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"We say that this machine is the first of a new generation of peelers"

Forsfood celebrated the Company's 30th anniversary by launching a new generation of peeling machines. The new peeler answers challenges in the peeling process for the 2020s, especially in peeling quality and in capacity. For example, with big products, like sweet potatoes, Forsfood's machines have…

Exploring Bejo's World

"Robots must become the new multi-functional field workers"

The 'Exploring Bejo's World' online event's last day focused on agriculture's future. Pixelfarming Robotics and Farmwise introduced their answer to the question of how to meet the labor shortage. The growing labor shortage means the agribusiness sector is increasingly pursuing automation. Pixelfarming…

Neil Ashton - Packaging Automation

"We have the most advanced and market ready tray sealer"

Over the years there have been continued calls from fruit packers for faster, more efficient tray sealing machines and now one UK company has come up with the technology to do this. Packaging Automation has been in the business for close to 60 years and has a lot of experience in designing and…

An Iranian company, Samiran Salamat Co, has chosen the Italian Futura srl

Major Iranian apple exporter invests in new technologies for the apple sector

In Iran, the apple sector is growing rapidly, and so is the need for sorting lines to reach a greater number of foreign markets. Thus, the Iranian company Samiran Salsmat purchased a processing line capable of sorting 10 tons of apples per hour from the Italian company Futura. The line was delivered and…

Finefield lauded for new blueberry harvester

Dutch Innovation Award is company's first step to becoming global market leader

The Dutch company, Finefield's latest harvester is called the Harvy 500. This machine has been nominated for the Horst aan de Maas Entrepreneurial Award's Innovation Award. "Sadly, due to the new [COVID-19] measures, this award ceremony was postponed. So we'll have to wait a little longer to see if we've…

NUST MISIS engineers create a street robot for healthy fast food

NUST MISIS engineers together with Karfidov Lab have developed a working prototype of a vending machine for preparing healthy dishes. The device cooks dishes from vegetables and cereals in 30-60 seconds, which are suitable for those who live a healthy lifestyle or suffer from allergies and other specific…

New QUBIK transplanter for pressed cubes

After the official presentation at EIMA in Bologna, Checchi&Magli has officially started the commercialization of the new QUBIK transplanter. The machine, designed for a highly-professional use, enables an increased productivity when transplanting pressed cubes and, on the Italian market, it meets the…

Customer focus keeping Australian manufacturer ahead of the pack

For almost 75 years, edp Australia has been meeting the exacting standards of its customers. Its fresh fruit and vegetable preparation and packaging machinery is proudly…

Efficient loading of vacuum bags in crates and pallet boxes

Lan Handling automates potato packing lines

Lan Handling Technologies, located in the Netherlands, has started automating two packaging lines for an internationally operating potato producer. It concerns the efficient loading and palletizing of vacuum-packed potato bags of 5 kg and 10 kg. Crates and pallet boxesIn the fully automated system, both…

Crux Agribotics presents SortiPack® Chicory

To efficiently weigh, sort and pack chicory in a system, Crux Agribotics developed a new SortiPack®. Typically, that process is currently done by many human hands and is prone to too much give-away weight. SortiPack assesses the individual chicory with computer vision and through weighing. The software…

Summary of HEPRO Ltd on expoSE 2021

New vertical peeling machine well received by the asparagus sector

HEPRO® has developed another version of the HEPRO-1800 for the 2022 season, presenting it for the first time at the expoSE 2021 asparagus and berry fair in Karlsruhe. "The fair has shown us again that a large number of growers are now switching to the unique vertical peeling system. Many customers have…

Machines at Work secures investment to develop transformative automation solutions for horticulture

Machines at Work Limited announced it has raised its first external investment with the Sievwright Investment Entity. The funds will be used to accelerate development of the…

Mechanical weeding conquers Russia and Ukraine

Alessandro Calderoni, owner of Calderoni Rolando, a company based in Forlì and specializing in the manufacturing of equipment for mechanical weeding, has reported how Eastern European countries are increasingly projected towards sustainable fruit cultivation with a limited used of chemicals, favoring…

Pack TTI / VegHands dealer for DARI harvesters in the Netherlands and Germany

Harvester for leafy crops and herbs works more than ten hours on one battery charge

Pack TTI / VegHands has recently become official dealer for DARI harvesters in the Netherlands and Germany. The DARI Ell-E is a fully electric zero-impact harvester designed for harvesting leafy crops and herbs. "The Ell-E can be used in the greenhouse and in the open field and is easy to manoeuvre thanks to…

With Greefa CombiSort

Twin Creeks greenhouse packing 7 T peppers per hour

“We take a lot of pride in our operations. For our packing line, we had other companies price out systems but the features of the Greefa system made the difference for us,” says Mike Cornelissen of Twin Creeks Greenhouse in Watford, ON. 40 acresTwin Creeks Greenhouse has been producing peppers since 2017,…

Online auction of crate wash installation

Troostwijk Auctions organizes an online auction of a complete crate washing installation of Agrarisch Logistiek Centrum IJsselmuiden due to renovation. Until Monday November 29 bids can be placed on among others: 2x Nufama crate washing installation, Nufama pallet dispenser, ULO refrigerated lifting and sliding…

Società Egiziaca

Mechanization makes the difference when it comes to crop planning

"We have to deal with the lack of labor every day, so we have adjusted our plans with other products that enable the whole production process to be mechanized, converting strawberry and bell pepper crops into fresh-cut crops," reports Maria Pezone, technician from Società Egiziaca. "Between October and May,…

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Agricultural robots on the march

Agriculture robots are getting deployed to do farming work, from seeding and harvesting to plant inspection. These robots use specially designed grippers and 3D cameras to determine which crops are ripe. Artificial intelligence helps machines learn to harvest. According to Research and Markets, the agricultural robots market is…

Presenting fruit peeling machines with proven reliability

"Five years ago, the melon and pineapple peeler mod. PL4D was born, thus doubling the production capacity and maintaining the same standards of reliability and safety compared to our previous models," said Virginia Cascella, export manageress of PND. Melania Di Prisco (administration manageress) and Virginia…

British convenience food manufacturer uses three processing lines with UVC-Lock disinfection

A British coleslaw and ready meal manufacturer has recently installedKronen´s UVC Lock lines in its food processing production to ensure the vegetables are in a hygienic condition before the next processing steps e.g. peeling carrots or cutting cabbage and onions*. This results in the surface of up to…

Unique in Europe:

Colruyt washes crates for fruit and vegetables itself thanks to brand new crate wash

Colruyt Lowest Prices recently installed a brand new crate washing installation that washes 17,000 crates of fruit and vegetables every hour. This installation, which was developed by the company's own teams in consultation with Euro Pool System (EPS), is unique in Europe and ensures a shorter transport…

Neubauer Automation OHG presents its Espaso asparagus sorting machine:

"This year, we sold our 1000th machine"

Neubauer Automation has been active in the automation of processes for 20 years and is the world market leader for fully automatic asparagus sorting machines. Particularly popular is the Espaso asparagus sorting machine, which has already been purchased by 1000 customers worldwide. We spoke to Fátima…

Julia Baumanns (Microsoft) and Tobias Fausch (BayWa) with Keeling's Knowledge

Artificial intelligence and process automation in the fresh produce industry

In a webinar hosted by Keelings Knowledge, Julia Baumanns, Technical Delivery Manager at Microsoft, and Tobias Fausch, CIO at BayWa, talked about future technologies in the fresh produce industry. Baumanns leads a pan-European team working on digital transformation, while Fausch works in sustainable…

Robotic harvesting proves cost-effective in Fieldwork Robotics’ trials

In the UK, the need for automating the delicate harvesting of soft fruits is starting to become more acute. Fieldwork Robotics has developed a robotic raspberry harvester, and the company is running trials with selected growers on a harvesting as a service basis. Rui Andres, CEO of Fieldwork Robotics,…

Muddy Machines: Aparagus harvesting robot might combat UK labor problems

The UK asparagus industry is threatened by a shortage of pickers. Tech start-up Muddy Machines has developed an automated harvesting platform capable of distinguishing between…

"This sorting robot packs our beef tomatoes much more uniformly and consistently"

A&G van den Bosch, a grower of beef tomatoes in The Netherlands, has deployed a complete robotic line for automated grading, sorting, and packing of its beef tomatoes. In the recent year, the family-owned grower worked closely together with Crux Agribotics to deploy SortiPack for beef tomatoes. In this…

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Netherlands

SortiPack® for beef tomatoes deployed at A&G van den Bosch

In 2020, family grower A&G van den Bosch worked closely with Crux Agribotics to deploy the complete robotic system, SortiPack®, for beef tomatoes.  A&G van den Bosch has deployed a SortiPack® Robotic system from Crux Agribotics with seven robots handling up to 20.000 beef tomatoes and 14 sorting classes simultaneously…

Tomra Food demonstrates potato sorting machine at BP2021

Tomra Food, a manufacturer of sensor-based sorting machines for the food industry, has announced that it will run machine demonstrations at BP2021, the UK-based potato industry event, later this month. Visitors to the two-day biennial exhibition (Yorkshire Event Centre, Harrogate, November 24th/25th)…

FPC Future - Robotics and automation pre-farmgate

When will we see fleets of robots working in the fields?

Labor, or the lack of it, is a hot topic in the industry, and this, among other things, is pushing automation in the fields, glasshouses, and orchards, as well as in packhouses and down to the end consumers. This does raise the question of how far are advanced are we with robots taking up manual jobs? At…

Machine supplier Hepro Ltd continues to expand

"Trade in peeling machines is rapidly expanding internationally"

The order books are full. With our growing product range of  asparagus, carrot and pineapple peeling machines and all the peripherals, we are currently receiving many national and international orders," Christoph Wolter reports. "I believe that the minimum wage increase of +25% under discussion is certainly…

Three portal units handle new seed threshing line's boxes beautifully

What are you getting yourself into? That is what a breeding company production manager's co-workers thought when he said he wanted to automate all crate logistics. At this particular location, seeds are threshed from the plant, so the incoming crates are filled with plants still bearing seeds. "It was…

Zespri - Qrious collaboration

New data tool indicates optimal harvest times for kiwifruit

If kiwifruit is harvested at the optimal moment, it would better survive shipping and get to market looking and tasting great, says Zespri chief digital officer Dave Scullin.…

Successful pilot with long-range drone in the port of Rotterdam

Last week, a section of the quay at the Yangtze Canal was transformed into a drone port to demonstrate a long-range drone from the Dutch company Avy. Several drone flights were carried out during the week above the Amaliahaven, Arianehaven and Alexiahaven. Tests were also carried out on the camera used…

The Bolzano-based company Top Control presented its MHP 3000

Italian Top Control company celebrates 30 years with a new successful weigher

The 2021 fairs went well, and the feedback was positive. Expectations are therefore high for 2022, with the fairs in Berlin, Rimini and Madrid. The Italy-based company Top Control, which specializes in weighing systems, has met Italian and foreign customers at the fair. Founded in 1991 by Michael…

AID machines have been selling worldwide for decades

Frost-proof fans against uncertain weather

Climate change is causing unexpected and particularly violent weather events which is why farmers need to protect their crops. If they are affected by even a single frost, their investments and harvests can be wiped out. Antifreeze fan AID, a company that has been a world leader in the design and construction…

Fruit-picking robot-maker Dogtooth gets backing from prominent investors

A fruit-picking robotics business which has seen growing demand as a result of labour shortages in the agricultural sector will next week unveil a multimillion pound fundraising involving prominent venture capital investors. Sky News understands that Dogtooth Technologies, which was founded in 2015 by…

Americans love stand-up pouches

There is a growing demand for pouches. In the United States, especially, stand-up pouches are more popular than ever. At the beginning of this year, the Dutch company Manter installed a weighing and packaging line at McDougall and Sons in America. In a relatively small area, they can now simultaneously pack different amounts of…

JBT acquires Urtasun Tecnología Alimentaria S.L.

JBT Corporation, a global technology solutions provider to high-value segments of the food and beverage industry, announced today it has acquired Urtasun Tecnología…

Yamato:

Japan: Semi-automated weigh system cuts costs and allows more efficiency

“We still see a lot of manual labor, which decreases production efficiency, producing inconsistent yields and increasing labor costs," the Yamato team says.  In the food processing industry, there are easy-to-damage, fragile, and sticky products that are difficult to weigh automatically. In reality, a fixed…

Smaller version of the Basic Washer machine presented

Machine builder Unifortes presents a new machine: the Basic Washer: UNI-BW150.60. It is a suitable washer for smaller operations for the food processing and other industries. With key features of the ‘Industrial Series’ this model is not inferior to its bigger brother. "It is perfect for lower capacities,…

Matthias Kinzel, signatory at Strauss Verpackungsmaschinen Ltd:

"Strauss asparagus processing machines simplify work processes"

Strauss Verpackungsmaschinen Ltd has been designing and manufacturing machines for weighing, sorting, packaging and harvesting asparagus and other fruits and vegetables since 1996. Among others, signatory Matthias Kinzel will be present at the expoSE on 17 and 18 November 21. He spoke with us about the…

Bagioni Technology

Harvest and yields always under control with technology 4.0

In Italy, agriculture 4.0 has been pushed by state incentives while, abroad, it is considered more for what it is, i.e. a business improvement. When it comes to asparagus harvesters, Bagioni Technology was one of the first to equip its solutions with control units connected to a company server or…

Project Service & Produktion GmbH and Sgorbati Group intensify cooperation

Giuseppe Sgorbati, General Manager at Sgorbati Group, and Gianluigi Sgorbati, Business Development Manager, visited their partner Project Service & Produktion GmbH at their HQs in NorthRhine-Westphalia / Germany, having an extensive exchange with André Vois, Product Key Account Manager, and Johannes…

Logistics warehouse dedicated to e-commerce activities

Photo report: Carrefour's order preparation platform robotized by Exotec

Taken over by Carrefour in 2016 as part of its e-commerce strategy, the Plessis-Pâté warehouse in the French department of Essonne covers an area of 24,000 m². With the increase of drive-in purchases, Carrefour decided to robotize its platform in 2016 with the help of the Exotec start-up, a designer of…

UN Climate Change Conference COP26, Glasgow, from 31 October 2021

University of Lincoln to showcase Net Zero Robotic Farming at COP26

With an estimated 37% of the world's greenhouse gasses being produced by the agri-food industry, the UK Government has selected the University of Lincoln, to share with COP26 its cutting-edge robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) technology which is influencing the future of sustainable food…

Robotic salad vending machine introduced in Orlando

EnjoyRise, based in Orlando, has introduced a robotic machine that allows users to customize salad bowls with base offerings and toppings, according to a report from the…

A laser to protect Italian top quality products from fraud and imitations

Food safety is often intertwined with fraud in fruit and vegetables and overall, in the agri-food industry. Those who have the most to lose are the companies that produce premium products and pay a high price for the quality of their products. In this context, Italian farms are at greatest risk, because…

FIRA becomes World FIRA

The 6th edition of FIRA switches to hybrid mode

From December 7 to 9, 2021, at the Diagora Convention and Exhibition Center in Labège, near Toulouse, France, the 6th edition of FIRA, the agricultural robotics exhibition, will take place. Organized by the GOFAR association (Global Organisation For Agricultural Robotics), FIRA is the event that brings…

De Jong Packaging has new Valmet IQ Quality Control system

"This improves our capability to deliver quality on time"

In 2020, De Jong Packaging invested in a Valmet IQ Corrugator Quality Control System. Combining precise online moisture, temperature, and warp measurements together with reliable closed-loop controls and moisturizers, Valmet IQ stabilizes raw material and process variations to optimize both process…

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Soft Robotics might tackle farm labor issues

A generation of new robots, developed in Europe, that use photonics to detect a fruit is entering the field. This type of robot is made of malleable materials such as silicone…

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Quebec company wants to commercialize broccoli harvesting robot

Lapalme Mechanical Design is preparing to commercialize its SAMI (for système agricole multifonctionnel intelligent or intelligent multifunctional agricultural system) machine next summer. The device consists of a farm tractor pushing a machine where robotic arms are installed on both sides, picking…

MAF Roda

Blueberry automatic multi-format filling machines that are more precise and take better care of the fruit

End consumers are paying more and more attention to the packaging used in the products they buy. For example, they prefer containers that are easy to transport or are self-sealing. These aspects can increase the value of a product in the market. As a great market connoisseur, MAF Roda can offer its…

Anti-icing fans entirely produced in Italy by AID - Oranfresh

Planning ahead to prevent spring frosts

The spring frosts of 2021 affected several regions in northern Italy, reducing summer fruit production by half and, in some cases, totally destroying it. Farmers have for some time now taken steps to equip themselves with anti-freeze fans that can protect crops from frequent devastating frosts. Antifreeze…

Astra introduces the new mango peeler model

“We aim to help retailers boost sales of ready-to-eat fruits”

Although the price of ready-to-eat mangos is a bit more expensive than fresh raw fruits, market demand is still increasing in many regions. This trend brings a market opportunity for Astra, an innovative Japanese producer of peelers. A compact mango peeler with high efficiencyRyo Takeshita is the sales manager…

Plant & Food Research

Scientists develop accurate and inexpensive method of measuring kiwifruit color.

Plant & Food Research scientists develop accurate and inexpensive method of measuring kiwifruit color. They modified the ‘Cube’, a portable color digitizer device developed by…

Fincas Bethengara opts for the automation of herb and sprout packaging

Fincas Bethengara, a cooperative society engaged in farming in the south of Tenerife has added a VTI 440 vertical packaging machine to its production line, allowing it to increase productivity and efficiency.ULMA's solution consists of a feed and inspection belt which is operated with a single operator,…

Jaime Mendizabal, commercial director of Maf Roda:

"Investing in automation is key for Spain to cope with increasing competition from third countries"

Producing and marketing companies have been investing more in process automation and the implementation of new technologies for sorting and grading fruit since the advent of COVID-19, in the face of personnel restrictions. The Spanish fruit and vegetable sector is facing increasing pressure from third…

Martignani is a leading company in Italy and exports all over the world. Video below.

Agriculture 4.0 also in the field of sprayers

"My father Claudio, an engineer, was among the first researchers in the field of electrostatic charging and low volumes for sprayers 40 years ago. Even in the 1980s he was thinking about what we now call zero residue. We are now continuing on this path, applying all the latest technologies, including…

NeoFarm concept offers sustainable agricultural practices

‘RoboCrop’ could take over repetitive tasks on small-scale farms

A pilot scheme using a robot to take the hard graft out of market gardening could be a solution to labor shortages in the sector. The machine in question, which runs on rails…

Leafy vegetable desander makes for effective desanding

Lamb’s lettuce is rapidly gaining popularity in Europe. Harvesting it often involves a large amount of sand, which clogs processing equipment and impacts overall product quality. Sormac has the solution to remove sand before it enters the product flow. Following several pilot tests, the new leafy…

Liquidseal now offers a total solution with an application machine

'One and One makes three'

Recently Liquidseal has launched the option to rent an application machine. This allows their shelf-life-extending coating to be applied. First they had Liquidseal, now they offer Liquidseal plus a machine. In the past, Liquidseal was typically applied to fruit and vegetables in the country of origin. But now the company is taking…

Using artificial intelligence to optimize the fruit and vegetable production process

If the supply chain is to adapt to market demands for quality fruit and vegetables, it must embrace innovative technologies that help to meet the growing expectations of consumers for the fresh produce market. Product Design Q Eye Biometic, a leader in quality solutions for the fruit and vegetable industry,…

Agriplast

Machines create recycled plastic films

Agriplast is a company that produces plastic films for the Italian agricultural and horticultural industry. They are currently using 7 and 5 layer blown film systems and the entire chain is controlled by IT systems.  "Our machines are not only concerned with the quality aspect of the product, they also influence environmental…

Organic fruit growers, Gino van Acker and Koen van Eijkeren:

"The plots with the mobile night frost machines have noticeably better fruit set"

Night frost is every fruit grower's worst nightmare. It is reason enough to invest in the FrostFans mobile night frost machine. Gino van Acker and Koen van Eijkeren did just that. This mobile night frost machine works by pulling down the warm air from the inversion layer. It then mixes with the cold air…

Penn State research Penn State University

Novel lighting system created for agri-robot machine vision

An innovative camera system, using active lighting, has been devised by Penn State researchers. It  may be a crucial step in developing machine vision systems that allow robotic…

For CAD $0.75 per share - in all cash deal

AgJunction Enters into arrangement agreement to be acquired by KUBOTA Corporation

AgJunction Inc., a global provider of advanced guidance, autosteering, and autonomy solutions for precision agriculture applications, today announced that it has entered into…

Multilingual communication is essential at an international scale

Italian PND fruit peeling and cutting machines requested in Central and South America

In the last three years, the processing of fruit and vegetables in Central and South America has seen a strong development. The Italian company PND, which specializes in the manufacturing of machines for peeling and cutting fruit, has sold 55 machines in Peru, 45 in Mexico, 15 in Costa Rica and about 20…

Rovema Benelux presents Innotech Revo 3800 at Interpom Kortrijk in Belgium:

"These are the latest potato packaging novelties"

This spring, Rovema Benelux acquired Innotech and packaging company Prins Verpakkingstechniek. "That's tremendously increased our chances of offering our customers suitable solutions. For example, a worldwide team of approximately 750 people has been added. They have a wealth of experience and technical…

Online machinery auction for the processing industry

Troostwijk Auctions is holding an online auction of machinery for the processing industry.  These come from Duynie Feed who have updated their plant. You can bid until Thursday, October 28th. These include a Flottweg belt filter press, Ventilex fluid bed dryer, chamber filter press, pellet press, Urschel vegetable processor,…

Kronen:

"The first ever Online Customer Days proved to be a success"

The first-ever virtual Customer Days have been a success for Kronen GmbH. Eleven workshops with subsequent question and answer sessions and over 60 open as well as individual live machine demonstrations were held. Of the over 270 participants from around 40 countries who registered for the Customer Days,…

Huge rise in vending machine sales

Digitalization is increasingly creating possibilities for the use of vending machines. This is an easy way for growers to market products via a short-chain. And these days, vending machines are increasingly finding their way into cities too.  "Agricultural businesses have always been one of our important, sizeable…

Pulsemaster

Reducing water use by more than 100,000 l per day

McCain Foods Tasmania installs Pulsemaster PEF-tech innovation

McCain Foods has installed state-of-the-art tech in the form of a Pulsed Electric Field (PEF) generator. It is part of the company’s latest upgrade to its Smithton plant in Tasmania. The PEF generator is another example of McCain’s commitment to producing more with less, as the $1.8 million project,…

Dutch company working on an apple picking robot, the Pluk-o-trak

Technology companies across the globe are in a race. Who will bring the first apple picking robot to market? The Netherlands, too, is taking part in that race. On Sunday, Han Smits of Munckhof Fruit Tech Innovators presented a picking robot prototype. His company is working on it. That was on Nieuwsuur,…

New sensor technologies:

Measuring sugar levels in cherries using an infrared meter

Agriculture Victoria recently tested a new portable handheld infrared meter (HIKARi 16) that non-destructively measures sugar levels in fresh cherries. Comparisons were made with a refractometer that requires destruction of the fruit to obtain a juice sample. Laboratory results showed that the infrared…

New prototype lettuce harvester could cut manual labor by 50%

An Agri-EPI project, established to solve the problem of crippling labor shortages in the fresh produce sector, could bring mechanical lettuce harvesting another step closer.…

A cleaner handling process and finished product for Bowa onions

Dust and waste — they are uninvited but unavoidable guests in the onion hall. Good extraction helps, but more is needed to achieve an optimal working environment. That’s why onion sorter Bowa invested in a completely new dust extraction installation. Jozé and Sjoerd in front of the new installetion at…

BYD shows 100% zero-emissions forklifts

With the unique BYD Iron-Phosphate Battery at the heart of each of its products, BYD forklifts enhance a business’s green credentials whilst also offering significant cost savings and operation benefits. Furthermore, BYD Iron-Phosphate Batteries come with the most advance design, highest levels of safety…

Intelligent weight solution and punnet pack displayed in Madrid

“We work for your results”: the payoff encloses the core essence of Unitec Group, that this year as well will be attending Fruit Attraction, scheduled to be held in Madrid on 5-7 October. UNITEC will present its latest news, which are the result of a know-how gained in 97 years of history and the Group’s…

NFO

Continues picking during crate change

First for Pluto harvester

The Pluto harvester was publicly demonstrated for the first time on Wednesday, September 29. That was at the Van Rossum Fruit in the Netherlands. So reports the Netherlands Fruits Growers' Organization (NFO). Agricom had previously demonstrated a Pluto prototype at an NFO trade show. It has since optimized the machine further.…

Latest version of Haith’s Rota-Tip to launch at British Potato 21

With over 170 machines sold, Haith’s Rota-tip range is the potato industry’s most popular box tippler, and visitors to this year’s British Potato will be the first to see the next generation of the class-leading machine. The Rota-tip PRO, which has had a patent application granted, will take centre stage…

Partnership provides weigh-fill machines for US & Mexican blueberry industry

WECO is excited to announce its partnership with Azcaval Packaging Engineering of Seville, Spain, to provide the blueberry industry with state-of-the-art weigh and fill machines. WECO will sell and service the new weigh-fill machines with its existing and expanded service team out of its eight U.S.…

A manufacturer from Italy who specializes in mulchers and cutters

Surge in export costs and a new website for Calderoni

The first months of the year 2021 saw an increase in sales for Calderoni Rolando, a historical manufacturer from Forlì, Italy, who specializes in mulchers and cutters. "France, Spain, Algeria and Russia are the countries where we have increased our sales the most. However, the demand has also been higher…

Burro raises $10.9 mln series A to accelerate commercialization of its collaborative robot platform

Burro, formerly known as Augean Robotics, an autonomy company providing solutions for the agriculture industry, today announced it has raised a $10.9 million Series A. The round was led by S2G Ventures and Toyota Ventures, with F-Prime Capital and the Cibus Enterprise Fund joining, along with existing…

Future Acres to collaborate with Sun World International and expand advisory board

Future Acres – a startup bringing sustainable agricultural robotics to the farm industry in order to optimize workforce efficiency and safety – has announced a collaboration…

Huntapac Produce

Europe’s largest carrot farmer turns to automated processing

Preston-based Huntapac Produce has been laying the groundwork to boost its automation packing efficiency, as it harvests root crops from 4,000 acres a year. The majority of…

EcoMark

Natural branding in the conventional sector

Natural branding is being used more and more in the organic sector. Primarliy used for ecological reasons, it is now also being used for economic reasons in the conventional sector. The reduction of plastic packaging is steadily progressing. Packaging organic produce or putting stickers on it to…

Company ‘retrofits’ existing infrastructure in farming operations

Blue White Robotics raises $37 million in Series B for autonomous farming

Blue White Robotics, a ‘robot-as-a-service’ (RaaS) platform for autonomous systems, has announced that it has raised $37 million in a Series B round led by Insight Partners.…

Great offer of fruit and vegetable processing machinery

Industrial Auctions is organising a great number of interesting auctions for the food and beverage industry. The online auction in Kapelle offers machinery such as; cutters, slicers, sorting and batching machines, separators, graders, multihead weighers, filling machines, centrifuges, and many more…

Port of Antwerp carries out unique trials of small, unmanned aircraft

Drones are playing an increasingly important role in coordinating safety within the complex port environment. That is the reason why Port of Antwerp carried out unique trials involving a ‘fixed-wing’ drone this week. The fact it can fly at high altitude and has a very powerful camera enables the craft to…

A proposal by Consorzi Agrari d'Italia for a green revolution

Robotic weed control is a reality

Mechanical weeding carried out automatically, without an operator, with a margin of error of 1.5 cm. Its name is Dino, and it is a reality, not a prototype. It can be purchased from the Italian agricultural consortia Consorzi Agrari d'Italia (Cai), and a practical demonstration was held on Wednesday 22…

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…


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