PMA Global Retail Week

Technology’s role in retail is multi-faceted

As part of PMA’s Global Retail Week, yesterday's session focusing on North America examined the evolving role of technology in retail and produce. Anne-Marie Roerink of 210…

Idroterm Serre

Revolutionary 4.0 opportunity for greenhouse irrigation

Agriculture 4.0 definitely presents many advantages in terms of sustainability and economic and environmental efficiency. Even though it may seem difficult to apply for those who are used to employing traditional methods, digitally managed crops are growing rapidly in greenhouses where the environment is…

Fresh Del Monte announces partnership to accelerate into new digital era

Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc., a vertically integrated producer, marketer and distributor of high-quality fresh and fresh-cut fruit and vegetables, has announced its…

UK: Defra signs £ 54.5 mln contract with “Digital Delivery Partner”

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Areas has selected Kainos as its “digital distribution partner”, signing a £ 54.5 million two-year contract with the…

BRUcargo accelerates its digital transformation with large scale rollout of Digital Green Lane

As of tomorrow, Brussels Airport, Air Cargo Belgium, and the entire BRUcargo community will be taking a giant leap in the further digitization of cargo processes. Leveraging…

PineApp

New tool to control the use of inputs in the cultivation of pineapples in Costa Rica

A new app to control the use of inputs in pineapple cultivation will allow Costa Rican producers to grow this fruit creating less pollution and in a manner that is more…

Tina Sun, Fresh-key

Digital recording devices safeguard product quality of fresh produce during pandemic

Logistics is an industry that supports the national economy. Companies across the globe and their clients are all working hard to improve the efficiency of distribution and lower its cost price. AI and digitalization are the ways to reach these goals. In this age of digital economy, logistical companies…

Radfords fast-tracks business intelligence tool for global industry

Leading New Zealand software provider Radfords has fast-tracked the evolution of its fresh produce data reporting system FreshInsights as global customers demand new technologies to future-proof their businesses. Chief executive officer Adam Cuming said the global pandemic had accelerated the thinking in…

Marco Snikkers, OneThird, the Netherlands:

"Infrared scanner analyzes fresh produce's internal quality, predicts shelf life”

It sounds almost like science fiction. But it'll be on the market this year. A scanner that not only analyzes fruit and vegetables' internal quality. It also predicts how long they'll keep. "We're a spin-off from a larger company. It's been developing these kinds of sensors for decades," begins Marco…

“Demand for Turkish figs will be high”

“Applying blockchain technology is the inevitable future for the food industry”

In Turkey, quite a few seasons are about to kick off, like cherries, apricots and figs. One company is confident about their season, due to their commitment to using blockchain for its clients. They state it’s a major contributor to building trust with the customers that import their produce. According to…

University of Florida develops blueberry cultivar selection tool for Florida growers

As growers wind down this year’s Florida blueberry season, they can look to a new UF/IFAS tool to help them decide whether to remove any existing blueberry cultivars and/or…

Jarrel Habets, Shypple

“This year, we hope to introduce a Shypple service for the fruit and vegetable sector”

Shypple - the Booking.com of intercontinental sea freight. This digital freight forwarding platform was founded in 2016 by Jarell Habets. It connects more than 3,000 companies worldwide. "We're a travel agency for international freight traffic. We put companies in touch with carriers and arrange customs…

Exploring the use of blockchain technology to improve food security in Western Kenya

AgUnity along with partners Virginia Tech (Virginia, United States) and Egerton University (Njoro, Kenya) are traveling to Kakamega County, located in western Kenya, this week…

Ausveg

AUSVEG and the EnviroVeg Program

Piloting digital remote monitoring to improve environmental performance

With an increasing range of real-time sensors and monitoring used in vegetable production, several real-time sensing options will be piloted in a new project to investigate whether these digital tools might be able to both support agronomic decision making as well as guide and record improved…

USDA - Euromonitor International

Covid-19 accelerates growth of online grocery markets in India

India’s online grocery market grew by 80 percent to $2.66 billion in 2020 primarily due to COVID-19 and the resulting lockdown. The sector is expected to grow exponentially over the next few years thanks to expanding internet connectivity and rising consumer demand for convenience, value, safety/hygiene,…

To help growers and distributors thrive in the global fresh produce industry

Producepay raises 43 million in series C equity funding

ProducePay, a financing, analytics, and marketplace startup bringing transparency, predictability, and fairness to the global fresh produce market, today announced a $43…

Predicting the harvest with a smartphone

Counting and manually measuring fruits to make a harvest forecast is a time consuming job. With all the possibilities that smartphones offer, it was a logical step for the Austrian company Pixofarm to develop an app with which fruit growers can predict their production, NFO writes. The Pixofarm app…

Mouton Citrus: First in South Africa to get fruit sizing solution

Mouton Citrus, located in the Western Cape, has become the first citrus company in South Africa to gain access to the fruit sizing app, Spectre. Created in New Zealand by fruit tech company Hectre, Spectre is a fruit quality computer vision AI tool, detecting large sample sizes and serving up accurate…

Camilo Garces, CEO of IOland:

"The profitability of agriculture goes through its digitization"

The Garces family believes that agriculture is a way of life that has to adapt to changing times and that needs to continue to be a profitable business for producers. "Producers must innovate from the production process to the marketing process, but they don't always have all the necessary knowledge and…

Nick Dinkelaar: "Thanks to Ugofresh, our clients can get direct quotes"

Suncrops Europe sets course for digital development

Suncrops grows tomatoes and soft fruit in Morocco. It's going to use the Ugofresh service app hat will allow the company to provide additional services to its clients. Suncrops considers this online platform great added value. That's in the hectic fruit and vegetable world. "In this fast-paced market,…

AgriPlace Chain now automatically collects GRASP, Siza and add-ons from the GLOBALG.A.P. database.

‘’We now also support bookmarking connections to GLOBALG.A.P. allowing to collect information like GRASP, add-ons like Albert Heijn and detailed information like hectares.…

Global onion trade moves online

The 2000’s kicked off the cloud computing revolution in technology companies by introducing a pay-as-you-go model for web services, which significantly lowered the entry barrier and increased the scalability for new technology companies – and so the “startup” era began. Soon after, a flood of e-commerce platforms and…

South Africa: Transnet Port Terminals to deploy new version of container terminal OS

Within a few weeks, state-owned Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) will launch a new version of its container terminal operating system, Navis Sparcs N4. According to CFO Sharla…

FoodtradeHub

B2B trade network event for fresh produce

Following the success of the Foodeshow, Jalal Benbrahim and Heuda Guessous, co-founders of JBHG Ltd, have decided to launch a new networking platform for fresh produce and closeout goods: FoodtradeHub with a vision to democratize access to markets to companies over the globe using their 20+ years in the…

Wireless technology in greenhouse or in open fields, even with no electricity

Lualtek develops wireless radio systems to remotely monitor greenhouses

With a technology that does not need to be connected to the electrical grid, greenhouse activities can be managed, monitored and programmed. This is possible thanks to LoRaWAN, a wireless radio system that communicates data over long distances without the need for an Internet connection. Luca Occhipinti showing…

Dr. Lippert Digital: e-Campus as a digital training platform

"Flexible, modern tools for continuing education and quality control"

The daily handling of fruit and vegetables as well as the constantly growing demands on quality and preparation of the goods regularly present employees in all areas of the fruit trade with major challenges. How must a defect be assessed? What does the standard say and what does the customer say? How is…

Sipo

Online platform to purchase vegetables destined to wholesalers, shop-owners and operators

Sipo has launched its new on-line shop to make its vegetables available to shops, restaurants, wholesales and distributors in Italy and Europe. Just access www.sipo.it, go to the Shop page, select the various vegetables and proceed with the purchase by registering on the portal.  Massimiliano Ceccarini, manager…

Continued development crucial for Wyma in Europe and UK

The fresh vegetable industry in Europe and the United Kingdom is undergoing rapid and exciting change at present says Jason Gerrie, General Manager of Wyma Europe and Wyma UK.…

Fruit importer/exporter launches multi-use app

Salix Fruits, fresh fruit import and export company, celebrates its 10th anniversary by launching an app that has been developed with Lyncros, a software factory for mobile applications, business solutions and microservices with secure APIs in companies of all sizes. With more than 15 years of experience…

British Standards Institution

BSI joins Innovate UK consortium to help digitize UK fresh produce supply chains

Business improvement and standards company British Standards Institution, has joined a new Innovate UK project as a consortium partner to help digitize the UK’s fresh produce…

For the fresh food sector

Manufacturing experts and IloT technology leaders join forces to deliver end-to-end traceability

Persequor, iTrazo and Facteon have brought together a global track and trace software product, an Australasian fresh produce expert, and a New Zealand-based smart…

"We will see a network effect emerge as more buyers and sellers use the platform"

Australian company set to launch digital marketplace to help modernise fruit and vegetable sales

Australian Agtech company, Optomni has today announced the upcoming launch of a new innovative digital marketplace for fresh produce, allowing buyers and sellers to trade in real-time, using an internet-enabled device. OmniOrder™ is an ordering and sales solution for every step of the supply chain, from…

Coles automates fresh produce replenishment through AI-based cloud platform

Australian supermarket chain Coles has made an agreement with Relex Solutions to use a cloud-based AI platform to change the way it replenishes its fresh produce stock across…

Fruit growers increasingly rely on digitalization in the supply chain

Strengthening the supply chain with digital solutions

The global supply chain for fresh fruits and vegetables represents a complex structure of different market participants located at different positions and stages. It is also…

Tackling food waste with AI-driven technology

On Stop Food Waste Day (April 28), Afresh acknowledges the impact food waste has on our environment and communities and the company looks for ways to solve this enormous problem. One-third of all food produced is wasted every year. In the U.S. alone, that is $408B worth of food, with a greenhouse gas…

Kochi-based Farmers Fresh Zone

Kerala tech firm introduces 'Know Your Farmer' traceability feature

A Kerala agri-tech firm has come up with the country’s first system that enables the consumer to detect the origin of the branded vegetables in the market. Kochi-based Farmers…

terraSmart, technologies for crop management

Agriculture 4.0 now more accessible in Italy thanks to tax benefits

The Italian company terraSmart designs and implements Agriculture 4.0 solutions, applying the most advanced and innovative technologies for crop monitoring and management. "We have designed several systems able to help the farmers during their routine cultivation operations. These solutions benefit from…

China: Influencer sells 300,000 tomatoes in e-commerce

Feel like selling 300,000 TOVs within 4 minutes? You might want to consider hiring an influencer to do so. That's how the Chinese greenhouse growers of Haisheng managed to do it.  The growers collaborated with e-commerce channel HeMa and Weiya, an influencer with over 100 million followers. She's promoted the…

Hectre brings fruit software to California’s citrus warehouses

Hectre, a fruit software and AI company from New Zealand, has extended it’s US coverage with California becoming its latest on the ground location. “We’ve had such an outstanding response from the US market, so it made good sense to invest further and put more people on the ground. California was chosen…

Spanish auction goes for real-time sales in the cloud with Kosmos

For the set-up of its brand-new fruit and vegetable auction, Andalucía Auctions Direct Growers S.L. chooses to trade its products in the cloud with Aucxis’ digital trading…

Frigga releases single-use, real-time 4G thermometers with global coverage

Frigga supplies real-time temperature monitoring solutions. Their current real-time thermometers provide services for clients in all five continents. These clients come from diverse industries including the pharmaceutical industry, fresh produce, distribution, and retail. This month Frigga officially…

The Italian company Dari Ecomeccanica presents the digital evolution of their harvesting machines

Horticultural harvesters with technology 4.0 and tax benefits

The right combination of sustainable management and the digital evolution of electronic and mechanical equipment in horticulture are to be found in the 4.0 harvesters from the Italian company Dari Ecomeccanica. "Our harvesters are innovative, as they provide a service to the grower and are also cost…

iAgri project

Smart platform to implement a new eco-sustainable agriculture model

The agri-food industry is immersed in an unstoppable transformation process to adapt to the consumers' new habits and demands, as they increasingly seek more healthy and sustainable products. The goal of the iAgri project, an industrial research initiative, is achieving the implementation of a new…

NZ Young Farmers

The importance of balancing traditional methods and innovation in the future of the NZ farming industry

Young people entering today's farming industry need to have an understanding of technology and science and be open to embracing innovation and change, according to the New Zealand industry body NZ Young Farmers (NZYF). Chief Executive Officer Lynda Coppersmith told the MobileTECH Ag conference in Rotorua…

US: Computer modeling will aid growers to time thinning

Research from the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program is focused on answering the question ‘How can computer modeling help growers decide when it’s best to…

Ian Yule - PlantTech Research Institute Limited

"We're not trying to create new sensors or robotics, but rather use AI systems to better utilise the technologies"

Introducing Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology into fruit and vegetable growing operations, and making sense of all the data that exists, takes an 'all of industry' approach rather than a purely scientific one, according to a leading New Zealand-based research and development organisation. PlantTech…

Swiss industry software Frutico gains importance

"We don't just offer an ERP, we offer full process optimization"

Just under a year ago, the innovative ERP software Frutico from  Swiss software developer Deep Impact AG had its market launch. The flexible and future-oriented software system has already made waves in the domestic fresh produce industry. The solution is designed to enable goal-oriented work and to make daily…

China Agricultural University & Chinese e-commerce platform Pinduoduo

Artificial intelligence victorious in Chinese fruit growing competition

Experts in artificial intelligence have beaten some of the world's best strawberry growers in a Chinese competition to see who could grow the most fruit. Three teams of top…

How the New Zealand agriculture industry is preparing to enter the "golden age" of robotics

The horticulture and agritech industries are at the start of the golden age of robotics and automation, according to a leading New Zealand-based company. Rocos provides the support to connect robotics to what 'The Cloud' has to offer including AI, 3rd party API's and visualization, as well as helping to…

FairPick registration system seeks European distributors

BCON Instruments, in the Netherlands, has been importing and distributing 2nd Sight Bioscience in Europe for several years. This American company supplies innovative equipment and software for growers. This is in the field of labor registration and stock management. They have a product for the fruit and…

Cobus von Wielligh, Miaan Kramer & Iwan Labuschagne - Provar

Culteva™ platform allows fruit evaluators and breeders ease of data collection & report-creation

Provar, South Africa's independent new variety evaluation company, developed an inhouse evaluation data collection and reporting platform, called Culteva, for their own use. It has proven to be successful and has been adopted by a number of local and international clients, the company says. Culteva's…

Val Harker - Farm Costing Solutions

“We measure the productivity of each worker; we also calculate how much to pay each worker through our payroll"

It is well understood in the fresh produce sector that technology can make everyday production easier. Labour costs typically account for +-60% of total costs on a fruit and vegetable farm. One company has been ‘making things easier’ for 26 years. Farm Costing Solutions builds and supplies proprietary IT…

Malaysian Pineapple Industry Board to expand use of latest tech for pineapple cultivation

The Malaysian Pineapple Industry Board has announced it will expand the use of technology for pineapple cultivation activities in the country, hoping to exert a positive…

Tracking all details of grape consignments from India

Apeda Blockchain solution to aid EU importers

Apeda’s Blockchain solution will help importers from the EU track all details of grape consignments from India. The Indian Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export…


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