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Australian supply chain optimization platform set for major fresh produce pilot

A leading Queensland fresh produce company is set to trial an emerging digital trading and supply chain optimisation platform, which is hoped to boost operations and productivity. OmniOrder will aim to allow Qualipac to easily manage inventory at the batch level, take orders digitally with a trading app,…

Will Hill - FruPro

New digital market place about to launch

It has often been said that the fresh produce industry has been slow to modernise and adapt to new situations, but is that now changing? The whole industry is being forced to look at new ways of operating, whether that is at the point of harvesting, sorting, packing or selling. When buying or selling…

Wiremind enhances its Skypallet ULD & Flight Optimisation system

Wiremind’s recently expanded air cargo software and data-science team has spent the past months enhancing the company’s trusted capacity steering platform. SkyPallet, which…

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Ghana: Vegetable traders & farmers welcome governmental agriculture digitalisation agenda

Vegetable traders and farmers in the Assin Fosu Municipality in Ghana's Central Region have welcomed their government’s envisioned digitalization agenda as captured in 2022…

AgPick Technology

The labour management system that could help with piecework rate award changes

An Australian fresh produce labour management tool is already receiving interest from companies looking to better manage their workforce processes since the recent Horticulture Award changes to piecework legislation. This month, the Fair Work Commission ruled to vary the Horticulture Award to ensure that…

Using AI may increase food supply chain transparency

Food supply chain transparency plays a major role in keeping everything running smoothly. Brand representatives want confirmation that their agricultural partners can fill…

Jack Fleming - Chill-Chain

"It will be the people who can be transparent and forward thinking who will be least affected"

Chill-Chain connects businesses and shippers with haulers specializing in temperature-controlled transport to facilitate the movement of fresh produce and food. The UK-based…

Wayne Johnson - Faedah Solutions

“We have targeted SMEs who want to digitalise, it doesn’t have to be expensive"

When a business is looking at digitalisation, especially a start up, it can be a daunting not to mention expensive affair. Faedah Solutions has technology aimed at SMEs to make the process easier and more affordable. The company is itself a very new business, but Director Wayne Johnson has worked in the…

Fresh produce importers harness opportunities to shorten supply chain

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the way fresh produce is traded. More noticeable has been the disruption to shipping, with dramatic rises in shipping costs, shipping container shortages and worldwide delays in deliveries. This is especially felt in fresh produce trade, where needs dictate more…

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…

Artificial intelligence and deep learning to get the best banana

Artificial intelligence has reached the banana sector. The Tekniker technology center, a member of the Basque Research and Technology Alliance (BRTA) that has extensive…

AI technologies for sustainable agriculture

Changing climatic conditions, the shortage of skilled workers, the use of pesticides – a wide range of factors have an impact on the quality and flow of agricultural…

‘Easy Food Export’ digital transformation project is helping to save time, costs and the environment

As part of its modernisation plans, Morocco FoodEx has revealed how its ‘Easy Food Export’ information system to digitalise technical control activities, is helping to facilitate export procedures, save time and costs for exporters, thus improving their competitiveness. A key priority in Morocco FoodEx’s…

HMM pilots IoT tech in reefer containers

Hyundai Merchant Marine will try out Internet of Things (IoT) technology on the shipping of refrigerated and frozen containers. IoT enables ship operators to determine the…

Nigerian start-ups to digitize local food supply chain

Nigerian start-ups are digitizing the local food supply chain, helping both traders navigate high food costs and farmers sell their produce. Two such firms, Vendease and Sabi,…

The first digital marketplace for organic products in Spain

In the coming days, Sekai, the first digital marketplace for organic products will be officially launched in Spain. This digital space specialized in the commercialization of…

The Agerpix company won The Call Agro award, an initiative of Banco Santander

The OnFruit 360 system automatically counts how many fruits a plantation has with a 95% precision

Agerpix, a company devoted to precision agriculture, was awarded the top prize of The Call Agro, an initiative of Banco Santander to promote startups that allow the digitization and sustainability of the agri-food sector. The Call Agro was held on October 20 and Agerpix presented its concept proposal to…

Using AI technology to reduce crown rot in bananas

At last week's Cool Logistics' conference food waste was high on the agenda and it was discussed on how reduce this waste in supply chain. Theofrastos Mantadelis, Founder, dimetra.eu has worked together with AgroFair a pioneer in Fairtrade and conventional and organic bananas, Theo built an AI…

Facilitating Fresh Food Inventory Management with advanced ERP solutions

Fresh food inventory management is not as easy as some may assume. Fresh food poses various challenges like varying freshness ranges, traceability demands and sustainability…

Ericsson and du partner with Pure Harvest Smart Farms to collaborate on 5G solutions for farms

Ericsson has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with du, from Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC), and Pure Harvest Smart Farms to deploy innovative 5G smart farming solutions across agricultural sites in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The 5G solutions deployed will leverage…

China's fruit e-commerce market still has huge potential

In China, the retail sales of fruits in e-commerce from 2018 to 2020 are 74.558 billion, 90.404 billion, and 129.569 billion respectively. In 2019 and 2020, the growth rate of…

AvoPRICE directly connects growers, packers, exporters and importers

First digital platform to improve the efficiency of the Mexican avocado supply chain

Mexico tops the world rankings for avocado production and exports, and official figures, on a steady rise, confirm its leadership. According to SIAP data, the acreage amounted to almost 250,000 hectares as of July 2021, which is 2.9% more than in the same period of 2020, and production reached 1,403,119…

CMA CGM and BigCommerce: a partnership to develop online solutions

BigCommerce, an open SaaS (Software as a Service) platform offering its services to growing companies as well as already established brands, the CMA CGM Group, specialized in…

Ghana: EOS Data Analytics partners with Complete Farmer to boost agritech

EOS Data Analytics is a global provider of AI-powered satellite imagery analytics. The company has announced a partnership with Complete Farmer, a Ghana-based demand-driven…

Agritech company's offering heavily oversubscribed

Hectre, the New Zealand based orchard management and fruit sizing software company, has just completed a funding round which will see both its team and its product innovation capability expand significantly.The NZD$3.5m pre-series A funding round was heavily oversubscribed, testament to the value…

OrderNStock Inventory

New mobile procurement platform simplifies online ordering and inventory management

Institutional food operators often use traditional processes to procure products and take inventories; think pencils, paper, clipboards, and scurrying to a desktop computer to…

How real-time temperature data reduces claims and financial liability

Being a shipper of fresh and frozen food is not without risk. H&M Bay, a less-than-truckload (LTL) consolidation and freight brokerage company, ships hundreds of loads a week among eight shipping zones in the US. “We’re financially responsible for any shipments that do not arrive within the correct…

"China Kiwi E-commerce Live Broadcast Base" was officially put into use

"The sweet and sour kiwifruit in Meixian is just ripe right. Only with moderate rainfall, abundant sunlight, and moderate temperature difference, can Meixian have a refreshing…

Sollum Technologies unveils new features for its Sun as a service cloud platform

Today, Sollum Technologies unveiled new and upgraded features for its Sun as a Service® (“SUNaaS”) cloud platform. The nerve center of the 100% programmable Sollum™ LED lighting solution, SUNaaS gives greenhouse growers real-time and remote control of their lighting and opens production opportunities for…

ZIM establishes Ship4wd™, a new digital freight forwarding company

ZIM Integrated Shipping Services Ltd. announced today the creation of a new subsidiary, Ship4wd, a digital freight forwarding platform offering an online, simple and reliable self-service end to end shipping solution. Ship4wd will launch on October 18 2021. Ship4wd will target US & Canadian small and medium-sized…

Australian fresh produce supply chain education project set to be rolled out nationally

A unique educational tool that will immerse school students in the dynamic world of global fruit and vegetable supply chain management is being extended to classrooms nationally, to help inspire and equip them to take up roles in the fresh produce industry. The initiative, which started as a pilot in…

Two hundred store wholesaler group accelerates online growth with Rosie

Rosie and Associated Grocers of Baton Rouge launch ecommerce partnership

Rosie, an ecommerce solution for independent retailers and wholesalers, has officially partnered with Associated Grocers of Baton Rouge (AGBR) to offer a convenient online…

Vancouver-based tech company buys Western Australian farm management system

A Vancouver-based agri-tech firm has purchased a farm management system company in Perth, Western Australia. SemiosBio Technologies paid $100 million for the Australian…

"The Taeltech platform captures insights across the consumers' whole shopping journey – from decision making to purchase."

The online platform hoping to help Australian and New Zealand's fresh produce brands cut through the busy Chinese market

One of China's leading consumer engagement platforms is looking at expanding its involvement in the Australian and New Zealand fresh produce industries, not only by assisting sales but also by providing targeted market insights. Taeltech CEO, Alex Busarov explains that demand for high-quality fruit and…

"This month we launched the low-cost, single-use, real-time temperature recorder B9Z"

Frigga is a manufacturer and supplier specialized in real-time monitoring solutions. The company supplies clients in pharmaceutical industries, food industries, distribution, and supermarkets on five continents. Frigga has long stood for high-quality products at low prices. Mr. Paddy Pan, CEO of Frigga, said:…

FruitScout

Precision crop load management platform secures $4 mln in seed funding

FruitScout, the world’s first mobile-based, AI-powered precision crop load management (PCLM) platform, today announced $4 million in seed round funding led by Bowery Capital and TFX Capital with additional capital from SaaS Ventures, among others. FruitScout’s innovative approach to precision crop load…

Laava Smart Fingerprints moves into New Zealand market

Laava Smart Fingerprints® are now featured on a wide range of products around the world. The company has just expanded into New Zealand. The first customer is fresh food supplier J3 Freshstore and Pole to Pole. Working together with partners FreshSupplyCo and Gravitas Media, Laava has enabled an…

Hectre sets new record with fruit sizing app

In one single day, Hectre’s early fruit sizing tool, Spectre, has captured more images than were captured in the entire 2020 New Zealand apple harvest. “We’re absolutely blown away! When that result came through from our Spectre development team, the entire Hectre team was simply ecstatic,” says Hectre…

Summer 2021 characterized by booming demand for digital irrigation systems

In the current situation characterized by a water crisis and considering the extreme changeability of weather conditions, with increasingly intense and frequent extreme phenomena, an efficient management of irrigation water can become essential to save crops and businesses. The torrid dry summer of 2021…

China: Fresh-key guarantees effective detection of temperature and humidity of agricultural products

Temperature and humidity are the core factors that cannot be ignored for every link of agricultural products, from the field to the table. At the planting end, temperature and humidity have a great influence on the germination of seeds and the growth and development of plants; in the field of…

"We focus on customs issues, so importers and exporters can focus on daily trade"

Dutch customs brokerage firm grows to 24 employees within a year

"Total chaos" is how Robert van den Tol describes the situation when Brexit began. He is Rotterdam Customs Service's (RCS) general manager. It is also why this Dutch independent customs brokerage firm was founded. It now boasts a team of 24 people. By now, the RCS team has helped many exporters and…

QAAFI-UQ

Computer modelling and replication of real orchards to increase food production

Computer modelling could help orchardists design and plan their farms of the future. That is why University of Queensland researchers are utilizing "digital horticulture" which involves the optimization of orchard management practices. This is done by modelling in detail real or planned orchards with…

Tosca launches comprehensive supply chain IoT service - Asset IQ

Tosca, a global company in reusable container and pallet pooling for supply chains, announced that it has added a comprehensive IoT service called Asset IQ to its broad portfolio of reusable assets. Tosca Asset IQ is supply chain IoT that delivers critical data and insights about supply chain…

DropControl irrigation management technology arrives in Europe

"A single software where all irrigation management systems converge"

Water is a primordial element for life and a fundamental resource in agriculture, a sector that accounts for around 70% of all global freshwater extractions, according to data from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). However, it is a finite asset closely linked to the…

UTA to use tiny sensors to track bugs and combat infestations

The University of Texas at Arlington is helping develop tiny sensors that attach to insects, tracking their movements and life cycles in an effort to combat infestations and…

Developing automated vision technology for Ontario apples and tender fruit

Ontario’s tender fruit and apple growers have joined forces with a local agtech company to further develop its smartphone-powered computer vision system for Ontario tree fruit. Ontario Tender Fruit and Ontario Apple Growers are working with Kingston, ON-based Croptracker to expand their Harvest Quality…

First free APP intended specifically for the management of fruit tree farms launched in Spain

Simple, easy to configure and use, and with no download costs. We are talking about Farmable, an application that has already allowed thousands of fruit and vegetable growers…

INIA Chile developed a software for drones that allows releasing biological controllers in the fields

INIA, with the support of the Foundation for Agrarian Innovation (FIA), developed software to support the management of pest monitoring of producers that allows releasing…

Andy Gray - Harvex

"With a successful New Zealand season behind us we are looking forward to the Dutch onion season”

Global online onion trading platform Harvex has just completed the first New Zealand onion export season and it has been a great success according to Andy Gray from the company. “This is a new frontier in online trading, with a successful New Zealand season behind us we are looking forward to the Dutch…

New wave of innovations allow independent grocers to offer new paths to online purchase

Retailer-branded mobile app and online SNAP unveiled at NGA show in Las Vegas

Rosie will unveil two important initiatives during the NGA Show in Las Vegas September, 19-20 2021: Rosie Mobile, a white label mobile app, and Online SNAP Payments. Both…

Plant Protection Regulatory Services Directorate

Ghana: PPRSD upgrades manual traceability system to e-traceability

Ghana’s Plant Protection Regulatory Services Directorate (PPRSD) is upgrading its manual traceability system to e-traceability. This process should ensure that products are…

Gregal will present its new purchasing contract mobile app

"Agricultural food companies need to buy staple products directly from farmers. These companies are interested in closing contracts with farmers to ensure a supply of products that cover their production and programming needs, both in terms of quality and quantity," Gregal stated. Until now, the…

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…

Fieldin raises US$30 mln in Series B round

American-Israeli AgTech startup Fieldin has completed a US$30 million Series B funding round, led by Fortissimo Capital. There was participation of Zeev Ventures, Icon…

Michael Crisera – Food Growers Victoria

“A great strength of Tie Up Farming is the ability to work off line"

Tie Up Farming’s end to end technology management system has been available for a few years now and it has become an important tool for large businesses. “We offer a cloud-based solution dedicated to the horticulture industry, focussing on the operational side of the agro-business. The system can link…

DAKOSY and dbh digitalize the release process for "German Ports"

A German joint solution for the digitalized release process of import containers is being developed by the service providers DAKOSY AG, Hamburg, and dbh Logistics IT AG,…

eLocust3m

FAO deploys new app to combat locust outbreaks

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization has developed the eLocust3m application to improve early warning through rapid detection, surveillance and monitoring of…

Agriplace chain makes lab analyses more transparent

AgriPlace, an international platform for managing a safe and sustainable supply chain, now also automatically retrieves information for users from their laboratories. In addition to information such as supplier agreements and certificates, lab analyses are now collected and checked. The connection with…

CubicFarms collaborates with Microsoft on cloud services for indoor farming tech

CubicFarm Systems Corp., an agtech company, announced that it has selected Microsoft’s technology to launch the next generation of indoor farming technologies for fresh food and fresh livestock feed. CubicFarms will be working with Microsoft’s cloud services to deliver technology that enables farmers to…


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