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Retail fruit and vegetable supply up during Victorian lockdowns

COVID-19 lockdowns and the closure of foodservice and hospitality establishments in Victoria have meant more supply for fruit and vegetable retailers during the winter period. Director at Alexanders Fruit Market Oakleigh, David Zahlan, says there has been especially good availability of two staple…

Ningxia province, China

Blueberries grown under innovative agrivoltaic systems

Increasingly, solar panels are being set up in agricultural fields, which leads to a combined benefit of both energy and crop production. These projects are called agrivoltaic…

The launch of innovations in the European market increased by 46% during the lockdown

An average of 120 references are launched on the European consumer market every day. However, according to Nielsen Bases' Breakthrough Innovation Report, in the first half of this year, coinciding with the lockdown, the average increased by 46% to 175. According to Celine Grena, the director of Nielsen…

Infarm receives 170 million US dollars during the pandemic

Berlin-based company wants to establish global vertical farming network

Infarm, the world's fastest growing urban farming network, will receive $170 million in the first round of Series C investments, led by LGT Lightstone. Other investors include Hanaco, Bonnier, Haniel and Latitude as well as existing Infarm investors Atomico, TriplePoint Capital, Mons Capital and Astanor…

The future of deliveries?

Drones - you see them flying around more and more often. In the US, Amazon has received permission to test making deliveries with these flying machines. So, in a few years, we might never have to leave our houses. Our deliveries will simply be left on the porch or posted through a window.

Pairwise works on pitless cherries

North Carolina start-up uses CRISPR to change produce DNA

Small North Carolina start-up Pairwise is tapping into the CRISPR gene-editing technology to change the DNA of produce by removing (i.e.) the bitterness from a nutrient-dense…

Chinese robot restaurant

Robotization has taken off in recent years. In warehouses, you increasingly see robots packing or sorting products. This Chinese restaurant only needs people to eat its food. Robots do everything else. Useful, right?

Fruit firmness as a maturity indicator improves product quality

Fruit firmness testers, commonly referenced as penetrometers, supplied by Fresh Produce Instruments are utilized by research departments, universities, packing houses and farms to measure the firmness of almost any fruit to help improve product quality with quick and accurate firmness measurements.…

New app from UN Food and Agriculture Organization

South Africa: Digital solutions to help tackle fall armyworm

A new app developed by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization will help South African growers track the fall armyworm outbreak and access resources on how to combat it. The…

Lisa Zapf conquers Southern Palatinate with Zalat-O-Maten:

"Like having a greengrocer next door - in a digital way"

You can see them around more and more often: vending machines that offer eggs, grilled meat or fresh fruit and vegetables. These are often set up by farmers* who are looking for an additional outlet for their goods. In the Palatinate, in the Kandel area, there are now more and more Zalat-O-Maten: vending…

Happy Banana deploys QR code to give more details

FarmTrace can track a banana’s journey from farm to consumer

The retailing of the humble banana is set to go hi-tech in some parts of the country soon. By scanning a QR code, one can soon track the journey of the banana from the farm to the consumer’s basket. Happy Banana, the fruit brand from Desai Fruits Venture Pvt Ltd (DFV), has started deploying the QR code…

Mushrooms as an alternative to conventional pesticides

Founded in 2018, the company Mycea has recently been awarded the i-Lab 2020 Grand Prix for its BE-SAFE project (Biocontrol and Environmental Solutions for Agriculture based on…

Helping crops fight off smoke, rain and too much sun

As the country sees the headlines of the effects of the California wildfires—not only potentially burning crops, but the after effects of smoke and ash on the state’s crops—it raises the question: could more be done to protect agriculture from major weather events? One Las Vegas, NV-based agriculture…

Marius Ras – Rovic Leers, Cape Town, South Africa

SYNCROFLOW® spray technology: Better deposition while reducing drift & run-off

“Efficiency of spraying will become increasingly important on high-value crops as the demand for food production rises and integrated pest management practices improve,” says Marius Ras, Specialist Consultant at Rovic Leers. “While agricultural chemicals are softer than before, it still has large impact…

PMA virtual town hall

“Our drones can deliver orders within 3 minutes from shops directly to consumers”

This week’s PMA virtual town hall focused on the ‘last mile delivery’ – the last step in the supply chain, which is often considered to be most crucial and problematic. As the pandemic hit, distributing produce directly to consumers became more popular but the challenge of actually delivering the…

Announces new robotic greenhouse in California and national expansion

Iron Ox raises $20 million in Series B funding

Iron Ox, a company in robotics and AI-enabled farming with a mission to solve food insecurity, announced the closing of $20 million in a Series B round. Also announced, the opening of their Gilroy, California farm, which is successfully delivering fresh produce throughout California to select restaurants…

Soren Bjorn, President of Driscoll’s of the Americas

“North American blueberry industry needs to innovate to become competitive”

Simultaneously with the signing of the updated trade agreement between the US, Canada, and Mexico (USMCA), the US government made a commitment to respond to concerns from the produce industry on certain commodities. Following a field hearing that was held in August, the domestic blueberry industry is…

UK: New partnership to deliver digital tools to boost viticulture sector

Horticultural research institute NIAB EMR has announced a digital solution, delivered by ABACO, to drive further quality improvements and profitability of the UK viticulture sector. The partnership between NIAB EMR and ABACO, Europe’s leading provider of software solutions for land resource management,…

NUS engineers

Turning pineapple leaves into aerogels for food preservation and wastewater treatment

Although pineapples are rich in vitamins, enzymes and antioxidants, and are considered one of the most important fruits in the world, the harvesting of this delicious and…

Huawei

Baofeng Group

China: Binhe New District agrivoltaic project

The Baofeng Group is building a 1 GW solar park in the Binhe New District on the eastern banks of the Yellow River, Ningxia Province. The solar park hosts a goji berry plantation. Around 640 MW have so far been grid-connected. Huawei is providing the inverters for the project. In this enormous project,…

First controllable and transportable irrigation water treatment system installed

Duncan Family Farms, a family-owned, multi-regional grower of over 7,000 acres of certified organic produce, announced the installation of a highly effective, controllable and transportable treatment system for irrigation water. The installation, including 5 systems on organic baby tender leaf crops in…

Transitioning to 4G LTE and 5G

How to prevent disruptions in live tracking of fresh produce?

Growing season is fast approaching for many fruit producers in Asia and the Southern Hemisphere’s Australia and New Zealand. “Whether you are a farmer of cherries, avocados, citrus or durian, the ability to track the location and temperature of in-transit domestic and/or export shipments is critical to…

An Israeli company developed a method to plant seeds in saline soils

The increased salinity of soils, both due to the use of chemical products in agriculture and to climate change, is one of the factors that limit plant development. According…

New Zealand company launches a new, cheaper method of removing ethylene from cold stores

New Zealand company Ethylene Free launched a new method of removing ethylene from cold stores this week. According to Roger Cherry who owns the company, this method removes 99% in a single pass and costs less than 50% of existing methods while only needing a standard single phase power point. “Existing…

Barry Hugo – Dunlash South Africa

Reducing claims through improved cold air flow within a reefer container

In refrigerated containers the chilled air often short circuits, not keeping the fresh produce at the desired temperature. “Cold air is lazy, it takes the path of least resistance,” explains Barry Hugo, managing director at Dunlash South Africa and Refrigerated Air Flow Technologies (RAFT).  This challenge…

High flavor, high production, and labor efficient

New high-tech tomato varieties hitting the market

Sakata Seed is continuously working on developing new vegetable varieties with improved eating experience for the consumer while including extended shelf life. In addition, the breeding process focuses on improved labor efficiency and increased productivity for growers. Recently, an exciting new range of…

Durham, North Carolina

Pairwise: US food tech start-up is close to marketing leafy greens

At Pairwise, a food tech company in Durham that uses gene-editing tools to accelerate innovation in fruits and vegetables, they have something in the works that they hope will…

September 1, 8:00 am PST

Webinar to offer sneak peek at new tool to measure plant stress

US research tools innovator CID Bio-Science announced plans for a webinar that will preview its latest innovation: the highly-portable CI-710s SpectraVue Leaf Spectrometer. The webinar will be held on Tuesday, September 1st at 8am Pacific Standard Time. To sign up for the webinar, click here. SpectraVue is…

The Australian-based seed company making niche vegetable varieties available to more growers

A major Australian wholesale vegetable seed supplier says it is making itself more available to vegetable growers by increasing its online presence and reducing minimum pack sizes on a select seed range to cater for a wider range of clients.     Fairbank's Selected Seed Co. National Sales Manager, George Jelbart says the company…

Giedrius Zaleckas

Kiwifruit and cucumber peels can be used to purify drinking water

University of Otago researcher finds use for food waste

According to researcher Risha Jasmine Nathan, who recently received her doctorate from the University of Otago, kiwifruit and cucumber peels can be used to purify drinking water. There are win-win benefits in making constructive use of an agricultural waste product while improving water quality by…

Educating consumers through a channel growing faster than YouTube

Mucci Farms launches podcast

To connect the dots between greenhouse operations and their customers, Canadian Mucci Farms is launching a podcast called Spill the Greens. “We think it’s important for people to know who we are, and see this platform as an opportunity to introduce retailers and consumers to our amazing team through education and information…

Nigeria: Agriple increases growers’ margins through greater market access

Food waste and post-harvest loss is a serious problem in Nigeria and Africa – about 60 per cent of all food produced on the continent is lost to post-harvest loss, enough food…

ColdHubs

Helping growers to increase revenues by 25%

Nigerian entrepreneur creates solar-powered refrigerators

Nigerian Nnaemeka C. Ikegwuonu has been given much Kudos for his pioneering ColdHubs, refrigeration systems using transformative technology that, like all great innovations, tackles several problems at once. Many tons of fruits and vegetables are wasted every month in the warm African climate, as these…

University of Tasmania, Australia Tiffanybbear

$455,000 grant for tech to combat fruit fraud

Researchers at the University of Tasmania have been awarded a $455,000 federal government grant. The money is destined to aid the development of a new technology that will…

tsuchiya kaban

Japanese designer creates leather bag to carry a watermelon

Tsuchiya Kaban is a Japanese designer who has been crafting leather bags and accessories since 1965. The watermelon bag is the company’s latest product; made by craftsman Yusuke Kadoi, it is a luxury handbag that allows users to carry a single watermelon. Some call Tsuchiya Kaban’s watermelon bag a work of art.…

"There are significant gains in efficiency, accuracy and traceability"

The online farm management system reducing the manual paperwork system

The mentality of working smarter - not harder - in the fresh produce industry, is growing, according to a major New Zealand technology solutions company. ABC Software has two primary solutions; ABCgrower and ABCpacker. Co-owner Sharon Chapman says business decision-makers are looking to invest into smart…

FreshChain Systems

"Consumers want to know more about the food they eat, now more than ever”

The emergence of COVID-19 has accelerated the need for reliable end-to-end traceability in the fresh produce industry, according to a leading Australian blockchain traceability and assurance system. Co-Founder of FreshChain Systems Greg Calvert says there has been growing awareness of food safety and…

OZ Group

Australia: State-of-the-art tech at blueberry packing house combats bruising

The Coffs Coast's blueberry powerhouse, Oz Group, is a cooperative with a membership of over 140 growers located from Grafton to Macksville. Oz Group's blueberry packing house in Coffs Harbour is also one of the most sophisticated in the country after a two-year, federally funded $2.1 million upgrade.…

Trust Provenance

AgTech solutions boost South Australia’s food provenance

AgTech startup co-founder Andrew Grant has stated that South Australia’s primary industries can lead in the food traceability space, further capitalising on the state’s best…

New technology to increase production and profit for table grape industry and beyond

California startup Vinergy, Inc. is powering change in industry, beginning with new technology applications that could improve the profitability of table grape farms nearly 40 percent. The Vinergy Cart and Vinergy Wheelbarrow from Bakersfield, California startup Vinergy, Inc. are rechargeable electric…

Astro Awani

Universiti Putra Malaysian research:

Eco-friendly drone made from pineapple leaves

Researchers over at Universiti Putra Malaysian (UPM) are taking plastic reduction one step further by creating a drone made from pineapple leaves. The entire drone, of course, won’t be made from pineapple leaves, but rather its main body or frame. The frame is made using natural fibers. Prof Dr Mohamed Thariq…

New resource from the Tasmanian Fruit and Vegetable Export Facilitation Group R2d2v1

Real-time tracking and edible barcodes

As consumers want to know more about the provenance of their food, the Tasmanian Fruit and Vegetable Export Facilitation Group is releasing a new resource that highlights the…

Linde Gastechnik sees great potential for BANARG Control in tomato cultivation

"With annual product losses of more than 1,700 EUR, the use of ripening gasses pays off"

Ripening gas BANARG® has been known for several years as an agent for the optimal ripening of bananas and citrus fruits. However, the innovative process from the Linde Gases Division is now also being used more and more frequently during the production of tomatoes in greenhouses. The advantages for the…

Sagi Pinkas - GESHEM

Israeli satellite irrigation recommendation technology available in South Africa

“Every commercial farm has five to six different software packages, on different platforms, using different databases. With the huge leaps in agricultural technology of the past fifty years, farmers are getting enslaved in technology,” says Sagi Pinkas, CEO and founder of GESHEM. He believes…

AgroFresh launches FreshCloud™ Harvest View

Company’s new technology advancement will empower growers for harvest

AgroFresh Solutions, Inc. announced the launch of FreshCloud™ Harvest View, an advanced digital service that equips customers with on-time information to optimize harvest…

Imappests

iMapPESTS Sentinel 2 launches in Brussels sprout crop in Langhorne Creek South Australia

Far out Brussels sprout!

The iMapPESTS team’s second mobile surveillance unit, Sentinel 2, has been deployed to a crop of Brussels sprouts in Langhorne Creek, South Australia — a wine region south of Adelaide which also produces a variety of vegetable crops including potatoes, carrots, lucerne and chickpeas. Sentinel 2 will be trapping high priority,…

Mission Produce and Hazel Technologies

Unveiling exclusive post-harvest technology: AvoLast Powered by Hazel

Mission Produce Inc. (“Mission” or the “Company”), announced the launch of a premier post-harvest program AvoLast Powered by Hazel®, featuring a quarter-sized biodegradable and food-safe packaging insert that blocks ethylene receptors while minimizing operational impact to the supply chain. AvoLast was…

Fruit picking robots receive funding boost

An innovative project in Nottingham that converts carbon dioxide into clean animal feed is 1 of 9 pioneering agricultural technology projects set to benefit from £24 million…

New Australian research could lead to bumper crops

New research led by scientists at The Australian National University (ANU) could lead to bumper crops.  The study shows a new way to help study and ramp up photosynthesis. The breakthrough…

Vending machines for fruits and vegetables are big hit in northwest China

In Yinchuan, the capital of northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, since June there have been installed many fruit and vegetable vending machines. Yinchuan is one of China's pilot ‘smart cities’, trying to effectively apply technologies in city administration, public security, transportation,…

Some modern agricultural machines that are quite something else

Potatonewstoday.com shared two videos that are really worth watching for those who are interested in what’s happening in the technology developments in the ag industry.  

PMA 'Takes on Tech' Podcast seeks to turn tech talk to industry action

Produce Marketing Association just released the third episode of the PMA Takes on Tech Podcast and the fourth is slotted to drop this week. The podcast series, hosted by…

What can Artificial Intelligence do for horticulture?

Orchard businesses are making decisions all the time. When to apply water? What pests or diseases are present and when to apply control measures? Where is labour coming from? At the same time, growers are balancing costs with returns. In another edition of APAL’s highly successful webinar series, which…

ENEA: the experimental campaign between real and virtual begins

A hi-tech vegetable garden that can grow on the moon and at the poles

The future is already here! Enea is working on a hi-tech garden to grow micro-vegetables on the moon and in extreme terrestrial environments, such as the polar regions. The cultivation is set up inside a special igloo greenhouse designed to withstand very low temperatures. Luca Nardi. Simulated space missions…

XAG drones help Zambian growers in their fight against the armyworm

Facing the dreaded armyworm, China-based agriculture technology company and industrial unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) manufacturer XAG recently launched fully autonomous drones to help growers combat the infestations in Zambia. XAG is among drone manufacturers that is tackling the fight against…

Monopoly Monopoly

Technology will lead to innovation within China's agriculture

China's e-commerce giants are using data capabilities and supply chain upgrades to help boost development of the agricultural sector. In Shanghai's Chongming District, Alibaba and government authorities have signed a partnership to help promote the island’s farm products using digital infrastructure.…

Vicasol and Coprohníjar seal commercial alliance to launch this outstanding product

FLOU, the new brand of gourmet Raf Almería tomatoes

On July 8, the fruit and vegetable cooperatives Coprohníjar and Vicasol launched a commercial alliance to introduce a new gourmet tomato brand on the market. The goal is to offer an outstanding product in a market that increasingly demands quality and flavor. At a press conference, the president of…

Axarquia region - Spain

Crops benefit from artificial intelligence to determine optimal harvest

The University of Malaga and the agrarian transformation society Trops, which is the largest national marketer of avocado and mango, are working to advance the use of data and…

"Innovative combinations increase effectiveness"

Sustainable technologies against salinisation, algae growth and water scarcity

Water scarcity and soil salinisation are major problems in many parts of the world. In many countries, people lack the resources to access new water sources or to effectively treat and reuse it. Today we know working with chemicals is far from future proof. In contrast, the application of sustainable…

James Rogers, CEO and Founder of Apeel Sciences

Defining the new frontier of quality

James Rogers is a CEO & Founder of Apeel Sciences and a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader 2020. He wrote the following about the definition of quality, and why redefining quality will help reduce and build a more efficient supply chain. “Throughout the COVID crisis, many of us have considered where…

Bosch UK to work with Fieldwork Robotics to optimise robot crop harvesting technology

Frontier IP, a specialist in commercialising intellectual property, today announces that Robert Bosch Limited ("Bosch") has entered into an agreement to work with portfolio…

Coronavirus accelerates the rise of the robot harvester

When UK farmers found themselves short-staffed due to Covid-19 travel restrictions, the government launched a campaign urging the public to cover the shortfall and “Pick for Britain”. With the recruitment campaign struggling to convert applicants into farm workers and Brexit already disrupting the supply…

Stewardship Index for Specialty Crops Calculator now available on SupplyShift

Following last April’s news of their partnership and initiative to develop an on-line sustainability management tool, the Stewardship Index for Specialty Crops (SISC) and…

The Australian online trading platform giving wholesalers the technological edge

One of Australia's leading fresh produce wholesale management software companies, Zupply has found that using a digital platform during the COVID-19 pandemic has given their clients an advantage in terms of reducing costs while maintaining supply. The system works by connecting wholesale companies with…


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