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Launch of the Fruitobox digital marketplace

The numerous players and operators in the fruit and vegetable sector and the dynamism of this industry make having a reliable platform the concentrates the supply and provides quick and effective solutions an essential tool. According to Sebastián Cuesta, CEO of the project, this is the idea behind…

Straight to the Source launches online directory

Looking for locally sourced green garlic powder, pastured pork, small-batch craft spirits or Aussie-grown cocoa? Industry leaders are making the fine food forage even easier…

New augmented reality tool for remote assistance

Tomra Visual Assist mobilizes global expertise to provide fast and effective service support

Tomra Visual Assist is Tomra Food's new Augmented Reality tool that enables remote experts to provide specialist support to a customer or a Tomra Field Service Engineer on-site – just as if they were standing in front of the machine. It enables Tomra to solve a broader range of problems of varying…

Thodonal

E-commerce is unlocking new fresh produce markets

Since the start of the Covid pandemic, online sales have boomed. And it’s not just online alcohol sales that spiked in lockdown; health-conscious consumers were keen for fresh…

Thekaikoro

Pakistan: Tech firm offers AI tech to Middle Eastern growers

Pakistani agritech firm Industrial Vision Systems is intent on selling its Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology for scanning and grading fruits and vegetables to farmers in…

App calculates precise amount of nutrients

Fertilizer Calculator helps growers calculate fertilizer

To get the right amount of fertilizer for your plants requirements and then to change them as your plant grows, and to prepare stock solutions, needs a lot of calculations. The solution is the Fertilizer Calculator, which was created as an easy and fast solution to understanding your soil and hydroponic…

Free fruit growing tool Farmable available since the start of the year

"We are thrilled to see so many diverse fruit growers on our platform"

Digitization and automation are also becoming increasingly important in the German fruit and vegetable sector. Producers are looking for ways to optimize operational processes. Farmable has set itself the task of reinventing ways for growers to collect, organize and use their data and information about…

European soft fruit shelf data viewable in real time with new Roamler Berry Monitor

European soft fruit data viewable as a whole. From now on Roamler offers this on one clear dashboard with the newly introduced Berry Monitor. The crowdsourcing platform has been providing parties in the entire fruit and vegetable chain from breeders to retailers with detailed information and photos by…

on-demand stock packaging in box quantities

"Webshop offers broader online presence serving key markets"

Macpac is no stranger to selling online through its website. For over 4 years the Stockport–based thermoformer has sold its highly successful Plantpac range on a digital platform, which is now experiencing considerable momentum in an exploding digital market. With a rapidly growing e-commerce demand the manufacturer…

OrriApp implements new functionalities

Orri Running Committee extends control of its mandarins to all links in the value chain

OrriApp, the first mobile application designed to identify plots that are exploiting protected varieties of citrus fruits without proper authorization, specifically the ORRI mandarin variety, has been renewed with new functionalities. The new app allows Orri Running Committee (ORC) associates to notify…

Researchers examined effect of mobile phone and internet access on farming

Boost smallholder phone access for better crop yields

Small-scale farmers across the globe have low access to mobile networks and internet, the kind of data-driven farming that could boost incomes, a study has found. Data-driven farming involves the use of the right data at the right time to aid better decision-making, so farmers can boost their long-term…

Precision agriculture to estimate kiwifruit production

Pre-harvest yield estimates are essential for most agricultural businesses, as they help them organize and manage logistics when it comes to transport, supplies, labor, etc. Overestimating yields could lead to higher costs, while the opposite could mean a potential waste of produce. This is only one of…

Fruit and Vegetable retailer recognised as one of Australia's leading social media voices in 2020

A Melbourne fruit and vegetable retailer has been selected as one of LinkedIn's Top 20 Australian Voices in 2020, in recognition of driving the conversation around a changing industry. David Zahlan, Director of Alexanders’ Fruit Market has amassed over 10,000 followers on his LinkedIn, in addition to…

Steirische Beerenobstgenossenschaft eGen relies on domestic ERP-solution

275 Austrian berry farmers use traceNET GO APP for optimal harvest management

Every year, Steirische Beerenobstgenossenschaft eGen. sells about 8 million kg of black and red currants, elderberries, elderflower and chokeberry. About 300 active berry…

Newton Orchards deploys DiMuto solution to strengthen brand with local farm to fork traceability story

DiMuto, a trade technology solutions platform that provides end-to-end supply chain visibility for global agri-food businesses, has partnered with Newton Orchards to commence its produce traceability and marketing solutions for Newton Orchards produce, beginning with the Pink Lady apples this season.…

Patrick Bauwens, Aucxis, Belgium

“Auctions are still the best way to determine correct reference prices”

The Belgian company, Aucxis, is active in 26 countries globally. It's known in Belgian and Dutch fresh produce sectors mainly for its auctioning systems. "Auction automation is just one of our business units," says Patrick Bauwens of Aucxis. "We also have one for our regulator. This is used for the long…

Autogrow challenges other industry players to publish APIs

Autogrow is calling for more public APIs (Application Programming Interface), giving increased access for growers to their own data, and fostering faster innovation in the Controlled Environment Agriculture industry. “To date, large industry players have not publicly published APIs’, but our argument is…

Weather monitoring to improve table grape disease management in Western Australia

High-tech weather stations are being installed on four table grape properties across Western Australia's Swan Valley, South West and Gascoyne, as part of a new project to evaluate the accuracy of commercial disease risk prediction tools. There has been a proliferation of decision support applications in…

U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture funding

$4.8 million grant helps optimize apple yields with digital ag

For apple growers, controlling the number of fruits on a tree is arguably the most economically important management practice. If done right, optimal yields per tree can increase total crop values by $7,000 per acre, compared to less optimal fruit numbers per tree. A Cornell-led, multi-institution team…

Abertay University collaborates with Agrico UK Ltd

UK university aims to make 'perfect potato' using gaming tech

As part of a ground-breaking new project -involving Abertay University and a major potato seed supplier- nothing less than videogame technology will be used to help develop…

Wageningen University and Research:

'New tool gives advice on optimal storage conditions for top fruit'

Growers, depots and cold storage operators all want freshly harvested fruit to be stored in the best possible way. The best storage conditions will depend on variables such as the cultivar, when it was harvested and the storage system. Wageningen Food & Biobased Research has developed a Storage Advice…

Trops and Vodafone launch a precision agriculture project in Spain

Smart mango harvesting through 5G

The Agrarian Transformation Society (SAT) Trops and Vodafone have launched a pilot project to provide mango harvesting machines with artificial intelligence so they can decide…

Laurent Klotz, Agrosta:

"We are currently developing a new colour measuring system with artificial intelligence

For more than 30 years, Agrosta has been developing innovative technologies for the fruit and vegetable sector around the world. Whether it is to determine the firmness of berries or the colour, texture and elasticity of other fruits or vegetables, Agrosta offers a wide range of products to suit every…

Morning Glory Farms - DiMuto Blockchain

The Australian vegetable grower capitalising on blockchain technology to boost business practices

A Western Australian farmer is utilising blockchain technology to help promote his business and hopefully grow markets into the future. In partnership with DiMuto, Morning Glory Farms has started using a special label and QR Code, which is placed on its Spaghetti Squash, that included details such as…

Kezzler expands traceability technology in Asia

Pengfei Zang, Kezzler’s director of presales and delivery in China, announced the expansion of its traceability technology to include high-value locally-produced watermelons…

RetailSonar enters partnership with French Geocible

"Supermarkets given opportunity to predict turnover per location with up to 90% accuracy"

"The Belgian-Dutch geo-marketing scale-up RetailSonar is well on its way to becoming a European player. Thanks to a new partnership with Geocible, French retailers now also have the opportunity to predict, with up to 90% accuracy, the turnover of each location," said the company. RetailSonar currently helps…

Successful use of Pixofarm technology in Europe arouses interest from the southern hemisphere

"Fruit growers are clearly looking for smart and flexible approaches"

Pixofarm's digital solution for the fruit industry is now being used by producers in Chile, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, after customers in Europe reported on their successes. Pixofarm uses artificial intelligence to conveniently digitize fruit counting and fruit sizing via a smartphone…

Agrismart, the IoT smart box dedicated to agriculture 4.0

In the future, agriculture 4.0 will involve more than 10% of the cultivated area in Italy. Technological innovation applied to precision farming represents a revolutionary and essential element in eco-sustainable agricultural systems. It also offers the best solutions for a more correct and efficient…

Roll-out in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu in a few months

Mastercard to open up to small farmers in south Indian farm sector

Mastercard is eyeing the Indian farm sector to deploy its technology platform: the Mastercard Farmer Network (MFN). It claims this would help farmers connect directly with…

Brexit border software developers warn of delays

Those working on essential post-Brexit freight software have stated they fear it is unlikely to be ready on time for 1 January. Keep in mind, delays could hinder efforts to…

AgTech Startup Pixofarm goes global

Successful pilots during the season in the northern hemisphere sparked interest in Vienna, Austria: Pixofarm’s precision farming solution gained traction among producers in…

Traceability trial a “game changer” for citrus industry

A $200,000 trial of traceability technology for citrus exports has seen more than 400,000kg of premium fruit traced and verified from Mildura orchards through to international…

4G real-time data loggers are about to enter the market

A growing number of regions are abandoning their 2G networks and joining 4G networks instead. The growing Internet of Things also leads to greater requirements from temperature data loggers in the cold supply chain industry. Tzone Digital is a company specialized in research, design, and manufacturing of…

Aerial imaging and machine learning to counter banana disease threats in Africa

New research shows how a combination of imagery from mobile phones, drones and satellites can be used to clamp down on threats to banana production. An early warning system…

5G aids farming in rural China

Orange farmers in Hongshan Village in southwest China's Chongqing Municipality are now aided by 5G,  the latest generation of a wireless network. Up until recently, local farmers had to stay in the orchard…

Now available for the food industry

TOMRA Insight turns sorting and grading machines into connected devices that generate valuable process data

Following its successful launch last year by TOMRA Sorting Recycling, TOMRA Insight is now also being made available to TOMRA Mining customers, TOMRA Food and Compac, part of the TOMRA Food family. TOMRA Insight’s data-gathering helps processors in near real-time and retrospect. Because product quality…

"The AI software system integrates the brain, the eyes and the hands, enabling any robot to pick and pack any item"

Commercial trials underway for new packing and sorting technology at Australian avocado packhouse

An Australian robotics company has successfully deployed its technology in commercial trials at Sunnyspot Packhouse avocado facility in Queensland. LYRO Robotics, based in Brisbane, say their world-leading picking and packing technology combines computer vision with machine learning. The robotic grasping…

Sanifruit continues to work to help fruit processors

Sanifruit launches a new app for postharvest control for the 2020/2021 citrus campaign

The new citrus campaign will start very soon, although some processing facilities have already begun their work, albeit in a testimonial way. The markets have increased their demand because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, there was no fruit left at the end of the previous campaign, in April and May.…

Melvin van der Zeyden, Yex:

"After skepticism when introduced, 30% of our clients now order online"

Two years ago, Melvin van der Zeyden introduced his e-commerce plans to clients. Most of them ridiculed him. "The first reaction was often 'that doesn't work for me'. It's quite understandable, especially if you've been doing the same thing for 25 years. Suddenly, someone comes and says you can do it…

And join as foundation carriers to improve data sharing across the industry

CMA CGM and MSC complete TradeLens integration

Major global container carriers CMA CGM and MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) announced they are now integrated onto TradeLens, helping ensure a more fully integrated, timely and consistent view of logistics data for their containerized freight around the world. The digital platform is run on IBM…

Republic of South Korea

South Gyeongsang Province offers crop price forecasting service

South Gyeongsang Province is offering forecasts for prices of various crops to help the province’s growers boost their income. These forecasts are artificial intelligence (AI)…

"Automation grows in South East Asia"

Autogrow has been in business for over 27 years but in the last four years they have been focussing on cloud-based solutions and digital platforms. “That is the future of the industry,” said Kylie Horomia, Head of Brand & Communications. Hwang Shuang Chuan Regional Business Partner Manager in Asia adds,…

Thysia webinar about data management

Getting a grip on master data in the fruit and vegetable sector

“Retailers wishes are getting more specific. The amount of data in food and fruit and vegetable companies is rising fast too. You want to efficiently and flawlessly meet not only your clients' demands," Luc Meijs' says, in opening a webinar. "you want to do so while meeting the growing demands regarding…

"The definition on the cameras and the level of defect accuracy is second to none"

Investment in high-tech grading technology set to pay-off for a Queensland mango company

For the past few months, a Queensland mango grower has been installing state of the art grading technology, which will hopefully significantly improve productivity and fruit quality this summer. With the harvest season beginning next week, Marto's Mangoes, in Bowen, has been racing to install the MAF…

Research seeks user-friendly field tool to refine sampling, sanitation intervals

Clemson University researchers are working to develop a user-friendly tool that can predict biofilm behavior in stone fruit packinghouses and produce more targeted sanitation…

Australia: Bellamish Aerial Imaging checks on tree health

Bellamish Aerial Imaging Solutions can tell growers how their crop is performing with a simple press of a button. This will send a thermal imaging drone whirring across fields. Owner Craig Corpe said he could provide farmers with an overview of crop health with relative ease. He supplies a drone that has…

Maersk’s first block train from China arrives in Georgia

Maersk’s intercontinental rail product portfolio expands, with the recent introduction of a block train solution connecting China and Georgia, the first such product implemented specifically for Georgian import. On 4th October 2020, the first train from Xi’an (Shaanxi province), China arrived in Tbilisi,…

Remote installation software and hardware new auction system

The corona crisis forces companies to offer innovative, creative solutions. This is no different for Aucxis. For the first time in their 35 years of existence, they have realised the complete installation of an auction system from their offices.At the end of last year, Aucxis was called in to realise the…

Automatic fruit counting and citrus crop estimating

Plantai, Brazilian startup, is pleased to announce, for October 2020, the launch of the very first application of the market that estimates crop of citrus based on photos taken from a cell phone.  Elaborated with Artificial Intelligence and intensively tested in the field, its great objective is to give the…

Technology helps trace pickers during pandemic

AgPick - a harvest management system developed by South Australia’s Agricultural Picking Technology (APT) to capture harvest activities electronically - is proving its worth as an auditing tool during COVID-19 restrictions. APT chief executive officer Henrietta Child said AgPick, which captures and…

Real time logger gets grant to monitor Australian grape exports

AND Fresh Pty Ltd, the sole Australasian distributor for Frigga® Data Loggers, has been successful in receiving a Traceability Grant under the Australian Government Program, “Modernising Agricultural Trade - Protecting Australia's Clean Green Brand”. The grant, “Improving international competitiveness of…

Research into new sensors set to take Australian stonefruit quality to "a new level"

"It will assist the grower in being able to select the right fruit at the right time in the orchard"

The Australian stonefruit industry is confident that a new sensory technology research project can help build on its export development work and position itself as a supplier of high-quality stone fruit to the world. Launched this week, the ‘Sensors for Summerfruit’ is a 2.5-year, $1.1 million Food…

Sensors to spot the sweetest peach

How do you know if a peach is sweet without taking a bite? That is the challenge for researchers working on new hand-held sensing technology to measure the sweetness of any…

University of California

Study confirms better market life for plums treated with SmartFresh™ quality system

New research conducted by the University of California, Davis found significant quality benefits for plums and pluots using the SmartFresh™ Quality System, an industry-trusted…

B2A speaks of Industry 4.0

Technological and digital transformation process solutions

Industry 4.0 is a transition that is leading to a fully automated and interconnected industrial production. The National Industry Plan 4.0 offers Italian companies tools to seize the opportunities for innovation and digital technology that are linked to the fourth industrial revolution. It foresees…

Audrey Ktourza, UGPBAN - Fruidor:

New chatbot of the UGPBAN - Murissol - Fruidor - BUFL group

On Tuesday, September 22nd, the first day of autumn, UGPBAN-Fruidor officially launched the chatbot (conversational robot) called “C’est pas des salades”. “This date made sense, since the chatbot is dedicated to French fruit and vegetables and encourages the consumption of seasonal products,” explains…

FreshPlaza October special - Automation

FreshPlaza will be will be highlighting Automation in our October special. Growers, packers and retailers have been moving towards mechanisation for some time and as new technology becomes available, we are seeing more and more companies investing in automation, be it picking/packing machinery, drones or…

AgriPlace Chain is growing rapidly

"In the first 6 months of 2020, more than 20 companies in fruit and vegetables have started to make full use of the system. We see the number of companies registering for free also increasing rapidly on the platform this ensures that companies in AGF worldwide can easily collect and share information,"…

Luc Meijs, Thysia:

Tired of repetitive, soul-crushing work? "RPA offers a solution"

Following the success of Thysia's last webinar in June, the company decided to do it all again with a new webinar on robotic process automation. What is that exactly? Luc Meijs…

How to manage crop protection product databases

The management of crop protection products, their correct use and their storage demand great responsibility. The chance to employ technological tools that help companies use crop protection products responsibly is a great step towards the safety of all those part of the chain. BDF develops agricultural…

"It is becoming more and more important for fruit growers to be able to grade their fruit correctly"

New fruit and vegetable grading technology headed to the Australian market

A packaging and processing company that is bringing a new fruit and vegetable grader to the Australian market says it has received a phenomenal response from local growing and packing companies. Auspouch is in partnership with Italian company Zetapack, which is supplying the machines and hopes to have…

SIMBA Lite traceability system for smaller growers, packers and shippers

Dynamic Systems, Inc., a software developer specializing in Traceability and Inventory Systems for Fresh Food, has launched a new low cost version of their SIMBA system…

Enrique de los Ríos (Unica) on digitization and agricultural profitability

"Thanks to the data management system we were able to increase production by at least 10%"

The Missing Link in AgricultureUnica Group is the largest independent fruit and vegetable exporter in Spain, generating around 500 million kilograms of fresh produce every year. As the organization announces its aim to reach 1,000 million kilos in the next three years, Enrique de los Ríos, Agro-Food…

4G-cat1 IOT technology improves the cold supply chain of fresh produce industry

Fresh-key Technology collaborates with DiMuto to test the 4G-Cat1 real-time data logger in Singapore.

The fresh produce market has rapidly developed in the last few years, but fresh produce suppliers face significant risks related to cold supply chains and storage management. One of the most important elements of cold supply chain management is the ability to accurately monitor temperature and location.…

Philippines

Nueva Vizcaya province fruit and vegetable trade goes online

In the face of pandemic, Nueva Vizcaya province has launched a web-based portal for trading fruits and vegetables. The Department of Science and Technology (DoST) in Cagayan…

Claudiodivizia

Punjab to use barcodes & QR codes to ensure genuine seeds for farmers

The Punjab government has decided to use advanced certification technology, including barcodes and QR codes, to ensure that farmers get genuine seeds of various crops. It…

Happy Banana deploys QR code to give more details

FarmTrace can track a banana’s journey from farm to consumer

The retailing of the humble banana is set to go hi-tech in some parts of the country soon. By scanning a QR code, one can soon track the journey of the banana from the farm to the consumer’s basket. Happy Banana, the fruit brand from Desai Fruits Venture Pvt Ltd (DFV), has started deploying the QR code…

New app from UN Food and Agriculture Organization

South Africa: Digital solutions to help tackle fall armyworm

A new app developed by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization will help South African growers track the fall armyworm outbreak and access resources on how to combat it. The…

Chinese tech-company announces new thermometer with global 4G application

Chinese tech-company Frigga recently announced a new 3G thermometer. This real-time thermometer is now already in use on five continents. More recently the company introduced another product in their wireless, real-time monitoring product series, when they officially announced their 4G-enabled monitoring…

Temperature data loggers guarantee high product quality of Panama papaya

Papayas from Panama are well known and their export volume is growing every year. However, this fruit easily spoils during transportation and storage. One of the main questions in this industry is how the papaya can best be kept fresh during distribution. The Panama papaya exporter Panafruit S.A.…

CRü, the new zucchini variety that can be consumed raw

The Almeria-based cooperative Cohorsan, member of the Unica Group, is producing CRü, a new zucchini variety that can be consumed raw. This cooperative is a leader in the…

Farmpal: Removing middlemen and connecting growers to businesses directly

In Pune, start-ups like Farmpal have opened new collection centres to help growers deliver fresh produce easily by connecting growers to their markets and cutting off the…

Wrightstudio

Using blockchain to combat Australia’s food and wine fraud problem

National Blockchain Lead Chloe White -from the Department of Industry- recently stated that as  Australia is a significant exporter of fruit and vegetables, making use of blockchain…

Bengaluru, Karnataka

Tech start-up Aibono raises another $2 mln in pre-series A round

Last Friday, farm aggregator Aibono announced it has raised $2 million in a pre-series A round from Japanese venture capital firms Rebright Partners and Mitsui Sumitomo…

Gemüsebau Steiner relies on industry-specific ERP-solution from activeIT

"With traceNET-Production, processes can be planned and controlled effectively”

Gemüsebau Steiner is a family business founded in 2014 in Kirchweidach, Upper Bavaria, which specialises in natural, fresh and above all sustainable vegetable cultivation. Today, with over 200 employees, Gemüsebau Steiner and BIOhof Kirchweidach cultivate 32 hectares of land with tomatoes, peppers,…

Agriota E-Marketplace

Blockchain platform connects Indian farmers to food industry UAE

Food industry managers in the United Arab Emirates may soon be able to use a blockchain-based supply chain to obtain agricultural products directly from India. According to an Aug. 31 report, officials in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will be using Agriota E-Marketplace, a new platform that employs…

AUSVEG:

Bridging the gap between farm and packhouse with provenance verification technology

The uptake of new technologies to provide traceability within the fruit and vegetable industry has increased over the last few years. This is partially in response to the recent food tampering and contamination crises, but also through an industry wide recognition that good traceability systems offer…


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