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Port of Rotterdam to start trial with PIN-free container handling

This week, various parties in Rotterdam will be launching a new pilot project, in which containers are handled and released without a PIN code: a widely used verification method in this transport segment. The project revolves around a new application, Secure Container Release, which replaces the PIN code…

Peru and Chile sign an agreement for electronic certification in agricultural exports

Peru and Chile signed an agreement to launch electronic certification in agro-export procedures between the two countries. This information exchange system on phytosanitary…

Mushroom training goes virtual

Costa and Melbourne Polytechnic are leading the way in the development of workplace training technology to provide an enhanced training experience for more Victorians. Mushroom harvesting is a skilled job that requires speed, agility, manual dexterity, and the ability to quickly identify when the produce is ready to be…

Gerhard Nel – FarSoft Solutions

Digital systems provide a meaningful way of looking at fruit

The fruit industry has become very complex with the amount of data available from packing and cooling facilities plus increasingly strict export regulations. “You have to be able to give simple answers to complex questions,” says Gerhard Nel, director at FarSoft Solutions. Packhouse data are crucial to…

GO Real-Time Trackers used to protect avocados from theft

The state of Michoacán in Mexico supplies about 45 percent of the international avocado market. One of the region’s grower-shippers of the ‘green gold’, La Bonanza Avocados, located in Uruapan Michoacán, has been a target of the country’s organized crime cartels. Challenge“Avocado theft is an ongoing…

The Australian online trading platform giving wholesalers the technological edge

One of Australia's leading fresh produce wholesale management software companies, Zupply has found that using a digital platform during the COVID-19 pandemic has given their clients an advantage in terms of reducing costs while maintaining supply. The system works by connecting wholesale companies with…

"Growers should be more united and this is the time to invest in technology to be better prepared"

A Victorian fruit producer is encouraging other growers in the industry to start investing in technology to be better prepared for issues such as COVID-19, workforce security and the drought. Budou Farms grows table grapes with a peak in the summer months, and co-owner Enrique Rossi says in addition to…

Bigtunaonline

Chinese TikTok: Growers become social media stars

Just like in the US, TikTok in China is full of funny videos, odd challenges and its own brand of stars. But strangely enough, growers are some of the most unlikely social…

Anton Alibekov with ZOFTO Solutions

“With our app, produce quality reports can be generated in five minutes”

In the US alone, more than a million truckloads of fresh produce are moved on an annual basis. Each of these truckloads is shipped, received, and possibly re-shipped multiple times from supplier to receiver’s warehouse to distributor and to retailer. “In any of these stages, the quality of the items has…

Detecting pesticide residues in fruit and vegetables with smartphone pics

With the improvement of living standards, people's demand for food has grown from being full to eating well and safely. For fruits, vegetables, and tea leaves, some people will worry about pesticide residues on them, but in the near future, the ability to self-check pesticide residues at home will become…

Barbara Doria from B2A

"We worked at night-time and during weekends to help clients"

Between late February and mid-May, Italian entrepreneurs have experienced a period of general uncertainty due to the Covid-19 emergency and the measures taken to counter the virus. The organization of work changed: those who could carry on their activities had to introduce precautions such as social…

Frigga launches low-cost disposable real-time temperature monitor that lasts up to 90 days

After launching an ultra-low-cost USB temperature recorder in early May, this month, Frigga has brought forth a new wireless product - a cold chain real-time monitor. Frigga…

"At this stage, we can confidentially share that this will be successful in a wide range of products"

Australian research into new fresh produce postharvest treatment using supercharged air

Australian fresh produce growers may soon have a new method of treating fruit and vegetables that minimise microbial food safety risks, with promising results from a current project with the potential to greatly improve food safety and reduce postharvest losses. The New South Wales Department of Primary…

Joost Eggebeen, Kraaijeveld, the Netherlands:

"By the end of 2020, half our sales will be done online"

In mid-September 2019, Dutch produce wholesaler, Kraaijeveld, held a major marketing campaign. With it, they introduced their entirely revamped online ordering platform, 'MyKraaijeveld'. We asked Joost Eggebeen about this platform's status. Joost is responsible for Kraaijveld's e-commerce and marketing.…

Automated picking bins set to help New Zealand growers save labour costs

A New Zealand startup company is hoping to progress to the development of its partially automated fruit harvesting robotic devices in early 2021. YieldTec founder Dr Khalid Salah says the company's mobile bin robots that will automate the logistics during the harvest, which will eliminate the need for…

Microsoft launches support scheme for Indian agtech start-ups

Microsoft has launched a support scheme for Indian agtech start-ups, to help them build industry-specific solutions, scale, and grow with access to deep technology, business,…

Julien Viry

South Korea’s online agricultural exchange saves time and money

A new online system that has fully digitized wholesale transactions of agricultural crops is now up and running in Korea, saving time and money for producers and distributors as well as consumers. The online agricultural exchange which went on a trial run late last month was jointly developed by the…

Hydroponic growing in the Philippines with greenhouse kit

The challenging time of COVID-19 pushed TAPKIT to provide its services remotely. The TAPKIT is a 500 m2 hydroponic unit, which can produce 6-12 tons of leafy vegetables and fresh herbs per year. Four of these hydroponic system units are now in construction in the Philippines, while the instruction and…

Pressured by fuel shortages

Africans go online for groceries

In many African countries, measures put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19 have made it harder for people to access affordable, nutritious foods, sparking warnings from aid groups that the…

"Fresh-key looking for global distributors"

"Global demand for temperature and humidity recorders rising"

Fresh-key offers temperature and humidity sensors, location monitors, light sensors and other monitoring equipment and IoT tracking platforms to provide cold chain IoT monitoring solutions for the global pharmaceutical, food, and other industries. The monitoring equipment developed by the company can be…

A beginners' course in asparagus: German machines famous on social media?

Like many others, Owyhee Produce from the USA is particularly active on social media and also shows consumers the background of asparagus production. Recently, the videos even reached Buzzfeed, a media platform with 150 million visitors per month, making it one of the most popular in the English-speaking…

Alexandr Muntean

Thai Ministry partners with Grab to launch online farmers’ market

The Thai Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives (MOAC) has partnered with delivery provider Grab to open up an online retail space for farm products, allowing farmers to…

Port of Rotterdam - The Netherlands

PortXchange platform trial results in shorter idle times

A recent trial with the digital information platform PortXchange at APM Terminals Rotterdam yielded a significant reduction in the average idle time on departure of Maersk vessels. The platform was formerly known as Pronto. The reduction in the average idle time had benefits for everyone involved: the…

Plus Retail selects Relex solutions to optimize operations

Plus Retail, a Dutch co-operative with around 270 supermarkets operated by independent entrepreneurs offering fresh goods, has chosen to partner with Relex Solutions to integrate Plus Retail’s space planning with forecasting and replenishment. Powered by pragmatic Artificial Intelligence (AI) and…

activeIT cooperates with EDITEL:

Data hub links fruit and vegetable producers to the trade

Styrian company activeIT has specialised in customised merchandise management systems for food manufacturers. Through a strategic partnership with Austria's leading service provider for electronic data exchange, EDITEL, food producers are connected to virtually all major retail groups - such as Rewe,…

Active IT: Reduce transfer risk using state-of-the-art production planning software

"Despite the new requirements of COVID-19 and fewer personnel, we will come out of this crisis quickly"

In times of COVID-19, more and more companies are looking for a solution to adjust and control their technical production facilities (e.g. production lines) with as few manual work processes as possible. This means that scales or price markers, for example, are being done partially or completely without…

Using technology to bolster trust and security along fresh produce supply chains

The need for integrity systems it is becoming more and more common in the fresh produce industry, according to a leading Australian traceability and information service company. Andrew Grant, Co-founder of Trust Provenance says a combination of different processes are used by a company to protect their…

Baptiste Jourdan, Toucan Toco

“By visualizing data, everyone can make data-driven decisions leading to better business results”

Data makes it possible to optimize cultivation, harvest, and transport and storage conditions. A 2019 study by Deloitte shows that at least a quarter of retailers are…

Andhra Pradesh government launches Andhra Greens website

Recently, Andhra Pradesh State Agriculture Minister Kurasala Kannababu stated that the government would take care of the state’s growers, ensuring they would not be affected under any circumstances. In this backdrop, on Wednesday he launched the Andhra Greens website for marketing agricultural and…

South Africa: Naspers Foundry gets R100 mln in funds for Aerobotics

On Wednesday, Naspers's start-up fund Naspers Foundry announced a R100 million (€5.2 mln) investment in agritech business Aerobotics due to its "world-class technology…

Hafakot

India's online grocery market may top $3 billion in 2020 sales

According to various analysts and industry executives, India’s online grocery market could top $3 billion in sales this year, a 76% increase over last year, as the spike in…

Underpinning fresh produce traceability by adding an extra layer of scientific validation

A New Zealand based scientific traceability company says businesses need to be aware of the risks of counterfeiting and fraud in fresh produce, as agricultural exports de-commoditise in favour of brand premium products. "Australian (and New Zealand) agriculture continues to grow in export markets,"…

AlfaPro Next gains ground

AlfaPro Next, the successor to the proven AlfaPro (software for fresh sectors) is gaining ground. The basis of the system became available a few months ago. Flower wholesaler and cash & carry De Carpentier in Beverwijk switched successfully. Several comparable companies in Germany are now also using the system. The users are enthusiastic.…

AHDB Website set to help cut UK surplus potato stocks

The British Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board is set to launch a marketing tool to help shift surplus potato stocks caused by a drop-off in demand since the…

The importance of investing in innovative technology to stay ahead of the game

A New Zealand AgTech company says the horticulture and fresh produce industry is heading for a major shift in coming years, in terms of take-up of new technology. Autogrow specialises in the research and development of digital growing solutions, and Chief Executive Officer Darryn Keiller says major…

"Robotics can limit the impact of future viruses and global threats"

"COVID-19 is affecting all of us. All over the world we are being challenged by this situation. It is our firm belief, that in these days, we need to collaborate to address urgent needs and at the same time to look forward, on how we can limit the impact of future threats like these." The speaker is…

Serban Enache

Indian growers establish direct links with consumers

With the country under lockdown, farmers have struggled to market their produce, and many have even had to destroy their crops. In this bleak scenario, some fruit growers in…

Aegean Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Exporters Association president Hayrettin Plane:

‘Digital Agriculture Market will encourage everyone to produce goods’

At the press conference organized by the Izmir Branch of the Economy Correspondents Association, Aegean Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Exporters Association president Hayrettin…

Ksenia Kolesnikova

Indian agri industry goes digital

The lockdown restrictions imposed by the government brought all sectors to a grinding halt, including agriculture. With trucks forced to go off roads and borders sealed, the…

Remote imagery research into providing better fruit yield forecasts

A remote imagery research project on citrus orchards is set to be expanded, after promising results at a Western Australian farm. Professor Andrew Robson, from the University of New England, has been involved in a project with WA's Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) to…


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