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JD.com and GREE work on robots to combat COVID-19

JD.com and state-owned major manufacturing enterprise GREE have formed a strategic partnership to develop three unique types of robots for anti-COVID-19 disinfection and…

China: "Selection equipment is even more important under these chaotic conditions"

Employees in fruit and vegetable companies are working hard to provide fresh fruit and vegetables to consumers across the globe during the difficult conditions of this COVID-19 pandemic. The supply of fresh fruit and vegetables helps consumers strengthen their health. The machines that help to maintain…

Christian Dieterich: "PerfectMoney payment solutions enable operation despite Corona crisis"

"Automated payment processes protect employees and customers from germs"

All over Germany, companies are currently looking for ways to optimise their everyday operations in response to the corona crisis. For many, especially smaller companies, one sticking point is to reduce the contact between customers and employees. PerfectMoney payment solutions (DCSI AG) were increasingly…

Manter's 25th anniversary

We are still owed a party

Manter celebrated its 25th anniversary on Wednesday 1st of April.  The party that the company founders, Herman Wehkamp and Peter Lenferink, had planned for their customers, contacts and relations will be put on hold for a while. “We had come up with an entire program, but that is currently not possible because of the corona virus,”…

Australian Government provides certainty for farm workforce through temporary visa changes

Australia's farmers and producers have been given a boost during the COVID-19 pandemic, with the Federal Government announcing changes to visa arrangements, following concerns…

"The reality is that it is not free, and we need to start thinking about it differently"

The water management system providing real-time benefits and savings for farmers

An Australian startup company is helping farmers better manage their water usage through precision agriculture technology, to translate into better productivity and save costs. Farmbot is an agritech company that is focused around better water management for farmers and helping farmers better know their…

Automation increases food safety in labor-saving lines

Following the COVID-19 pandemic, the frozen food retail market has witnessed a substantial increase in sales that is expected to maintain at a high level.  Food Safety has become even more crucial. New inquiries require “no hand touch” operation of processing lines. During stockpiling stage, freezer gondolas…

Vegetable processing line for supermarket chain in Argentina

Recently, an international large-scale project reached an important milestone on its way to a successful implementation when numerous tests were carried out in the KRONEN manufacturing plant in Germany. A complete processing line, designated for Argentina´s biggest supermarket chain COTO C.I.C.S.A., was…

JBT and Aurratech bring the FOG-IN-PLACE™ technology to the food sector

Growing interest from the Spanish fruit and vegetable sector in fogging disinfection

JBT Corporation is committed to offering complementary solutions and technologies to meet all the needs of its global customer base. To this end, JBT strikes strategic alliances with those companies that can provide them. At this time, thanks to its alliance with Aurratech Inc., it is behind the…

Stuart Payne - GP Graders

"Since the release of our AirJet® range of machinery, sales have grown significantly"

The Australian Government have been extremely supportive to keep the Australian economy alive and moving forward. The Federal Government this week announced a massive $130 billion jobs support package which was extremely well received and essentially pays employers to maintain staff in full employment…

Schwing Technologies focuses on VacuClean process

Removing recycled PET from metal filters efficiently

Recycled PET (rPET) is increasingly being used for the production of fruit and vegetable trays: Circular packaging is the keyword here. Metal filters used in the production processes of large manufacturing plants have to be changed daily, sometimes multiple times per shift, and freed of rPET residues. "To…

FIT Srl

Microwave technology to assist the fruit and vegetable supply chain

In time of Coronavirus, for FIT Srl it is worth mentioning the effectiveness of its process solution that uses microwaves for the microbial stabilization of fruit and vegetables, in order to extend the shelf life, as well as to improve hygiene and food safety. Example of packed peaches in a basket As the…

AKON Robotics focuses on palletizing in confined spaces

"A robot will not get sick and is immune to viruses"

At a time when the coming shortage of employees is confronting companies with ever greater problems, another spectre has showed up: COVID-19. The virus is causing additional problems in maintaining production and in logistics. With the latest robot technology, however, production and logistics can still be…

Bid on fruit and vegetables processing lines and machinery

At the end of this month Industrial Auctions will organize an online auction with food machinery, but with a focus on fruit and vegetables processing machines. For example an apple sorting and peeling line (consisting of: a steel lifter for pallet boxes, inspection and dividing system provided with…

Spanish firm offers its ozone generators to help tackle COVID-19

The Valencian company Agrozono, leader in the application of ozone through localized irrigation for the regeneration of agricultural soils, has offered public administrations…

New technologies for salad washing

Food safety is the most important thing that everyone cares about. But during vegetable processing, cleaning is often accompanied by damage. How to achieve thorough cleaning while reducing damage is always a hot topic in the industry, according to sales manager Valencia Yu from Lueon Technologies. Last…

Swedish government supports economy by releasing 26.6 billion Euro

“As people will need food, the market is still there”

With events being canceled and costs already being made, it’s uncertain times for the companies that build processing machines for the fruit and vegetable sector. In Sweden,…

Targeting Australia and New Zealand with automated solutions

"We have the answer ready to go – today"

The market in Australia and New Zealand faces glaring and common issues across customers in the region: Processors can’t find labor to staff their lines, they can’t retain the personnel they do find, they can’t afford to pass increasing labor costs to their customers, and there is a renewed focus on…

GNA's answer to the growing demand for easy resealable packs

RL40: linear system for filling and closing trays

Always attentive to market demands and with more than thirty years of experience in automatic packaging systems, GNA srl offers a simple, flexible and highly customizable system for filling trays. We are talking about RL 40, an innovative linear solution designed for filling clamshell trays. "This type…

Original arm-robot system to harvest asparagus

Scientists at University of Tokyo (Japan) have developed a robotic arm for automated harvesting of Asparagus. They designed and developed an original arm-robot system that harvests asparagus in both outdoor and indoor agricultural fields. "Using the system, we carried out harvesting work automatically with…

Walter Ahn (Wasto-Pac GmbH) supports companies in the fight against corona

"Those who are willing to clean regularly, need have no fear of contamination"

For many companies, the corona virus is a historical catastrophe, but at the same time, one now has the chance to redefine existing business processes. This is the motto of Walter Ahn, the managing director of Wasto-Pac LLC. He supports the fruit and vegetable sector in the fight against corona with reliable…

Melon sorting machine converted into first optical celeriac sorting machine

The mood on the celeriac market is good, according to Pierre Sweep of winter vegetable wholesaler Sweep from Zevenbergen. "We are turning over a lot of volumes and the quality is excellent. All in all, its supply and demand are well matched. I would have liked the price a bit higher now that we are…

HTK Hamburg focuses on innovative sensor and gas warning technology

Watertight gas sensors for monitoring the ambient air in food production

The use of gases in food production for cooling, freezing and packaging is state of the art today. The use of gases such as nitrogen, carbon dioxide and oxygen increases the demands on personal protection. The reliability of gas warning systems and gas sensors for the safe detection and monitoring of hazardous…

Small plums now graded by AirJet Vision

Within 18 months of its launch, GP Graders AirJet Vision® software has successfully been used to grade seven different fresh produce types, including fresh cherries, maraschino cherries, blueberries, loose grapes, cherry tomatoes, grape tomatoes and now, small plums. Known as Mirabelle or cherry plums,…

Andrej Pieterson (Troostwijk): "For the rest of the year, you could cash in with these machines"

Online fruit and vegetable processing machines auctions taking off

Finding a new home for a melon peeler from North Holland in Tunisia. Or a pre-used carrot slicer getting a second lease on life in Eastern Europe. For Troostwijk Auctions in the Netherlands, this is a piece of cake. Last year, the company organized 394 auctions in the foodstuffs industry. Most of these…

Berwickshire, UK

New sprout packing line installed at Drysdales

Vegetable producer Drysdales has installed a new automated sprout packing line, trying to cope with predicted labour shortages faced by the horticultural sector. As well as swede and leeks the company growers some 900 acres of sprouts each year, making the largest grower of the crop in Europe, and it is…

Colombian students develop a robotic system to classify oranges

Students from the National University of Colombia (UNAL) developed a new robotic system that is capable of automatically classifying oranges according to their size and degree of maturity, through the use of ABB industrial robots and artificial vision techniques. The system was developed as part of a…

Ramzi Amari - Van Amerongen

In Australia and New Zealand there is growing interest in dynamic storage

Van Amerongen specialises in CA/ULO technology for storing fruit and vegetables. The company has been conditioning small and large cold stores across the world for over 40 years and has in-depth knowledge about fruit storage. Van Amerongen has been active in the Australian and New Zealand markets for…

Bas van Hees, VHM Machinery

“A ton of onions uncrated per minute”

“Big bags - we can fill those,” says Bas van Hees, Sales Manager at VHM Machinery. This machine manufacturer is based in the village of Ens in the Noordoostpolder region of the Netherlands. “Several machine manufacturers supply these machines - which can accurately fill bags to the kg - to the market.…

Spain

Tomsystem offers a solution for the staking of crops

A practical demonstration of the TOMSYSTEM machine, a stapler with metal rings for the staking of crops, especially of peppers, cucumbers, and tomatoes, was held on Thursday,…

Italian fruit pitting technology

"Our company specializes in the manufacture of machinery for the food processing industry - pitting machines for peaches, apricots, avocados, pears and apples in particular - and in the design of complete processing lines," explains Biagio Crescenzo, CEO of CTI FoodTech.   Biagio Crescenzo "We are available on all international markets and…

Philippines intent on mechanizing onion production

In order to increase the country’s onion output, the government of the Philippines at this time is working on enhancing locally manufactured machinery. The Philippine Center…

Technology in the Ukrainian blueberry field takes a big step forward

The young Ukrainian company Nikdaria, producer of blueberries under the Iberry brand, has always chosen to focus on innovation. When the need came to include a sorting line in its production chain that could face the market requests, which are always more demanding, Nikdaria chose to rely on consultancy…

Sweeper, the first sweet pepper harvesting robot

In modern greenhouses, there is a high demand for automated labor. The availability of a skilled workforce that accepts repetitive tasks in harsh greenhouse climate conditions is decreasing rapidly. The resulting increase in labour costs and reduced capacity puts major pressure on the competitiveness of…

Orto Bellina

New technologies to monitor fresh-cut products

The Fresca&Pura brand produces fresh-cut organic baby leaves and was launched a little over a year ago by Orto Bellina, a family business set up in 2001. "We have specialized in the production of fresh-cut organic baby leaf salads. We work mainly with the distributor brand but, in late 2018, we launched our…

Stephan Große-Rohde, Orange X-Press: "Others squeeze... we press!"

"No essential oils or bitters in our juice; therefore, a fresher product"

Freshly squeezed orange juice is a breakfast classic, but machines for squeezing large quantities of citrus fruits or juice for self-bottling are becoming increasingly popular in the retail trade and system catering as well. Orange X-Press, a subsidiary of Llombart Handels- und Treuhandgesellschaft, has developed…

Faby Fruchtgroßhandel commissions first sorting robot of its kind in Germany

"With these robots, we can achieve a very uniform, attractive pattern"

Rising labour costs and a simultaneously reduced availability of labour are becoming an increasing problem for producers and marketers in Germany. Processes need to be automated, even for companies that are not yet acutely affected. Faby Fruchtgroßhandel GmbH & Co. has its headquarters in the Alte Land.…

Skillpack introduces carton stretch machine ICE

Fresh produce with different measurements in carton sleeves

Consumer demand for more sustainable packaging with a more responsible, ecological footprint continues to rise. Skillpack is cooperating with its suppliers to meet this demand and has introduced the new cardboard stretch machine: the ICE. With the ICE, Skillpack, thanks to an innovative system that adapts…

Pascal Desessard, ULMA Packaging France:

“Our packaging system reduces the volume of salad bags”

ULMA Packaging has developed the “Tight Bag” packaging system, initially intended for frozen products, fresh herbs and salads. Pascal Desessard, director of ULMA Packaging France, explains that the main advantage of this system is the extraction of air, which helps reduce the volume of the bag. “It makes…

Worldwide Fruit on adopting the PakStation

“Packing operatives couldn’t keep up with the pace and it became quite a bottleneck"

International fruit marketing and distribution company Worldwide Fruit, supplier of quality fruit products to UK supermarkets, has boosted its capacity to load flow wrapped apples into crates while maintaining product integrity. The result is a more efficient end-of-line loading process and increases…

Melbourne preparing to host world-leading phytosanitary irradiation forum

Australia is gearing up to host the world-leading Chapman Phytosanitary Irradiation Forum, in Melbourne next month. It is the only global gathering for all phytosanitary irradiation stakeholders, and a representative of the local hosts, Steritech says a range of growers, researchers, exporters and…

Avoiding breakage or bending when processing asparagus

For the past few years, green asparagus has been leaving its mark on the global market. Although not as popular in the United States, the other two asparagus, white and purple, are quite popular in the European and western Asian market. Demand for asparagus as a whole is steadily increasing. Asparagus…

Induser presents Blue 3R Pack

"We adapted our blueberry packaging machine for sustainable packaging"

The Spanish company Induser, based in the province of Almería, is launching its new packaging machine Blue 3R Pack, which is suitable to work with all types of plastic packaging, as well as with every model of 100% recyclable paper or cardboard packaging. "Some of these packaging formats contain 10-15%…

SalaJoe to go Farm: Salad vending machine to avoid surplus goods at the POS

"Even long-established companies can be 'start-ups' - We want to be innovative

Innovation sometimes comes unexpectedly and small ideas can develop into more than originally thought. Jochen Haubner from the vegetable growing company of the same name in Nuremberg recently discovered this. A "salad vending machine" was his 'crackpot idea ', only to be developed together with a friend…

New integrated sorting system introduced for green bean processing

Key Technology introduced a unique new concept for sorting green beans prior to snipping. This innovative solution removes foreign material (FM) and separates easy-to-snip green beans from hard-to-snip green beans to improve snipping efficiency. Specifically designed for this new insertion point, Key’s…

AGR Augean Robotics: Mechanizing the complete food production process

Charlie Andersen of AGR Augean Robotics has an integrated approach to horti production processes. Rather than replacing humans, AGR’s approach is to alleviate today’s agronomy inefficiencies by augmenting farmhands with mechanical donkeys called Burros. “We are doing something different,” boasts the…

Vicente Requena, MAF RODA Agrobotic:

“Berryscan and Cherryscan: true innovations for the analysis and quality control of blueberries and cherries”

Each year at Fruit Logistica, Hall 4.1 of Messe Berlin is entirely dedicated to machinery. This year, MAF RODA Agrobotic presented several innovating calibrators, including the brand-new Berryway to calibrate blueberries and Cherryway 4 for cherries. Both calibrators were presented equipped with the…

Jongejans Dust Collectors new executive board takes up office

"With the advance of new processing techniques, a cleaner product is increasingly essential"

The Dutch company, Jongejans Dust Collectors, has been under Hugo and Fred Jongejans' leadership for 30 years. On 1 January, these brothers partially handed over the reins to four of their employees. Ronald de Boer, Bart Straathof, Sander Kroon, and Jesse Vonk now form the business' new executive board.…

“More than 20 types of fruit can be peeled with one machine”

This is the first year the automatic peeler manufacturer ASTRA Inc. attends Fruit Logistica. Mr. Ryo Takeshita, the sales manager of the company, was very happy to see that so many international visitors were showing interest in their automatic peeler. The Peel-A-Ton model was ASTRA Inc.’s key focus in the…

BinOculus is B2A's the latest creation

New warehouse management system with 3D simulations

Logistics is both a very complex and delicate process that involves the handling, storage and sorting of goods and it represents one of the most important aspects of a company's production cycle. The B2A company from Rovereto (Trento) attended Fruit Logistica 2020 for the first time and presented BinOculus,…

Lueon launches upgraded dryer for vegetables

The fresh fruits and veg industry is fast developing, especially nowadays when consumers are becoming more and more focused on convenience products, and more companies are looking at processed fruits and vegetables, for example for fresh-cut salads. Established in 2003, Lueon Technologies Co., Ltd. is…

The latest GNA's horizontal packaging machine

"We have created a fast and efficient translating head system"

Each machine is the result of cutting-edge technological research, which guarantees high-quality standards, strength and reliability. "To assure our customers' production is our goal", state Massimiliano Nucci and Gabriella Bolzoni (pictured below) of the Emilian GNA. Gabriella Bolzoni (export sales) and…

New sizing machine proposed by Bulltec

Innovative sizing solutions for courgettes

An easy-to-use calibration, that minimizes, if not completely eliminates, maintenance, while keeping all the required precision and efficiency. This is the goal that Bulltec aims to obtain every time it builds a new machine. And, in this case, the innovation concerns the processing of courgettes.…

Drones used to check compliance activities infested farms

Biosecurity Queensland takes to the sky against Panama TR4

Biosecurity Queensland has called in air support in its war against the biggest threat to Australia’s $580 million banana industry. Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said drones were being used to check compliance activities on farms infested with the soil-borne…

An Australian-based project to increase the use of precision agriculture on vegetable farms

A national project, involving some of Australia's leading farming stakeholders, is focused on improving the adoption of precision agriculture (PA) technologies in vegetable production systems. Queensland's Department for Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) has been leading a Hort Innovation funded project…

Felix Riesenhuber, Jungheinrich

"Digital fork camera offers greater process reliability"

The Dutch company, Jungheinrich, will present a digital fork camera at the Innovations & Highlights 2020 press conference. This camera intelligently scans goods' and shelves' barcodes. This solution is part of the addedVIEW assistance system. "Intelligent Scanning means greater process reliability"This…

Bengaluru - India

Start up builds hi-tech machine that grades ten oranges per second

A Bengaluru-based IT start-up has developed a machine that can grade fruits with high speed. This machine, said to be the country’s first ‘optical fruit grading system’, can grade ten oranges per second, on various parameters, according to Jagadeesh C. Sunkad, who was part of the team that developed the…

University of Florida’s Gulfcoast Research and Education Center

Robot protects strawberry crops from fungus and mold with UV light

Strawberry farmers may soon have the option to 'employ' a robot that uses ultraviolet light to kill certain kinds of fungus and mold. It is under development at the University of Florida’s Gulfcoast Research and Education Center in Wimauma. “It will know where to go, what speed, and what does to apply,”…

Reemoon launches new sorting technology

Fruit sorting is an important part of the fruit industry. Different qualities and sizes attract different kinds of customers. In order to sell well, it is thus important to have a structured sorting process. Established in 2001, Jiangxi Reemoon Technology Holdings Co., Ltd. is one of leading hi-tech…

SYMACH introduces the new generation of palletizing

The SYMACH team will show the new Rotax palletizing head at Fruit Logistica. Now that the first machines with this head are almost in operation, this is the right moment. A video will at their booth will show the concept to those interested. There’s a lot of interest from the market and 7 machines with…

'Futura' presents its latest solutions, for selecting from cherries to mangoes

The newest calibration lines feature sliding and rolling systems

The year 2019 reaffirmed the double-digit growth trend for Futura, a company that produces systems for sorting and calibration. Their latest innovations will be showcased at the trade fair in Berlin. "We expanded our existing portfolio of graders at a technical level," said the manager of the company Omar…

Israeli Kronen department carried out tests in Kehl

Gewa 5000V enables kosher processing of salads and vegetables

Together with Kronen's official representative in Israel, Muskat Technologies Ltd., Kronen has produced two GEWA 5000V PLUS washing machines for a customer near the Israeli city of Kiryat Gat, which are suitable for kosher processing of salads and vegetables. The customer in Israel, company Yevuli Hakfar,…

Harald Jantzen, K-D Hermann LLC contact labelling systems:

"We rely on German-made quality machines for our labelling systems"

Sustainability and environmental protection will remain major issues for the fruit and vegetable sector in 2020 - in Germany and internationally. At Fruit Logistica, which starts on Wednesday in Berlin, many companies will be presenting their new concepts, and packaging solutions will once again be at the…


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