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…

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…

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…

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…

Neural network uses orchard data to predict fruit quality after storage

A researcher from Skoltech and his German colleagues have developed a neural network-based classification algorithm that can use data from an apple orchard to predict how well apples will fare in long-term storage. The paper was published in Computers and Electronics in Agriculture. Before the fruit and…

Biobest & ecoation join forces

AI-Optimized IPM offered to the European market

Biobest Group NV (Biobest), a worldwide supplier of solutions for biological control of pests and disease, and Ecoation Innovative Solutions Inc. (ecoation), a Canadian developer of automated greenhouse management and crop health monitoring technologies, have signed a partnership agreement effective…

Chinese agricultural platform predicts “step change” opportunities in agriculture with mobile internet

China’s agriculture industry is poised for a “step change” in productivity and efficiency with the proliferation of the mobile internet and ultrafast 5G access, according to Pinduoduo, one of the country’s largest agriculture platform. Internet penetration in rural areas surpassed 50% for the first time…

When can I collect my container?

The business world revolves around efficiency. Clients want to know exactly when their container will arrive at port. Or even better, at what time it will be ready for collection. After all, this…

BT9: “Intelligent cold chain monitoring”

Cold chain control company launches no less than four new dataloggers

It is vital to be able to keep an eye on one’s perishables along the cold chain. BT9 has introduced four new dataloggers to its Xsense® range to expand monitoring capabilities: a real-time GPRS datalogger, a BLE logger, a USB logger, and a HiTag2™ datalogger with door sensor. Reusable GPRS tracker with temperature…

Treating the technology uptake more seriously could have major growth potential for NZ's ag businesses

A leading New Zealand technology representative body has told a major agtech conference that not enough businesses across the country are thinking about or taking up technology, which can prevent growth not just to the individual business, but the wider economy. NZTech was one of nine presentations on…

In the last year, the Kilimo digital platform has helped save 30 billion liters of water in 10 countries

"We promote the democratization of intelligent irrigation management"

Latin American agriculture has faced a megadrought that has spread in this part of the world for almost a decade. Water is essential for agricultural production and food security. 80% of the water available for human consumption in this region is used for food production. “The reality varies in the 8…

Cropdesk

Cropdesk

Productivity app eyes global growth with £235,000 in funding

A cloud computing start-up -based out of Dorset- that monitors farm productivity has raised £235,000 in Innovate UK funding. It has also bene able to launch a recruitment app and to expand its software development team. Cropdesk was founded by third generation blueberry farmer David Trehane. Trehane:…

Farmhouse International: short, sustainable chains through international cooperation

Since 1 January 2021, Yex and the grower cooperatives, Avor, SPOT and FV SeleQt fall under a new holding company: Farmhouse International. This international cooperation with and for growers offers customers a wide range of surprising fruit and vegetables all year round. Farmhouse International has its…

Sensors for Summerfruit project off to a strong start after first production season

A project aimed at understanding and measuring fruit quality in the Australian stone fruit industry has undertaken its first main production season of research. It is being led by Agriculture Victoria and Research Scientist Dr Mark O'Connell told the Food Agility Summit 2021 that the Sensors for…

"This project reframes the role of technology into climate adaptation"

The technology pilot projects helping farmers adapt to climate change and gain economic benefits

A digital agriculture pilot being run by the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries is already giving horticulture farmers the confidence to change their operations for not just an economic benefit, but a benefit in terms of adapting to climate change. Dr Allen Benter leads the Climate-Smart…

Carrefour Brazil launches blockchain in citrus chain

On Monday, Carrefour launched a new line of products with blockchain technology: citrus fruit. From now on the Pera, Bahia, lime and tangerine oranges with the Sabor &…

More freshness and less food waste – guaranteed by the smart "Fresh-cut" fridge

SanLucar wins reta award 2021 in the category Best AI & Robotics

For the past 14 years, the EHI Retail Institute has annually recognized the best implementations of innovative IT solutions with the reta award. This year, SanLucar won the award in the new category Best AI & Robotics with its intelligent "Fresh Cut Refrigerator", which optimizes the quality of the…

"There are stories being told about you - but who is telling that story?"

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 buffer system at Gemüsebau Steiner

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…


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