagger

The Dutch company, Manter, is bringing the newest generation of bag placer and semi-automatic bagger to the market - the Bag Placer and SemiPack. Together, a combination of these machines is called the AutoPack. This new generation bagger excels in the area of capacity, ease of use, and reliability. It can also…

Second generation of Cherry Evolution packing machine launched

American manufacturer of fruit packaging machinery - A&B Packing Equipment inc. announced the launch of a new version of Cherry Evolution weighing machine in Europe. The second generation of cherry packing equipment allows one to weigh and fill over 120 punnets for minute. This flexible and versatile machine is…

Sound, energy, and the environment - Tolsma-Grisnich's fair themes

Dutch machine manufacturer, Tolsma-Grisnich, will have three central themes at Fruit Logistica. These are sound, energy, and the environment. Corporate sustainability is becoming increasingly important for business owners. This is also the case for farmers. People are becoming more aware of the environment. They are…

New lid placer for four-fruit tray

Trays with four fruits are increasingly popular - this kind of packaging is often used for persimmons and it has recently been introduced for premium peaches and nectarines as well.  "The only limit reported by companies for this kind of packaging is that the lid must be placed by hand. That is why we have worked to find a reliable…

Kronen presents new AS 6 peeling and slicing machine for apples at Fruit Logistica

Total capacity of up to 900 apples processed per hour

At Fruit Logistica 2019, Kronen will present the newly developed apple peeling machine AS 6 for peeling, de-coring, splitting or slicing apples. The new peeling system scores with a user-friendly handling. The apples only have to be just have to be introduced; then the machine operates automatically.…

France to see Chowbotics salad robots

Chowbotics and Bonduelle have come together to form the brand ‘Cabaletta’ for deployment in Europe. This means that 'Sally the fresh food robot' is set to make her European debut. After the robot was rigorously tested and endorsed last November, Bonduelle made a commitment to deploying several robots at their food…

Fruit Logistica Hall 9, Stand D-14

New packing technology: 100% paper, 100% recyclable

Thousands of plastic packages are sold daily. Plastic waste is becoming a bigger issue every day, and consumers are becoming more mindful of their plastic use and are looking for recyclable alternatives or buying packaging free produce. "Here at JASA, we deem innovation to be highly important. We listen to the…

Food Automation and Elisam / Ellips commission the first Optical Onion Grader in New Zealand

After having installed Elisam Optical Onion Graders in Australia at LJM Produce in Western Australia, 2-Lanes in 2016 and at Zerella / Parilla Premium Potatoes, 4-Lanes in 2017, Food Automation and Elisam have now also installed and commissioned the First Optical Onion Grader in New Zealand. In April 2018 a large…

Redpack Maschinen GmbH

"The demands on machines and packaging will continue to rise"

"In the past we used to ask what should be packaged - apples, cherries, plums - but that's not enough nowadays. Now you have to know, for example, which foil material to use, testing and calibrating the machine accordingly, so that you can start from scratch and do a good job for the customer," said Dr.…

Mexico: Corporacion Industrial Uruapan's computerized sorting machines

Corporacion Industrial Uruapan, CIU, a Mexican company that strives to produce quality products and customer satisfaction, has more than 30 years of experience in the post-harvest sector and, over these years, has managed to improve and perfect the quality of its equipment. CIU specializes in the design and manufacture of computerized sorting…

"Strawberry farmers should harvest with CROO"

A Florida-based technology company that’s been developing a strawberry-picking robot for years has finally started unveiling their product. Their upcoming demo for growers attending an annual industry convention in Orlando, next month, is potentially a big deal. Grain farmers have harvested their fields…

Amazon creates electronic vests to improve worker/robot interactions

Over the course of the last year, Amazon began rolling out a new worker-safety, wearable vest to more than 25 sites. The Robotic Tech Vest really looks like a pair of suspenders attached to an electronic utility belt. The Amazon Robotics-designed product was created to keep workers safe when they need to enter a…

InstanDEF-QI 2.0

Sorma launches solution for fruit selection

The Sorma Group's range has been expanded with an innovative artificial vision system installed in the proprietary calibrator, SormaTech. InstanDEF-QI 2.0 is the new software that the Cesena-based company will present in Berlin during Fruit Logistica (Hall 9 stand D-13); a fair that will be held from…

Details will be announced at Fruit Logistica

Interko upgrades coolers for Ultimo fruit ripening rooms

Interko, designer, manufacturer and installer of fresh fruit ripening rooms, announced an important service and maintainability upgrade to its Ultimo room, the flagship system that evenly and efficiently ripens large volumes of fruit, such as bananas. Thanks to ongoing technological improvements made by the Interko…

Walgreens Test: Digital cooler doors targeting customer with ads

Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. is testing a technology that embeds cameras, sensors and digital screens in the cooler doors in its stores. This will create a new network of "smart" displays that marketers can use to target ads for specific types of shoppers. The refrigerator and freezer doors act as a digital merchandising platform…

New way of counting improves growth and picking performance

50% saving in labor and 50% less damage

Harvesting tool innovations could mean a 50% saving in labor during fruit harvesting. It could also result in 50% less damage. It is also possible to analyze the number of fruits picked. This analysis can be done in real-time, per hour, day or week via an app. The Dutch company, Munckhof Fruit Tech Innovators presented this…

New potato and onion processing technology

Bulltec from Cesena has introduced a new simple reliable machine unaffected by the dirt of onions and potatoes - a grader that can delicately sort potatoes and onions no matter their shape as produce is moved using conveyor belts. "There is little need for maintenance as the belts can be cleaned easily. We are aware of how…

Latest innovations by Checchi & Magli presented in France

Once again, Checchi & Magli, a company specializing in vegetable transplants, will attend French fair Sival in Angers (Hall C - Stand 124) from 15th to 17th January. The new Wolf Pro stands out among the innovations presented this year.  Plastic film crops have increased over the past few years and Checchi & Magli…

Key Technology introduces enhanced FMAlert

Key Technology, a member of the Duravant family of operating companies, has introduced their enhanced FMAlert™ software for VERYX® digital sorters. FMAlert captures and saves digital images of foreign material (FM) contaminants and can be programmed to immediately alert operators and signal a downstream…

Futura offers solutions to markets that want to export their products

Futura, a company that specializes in the design and production of fruit and vegetable selection and packaging plants, offers solutions to all markets that wish to export their products. Our company's technologies and experience, give our customers the conditions to undertake a new journey to give greater added value…

“Growers who didn’t invest in flexible packing technology are in trouble”

Packaging requirements are changing all over the world, as companies try to ditch plastic as much as they can afford to. The new requirements and demands mean opportunities for companies like Milbor PMC, that sells machinery for automated packaging of blueberries, cherries, and walnuts manufactured by…

New Zealand: Bay of Plenty tech start-up to revolutionise fruit industry

A tech start-up in Tauranga, in the Bay of Plenty, has received international acclaim with big plans to shake up the fruit industry. They will accomplish this through the use…

Four ways robotics will influence agriculture in 2019

As ever, farmers are turning to technology to address a number of pressing problems, such as the growing global shortage of food and labor. Artificial intelligence, field sensors and data analytics are some of the advanced systems used in that endeavour, but the one area in which these technologies…

A+P Services Jork sets new standards

Avoid packaging waste - banding instead of wrapping

Whether customer or salesman, everyone is increasingly paying attention to avoiding waste packaging and conserving the resources of the environment for themselves and for generations to come. This is exactly where A+P Service Peter Schiffmann e.K. comes in with  a banding machine for a variety of applications,…

Jordan van Leeuwen: "We are eager to start"

New crate turners fully operated by electric power

Recently, the cherry tomato nursery, Sweet Lions from Grubbenvorst in the Netherlands, expanded their cherry tomato acreage by 5 hectares. On 11 December, the first plants went into the greenhouse. Meanwhile, the machinery has also been expanded to handle the increased productions. "We are eager to start…

New packaging line for Haluco

This month, the Dutch company, Haluco, took a new packaging line into use. It will be used to package fruit and vegetables. This Martin Stolze packaging line has been specially designed. It repackages fruit and vegetables effectively and ergonomically. For this, the bulk packaging is fed automatically. The small packaging is also automatically removed. The packaging…

Improving optical sorting by increasing contrast between good and bad

Increasing the contrast between good and defective in order to improve the accuracy of optical sorting. This is what Optimum Sorting strives for when developing new machines and technologies. The introduction of white laser light is received particularly enthusiastically. Eighteen months ago, Concept Engineers was taken…

The Zetapack balance a few months after the launch of its machine

Automated processing for delicate fruits

It has been a very positive year for Zetapack, the new company specialised in the manufacturing of weighing machines for delicate fruits. The marketing manager Nicola Antonaccio explains, “In a few months, we sold seven working lines. This result was beyond our expectation. We knew we had a good product,…

More accurate classifications with object recognition

Two years ago, Optiserve introduced their optical sorter Xcalibur. The sorter is now being sent all over the world. Particularly unique is the way the machine scans and expels the potato products. Pomfresh took the machine into use in February 2018. Xcalibur surpasses all expectations Since its presentation, the machine has been installed…

John Groeneweg, E. Groeneweg Potato Traders:

"Optical sorting and larger capacity Newtec scale came at the exact right time"

This month, E. Groeneweg & Zn Potato Traders invested in a new Newtec scale/optical sorter combination. "Our old scale did not have much capacity,"  says John Groeneweg from this company,  based  in Oudewater, the Netherlands . "We have actually been hitting the ceiling for more than a year now. Our people had to give it…

Energid citrus picking system & Agrobot E-Series

Robots that will change the industry

There is not yet a real end in sight for the growth of the world population. With the current increases, there will be an enormous growth in agricultural needs and demands. To cover these needs fast, farmers are turning their attention toward robots. From planting to growing to collecting, all functions…

"Reemoon focuses on Egypt and South African market"

"Providing more efficient machines at a more reasonable price"

The orange export season in Egypt has just started for the 2018-2019 season. To ensure the sorting and packaging of the oranges proceeds smoothly, a good sorting line could be a big help. It automates the process and in this way it decreases losses and speeds up the production process. Reemoon Technology…

Robotisizing sorting and packing of fruit and vegetables

"The production of fruit and vegetables is still increasing in the Netherlands. Here, the demand for cheaper labor continues to play an important role. Using robots can significantly reduce the cost involved in the sorting and packing process", says Jan Nijland, Director at the Dutch company, Greefa. "We have, therefore,…

Automation of sorting and packing onions continues

Vos Onions sorts and packs onions for exporters. The company invested in modernising their machinery, and in the coming years they’ll continue to pay attention to automation. Ten years ago, Vos Onions set up shop at the industrial estate Bagijnhof in Veen, the Netherlands. The company sorts and packs onions for a…

Optical sorter helps to vertically integrate and reduce sorting costs

Bühler technology is enabling the world’s largest fig grower to double its processing capacity to 20,000lbs per hour and reduce increasingly expensive costs associated with sorting, by up to 90%. The SORTEX F sorter is helping The Specialty Crop Company to provide their customers with dried figs that are…

UK government to ration ferry space under no-deal Brexit

UK prime minister May’s cabinet is drawing up plans to ration space on ferries carrying vital supplies to Britain, amidst preparations for a no-deal Brexit that could leave…

Measuring more equals knowing more

Demand for ripening systems is high. On the one hand, companies in emerging economies are investing in ripening systems. On the other hand, ripening systems in Europe, still…

Albert Llaguerri, Manter Iberica:

"Rapid growth in five years in Spain"

Manter Iberica S.L. celebrated their fifth anniversary at Fruit Attraction. This event, held in Madrid, is the most important trade show on Spain's fresh fruit and vegetable sector's calendar. This company's first five years have been a success. What began as a one-man show, has now grown into a Spanish…

Julio Aparicio, of Sienz/Compac:

"In a citrus campaign like the current one, every cent counts"

Unlike previous years, 2018 has been quite rainy in Spain, and the citrus sector has been struggling as a result. "Last year, the weather was quite dry and this allowed plenty of citrus fruits to be marketed with 'zero waste' treatments, or at least with few active substances," says Julio Aparicio, new head for Northern Spain at…

Spargelhof Werner, a satisfied user of asparagus harvester AspergeSpin

This year, the German company Spargelhof Werner bought the 10,000th machine built by Engels Innovatietechniek. The proceeds from this transaction were donated to the German Fund against childhood cancer (Deutsche Kinderkrebsstiftung). The association assists children and their families by offering advice…


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