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Florida strawberry farmers use robots to pick fruit & control mildew

Florida strawberry growers are investing heavily in robots to pick their crops and control disease, partly in response to declining farm laborer numbers. Strawberry farmer Gary Wishnatzki has been developing robotic picking machines, named Berry, for seven years. And the University of Florida's…

Unique Australian technology cleaning cool room storages and improving food quality

A unique Australian-developed atmosphere management technology system is proving to be very popular throughout the horticulture sector, with substantial growth in on-farm use across many regions nationally and overseas. Airofresh is a patented highly intense oxidation module, driven by light, and…

New Zealand: Better AI's mean that 'robocrops' are coming

In New Zealand, as is the case everywhere, the main impediments to adoption of technology are cost, access, and expertise. However, whether it's robotics or artificial intelligence (AI), adoption of new technology is usually quite high; provided, of course, it makes a tangible difference to the…

Canadian company showcases waterless produce washing system

Clean Works promotes waterless fresh produce washing

Clean Works, based in Beamsville, Ontario, has invented a process to clean fresh produce without using water. Using ultraviolet light and vaporised hydrogen peroxide, the company claims the 30 second process kills 99% of dangerous pathogens. The company also says it increases the shelf life of produce by…

Thomas Foods International Fresh Produce

South Australia: High-tech hub fast-tracks premium potato processing

Thomas Foods International Fresh Produce from Virginia, South Australia, has installed a world-first Spectrim potato grading line as part of enhancements to its Penfield…

Cimcorp enters Russian distribution market and aims to boost grocery freshness

In response to growing demand for increased speed in fresh produce logistics, leading automation supplier, Cimcorp, is entering the Russian distribution market. Being…

OC Verhulst and Mooij Agro

Newly designed VaccTek Condenser Dryer

Two Dutch companies, OC Verhulst and Mooij Agro, have brought the VaccTek® Condenser Dryer to new heights. OC Verhulst has been manufacturing air treatment units for many years. They found their sales and support partner for the VaccTek® Condenser Dryer in Mooij Agro. The VaccTek® Condenser Dryer is the…

Robots on wheels to compose pallets

Robot manufacturer Boston Dynamics published a YouTube video showing two Handle robots working in a warehouse completely autonomously: one transfers a few boxes from the shelves to a pallet, while the other moves them from the shelves to a conveyor belt. The machines look like ostriches with two legs…

US: Strawberry experts share latest advances at Cal Poly summit

Wednesday, as part of the Second Automation Summit at the university, the California Strawberry Commission teamed up with the Cal Poly Strawberry Center to talk about the future of strawberry production. The all-day conference focused on the latest advances in production automation. Experts discussed…

Strauss supplies asparagus sorting machines, weighing machines, packaging machines and harvesting aids

"Only the harvesting of asparagus needs to be done by hand"

For more than 20 years, Strauss Verpackungsmaschinen has been producing asparagus sorting machines, weighing machines, packaging machines and, for five years, harvesting aids for asparagus. At the moment, the preparation for this year's season is in full swing. In parts of Europe, harvesting had already…

'The Bin Eater'

KT20 ‘Bin Eater’ in action

The KT20 was designed by Lüttich Ingenieure for ‘transport level 1’; between orchard and box handling areas or direct to the warehouse. The machine can continuously pick up big bins in the orchards and deposit them at the transhipment point. In the reverse process, the machine can pick up empty boxes at the terminal and leave…

Bidding begins for machinery and inventory of apple processor Delipom

Apple processor Delipom has decided to halt all of its activities. The machinery and inventory of the production location in Benschop will be auctioned by Industrial Auctions on 4 April. Delipom performed the process from start to finish. All machines from input bunker, dividing station, peeling and…

AU: Federal Budget delivers funding for horticulture producers to expand export potential

Australian horticulture growers will share in $29.4 million worth of measures that target sectors with high export growth potential. The Coalition government handed down the first Federal Budget surplus on Tuesday night in nearly a decade ($7.1billion), with many “sweeteners” for voters ahead of an…

Soloves dust, skin, and sealing smoke problem

Extraction solution for potato and onion packer, Awex, in Poland

Over the years, Jongejans Luchttechniek has become a household name for extraction systems in the agricultural sector. These systems are developed in the Netherlands and then installed, worldwide, at many growers and packing companies. Issues with dust and skins are then resolved. Recently, Jongejans…

Frutmac solutions to speed up crate opening

Thanks to its 50 years of experience in the food packaging sector, Frutmac managed to reach yet another objective by speeding up the opening of folding crates. The machine to open plastic folding crates is a part of the Boxer range. It is suitable for all the most popular 400x 600 mm crates. Changing to…

China: Migrant worker exodus creates demand for drone pilots to help farmers

Zhu Beibei has his own company with a team of 30 drone pilots and he pulls in 3 million yuan (US$45,000) a year helping farmers in China spray weed killer. Demand for agricultural drone pilots has risen as the technology matures, enabling a skilled operator to cover more acreage than human effort ever…

New Zealand: World-first robotic apple picker could help labour shortage

Down a dusty road west of Napier, a screeching robot makes the sound of a world-first commercial apple picking robot, operating in a T&G Global apple orchard. The robot could have major ramifications for New Zealand's fruit-picking industry, which nearly every year in recent memory has experienced a…

Zummo

New juicer - the Z40 Nature Adapt

Zummo has presented its new improved version of the Z40 Nature, which replaces the previous one, and whose main addition is its tray-tap. With the Zummo exclusive tray-tap, the company provides its machines with a double functionality: Fixed Mode and Self Service Mode. With the former, the Z40 will…

Tobi Seeobst and Bareiss Prüfgerätebau develop pulp strength measuring device

Monitoring fruit ripeness with modern measuring technology

Bringing fruit into the market at exactly the right level of maturity poses major challenges for the entire supply chain. But that's exactly what the customer wants: fruit, ready to eat. This same fruit, however, should not ever be overripe. Ensuring the right ripeness at all times is a process that can…

Herbex II by Ortomec, the new electrical harvester for lamb's lettuce

Ortomec , a company capable of adapting its machinery to the various needs of its clients in different countries with completely different soils, has launched the new Herbex II lamb's lettuce harvester. "The new system harvests plants via metal shafts that lift, clean and take the produce from the soil…

Marcel Bennink, ENGIE:

“Condensation drying technique might not be like a hospital, but it is like a nursing home”

Although ENGIE Refrigeration doesn’t exactly have a past in the onion sector, the company does have years of experience in cooling techniques. Some years ago, the company introduced a condensation drying technique to the onion sector, and according to Marcel Bennink that was a bull’s-eye. “We gained this…

Onion peeler results in reduction of workforce

Last year, the new head office of Düpmann GmbH & Co. KG arose in Borgholzhausen, Germany. The company supplies the German food industry with various processed vegetables, including peeled, and cut if so desired, onions, as well as bell peppers, carrots, courgettes, cucumbers and leek, in cubes,…

Produce crops now set to benefit from heat treatment expansion

A California-based company is continuing to expand its thermaculture heat treatment system into the fresh produce industry. Agrothermal Systems was founded in 2007 and for the past decade has been using heat treatment technology on wine grapes in order to significantly reduce the incidence of pests,…

Automation technology company introduces new software for digital sorter

Key Technology, a member of the Duravant family of operating companies, has introduced its new Sort-to-Grade® (STG) software for VERYX ® digital sorters. The patented STG software, which the company says has been field proven for potato strips, is now available for more food sorting applications…

Derreck Bac on Sormac’s machines:

“With this peeling machine we can process a lot of sizes”

Springfresh is a Polish company with a Dutch owner: Derreck Bac. The son of a grower decided to start the vegetable processing company about 13 years ago. They process vegetables for the fresh consumption. As of 2016, they’ve been working with the machines of Sormac, and Derreck is satisfied with these.…

Ethylene delays sprouting in onions and potatoes

The British company Restrain has been developing ethylene generators since 2003, and they rent these to tomato, onion and potato growers throughout the season. The generators, equipped with technology developed in the Netherlands, are now sold in 36 countries. The operation of the system is relatively…

Autonomous harvest robot for asparagus ready to start in April

Arno van Lankveld, who grew up on an asparagus farm and who is the manager and large shareholder of AvL Motion from Westerbeek, the Netherlands, knows the needs of this sector like no other. His company developed a robot to harvest asparagus. This innovation will be ready to start for the new asparagus…

An automatic machine to salt sun-dried tomatoes

One of the most important phases in the drying of tomatoes is salting. It has always been done by hand, in a coarse way and without precise criteria, with the final quality not always living up to expectations. Click below and watch the video! From now on, salting can be carried out in a uniform and…

HEPRO GmbH creates 'unique shopping experience' with a new pineapple peeling line

"In 2020 more than 200 systems are to be placed in the market"

The shopping experience at the point of sale is becoming an increasingly important factor for today's consumer. As a result, new opportunities and approaches to trade arise here. Production of products on-site in the store is increasingly dominating the events in the retail sector. HEPRO GmbH - market…

The Greenery takes packing robot into use

The Greenery recently starting using a robotized packaging machine. This robot was put to use in their Retail Distribution Centre in Barendrecht, the Netherlands. The machine will process a large assortment of sealed products according to specific programming. The first production runs were made this…

New tray tipper automates fruit delivery into KATO260 blueberry sorter

BBC Technologies, part of TOMRA Food, and a global leader in turnkey solutions for sorting, packing and optimizing small fruit, extends its turnkey blueberry line with the new Tray Tipper, which automates delivery of the fruit into its industry-defining KATO260 sorter, optimizing its performance. The new…

Düpmann company puts high-tech processing line into operation

"Compact MOP-200 system represents great efficiency and extreme hygiene"

Last year, the new headquarters of Düpmann GmbH & Co. KG was moved to Borgholzhausen. The company supplies the German food industry with a wide variety of freshly processed vegetable products. These include peeled and custom-cut onions and peppers, carrots, zucchini, cucumbers, leeks, etc. These can…

MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory

Delicate-looking robot gripper can lift 100 times its own weight

Daniela Rus is a professor at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). The latest work from her team at MIT is a robot gripper that’s designed to pick up objects, but its looks are unconventional, to say the least. Visually, it has more in common with a rubber tulip or a…

Harvest robot expected 2021

Packing robot delivered June 2018

Before the first harvest robot drives through the greenhouses, millions of cucumbers will still be manually picked. However, robots are already working in packing and sorting. Beltech is one of the companies focused on the development of a harvest robot, but the company has already delivered a packing…

New Zealand: South Island packhouse upgrades technology

In a packhouse in Ettrick, Otago, some of the latest New Zealand and Dutch pipfruit sorting and packing technology has been installed. Packhouse post-harvest manage,r Jackie van der Voort, says it was done to encourage greater efficiencies and productivity without losing staff. Damien O'Connor, Minister…

Swiss machine supplier Villiger scores with new extraction system

"Waste is ultimately halved"

Following the successful launch of the vegetable washing machine at last year's Fruit Logistica, Swiss company Villiger Technik once again managed to develop an innovative process this year. In Berlin, trade visitors were presented with a flexible and reliable system for extracting processing waste. The waste is automatically…

Israeli agro-drone for picking, thinning and pruning

Founded in 2016, Israeli startup Tevel Aerobotics Technologies is a developer of autonomous drones equipped with a one-meter long mechanical claw that can pick fruits, or be used for thinning and pruning tasks in orchards. The company currently employs 15 people. According to founder and CEO Yaniv Maor,…

Pulsed Electric Field technology is a novel potato processing application

Pulsed Electric Field technology (PEF) enables the development of innovative, cost-effective, and sustainable processing concepts for the manufacturing of French fries, crisps and other potato specialities. PEF treatment is already being applied in the production of French fries on an industrial scale…

“The industry needs to change because there just aren’t enough people able to do the work”

Cutting-edge fruit sorting technology has led to rich pickings

It is no secret that labour availability has become an increasingly pressing issue for growers across the UK. In order to address the issue somewhat, one Scottish fruit grower…

Melinda teams up with Greefa to achieve the best internal fruit quality

"If, in the future, we could guarantee apples that are always nice to eat, it would have an impact and a value exceeding what we had already obtained in the past by placing our sticker on the fruit," observes Franco Poli, production manager for Melinda , as the work to upgrade and install a new grading…

Hensing GmbH uses vending machines for attractive marketing at POS

"With the Regio-Box, we offer a new Touchpoint"

Today's customer wants availability around the clock. With the Hensing Regio-Box, this is also possible for local fruits and vegetables. Managing director Dirk Hensing explains the idea in an interview with the specialist magazine Lebensmittel Praxis. How did the idea for the new Regio-Box come about?…

Blueberry demand results in unique technology support

Growth in the production volumes of blueberries in South Africa has been significant, with some reports indicating a 30% increase per annum since 2008. Blueberries are a labour-intensive crop. To meet specified export standards, each berry has to be sorted individually according to size and defects, if…

PND proposes technological solutions for fruit processing and IQF products

"Specialization, customer care, continuous innovation, tailored technology and great knowledge of international markets, are some of the aspects which allow us to be one of the leading companies worldwide in the sectors of construction and marketing of machines for fruit processing", states Virginia…

Our knowledge and experience as growers helped us develop our sorting machine

A good sorting line is an important part of the production process. When you have a good sorting line, it can be a huge advantage for production quality and efficiency. There are a number of sorting line producers around and therefore it is harder to compete when entering new markets. “One of our goals…

Australia: New tech doubles potato production at Bornholm potato farm

A potato farm in Bornholm is the first in the country to receive game-changing sorting technology, allowing them to more than double production. A Visar Sorting machine separates unwashed potatoes into grades using high-speed cameras to capture photos of the potatoes and direct them to the correct…

TOMRA Food consolidates its position in the Chilean market

TOMRA Food closed the 2018 financial year while consolidating its position in Chile and it predicts 2019 will be excellent thanks to the country's good growth prospects. Johan Germeys, the Commercial Director for Latin America of TOMRA Food, and Paola Arevalo, Sales Manager of TOMRA Food Chile, spoke…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

“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…

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…

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…

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…

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…


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