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Rhizobacteria for the growth of Williams bananas

Bananas are the second most important product for Colombian exports. To meet the demand of international markets, high quantities of chemical fertilizers are needed, but they…

'Harv' from CROO Robotics

"Shrinking labor force needs to be solved with automation"

Both human and machine must find ripe strawberries between the leaves, gently twist them off the stems and tuck them into a plastic clamshell. Each contender has 10 seconds per plant. Then repeat endlessly before the fruit spoils. The future of agricultural work has arrived in Florida, promising to ease labour shortages…

South Africa: Aerobotics appoints new head of Data Science

Aerobotics announced that artificial intelligence expert and thought leader Stuart Reid has joined the company as their Head of Data Science to help drive and grow their capabilities. Stuart will be based in the Cape Town office where he will establish new processes and frameworks for rapidly-prototyping…

Chile: Nanotechnology to combat grape moth

A team of researchers in Chile has managed to develop microscopic biopolymers equipped with pheromones that are capable of disorienting the grape moth ("Lobesia botrana"), one…

Chilean blueberry farm where blockchain enters the food chain

Victor Edmundo Moller grows delicious blueberries in Chile. To produce and ship the best berries most efficiently, he has employed Naturipe, a farmer owned grower-shipper. The harvesters in Moller’s fields stick QR codes on crates of berries they’ve picked. While in the field, their crates are weighed…

Oyster mushrooms: beneficial for the crops

A laboratory in Limoges teamed up with a producer from the Creuse to develop a natural remedy that will protect vines, cereals and orchards from diseases. The solution? A grey…

US farmers using drones to check crop health and increase profits

Pittsburgh-based tech company Skycision is using drones and infrared technology to help diagnose diseases and pests in crops. The company’s goal is to help farmers improve…

Malaysian company uses stickers to keep fruits fresh

Throughout the ages, the most important issue for fruit growers and marketers is shelf life. Generally, fruits don't last long. However, a Malaysian company called Stixfresh has developed a sticker that will extend the shelf life of fruits by 14 days. The Stixfresh stickers can be plastered on fruits like apples, pears,…

The BanaNatural stand drew a lot of visitors in Berlin

“People told us our product was the most innovative idea at the entire exhibition”

When transporting fresh produce, one has to calculate the costs of manpower of packing, cutting or processing the fruit. This means that, on average, quite a few hands will handle the produce resulting in deterioration of their quality. The stand designed by BanaNatural aims to resolve not only the issue…

Chinese farmers cultivate social media sales

Back in 2017, Gao Yulou and his wife Wang Jiao left their steady incomes in the city of Kunming -Yunnan province- and headed back to their hometown. The had decided to be mango farmers. The inspiration came after Gao saw someone selling fruits via videos online. His hometown is Huaping county in Lijiang, Yunnan province.…

First time at Fruit Logistica's Flia. The ambassador in Berlin also congratulated

Italy wins in Germany thanks to the red kiwi by Jingold

For the first time, the Fruit Logistica Innovation Award went to an Italian company. It is the "Oriental Red red pulp kiwi" from the company Jingold. Buyers and professionals visiting Fruit Logistica voted over two days at the fair. "More than 1,500 people made the tasting - comments the president of Jingold Patrizio Neri - and…

Colruyt develops an audio shopping list

Belgians have the habit of making a list of the products they need before going to the supermarket. Now, they will not need to carry around their piece of paper anymore, only…

Edible biomaterial coating for fresh produce to reduce food waste

As the globalization of the produce industry increases the complexity of industry issues, Washington DC-based Village Capital ran a Food and Agricultural program late last year to identify and support start-ups with ideas on how to solve some of these issues. 12 companies were selected to participate in…

'Captain Peter'

Maersk to introduce a virtual assistant

New smart technologies and seamless solutions continue to change the shipping industry. In 2019, Maersk will enhance its Remote Container Management (RCM) platform by a virtual assistant, named “Captain Peter”. The avatar will assist customers along the journey of their cargo. Currently being tested by a group…

Van Kessel Fruit innovates in food safety, efficiency and sustainability with water purification

New fresh produce wash water purification eliminates nearly 100% of bacteria, pesticides, spores and moulds

Late 2018, Dutch website productwaarschuwing.nl reported that the number of recalls and safety warnings for food once again increased, to 118 cases. One-third of these concerned bacterial contamination, and therefore our food safety. Cross contamination can occur throughout the process, from production…

"Making plastic from sewerage sludge"

In 2016, Joan Hanegraaf explained how Oerlemans Plastics produces plastic from sewerage sludge. This was during a TED talk. Since then, the topic has certainly not become any less current. This TED talk has, therefore, now been made available internationally.

Brasiliaceae crops

Researchers identify the genes that make plants resistant to Albugo candida

An international team made up of researchers from eight universities -including the University of Córdoba (UCO) - and European research centers has identified the genes that…

AgroFresh will showcase Tecnidex portfolioand postharvest freshness solutions

AgroFresh Solutions, Inc., a global leader in produce freshness solutions, will discuss the latest innovations for fresh produce at Fruit Logistica, an exhibition for the…

Innovative tool hits international stage

AGTools is presenting its innovative tool at Fruit Logistica, the international produce trade show and conference taking place from February 6-February 8, 2019 in Berlin. AGTool’s presentation will…

Polymer Logistics & Sequans:

Collaboration on LTE-M Smart IoT Tracker for pallet tracking

Sequans Communications S.A., leading LTE for IoT chipmaker, and Polymer Logistics, a global leading provider of "One-Touch / Retail Ready" Packaging (RRP) and pooling services…

Fruit Logistica a seedbed for innovation and partnerships

Next month's Fruit Logistica is truly a global event, attended by a varied list of companies. Many will be looking for new products, new regions, and new technology. Washington-based scientific instruments developer Felix Instruments, Inc. – Applied Food Science, says Fruit Logistica is invaluable for…

Facility at Stellenbosch University aims to solve industry problems

Answering questions never answered before

Hortgro Pome recently invested R2.5 million in a pristine world-class controlled atmosphere (CA) research facility at Stellenbosch University (SU). Those involved, are very excited, as the facility will help solve post-harvest problems within the industry, such as the very pestering superficial scald.…

The Unes president Mario Gasbarrino's intervention at the Forum Cdo Agroalimentare

"Supermarkets will become 'touchpoints'"

What will supermarkets look like, in the future? Mario Gasbarrino, president of Unes Supermercati, tried to answer this question at the Cdo Agroalimentare Forum on the 26th of January 2019. Mario Gasbarrino Gasbarrino stated, "Shops and supermarkets, in the future will necessarily change. They will be smaller as some of the…

Agrintech conference about the tenth anniversary of Iridium

The importance of light for quality fruit farming

On the 23rd January 2019, the technical conference held in Faenza attracted more visitors than expected. The massive crowd that participated in “Iridium 10 years: Technical solutions for precision fruit farming” was a demonstration of the huge interest that companies have regarding technical innovations.…

Pick-up box at Tullnerfeld station

Interspar and ÖBB start cooperation

From now on, those who commute by train can look forward to a special service at the Tullnerfeld station: the INTERSPAR pick-up box. Using this service, groceries ordered…

Alibaba's Jack Ma: "Technology could result in a new world war"

Alibaba founder Jack Ma has warned that technology could lead to a third world war. Wednesday he stated that history shows technological innovation is a primary factor behind…

Increase in dry substance and productivity

Photo-selective nets: the experiences of technicians and operators

The second part of the Agrintech conference on the tenth anniversary of Iridium discussed the use of photo-selective anti-hail nets from a producer and technician standpoint. The introducing intervention was by Tiziano Rondinini, president of the Agrarian Expert Order of Forlì-Cesena, Ravenna and Rimini. After him, Edwige Remy of…

Carrefour Italia is using blockchain technology for citrus fruits

Carrefour Italia is the first big retail chain that applied the blockchain technology to food traceability. First, the company used it for the chicken supply chain. At Marca 2019 fair, the business announced the use of that system for Tarocco orange variety and Carrefour-quality Sicilian lemons too, both…

The anticholinergic effect of Actinidia arguta fruits

Actinidia arguta is a promising new crop which has well adapted to European climate. Researchers from the Wroclaw University stated: “This study discusses both the identified and quantified polyphenolic compounds in the fruits of A. arguta and their in vitro anticholinergic activity. In particular, we…

Tech start-up Clarifruit

Israeli app picks out bad apples

Israeli start-up Clarifruit uses computer optics and machine learning technology to quickly evaluate the quality, ripeness, and freshness of fruits and vegetables. Founded in 2016, ClariFruit develops a produce monitoring mobile app that scans fruits and vegetables and analyzes their condition to determine whether or not they are ready…

Conference brings international robotics experts to UK horticulture

Leading experts in agri-tech, robotics and automation are set to talk at SmartHort 2019, a two-day conference examining new technologies in light of current labour shortages in horticulture. Taking place on 6 and 7 March, labour saving technologies from automated harvesters to lettuce peeling robots will be the…

Social media networks fill agro-extension gaps for Kenyan farmers

When Kenyan farmers seek each other’s advice, a simple WhatsApp conversation might be enough to exchange all the information needed. Through apps like these and social media networking sites, Kenyan farmers and agriculture experts interact and solve problems as they seek to boost food production in the…

Ahold Delhaize to introduce self-driving mini-supermarket

Starting this spring, Ahold Delhaize will be using automated vehicles at their American Stop & Shop stores. This vehicle will not only bring people's groceries to their front doors. It will also give them the chance to choose, and pay for, products. For this, Stop & Shop is partnering with Robomart. This company introduced the self-driving…

Amazon creates electronic vests to improve worker/robot interactions

Over the course of the last year, Amazon began rolling out a new worker-safety, wearable vest to more than 25 sites. The Robotic Tech Vest really looks like a pair of suspenders attached to an electronic utility belt. The Amazon Robotics-designed product was created to keep workers safe when they need to enter a…

Margarita Talep uses material extracted from algae

Chile-based designer creates sustainable, biodegradable alternative to single-use packaging

Disappointed by the abundance of non-recyclable materials currently used to contain food products,  Chile-based designer Margarita Talep created a sustainable, biodegradable alternative to single-use packaging, using raw material extracted from algae. Particularly concerned that we commonly allocate an indestructible material to…

Minister of Agriculture Aziz Akhannouch:

'Smart agriculture is a priority for Morocco'

Morocco’s Minister of Agriculture Aziz Akhannouch spoke at the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) on Saturday in Berlin about the potential of digitizing Moroccan…

CSIRO builds analytics platform to help Australian farmers

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has partnered with rural technology start-up Digital Agriculture Services (DAS) to build an analytics…

Check out the photo gallery of the Marca fair

"The Distributor Brand is a driving force in the Modern Distribution"

Excellent success in terms of visitors for the Marca fair, held in Bologna on the 16th and 17th January 2019. The first day of the fair was literally invaded by crowds of people, some of them even coming from abroad. Click here for the photo gallery The event made one thing clear: within MMRs, the distributor brand (DB) has gained the…

DJI and Microsoft - working on AI drones that can recognize objects

Recognizing an apple is a simple thing for even young toddlers.  It’s not for a drone, which needs to train its AI models on many, many pictures of apples: An apple in the shade, an apple in the sun, an apple from the front, from the back, from a frog’s perspective… It takes time, but machine learning effectively learns the same…

The Farm in a Box unveiled during International Green Week

AGCO, a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment, unveiled its pioneering Farm in a Box (FIAB) initiative for Africa at Germany’s International Green Week 18-27 January 2019. “With this brand-new new concept, we aim to take farm mechanization plus all its necessary support facilities deep into…

LinkFresh:

Support for IBM's Food Trust platform announced

LinkFresh, a provider of supply chain solutions for the fresh produce industry, has announced its market leading LinkFresh365 solution will support integration to IBM’s Food…

Chile: New solution for waste management in fruit exports

Until recently, Chilean fruit exporters could suffer a serious commercial problem when their containers arrived at the ports of destination: their fruit could be rejected because it had a high level of pesticide residue. As a result, exporters would have to make urgent efforts to redirect their product…

SeeTree - Tel Aviv

Israeli start-up aims at tree health and better fruit yield

This Wednesday, Tel Aviv-based start-up SeeTree said it was launching a new service that will provide crop growers with ‘deep insights’ into the health and productivity of every single one of their trees. The company combines intelligence it collects from drones equipped with high-resolution, multi-dimensional sensing imagery…

Agricool: Green initiatives and container reuse

Companies like Agricool are leading the way regarding Green initiatives with its plan to  revolutionize urban agriculture while giving containers a second life. Tihs is done with the aid of the CMA CGM Group, one of the world’s largest containershipping companies, which is supporting Agricool not only with recycled containers, but…

Details will be announced at Fruit Logistica

Interko upgrades coolers for Ultimo fruit ripening rooms

Interko, designer, manufacturer and installer of fresh fruit ripening rooms, announced an important service and maintainability upgrade to its Ultimo room, the flagship system that evenly and efficiently ripens large volumes of fruit, such as bananas. Thanks to ongoing technological improvements made by the Interko…

Mission Produce and Hazel Technologies partner on shelf-life extension of avocados

After over a year of testing post-harvest solutions, Mission Produce, Inc. and Hazel Technologies, Inc. announced a partnership to extend the shelf-life of avocados. As part of the collaboration, Mission Produce will continue to test (with the aim to integrate) Hazel Technologies' USDA-funded packaging…

Walgreens Test: Digital cooler doors targeting customer with ads

Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. is testing a technology that embeds cameras, sensors and digital screens in the cooler doors in its stores. This will create a new network of "smart" displays that marketers can use to target ads for specific types of shoppers. The refrigerator and freezer doors act as a digital merchandising platform…

Especially in Chile

Graziani Packaging increasingly active in South America

2018 has been a rather complicated year because of the increasing prices of raw materials in terms of paper and plastic. Logistics is affected by this as well as those companies producing pallet supporters. Roberto Graziani of the Graziani Packaging company highlights that “despite these problems, our foreign income has…

A tomato aroma could protect the crops against bacteria

Researchers from the Institute of Molecular and Cellular Plant Biology of the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV) and the Superior Council of Scientific Research (CSIC)…

The gene that improves apple tree water use efficiency

Because of climate change, droughts are expected to become more recurrent, thus making the plants’ endurance to this phenomenon a key aspect for the survival of many varieties. Water scarcity is the cause of many serious harvest losses, apple trees included. China dominates the global apple production as they can count on…

APRIL Eyes up benefits for food manufacturers

Leading food tech, OAL, is delighted to announce the formal launch of the world’s first artificial intelligence-based vision system, APRIL Eye, for date code verification. The system removes the operator from the date code verification process, achieving full automation to reduce the risk of product…

News from the Italian research on red-pulp pears, apples and peaches

Italy: Fruits are turning red

In the last years, the demand for red-pulp fruit has increased and the research also is leaning towards that direction. Giuseppina Caracciolo and Mauro Bergamaschi from CREA explain, “In order to achieve a fruit variety diversification, the CREA’s breeding programs have introduced this goal thus obtaining different red-pulp…

ImpacTrack data logger wins Gold at LAMMA 2019

ImpacTrack is a new, low-cost data logger with a family of synthetic food shapes, developed by Martin Lishman Ltd. The innovation has impressed the judges of the Innovations Awards at LAMMA 2019 who have awarded it a Gold Medal in the Future Innovations category. Using low-cost digital Agri-Tech solutions to meet…

Swiss company AgroSustain plans new CHF 3 million financing

Start-up combats mold on fruits and vegetables

In order for people to be able to keep fruit and vegetables in the warehouse longer, start-up AgroSustain from Switzerland is developing a series of so-called biological antimycotics solutions. With it, they can treat a wide range of fungal diseases found in food stores. The Young Entrepreneurs of the Startup Company /…

Juice for Good vending machines combat waste

Machines squeezing fresh orange juice in Sydney

Almost half of all fruits and vegetables grown in Australia don’t make it off the farm because their skin is blemished or they’re of “imperfect” size. Instead of going to waste, this produce could be turned into fresh juice, for instance. Purpose Co, is an offshoot of Australia's leading food rescue charity Oz Harvest. It has…

New solutions to "break" the dormancy in stone fruits

The Spanish company Agroquímica Codiagro announced that it has tested a solution in 2018 that successfully interrupts the dormancy in stone fruit trees. It is a combination of products, PREVIUM® & BREAK-30®, which manages to break the dormancy in these deciduous trees naturally and without hormones. The…

Can Ozone be used to treat pathogens in fresh produce?

Helmut Leili, a veteran agronomist and CEO of Cardinal Fresh, has proposed using Ozone treatments to kill pathogens and bacteria in fresh produce. According to Leili, the same principal that is applied as an antibacterial treatment in other capacities can be safely used for fresh produce. "Ozone (O3) is a very…

Genetically modified 'shortcut' boosts plant growth by 40%

Doing numerous field trials, US researchers have engineered tobacco plants that can grow up to 40% larger than normal. The researchers say they have found a way of overcoming natural restrictions in the process of photosynthesis that limit crop productivity. They believe the method could be used to significantly boost yields…

Pocket-size food scanner to battle food waste

According to a study by the environmental organization WWF Germany, ten million metric tons of food are thrown in the garbage every year in Germany despite still being edible. A mobile food scanner will allow consumers and supermarket operators in the future to test whether food items have gone bad. The…

Together with Berlin Start-Up

Edeka and Metro are joining the growers

Vertical farming is a way to put an end to the climate-compromising import of vegetables from all parts of the world. Fruits and vegetables can also be grown in the…

Why hybrid is the ultimate way for your crops and business to grow

The future of crop protection is hybrid

For centuries, farmers have sought to shield their crops from weeds, pests, nematodes, and various diseases by using pesticides to protect and continue nourishing the food humans rely on to survive. However, in recent years, there has been an increasing amount of pressure around the effectiveness of…

Spain: Port of Valencia, the first to use hydrogen energy

The port of Valencia will be the first port in Europe to use hydrogen energy in its container terminals to reduce the environmental impact of its operations. A reach stacker for the…

Germany: Edeka grows some products in stores

Vertical farming is meant to make the climate-damaging part of agriculture a thing of the past. Fruits and vegetables could also be grown in the supermarket, manufacturers promised. Customers can spot a large black box with Plexiglas windows stands in the middle of the vegetable department of the Oberhausener Edeka market.…

Belgium - Lumifungi

Mushroom-based lampshades, grown on recycled coffee grounds

Lampshades whose colour and texture mimic the mushrooms that generated them are a new example of eco-design. As consumers, designers and companies are increasingly considering eco-minded solutions, a Belgian project shows how to grow oyster mushrooms from recycled coffee grounds and use the leftovers to…

Sunviva-Tomate is there for everyone

Plant breeders at University of Göttingen protect tomato seeds as common good

Plant breeders of the University of Göttingen and the Association Agrecol have launched a joint initiative to protect seeds as a common good. Agrecol developed an "open-source seed license", which secures seeds as a common good and thus protects against patenting and plant variety protection. The results…

Israel: Start-up 'Better Juice' reduces sugar in orange juice

Jaffa oranges have long since been one of the most famous Israeli export products. And while orange juice is full of vitamins and minerals, it’s also packed with sugar – one…

IR technology to peel kiwis

Infrared (IR) technology has been studied as an alternative to conventional food processing technologies. The IR technology has attractive merits such as uniform heating, high heat transfer rate, reduced water, and energy consumption and improved product quality and safety. A few weeks ago, a study on the feasibility of kiwi…

Fresh produce trends 2019

“Properly understanding the consumer is all-decisive”

There’s no lack of innovative food concepts. Yet some of them disappear as quickly as they arrive. “Properly understanding consumers is much more than just responding to trends,” say Anneke Ammerlaan and Femke Mosch. They’re involved with the latest developments in the field of eating and consumer trends…

Researchers study genetic mechanism that controls the shape of fruits

The shape of the fruits we consume every day varies. To explain this diversification and to be able to use this knowledge in plant breeding, an international team of scientists studied the cellular, genetic, and molecular bases that diversify the tomato’s shape. The research was recently published in…

Dutch designer against food waste

These 3D-printed snacks are made from leftover food

Around a third of the food we produce around the world goes to waste. It is sad but true. However, one tech-minded foodie has created eye-catching 3D printed concoctions from residual food. Dutch designer Elzelinde van Doleweerd’s Upprinting Food project aims to trim back on food waste by taking unsold or commonly…

Four ways robotics will influence agriculture in 2019

As ever, farmers are turning to technology to address a number of pressing problems, such as the growing global shortage of food and labor. Artificial intelligence, field sensors and data analytics are some of the advanced systems used in that endeavour, but the one area in which these technologies…

Baja California Sur

Mexico: Agronomist looks for new fig production techniques

Carlos Perez Soto, an Agricultural Engineer of the Autonomous University of Baja California Sur (UABCS), conducted an experiment to find new fig production techniques for the…

Italy: the organic sector should go hand-in-hand with scientific research

There are ever more innovations within organic farming. The sector is increasingly relying on science while overcoming a certain scepticism. This is one of the concepts expressed by AISSA, the Italian Agrarian Scientific Societies Association. The association calls for a more open-minded attitude as…

IBM Africa and Hello Tractor pilot AI/blockchain agri-tech platform

IBM Research and agri-tech start-up Hello Tractor have developed an AI and blockchain-driven platform for Africa’s farmers. The two companies will pilot the product in 2019…

Costco is selling cauliflower Tater Tots

Costco has announced the newest addition to the ‘cauli repertoire’: Tater tots. The company is now selling Maas River Organic Cauli-Tots, and they are going quickly. These…

Earthcycle strawberry punnet nominated for Fruit Logistica Innovation Award 2019

CKF said it is honored that one of its newest designs in its Earthcycle™ line of home compostable and recyclable packaging has been recognized by a panel of expert judges as one of 10 nominees for the Fruit Logistica Innovation Award 2019. The strawberry punnet, which is being recognized for a potential…

A confrerence organised by Patfrut, Unapa and Consorzio Agrario Emilia

Italy: Sustainable and natural techniques to protect potato crops

Active principles have been revoked and thus prevention becomes harder for potato farming. But this is not necessarily a bad thing: if one used more prevention techniques without resorting to chemical products only, it should be possible to control bugs and insects in a more efficient and sustainable…

StickyLickits edible stickers for fresh produce

StickyLickits are edible stickers that are sugar free, peanut free, tree nut free, gluten free, non-GMO, soy free, dairy free, vegan, kosher. They can be used on any piece of…

'Oran-go'

Nigerian orange juice 'on the go' innovation

Nigerian Business Ideas in fusion Limited have created a concept called Oran-go (Orange juice on the go) with the invention of the Oran-go pushcart in 2015, a unique feature…

Italian researchers presented it at the International Symposium in Uruguay

A new pear variety by CREA

Italian research stands out on an international level. Last week, Gianluca Baruzzi and Giuseppina Caracciolo participated in the International Pear Symposium organised by the International Society for the Horticultural Science (ISHS) held in Montevideo, Uruguay. CREA researchers presented the varietal innovations obtained…

Bank of Indonesia and Bogor Agricultural University develop new ‘super' garlic

The Surakarta branch of the Bank of Indonesia has initiated the development of a "super" garlic variety in Karanganyar regency, in Central Java, in a bid to help reduce imports of the commodity. The new garlic variety is being developed in Kalisoro subdistrict in the regency's Tawangmangu district. BI Surakarta Head Bandoe…

Walmart’s e-commerce chief Marc Lore:

Food delivered ‘right into your fridge’ is the future

Walmart is about to take food delivery to a whole new level, Walmart’s e-commerce chief told CNBC . Marc Lore, the president and CEO of Walmart’s U.S. e-commerce business, stated in an interview that “delivery right into the fridge” could be in the cards as Walmart expands its delivery services. Lore, who co-founded Walmart…

China: Vegetable prices in Shouguang show upward trend

The prices of vegetables in Shouguang, Shandong, showed an overall upward trend last week. Some vegetable prices increased by as much as 50%. The main reasons for this…

Spanish entrepreneurs transform pineapple leaves into textile

When Carmen Hijosa, from Spain, had managed to stand out in the design, manufacture and export of leather products, she left everything behind. After 15 years in the sector, she devised a material made from the filament of pineapple leaves, allowing her to launch an environmentally-friendly and…

App launched at Pakistan fruit and vegetable market

The Market Committee Kot Lakhpat on Saturday started the digital recording of the arrival and sales of commodities like fruit, vegetables etc. The Agriculture department…

Horticulture of the future:

Lettuce from old coal mines

The world population is growing steadily and with it, the food it requires. At the same time, traditional ways of growing food are becoming increasingly uncertain because of drought and other extreme…

The Zetapack balance a few months after the launch of its machine

Automated processing for delicate fruits

It has been a very positive year for Zetapack, the new company specialised in the manufacturing of weighing machines for delicate fruits. The marketing manager Nicola Antonaccio explains, “In a few months, we sold seven working lines. This result was beyond our expectation. We knew we had a good product,…

Nominees for the FRUIT LOGISTICA Innovation Award 2019

The top award for the fresh produce industry will be presented on 8 February 2019 in Berlin. More than 77,000 trade visitors from over 130 countries will have a chance on 6 & 7 February 2019 to vote for the innovation of the year. Here are the nominees at a glance. The nominees for the Fruit Logistica Innovation Award…

France has blockchain advice for Australian farmers

In France, it has been a good year with regard to blockchain technology. The country’s agricultural supply chain has been working to provide customers with greater levels of transparency and accountability when it comes to the transfer of goods across borders. The United States has served as a positive example as…

Sustainable bananas in greenhouses: first 'Dutch bananas' harvested

Researchers from Wageningen University & Research are harvesting the first Dutch bananas this week. Boerenhart, a supplier of fresh and local products will offer the bananas as 'regional product' to restaurants and hospitals in the region of Wageningen. The cultivation took place on two types of…

Pennsylvania's To-Jo Mushrooms

New US mushroom meat alternative: 'Pulled port'

A new, mushroom-based meat alternative has been introduced by To-Jo Mushrooms, a family-owned mushroom farm operating out of Pennsylvania since 1932. The new ‘Pulled Port’…

North Carolina hospital prescribes and supplies healthy food

Patients now leave Rex Hospital with bags of groceries

Along with prescriptions and appointments for follow-up visits, patients can now leave Rex Hospital with bags of groceries to tide them over for a few days. UNC Rex Healthcare has opened the Triangle’s first hospital-based food pantry for patients who may need help eating well in the first days after…

Series B funding round

Chinese e-commerce App just raised $100M

Among the many up-and-comers, jostling for a spot in China’s massive e-commerce industry, there are a few that pick a niche market and present a novel business model different…

Three-year trial, starting February

UK: Waitrose to use small robots to farm its food

Next year, autonomous robots will start cultivating wheat fields in a three year trial to help produce bread and flour for Waitrose. British agritech start-up Small Robot Company, with their robots Tom, Dick and Harry, will provide the new technology to work on the 4,000-acre Leckford Estate, Hampshire.…

Chile: Remote controlled solar traps to detect fruit fly

Pests cause problems by damaging the crops and food production, parasitizing farm animals and causing health hazard to human beings. The fruit fly is one amongst them,…

Ultraviolet light could extend shelf life of food and reduce waste

Food waste is a major problem facing today’s society. LSU AgCenter food scientists are working on ways to extend the shelf life of food products, which will help reduce waste. LSU AgCenter reporter Craig Gautreaux has the story from the LSU campus. Source: LSU AgCenter (Kenneth Gautreaux)

Reducing post-harvest losses at the same time

Rwanda: From humble beginnings to successful avocado oil firm

Euphrosine Niyidukunda Mugeni is still in her final year at the University of Rwanda, pursuing Business Administration, but she can already pay her own way. This is thanks to her innovation in organically producing vegetable oil and hair oil from avocados. The 23-year-old innovator comes from Huye District, where she…

Spain: Melon production increased by planting it next to green beans

Researchers from the Soil and Water Management, Use and Recovery Group of the Polytechnic University of Cartagena (UPCT) have managed to increase melon production by 30 to 50…

Rhubarb juice as a natural antioxidant

Zurich University: Rhubarb juice instead of ascorbic acid

Researchers at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHFAW) have for the first time used rhubarb juice as a natural antioxidant in food production. These not only do…

Chile: Hi-tech tools to combat fruit flies

The Agricultural and Livestock Service, SAG, continues its fight against the fruit fly (Ceratitis capitata). Currently, it is using remote solar traps, equipped with a camera…

Mobile greenhouse is financed by Gemüsering Thüringen

Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences conducts research on urban farming in growtainer

The Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences received a growtainer at the beginning of the year, intended for research and teaching purposes. The "Gemüsering Thüringen" company is financing the mobile greenhouse for a period of ten years. This is a fully insulated container that has been…

Produce technology supplier sees value in more learning tools

With the amount of new technology entering the fresh produce sphere, growers are now required to know these sometimes unfamiliar technologies along with placing their attention on their main task - growing produce. QA Supplies, which supplies producers with tools to measure and analyze their product…

Metro and Target launch a common accelerator

Düsseldorf wholesaler Metro wants to address more "adult" start-ups in the future. A cooperation with US retail chain Target aims to help with this goal, in the form of an…

Google to take Wing delivery drones to Europe in 2019

Next year, Google's parent company Alphabet will test its drone delivery service in Finland. It announced that Helsinki will be the first European location for Wing, which has been testing drones in Australia. Its aircraft will deliver packages weighing up to 1.5 kg within minutes of an order being placed. Several companies,…

Modern mango monitoring in Australia

This Saturday, work on a new pilot project, promising to enhance quality monitoring of northern Australian mangoes and reduce food waste, kicked off at a North Queensland mango farm. Blockchain experts Trust Provenance (T-Provenance) have implemented the solution at Manbulloo’s Horseshoe Lagoon property, south of…

Precision agriculture: technology exists, but practice is more stubborn

A lot of data is available, particularly genetic data about crops, but data can also practically be picked out of the fields. Soil structure, development of the crop, or even better, of each individual plant. “We’re headed for a situation in which the fair average will be replaced by getting the best out…

A car named 'Lotte'

This futuristic vehicle could solve logistic problems of Amazon, Walmart and Target

The company that came up with Walmart's pickup towers has now developed a self-driving car that could really result in a dramatic shift in the last-mile delivery industry. A new car, called Lotte, has been presented. It is a robotic courier. It autonomously transports packages to homes and businesses and uses a…

Successful quality technology trials to extend shelf-life of apricots

Hazel Technologies, Inc., is proud to announce the successful completion of an apricot supply chain quality trial with the Postharvest Technology Center at the University of California, Davis. Researchers found that Hazel® Apricot technology extends the shelf life of apricots in standard supply chain…

Italy: Agron illustrates the results of 2018 potato experiments

On 27th November, Cristiano Carli and Roberto Giordano of the Fondazione Agrion organised a technical meeting devoted to the presentation of the results of the 2018 potato experimentations conducted at the Horticultural Experimental Centre in Boves. Roberto Giordano illustrated the data provided by the Sistema Piemonte…

US company engineering the next step in quality meters

Technology and innovation in the produce industry is not new and no doubt many produce professionals have witnessed a lot of changes in their time. While many new technologies focus on the physical aspects of planting, growing, harvesting and packing, there are also innovations with a focus on the…

Spain: Environmentally-friendly plastic made from horticultural waste

In just six months, researchers at the circular economy innovation center of Ecoembes, The Circular Lab, have developed a new plastic that is biobased, compostable, recyclable and biodegradable at sea. It is made from fruit and vegetable waste and its use should be authorized within the next five years. During…

Penn State University research

USDA allows new strain of gene-edited mushroom

A Penn State University researcher has created a genetically modified mushroom that is now at the center of controversy over GMO regulations of genetically modified creations. Researcher Yinong Yang developed a type of white button mushroom that looks identical to the type you’d buy in the produce section of a…

A greenhouse in the eternal ice: vegetable gardening in the Antarctic

Paul Zabel from the German Aerospace Center is operating a greenhouse in the Antarctic, where tomatoes, lettuce and cucumbers flourish. For future space missions, plant cultivation needs to be tested under difficult conditions. Photo: DLR In the past few months, Paul Zabel had to cope with bad weather conditions. For a whole polar…

Autumn Glory apple returns to space aboard DIY balloon

Domex Superfresh Growers® marked the “launch” of its 2018 Autumn Glory® apple season by lifting an actual Autumn Glory apple into the stratosphere aboard a weather balloon, for a second consecutive year. Superfresh Growers team members designed and built the balloon system, and this year solicited the participation of students…


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