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Melbourne fruit retailer believes that embracing a digital strategy is the future of fruit and veg marketing

When a local Melbourne grocer was getting tired of the "same old advice" that was constantly being given to him on how to sell fruit and vegetables, he decided to think outside the box and revolutionise the marketing of his business in line with the 21st century. David Zahlan of Alexanders Fruit Market…

NZ: Moving tomatoes into next-gen tech

Waybeyond has launched a purpose-built mobile Crop Registration app for tomato growers, digitizing a time-consuming manual data process. “Those in the tomato business will be very familiar with Crop Registration and the task of collating that information. When we started talking to tomato growers last…

Digitalization takes flight

Increased interest in quality inspection software

Digitalization of processes continues to gain popularity as it increases efficiencies and saves time as well as money. Anton Alibekov, owner of Zofto Solutions explains how he got into the digitalization business and what software solutions his company offers. “I’ve always had a love for computers,” he…

"Are online marketplaces the future trading platform for fresh produce?"

Selling via online marketplaces offers many advantages for farmers, buyers and sellers. It overcomes time and space constraints, provides inclusive market access, cuts costs,…

Foodbank teams with Australian grocery retailers to speed food relief using quality control technology

A global food supply chain quality solutions company has helped Australian supermarkets streamline fresh produce donations to a major charity during the COVID-19 pandemic, while concurrently reducing the amount of food waste. iFoodDS and Woolworths were recognized as a Tech Innovation Award finalist for…

Clover

Starting with Bengaluru and Hyderabad

Agritech start-up Clover launches D2C app

Agritech start-up  Clover has launched its direct-to-consumer app Deep Rooted, moving away from its business-to-business (B2B) model to focus on a D2C business strategy. The company sells fresh fruits and vegetables. The new consumer brand Deep Rooted. Co is a demand-backed cultivation and supply chain solution for fruits…

'Precise fruit QC at your fingertips'

Intersection of fresh produce and Artificial Intelligence

You take out your phone, open an app, and inspect a fruit's quality - sounds futuristic, right? Clarifruit has developed a next-gen, computer vision technology that can do exactly that. This Israeli company has brought the future to fresh produce Quality Control (QC). "Ours is the world's first automatic…

Consus Fresh launch AI-based label verification solution

Consus Fresh Solutions, part of The Affinitus Group; providing business management software solutions for the food and horticulture industries, has announced the launch of an Artificial Intelligence (AI) based label verification and quality control (QC) solution for the fresh produce pack-house. The new…

First joint project of the high-bay warehouse producer "KOAT" and "activeIT".

Automated high-bay warehouse at Gemüsebau Steiner in Bavaria

At the end of last year, the next step towards production automation began at "Gemüsebau Steiner" in Bavaria. A fully automated high-bay warehouse for six-figure kilogram storage quantities from the Dutch company "KOAT" will optimise the vegetable producer's processes in the future. Within three months,…

Now load passports are simple, speedy and digital

Paperless load passports now available

KisanHub has launched an innovative, game-changing new feature, Paperless Load Passports. Designed to transform how products move through the fresh produce supply chain and allow people to manage this process all on their mobile devices. This saves time and minimises errors with the added bonus of…

Coöperatie Hoogstraten connects grower and consumer thanks to vision and RFID technology

Coöperatie Hoogstraten was looking for a tracking system linking the cardboard punnets and trays for its strawberries to the pallet carrying them. The company opted for a solution which identifies the trays by means of vision technology. The further follow-up and identification of the trays takes place…

Automated hygiene lists facilitate production during the pandemic

The constant new regulations due to the coronavirus pandemic constantly pose new challenges for food-producing companies. An important point here is the so-called contact…

Davis Instruments Corporation

EnviroMonitor is now compatible with Pessl Instruments Field Climate Software

Davis Instruments and Pessl Instruments, two global manufacturers of weather stations, data collection hardware, and software for agriculture have partnered to integrate data from Davis Instruments EnviroMonitor platform with Pessl Instruments FieldClimate software, creating the most holistic suite of…

Afresh Technologies - San Francisco

‘AI-driven platform powers the future of fresh food’

For supermarkets, the perpetual question is: how can stores make sure they have enough of the fresh foods their customers crave at just the right, ripe moment, while…

Partnership between Driscoll's and Israel-based Consumer Physics

New technology measures and rewards berry sweetness

Berry brand Driscoll's announced yesterday a partnership with Israel-based Consumer Physics to leverage its SCiO technology to apply to Driscoll's quality measurement process. The Near Infrared (NIR) technology and design offered through the Consumer Physics SCiO Cup will allow Driscoll's to measure the…

Anton Alibekov with Zofto Solutions

“We are able to digitalize any process that currently requires paper”

Although digitalization made great strides in the past year, there are still many benefits to be gained. For the fresh produce sector specifically, Zofto Solutions has been established. “With our software tools, we can digitalize any ‘paper’ procedure in a very uncomplicated way,” says Anton Alibekov…

'Simplifying agricultural irrigation management'

Founded in 2018, Telaqua is an expert in continuous pressure monitoring through 24/7 connected sensors. Installed on key locations of the irrigation system, these sensors measure both pressure and water flow continuously and in real time. There are many advantages in monitoring pressure: It ensures that valves…

Vietnamese farmers take to livestreams, blockchain and traceability tech

Farmer Le Van Chin from the southern Vietnamese province of Long An recently livestreamed an advert about his dragon fruit on his Facebook page. In this, Chin is just one of…

"What's changed is our ability to respond to the needs of our customers faster and better"

The digital trade platform Marketbuy has undergone a transformation under the hood. Although the platform will feel the same to its users, a new addition to the team has changed the way the founders approach the system. Tapping into James Mash and his strengths as a 6th generation grocer, will help, as…

P&C Automation

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

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

New partnership to develop powerful platform for New Zealand agritech AI research

A freshly inked scientific partnership is developing new AI computing power and technology to meet demand from Bay of Plenty-based scientists for faster processing of complex…

Using AI and Machine Learning will increase in horti industry

The expectation is that in 2021, artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies will continue to become more mainstream. Businesses that haven’t traditionally…

Tomra Food Compac

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

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

Xianfeng Fruit plans to set up internet for fruit industry

Xianfeng organized the third annual Chinese New Year Fruit Festival on the fourth of February. Xianfeng became a leading company in the Hangzhou fruit market through SaaS and…

Source Certain International - TSW Trace™

"When we build unique fingerprints, we see information that most people don't see"

A global scientific provenance verification and supply chain integrity company is hoping to grow and offer more of its services in the fruit and vegetable industry. Source Certain International (SCI), based in Perth, brings scientific technology to verify product provenance, authenticity and associated…

CLCircular

Digital transformation, a tool to make logistics more sustainable

According to estimates, up to a third of all food produced globally is wasted each year - i.e. approximately 1.7 billion tons. This has an economic impact of up to 730,000 million euro per year and 8% of greenhouse gas emissions (GEF). A large part of these losses takes place during the transport and distribution…

"AgPick has helped them plan their days, reduced stress and saved them money"

The digital management tool streamlining the harvest process for some Australian growers

An Australian harvest management software system has received "phenomenal feedback" since it started running two years ago, according to its creators. South Australian-based Agricultural Picking Technology (APT) launched AgPick to capture and record harvest activities out in the field, but chief…

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

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

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

Malaysia: Daily sales on Lazada up 170% for local grocers

People who have recently been using their Lazada app may have noticed a new “Stay Home” icon. This is specially aimed at encouraging Malaysians to stay home and at the same…

First ever EU fruit & vegetable e-Commerce market study shows promising signs for the future of online sales

Today Freshfel Europe and the Scheme for the Application of International Standards for Fruit and Vegetables of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development…

SupPlant sensors uses algorithmic data

South Africa: Using AI to grow avocados

As with any other fruit, South African Avocados must be irrigated in the right amount: not too much and not too little. For decades irrigation was done based on the grower’s…

Zespri selects SAP Cloud Solutions in multi-year deal

Zespri International adopts the SAP S/4HANA private cloud edition to standardise and automate processes, increase efficiency, and provide a platform for growth and innovation.…

Christiaan Rijnhout, Roamler, the Netherlands:

"Given the Berry Monitor's success, we're getting started on top fruit and fruit-vegetables"

Two months ago, on this site, we introduced the launch of Roamler's Berry Monitor. Roamler is a Dutch crowdsourcing platform. This monitor gives Roamler's subscribers real-time insight into the European retail berry situation. This is regarding strawberry, blueberry, redcurrant, raspberry, and blackberry…

Fyffes launches new website

During 2020 Fyffes worked on the development of a new website, which is now live. The new website makes it easy for customers and other users to find the information they need about our products and…

A website built to meet user needs: Lucchini Web 3.0

Over the course of 2020, Idromeccanica Lucchini - always up to speed when it comes to research and innovation - has renewed its communication strategies. In a world blocked by the pandemic, which has made it difficult to meet in person, it has hastened the information and communication digitalization…

Lekkerland looks to Relex to optimize its supply chain

Convenience specialist Lekkerland has chosen Relex Solutions to provide demand forecasting (including weather-based forecasting), automatic replenishment, and fresh…

AgroFresh Solutions

"Our platform continues to grow, gather new data and become even more useful to the industry"

A leading global science-based solutions and innovation company is hoping to expand the presence of its "ground-breaking" digital technology services in the fresh produce industry, which has found to have productivity benefits and reduce food waste. Kim Bui, Global Head of FreshCloud™ at AgroFresh…

Farmable app finds favor with orchard consultants

"Data collection is one thing, but it also needs to be communicated in a meaningful way"

The agricultural sector is still one of the least digitized compared to other industries - not only in Germany but globally. This is also evident from a recent McKinsey article (Agriculture's connected future: How technology can yield new growth). So the market for an effective solution for documenting…

Autogrow announces spin-out of A.I. farming company WayBeyond to accelerate growth

Autogrow has unveiled a corporate reorganization as part of a long-term business strategy which will see the organization split into two separate entities with the launch of…

"We are offering resellers premium red and white cabbage, direct from the grower"

Dithmarsch farms found online marketing platform Kohl Direkt

First-class, certified red and white cabbage for bulk customers, direct from the producer: that is the intention of the newly founded initiative Kohl Direkt. Four farmers from Dithmarschen - the largest contiguous cabbage growing area in Europe - offer their entire volume of freely marketable red and…

Kenya: Technology to keep fruits and vegetables fresh longer

Sustainable and effective cold chains are crucial for the transportation of food and medicine, but in many parts of rural Africa they have been sorely lacking. Tackling this…

IDNStore digital trading platform

Indonesian Trade Minister presents digital platform to boost exports to China

Yesterday, Trade Minister Muhammad Lutfi has initiated digital trading platform Indonesia Store (IDNStore). Its aim is to help Indonesian products, especially those made by…

Sennder raises $160m to accelerate digitalization of European trucking and drive expansion

Sennder, a digital road freight forwarder, today announced that it has raised $160m in Series D financing, surpassing a $1bn valuation. New investors led the round, which involved all of sennder’s existing investors who reaffirmed their confidence in the company vision and direction. Round participants…

Kuzi

Kuzi: AI-powered tool to combat locust swarms in Africa

A Kenyan-developed app makes use of satellite data, soil sensors, local weather patterns and machine learning to deliver predictions on where locusts migrate and breed. Recent reports have warned of swarms continuing their southward migration across the Horn of Africa. Last week, the UN’s Food and…

How technology helps to propel growth

The umbrella of CMI Orchards’ owners and partners are using cutting-edge technology from the orchard to packing facilities. “A big focus at CMI Orchards is to strategically…

APAL Post-harvest Seminar goes online to explore smart packhouse

APAL’s Post-harvest Seminar on Wednesday 20 January 2021 will be delivered entirely online as COVID-19 and border restrictions continue to create uncertainty for apple and pear growers across the nation. APAL Industry Services Manager Justin Smith said APAL and industry had been hopeful of returning to…

Applied Agricultural Remote Sensing Centre

Australian tree crop severe weather app successfully tracks its first tropical cyclone in North Queensland

A new Australian tree crop weather monitoring app has been able to track its first major weather event since launching. The Applied Agricultural Remote Sensing Centre (AARSC) at the University of New England launched its "Australian Tree Crop Map: Severe Weather App" last year, which covers the growing…

New agri-tech startup Nile: online marketplace between producers and commercial buyers

Founded in February 2020 by Louis de Kock, Eugene Roodt, and Rick Kleinhans, Nile is an agritech startup that connects vegetable and fruit producers directly with commercial…

Smart farming supply chains could decrease food wastage by 50%

In a recent study by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAOUN), it was discovered that approximately 1.6 billion tons of food per year are either…

Viktor Vijverberg, Freight Line Europe

“We can still deliver from A to B in the UK, thanks to digitized processes”

The first days of January were quiet on the ferries from Europe to the United Kingdom. Mainly fruit, vegetable, flowers, and plant carriers were using these connections. Viktor Vijverberg is from Freight Line Europe (FLE), a Dutch refrigerated transport company. He's confident the preparations they've…

Chinese Fresh-key IoT monitoring equipment provides an excellent escort for cherry transport!

The outbreak of Covid-19 in the period leading up to Chinese Spring Festival [25 January, 2020] made it nearly impossible to go out and buy fresh fruit or to visit friends and bring fresh fruit as a present. The most festive time of the year lost its flavor. Now that Spring Festival [12 February, 2021]…

A video shows the creation of artificial rain by Contec Srl

New irrigation system with concrete poles

For the company Contec, 2021 will be a year marked by innovation. Indeed, an innovative system for creating artificial rain is being developed and new subsidiaries will be opened. Contec started out as a manufacturer of prestressed concrete transmission poles, but in the meantime it has grown into a…


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