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Use of drones can really help southwest Florida citrus growers

In recent years, the Florida citrus industry has suffered a staggering decline due to several problems, including citrus greening, damage from hurricanes, and a dwindling…

South African speciality baby veg exporter is rolling out solid cardboard punnets for its range

Yukon International leads the way in sustainable baby veg packaging

Yukon International, an exporter of specialised fresh produce from South Africa to the European and Middle Eastern markets, has announced it is moving its product range to solid cardboard punnets. “Our journey started in 2019 when we committed ourselves to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development…

Smart Technology will drive China’s $90 bln digital agricultural economy

Top agricultural expert Zhao Chunjiang from the Chinese Academy of Engineering stated at the opening of the Smart Agriculture Competition co-organized by Pinduoduo that…

Sustainability label for Equans’ condensation drying technology

One of 1,000 clean and profitable solutions in the world to protect the environment. This is what EQUANS’ (the new name of ENGIE Refrigeration) condensation drying technology can call itself now that it has been awarded the Solar Impulse Efficient Solutions Label. The drying and storage system enables arable…

Mana Farms:

“We want to make technology as simple, efficient and convenient as possible”

“Having these units in restaurants will be an experience for guests, like having a lobster tank from which the customers can choose. Similarly, they can see the herbs and salads being used in their dishes,” says Raphael Schardt, co-founder, and CEO of Mana Farms. Mana Farms is a German agtech company…

Ecuador: Agricultural drones spearhead sustainable Andean farming

In the Andes region of Ecuador, XAG Agricultural Drones were recently introduced to a series of on-farm spray trials for high-altitude specialty crops. The demonstrations on…

MAPA and the sector held a webinar to address the growing role of innovation in Spain

Challenges and opportunities of new technologies in the fruit and vegetable sector

The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Food (MAPA) organized a webinar on the occasion of the FAO 2021 International Year of Fruits and Vegetables. The webinar was…

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AI technology gaining popularity in China

Intelligent agricultural machinery is now seen in farmlands across China. With the in-depth integration of AI into agriculture, farm work is becoming increasingly intelligent and more efficient, while agricultural production modes grow more effective. In Zhaoxian county, north China’s Hebei province, two…

Tracker could extend expiry dates of fresh food

A new tracking device could extend the expiry date of fresh produce. The Blue Box tracker is being added to shipments across Australia, following the foodstuffs from farm to…

Device to measure firmness of blueberries: license awarded

Each year, the University of Concepción, awards the ‘Science with Impact Award’. This year it went to the academic from the Faculty of Agricultural Engineering, dr. Christian…

Suma Reddy with startup company Future Acres

“We are looking to increase yields and reduce emissions by using artificial intelligence”

A new startup company has a blueprint for successfully reinventing the wheel...barrow. Suma Reddy, CEO and cofounder of Future Acres, and her colleagues are in the process of developing artificial intelligence (AI) that would facilitate the picking process on farms harvesting fresh produce. “We are…

Carpenteria Fossano

Electric 'umbrella' that can be operated remotely

The innovation presented at Macfrut by Carpenteria Fossano is an actual automatic 'umbrella' that can be opened and closed via an electric motor. Detail of the steel truss with the chain system to rewind the cover Opening and closing operations only take a few seconds and can be controlled remotely to be…

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…

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…

BreedingValue

Open Call for developing quality tool kits for soft fruit

The EU-funded research project BreedingValue, focusing on genetic resources in berries, has launched Open Call #4 for proposals on the development of methodological tool kits for sensorial quality assessment of berry genetic resources. The Open Call serves as a mechanism to transfer funding and knowledge from the project to European berry breeders and companies…

Ai-Ping Hu

GTRI

The future of peach harvesting

The Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) has developed an intelligent robot that is designed to handle the human-based tasks of thinning and pruning peach trees, which could result in significant cost savings for peach farms in Georgia.    "Most folks are familiar with the harvesting of fruit and picking it up at the market," said Ai-Ping Hu,…

Loughborough University.

Loughborough University researchers turn to recycled plastics

3D-printed affordable tools for African growers

Loughborough University researchers have managed to turn polymeric refuse collected on the African continent into low-cost agricultural tools for local farmers. Through the ‘Circular Plastics Project,’ the team has recycled discarded bottles into a processable filament, before 3D-printing it into six…

Post-harvest solutions provider adds plant-based organic coating to stone fruit portfolio

Pace International LLC, a provider of sustainable postharvest solutions and technologies for the fresh produce industry, announced today the introduction of PrimaFresh® 60…

New industry tomato

Med Hermes presents Forentum F1 oblong tomatoes

"After years of experience in the table vegetable sector, we have now introduced industry tomatoes," reported Alfredo Amoroso, Ceo at Med Hermes, an Italian multinational located in Ragusa which has become a leader on the Spanish, Italian and Moroccan markets thanks to the great work carried out in the…

China’s first unmanned box ship ready for maiden voyage

China’s first autonomous container ship will enter service in October 2021. The 300 TEU vessel Zhi Fei will be deployed by the state-owned Shandong Port Shipping Group to…

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…

Picking the way to a better asparagus future with robotic harvesting

A robotic asparagus harvester project led by growers and supported by the Government is set to reinvigorate the New Zealand asparagus industry, by alleviating ongoing labour challenges. The New Zealand Asparagus Council (NZAC) and Tauranga-based Robotics Plus will work alongside New Zealand asparagus…

New way to freeze foods could cut carbon emissions immensely

Freezing is a relatively cost-effective way to preserve nutrients and taste, but unfortunately it comes with a big energy and carbon emissions price tag. Researchers now…

Low cost innovation extends fruits & vegetable shelf-life up to ten days

A study by the International Society for Horticulture Science explains that in India, 30 to 40 per cent of perishable agricultural harvest like fruits and vegetables goes to waste every year. The wastage begins right from the harvest, to improper storage facilities, transportation and retail shops or…

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…

Post-harvest life extension solution receives EPA registration

Verdant Technologies is rolling out its HarvestHold™ Fresh product life extension solution to the produce industry, after receiving EPA registration in early September. HarvestHold is a 1-MCP-based post-harvest solution that extends the usable product life of fruits, vegetables and flowers by an average…

Citrus Under Protective Screen production systems

CUPS shows promising results in protecting grapefruit against HLB

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences research seems to indicate that there is an innovative way to manage Huanglongbing (HLB) disease. Arnold…

Grape grower-marketer techs up in California to bring innovation to the forefront

Providing year-round grape supplies through all major producing regions, Oppy, grower, marketer and distributor of fresh produce from around the world is distinguishing itself in California through its advances. Left: Garland Perkins; right: Hazel Technologies' sachet.  “We are precise and strategic in the…

Belgian coop markets tomato specialties as a unit

The Belgian cooperative, BelOrta, has updated nine of its specialty tomato varieties packaging. In doing so, the cooperative wants to market a unified, recognizable premium concept. Click here to enlarge. Contemporary packaging lineBelOrta's assortment has more than 50 kinds of tomatoes. Many are specialties, available…

Huercasa's novelties for Fruit Attraction

Grilled corn on the cob, halved sweet potato, marinated salad beets, and baked potato with skin

Huercasa will participate in Fruit Attraction, the sector's most important event at the national level, which will be held in person from October 5 to 7 at IFEMA, Madrid's trade fair and exhibition center, after the 2020 fair was held exclusively online. The company will take advantage of this scenario…

Controlled Environment Agriculture

New inspiration to increase high tech food production in Wales

A new way to increase high tech food production in Wales has been launched by the Welsh government. It should also have a positive impact on climate change. The new Controlled…

Instacrops develops Instafrost

Agtech Instacrops launch a solution that predicts frost 12 hours in advance with more than 90% accuracy

Chile's winter months are usually very cold and Chilean farmers are worried about a possible frost as the country's streets are frozen and Chile's central area is facing temperatures of nearly -5ºC. Even though many producers have systems or techniques to mitigate the effects of low temperatures on…

Launch of new biological fungicide formulated with a new generation strain of "Bacillus subtilis"

Seipasa, a Spanish company specialized in the development and formulation of bioinsecticides, biofungicides and biostimulants for agriculture, has announced the launch of…

Danielle Bruin about first Dutch purple sprouting broccoli crop

"Redi broccoli could revolutionize supermarket shelves"

In Europe, purple sprouting broccoli was first introduced in Spain, under Bejo's Redi concept, and the United Kingdom. This year, in the Netherlands, grower Nico Hoogendoorn began cultivating this new vegetable variety too. He is from Dutch Valley Vegetables. "Redi is a nice addition and expansion to the…

Tomato gin and chocolates at Belgian tomato festival

A new edition of the Belgian Tomato Festival will be held from 3 to 5 September at the Arboretum in Kalmthout. It promises to be an extra tasty edition, with many rare tomato varieties on display. Stoffels Tomaten, among others, will be showcasing its range. Unique this year are two tomato pralines made…

South African farmers to benefit from Israeli technology

Israeli agritech, varying from tech to decrease water usage to improving propagation, can be hugely useful to South African farmers. A recent webinar -hosted by the Israel…

Agri Impol Tech presented at Macfrut

Innovative strategies for biological control

Year after year, the number of crop protection and chemical products that can be employed to counter pathogens and harmful insects in agriculture gets smaller and smaller. Within that scenario and with the aim of achieving a more sustainable management of resources in line with the objectives of Agenda 2030, biological…

Flying robots with AI mechanisms can identify the right fruits for plucking

In the past decade, the introduction of cutting-edge technologies like AI, machine learning and deep learning has transformed the overall process of fruit harvesting. Now,…

New on-farm technology speeds up supply

Barden Produce is a vegetable and herb producer with operations throughout Eastern-Australia. They have just commenced their first production cycle using a newly established Redpath Greenhouse at Gatton in the Lockyer Valley. The fully automated protected cropping structure will see the first harvest of…

Europeanized American storage method

“Storing potatoes, disease-free sans chemicals”

Storing potatoes, disease-free and for longer without using chemical agents or germination inhibitors. That is what the Humigator does. This American-made machine is available in Europe for the second year. Initial results are very promising. Jef Viaene is the European market’s Humigator DFS dealer. He's…

LIF-tower concept:

Fresh herbs on the rise

In kitchens, there is typically a much wider variety of dried than fresh herbs. Dutch herb lovers Ard-Jan Bluemink and Marnix and Harm Keurhorst think this should change. Under the logo, 'Fresh herbs within reach for everyone', they're promoting fresh herbs and they are doing so using their LIF-tower concept. Marnix, Harm and…

Soft robotics might increase use of robots on the farm

‘Soft’ robots are made of malleable materials such as silicone and other polymers instead metal. These materials give robots organic characteristics, replicating the way…

Jeremy Sisson with Sakata Seed America on STM2255

“This round tomato variety ticks all the boxes”

Earlier this month, Sakata Seed America held its annual field days in Salinas (cold crops) and Woodland (warm crops), California. FreshPlaza attended the Woodland field trials and one of the featured crops was tomato variety STM2255 that was introduced to the US market in the spring of 2019. “It is a…

Elodie Brans, Stoller Europe:

Solution to controlling excessive ripening and senescence of fruits

Once again for this campaign, pome fruit producers can count on Hold Plus technology to reduce the acceleration of the senescence and ripening processes for apples and pears. And as a novelty this year, Stoller Europe guarantees the use of the solution in Organic Agriculture. Hold Plus, a Stoller Europe technology“Today,…

Reinhard and Niklas Krebbers of Wilhelm Weyers, Germany

"New optical sorter means we can serve all markets"

German potato wholesaler, Wilhelm Weyers, was founded in 1964. It primarily cultivates and sorts onions and potatoes. In 2014, Julia Krebbers and her husband Reinhard took over. Julia is the company's founder's daughter. The company bears his name. Recently they invested in a new Elisam optical potato…

ProduceIQ brings on new VP of Insights

Doug Fisher has joined ProduceIQ as vice-president of insights. He brings more than 30 years of produce industry buying, selling and data analytics experience to this…

According to new, third-party lab study

eatFresh-FC helps fresh cut fruit bowl last for unprecedented 21 days

Inventors of the eatCleaner® food safety line offer organic anti-browning powder to keep cut melon and pineapple from browning, mitigating food waste and keeping produce safe…

UF scientists use AI to try to more accurately predict citrus yield

Researchers from the University of Florida are using artificial intelligence to help citrus growers improver their seasonal production forecasts. In a preliminary study…

Company studies the possibility of algae also contributing to the elimination of plastics

Project launched to manufacture paper and packaging from algae

DS Smith, the leading sustainable packaging company, has launched a project to study the possibility of using algae fibers as a raw material for paper and packaging products in order to meet the growing customer and consumer demand for sustainable products. This could make the company a pioneer in the…

"We released a card for the retail industry that keeps fruit fresh for longer"

As the living standards of Chinese consumers rise, so does their interest in high-quality, fresh fruit products. A growing number of suppliers in the fruit and vegetable retail market makes use of products that preserve the nutrients in fruit and vegetables, and stave off the organic deterioration. One…

The Compostable Company, Guy Sampson:

Agri-tape extends the benefits of compostable plastic products

Novamont’s Mater-Bi resins and products have been available in the South African marketplace since late 2018, sold by The Compostable Co into the retail, manufacturing and agricultural industries, although disruptions to supply channels and the advent of the Covid pandemic has set the market penetration…

Researchers develop a transgenic potato that emits fluorescent light in response to stress

A group of scientists from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem has found a new method for the early detection of abiotic stress in plants in potato crops, by developing a…

Edible coatings for fruit to reduce wastage and increase sustainability

According to the German aid organization, Welthungerhilfe, 1.3 billion tonnes of food are thrown away every year. About a third of this amount is food that has gone off or was damaged during transport. A new coating technology from the Dutch company Liquidseal keeps fruit and vegetables fresh for up to…

"Empowering farmers and agriculture community in India"

En-Ripe, a product of Heighten Innovative Solutions is a one stop solution for post-harvest artificial ripening. En-Ripe is an ethylene-based fruit ripening powder that aims at providing a healthier and safer alternative to harmful chemical based ripeners across fruits for all seasons. It is recognized…

South African farmers find many advantages to electric three-wheelers

The electric three-wheelers that Pierneef Smit, South African general manager at Berda Fruit Agricultural Consultants, noticed on Chinese fruit farms, have proven themselves useful to South African farmers in more ways than expected. The electric three-wheelers in use on a farm near Lydenburg, Limpopo…

Hands-free farm is using AI, smart sensors and lettuce-harvesting robots

In Australia, innovators have just presented the country's first fully automated farm; it cost $20 million to set up. Conducted by researchers at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, in partnership with the Food Agility Cooperative Research Centre, the project could see robots doing almost all the…

Facial recognition software can help save multibillion dollar grape crop

An unusual collaboration between a biologist and an engineer might greatly enhance the current to protect grape crops. The new technology, using robotics and AI to identify…

BayWa AG

First pilot projects at Lake Constance

BayWa launches sustainable truss system on the market

BayWa presented a new development in the field of hail protection for fruit at the Bodensee-Obstbautag (BOTT) in Langenargen-Oberdorf near Tettnang. The "Fruit Traverse System" acts as a substructure for hail protection systems. Thanks to its wire structure, it can be flexibly adapted to a wide range of…

Breakthrough in the tests of the first transgenic Cavendish banana plants with resistance to Fusarium

The trials conducted by a group of researchers at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, offer promising results in the search for Cavendish banana…

Chinese Syngenta Group announces two new tomato varieties

Syngenta Group China organized the "Flavor Journey---Yoom cocktail tomato and Nebu cherry tomato tasting session" in Shanghai on the 7th of August, 2021. These two unique tomato varieties will be available in the Chinese premium supermarket chain Ole, where Chinese consumers can introduce their taste…

Upgrade of pineapple coating technology for improved export quality and product consistency

JBT Corporation, a technology solutions provider to the global food and beverage industry, announces upgrades to one of its Sta-Fresh® Pineapple Coating Technology solutions,…

China pushes Digital Agriculture to enable rural vitalization

Digital agriculture is driving China’s rural vitalization. Experts claim digital technology is bound to play a bigger role in the country’s steps toward rural vitalization and…

Macfrut Field Solution: technological innovation in a demonstration field

At the Rimini Expo Center from 7 to 9 September on the occasion of Macfrut, the international fruit and vegetable fair, there will be a real demonstration field of over 1,000…

Hackaday.com

Using neural networks to detect ripeness in fruit and vegetables

As the industry wants to automate as much of the food production process as possible, it becomes necessary to have machines sort the ripe and ready produce from the rest at times. Turkish innovator Kutluhan Aktar claims he has found a way to do just that, using the power of neural networks. His project’s…

The impact of longer-lasting limes on food waste

Apeel today shared U.S. sustainability impact numbers for its longer-lasting limes currently sold in more than 3,000 grocery stores coast-to- coast, including Kroger and CUB banner markets. Retailers across the country are continually exploring new ways to improve sustainability in their stores while…

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"Tutoring system saves labour"

"Thanks to our efficient, time-saving and cost-effective plant management, greenhouse plants can be kept in excellent condition at all times," says Alessandro Avarino of SIA Sicilia Group. He claims that his guidance system, Ideal Tutor, is the simplest and most cost-effective system for correct plant management in intensive…

Oppy uses plant-based solution to extend avocado shelf life

Offering premium organic and conventional avocados from California, Chile, Colombia, Peru and Mexico, Oppy is now using Apeel’s plant-based solution to extend the shelf life of its Eco Farms avocados grown in Mexico. Having acquired a 65 percent stake of Eco Farms in spring 2020, the grower, marketer and…

NVIDIA & University of Southern California:

DiSECt – a differentiable simulation engine for autonomous robotic cutting

Robotics researchers from NVIDIA and the University of Southern California presented their work at the 2021 Robotics: Science and Systems (RSS) conference. It was named…

Southern Storage Solutions

Numerous mobile rack installations in South African fruit stores

In conjunction with Barpro Storage, Southern Storage Solutions – DEXION has installed numerous mobile rack installations, increasing the storage capacity of each facility . Traditionally, pallets of packed fruit were stored by securing steel corner posts to each pallet and then storing another level of…

High quality starts with Progene Seed

Colored tomatoes, a treat for the eyes and for the palate

The interest of the markets in special tomatoes is increasing. This is a positive trend, and it should not be limited to the color or the shape of the tomato, no matter how appealing they may be. Plant breeding must also meet the needs of aroma and taste in their entirety, without neglecting all the…

In search of the ‘Holy Grail’ of tomatoes

The development of flavorful, nutritious and firm tomatoes with a long shelf life, good appearance and high yield is the “holy grail” of tomato improvement, said Carlos Avila, AgriLife Research vegetable breeder based at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Weslaco and principal…

'Shoppers are going wild for new avocado slicing gadget'

Australian shoppers are going wild for a three-in-one avocado slicer that helps prepare the fruit. The $12 device comes with a blade to split the fruit, a special seed-removing device and a slicing wand which cuts the whole fruit into even sections. Available on Amazon Australia the device has proven to be…

Raylase

Fresh produce natural branding & laser labelling to combat plastic waste

Consumers often ask themselves why organic products like cucumbers of all things are shrink-wrapped in plastic. Back in 2018, Ocean Care in Switzerland managed to convince major food retailers to change this by starting a petition against plastic for organic goods. The organization said: “It was great to…

Future strawberries will be aromatic and compact

To think about the future, it is essential to work on the present. This is why Crea, and especially the Forlì branch, keeps focusing on research. "We have two lines of particularly aromatic strawberries that represent a radical break with the past thanks to their compactness and rusticity," explains Crea…

Khalifa Port to implement region’s first autonomous Port Truck System

CSP Abu Dhabi container terminal, the first greenfield project of COSCO SHIPPING Ports Limited (CSP) operating within Abu Dhabi Ports’ flagship deep-water port Khalifa Port,…

Stoller

An organic solution to combat and minimize stress in plants

Currently, stress caused by climatic factors is estimated to cause up to 50% of the annual global production losses. In a world with ever-present climatic fluctuations, with hotter summers and warmer winters, questions regarding food security arise. Plants are subjected to diverse types of stress…

“Safe-D Vento 2 addresses the weather challenges that table grapes and soft fruits face”

The use of anti-rain plastic covering is very common in cultivations like table grapes, cherries and soft fruits in general. Protection from weather and management of light offers healthier plants, better quantity and quality in harvesting, possibility for earlier or later crop. But climate change has…

Fresh Produce Consortium launches a new platform for agritech

The Fresh Produce Consortium (FPC) has launched a new platform for the agricultural and horticultural sectors. Agritech Future, www.agritechfuture.com is a new online…

Gentile Group

Baby Plum now part of the berry fruit range

Gentile Group, the cooperative located in Policoro (Matera) and specializing in the cultivation of strawberries and soft fruit, now has Baby Plums® available in different colors, formats and varieties. Founder member and president Loris Gentile explained that "they are smaller than cherries, but feedback has been great when it comes to…

New sneaker brand MoEa creates bio-sourced sneakers with fruit and plants

A new sneaker brand named MoEa is presenting a first bio-sourced and sustainable collection made with fruits and plants. For its launch, MoEa is offering only eco-friendly,…

Low temperatures, low pressure (vacuum) and oxygen free drying for fresh produce

OVDMA dryer now available for lease

Over the last 25 years Driedfresh Ltd have developed and refined a process to dry fruit, vegetables, sea foods and other foodstuff from fresh without losing any of the nutrients. The process does not involve freeze drying, but rather is done at low temperatures, low pressure (vacuum) and oxygen free. “It…

Vegetable research trials harvest miniature brassica crops

The Northern New York Agricultural Development Program has awarded a grant for trials of early spring high tunnel miniature cabbages and sprouting broccoli crops. These cold-tolerant brassica (cruciferous) crops have the potential to fill the gap that occurs between when winter storage crops are sold out…

BosDaalen, the Netherlands:

"Innovating to improve quality"

"The demand for fruit and vegetables is doing nothing but increasing," says Gerard van den Bos. He's co-owner and director of the Dutch transport company, BosDaalen. It's less than six months since Cargoboss and Van Daalen Transport merged. Gerard and his partner Aris van Daalen, however, strongly believe BosDaalen can maintain…

FreshPlaza July/ August Special -Automation

This month FreshPlaza will be will be highlighting automation in our special. Is your company automating? Do have new and exciting technology and systems to automate processes within the fresh produce trade?  We would love to hear from you for our July and August special section. You can send us some information…

Meeting with customers to select the best crop

An open day on tomato varieties with the Italian company Isi Sementi

On 29 June 2021, the Italian company Isi Sementi Isi held an open day in Buttapietra (Verona) at the Brunelli company. It was sunny and that added a nice touch to the day. Indeed, sunshine is essential for the ripening of the many varieties and selections of tomatoes under protected cultivation in the…


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