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VOEN Vöhringer sees great potential for "Zip it" system in international commercial fruit growing

"Growing interest in our zipper"

For many years, the VOEN company has been an internationally recognized supplier of protective solutions for commercial fruit growing. Since 2014, the 'protective cover' solutions of the traditional company -located in the heart of the Lake Constance area- are also equipped with modern zippers. The efficient and user-friendly procedure…

C.H. Robinson formally introduces C.H. Robinson® Labs™

New innovation incubator drives supply chain technology solutions

C.H. Robinson formally introduced C.H. Robinson® Labs™, an innovation incubator where the next big ideas in logistics and supply chain are created, tested, and scaled to drive smarter solutions for C.H. Robinson’s customers and carriers. Tim Gagnon, Vice President of Analytics and Data Science at C.H.…

Academics from MIT and Pontifical Catholic University of Chile

System for cooling without electricity

The key to the functioning of this simple, inexpensive system is a special kind of insulation, made of a polyethylene foam called an aerogel. This lightweight material, which looks and feels a bit like marshmallow, blocks and reflects the visible rays of sunlight so that they don’t penetrate through it.…

Punjab, India

Checking vegetable prices on your mobile phone

Checking the prices of vegetables of people’s local market (mandi) is now easier than ever before with the launch of the e-PMB app by the Punjab Mandi Board (PMB). Launched by PMB chairman Laal Singh on January 8, the app, which has already been downloaded over 5,000 times, provides a daily list of…

Driverless lorries could dominate UK ferry traffic within a generation

Were driverless HGVs to replace much of the UK’s conventional lorry and container transport within a generation, they would transform the way the RORO market works in Great…

Transition from fossil-fuel-based plastics to recyclable or biodegradable

They have had biodegradable and recyclable packaging options for the last five years. However, until recently, there was not so much demand for these. “Partly because of the costs,” says Athanasios Mandis, Zoepac’s Commercial Director. “This kind of packaging has not been so widely adopted because of…

Roll-out starts in Brisbane

Costa Group to develop 'Click and Collect service'

According to an article on insidefmcg.com.au, Australian fruit and vegetable supplier Costa Group is introducing a Click and Collect service for its retail and wholesale…

FarmERP will showcase new software at Fruit Logistica

ERP platform gives stakeholders complete control over process management

Sanjay Borkar and Santosh Shinde started out 18+ years ago as two young computer engineers with an aim to revolutionize agriculture using Information Technology Solutions. In 2001 they received a breakthrough and since then, they have been restructuring the norms of agriculture and farming. At the Berlin…

Quality improvement instrumentation for fresh produce

Quick Brix measurements through use of refractometers

As a European source of quality improvement instrumentation for fresh produce, Fresh Produce Instruments will showcase quality control instruments at Fruit Logistica. A variety of instrumentation for measuring Brix, fruit firmness, fruit size, produce quality, and temperature will be available for show…

Nissan tests use of electric vehicle for shipping strawberries

Nissan Motor Co. stated that it started a test for using an electric vehicle to ship strawberries in December last year, in cooperation with a strawberry farmer in the town of…

AgroFresh estimates their solutions bring food waste reduction of 10,000 metric tons

AgroFresh Solutions, Inc. will showcase its extensive lineup of innovations for fresh produce at Fruit Logistica from February 5 to 7, 2020 in Berlin, Germany. Narciso Vivot, André Vink and Ivan Van Dessel from AgroFresh, at Fruit Logistica 2019. AgroFresh will exhibit its portfolio of solutions and…

Federico Bazán Rezza, manager of ABM:

"Spanish agricultural producers could reduce their water and fertilizer costs"

“Producers seek to reduce costs and innovative tools have been created for this. These products often allow you to save water, which is vital to achieve a sustainability that benefits all links in the chain,” says Agro BioMediterranean (ABM) manager Federico Bazán Rezza. “We have developed a…

Polish producer of fruit salads Fructofresh receives patent for German and international market

"We offer a solution for the production of fruit salads and mono-products with extended shelf life"

Just in time for Fruit Logistica in Berlin, the Polish producer of fresh fruit salads Fructofresh has managed to patent a solution for extending products' shelf lives. With this process, the shelf life of Fructofresh fruit salads and mono-products can be extended. The company, based in Gubin in western Poland,…

Unica, CASI and Biosabor present the new Adora tasty tomato

Única Group, the Cooperativa Agrícola San Isidro (CASI) and Biosabor, three of the Spanish companies with the greatest presence in the fresh tomato segment, have presented a…

Drones becoming more and more useful tools for fruit farmers

Researchers at the University of Idaho are looking into ways drones could be employed for fruit orchards and tree nurseries. Olga Walsh, University of Idaho, is researching the use of drones for fruit trees. Most of the agricultural applications for drones have been on grain crops like wheat, corn and…

“Smelling” when crops are ripe or food is burning

Stratuscent presents Digital Nose

At this year’s tech expo CES this week, digital noses are becoming a bit of a thing. At the Stratuscent booth, a Montreal, Quebec-based startup which is digitizing scents to…

Purple cocktail tomato nominated for Fruit Logistica Innovation Award

The Yoom tomato has been nominated as one of the 10 most innovative products presented at the forthcoming edition of the international Fruit Logistica 2020 trade fair. From 5-7 February, visitors will be able to discover and enjoy first hand #TheFlavourExperience offered by Yoom in exhibition halls…

App has already saved 28.6 million meals in Europe

Danish company ‘Too Good To Go’ to fight against food waste in the US

The Copenhagen-based company Too Good To Go, which connects users of its app with restaurants and shops that sell unsold food for a third of the price, is understood to be ready to expand into the US. The Danish company has been on a four-year mission to stamp out food waste in Europe, but now it wants…

Drone technology detects 2 tomato diseases with 99% accuracy

New technology being developed by University of Florida scientists identifies two dangerous tomato diseases with 99 percent accuracy. This finding is critical because diseases can cost growers millions of dollars annually in the state’s third most valuable crop. Thus, the earlier farmers detect those…

"Having a Piñabar in stores doubles pineapple sales"

The Piñabar is a machine that will cut up a fresh pineapple; it is set up in supermarkets to be used by the consumer, and was developed by Dutch Food Technology. Michel van Keeken, Piñabar’s CCO, says: “In 2013 we launched some prototypes in the Netherlands and in Spain, so right from the start there has…

Sydney start-up is digitally revolutionising fresh produce industry

Fresh produce industry’s $12b digital revolution

Sydney-based NetFresh launched in April 2019 and is set to revolutionise the $12 billion fresh produce industry. With a list of high-profile clients already on the books, including Sydney Markets, which is worth $3 billion alone, NetFresh allows producers and buyers, from growers through to retailers, to…

The Fruit Logistica 2020 Innovation Award nominees

Here are the nominations for this year's Fruit Logistica Innovations Award: Coconut automatic opening machine K30, from Shanghai FruitPro Information Technology Co. Ltd, ChinaThe K30 is a microcomputer controlled machine which opens coconuts safely and hygienically using patented blades so that the…

Shaun Biggs, Ellepot South Africa

Fruit nurseries in South Africa adapt to degradable paper containers

“What’s exciting about the fruit industry is that there’s a lot of expansion taking place in the deciduous and subtropical industries and we believe we’re offering a great solution at the right time,” says Shaun Biggs, experienced nurseryman and Ellepot representative in South Africa. “Many fruit…

Argentina has new spore detection devices in fruit trees

Pear productions from the town of General Alvear, in the south of the Argentine province of Mendoza, already have the first spore hunting systems for the prevention of fungal…

Aiding local farmers

Cameroon start-ups develop mobile app

Farmer Bienvenue Nzonje Ngoul has been growing tomatoes in southwestern Cameroon for four years. Unfortunately, his yields have dwindled recently due to unknown diseases. "My crops are regularly attacked by illnesses and these can cripple you in one day," Ngoul said. To avoid a repeat of this, the farmer…

Vacuum cooling is widely used for fresh produce

Vacuum cooling is widely used in the fresh produce industry of the United States, Europe and China. As a result of the energy consumption from water evaporation at low pressure, the temperature of fresh produce can be reduced efficiently from the field temperature of 28 ° C to 2 ° C. Arvin Lau from…

LG presents a smart greenhouse to grow vegetables in the kitchen

Due to the upcoming edition of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), one of the main fairs and congresses on consumer technologies that will take place in Las Vegas (Nevada, United States), LG has presented its first intelligent greenhouse, a new type of appliance that can be installed in the kitchen to…

Grow food anywhere! The Mexican startup that innovates in agriculture

A Mexican startup is offering the possibility of growing vegetables within the city in a healthy enclosed space and harvesting up to 100 times more than normal. Juan Succar and Jorge Lizardi, graduates of the Tec de Monterrey Leon campus, created the Verde Compacto company, which follows the new global…

Fighting child obesity

Could eBooks help encourage children to eat vegetables?

Concerned parties, hoping to encourage children to eat their vegetables, have not been idle. Based on the evidence that children who are exposed to pictures of vegetables are more likely to eat them, they launched the See & Eat project to try and help children. The project an initiative funded by…

"New platform to provide better cold chain logistics services"

On December 15th, 2019, the official launch ceremony of the Asia Global Fresh Food Import & Export Platform 2.0 was held in Shenzhen. The entire top management of Asia Global Logistics Group (hereafter referred to as AG), including the CEO, Mr. Qiu Qunsheng,  attended the event. During Mr.Qiu’s speech, he…

Lack of legal framework is ‘slowing ag robotics innovation in the EU’

A new Robotics Report published by Agro Innovation Lab concludes that agricultural robots are now technically so advanced that they could soon see increased use in…

Labour management tech ups productiveness grape picking

The Taglog vineyard labour management system improves the efficiency for growers and the transparency for pickers, as it is scaling up to be rolled out across Australia. The…

Drones form Outfield Technologies

Cambridge start-up helps apple growers predict crops

Cambridge-based agritech start-up Outfield Technologies is using drones to help apple producers improve yield predictions. Outfield is using a combination of drone technology, 3D computer imagery and artificial intelligence. By examining trees from 30 metres above ground in summer, about eight weeks from…

Surprise your guests with 3D printed mashed potatoes

As the winter holidays are right around the corner, people will turn to family time, cosy activities and copious amounts of food. To get in the spirit, 3dprintingmedia.network took a look at an interesting food 3D printing research project, centered on potatoes. The research, recently published in the journal…

UC Davis completes trials of Hazel Tech packaging

"We found significant increases of firmness and color retention on stone fruits"

Hazel Technologies, Inc., announces the successful completion of peach, nectarine, and plum supply chain quality trials with the University of California, Davis. Researchers found that Hazel Tech® packaging can maintain post-harvest characteristics such as firmness and color retention in seven different…

Andrew Pollock, Novamont/Mater-Bi Southern Africa

“We’re beyond just recycling: the world is ready for our compostable resins”

A retailer has rolled out 100% home compostable and biodegradable shopping bags as well as bags for loose items of fresh produce at its store in the new Constantia Emporium shopping centre in Cape Town, built using the latest in sustainable and low-energy technology. The bags were manufactured at two…

UK: Outfield Technologies helps apple growers to maximise crops

Apple producers have for ages grappled with the humblest of problems: it’s very difficult to predict the size of a harvest, and that’s risky for an apple grower’s bottom line. A Cambridge-based start-up called Outfield Technologies, which is associated with Cambridge Judge Business School, is addressing…

CropX and FarmAgro form precision agriculture partnership in Central America

Agricultural analytics company CropX has partnered with Costa Rican agroforestry equipment vendor FarmAgro to provide satellite-powered precision agriculture tools to farmers…

Agricultural waste used in construction of automobile parts

Researchers at the University of Alicante, in collaboration with a dozen European partners, have developed natural compounds of high added value for the automotive industry or construction. The final product has been extracted from agricultural waste of lemon, pomegranate, broccoli and almond shells,…

“Fertilpot: Natural, plantable and made of 100% wood fiber"

Fertil has been proposing its Fertipot in horticulture for nearly 70 years, but the company now targets arboriculture and market gardening with a range of products specifically adapted to the needs of these sectors.“Fertilpot has always been mostly made of wood fibers. But for 5-6 years, we have invested…

European experts share stink bug tracking app success with New Zealand

Two European brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) experts will share the success story of a BMSB tracking mobile app and experience in trying to gain sustainable control of the…

"You can manufacture bioplastic with bananas in the Canary Islands"

Clara Martin Gonzalez, a 1st-year high school student at the IES Villa de Mazo, has been awarded by the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) of the Canary Islands for…

Project Musa Fibra looks for partners from the fruit trade

Student initiative develops paper from pineapple crowns and leaves

Christmas time is pineapple time: anyone in the trade knows this. The exotics are mainly sourced from Costa Rica and are offered fresh in one piece, in tins and more and more often in the convenience sector. But what most people don't care about is what happens to the crowns of the fruit and the leafy plant…

Satellites tracking US food supply, aiding farmers

Farmers across America's Midwest are in a race to finish harvesting their corn, soybean, before the first freeze sets in. September rains made a late harvest even later. Heavy spring rains flooded millions of acres of cropland around the Mississippi, Wisconsin and Missouri rivers. Some farmers never…

Start-up helps Scottish farmers grow plants with sea water

A British start-up is teaching farmers how to grow crops using water from a source which won’t run out – the sea. Seawater Solutions is helping farmers on Scotland’s west…

Jun Aizaki's 'HyO-Cup'

Sustainable coffee cups grown from vegetables

When pondering the question whether the humble gourd could one day replace single-use coffee cups, Brooklyn-based architect and designer Jun Aizaki came up with his latest invention, the HyO-Cup. HyO-Cups are designed as an alternative to standard coffee cups, which are typically lined with…

Emirates: Minister inaugurates Carrefour’s in-store hydroponic farms

Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, inaugurated the region’s first hydroponic in-store farms at Carrefour. These farms, operated by Majid Al Futtaim, are located at Carrefour’s stores in Abu Dhabi’s My City Centre Masdar and Yas Mall. They are part of the company’s…

Hensing LLC presents optimized 'Regio-Box' at the ExpoSE 2019

"Optimal product presentation as well as extended service without additional personnel costs"

Asparagus from the farm, strawberries from next door - regional products are becoming increasingly popular with consumers. However, very few farmers have the opportunity or the staff to open and operate their own farm shop. It is this supply gap that the "RegioBox" from Hensing LLC tries to bridge. The company,…

Microsoft launches tech project to tackle food security in South Africa

Microsoft recently launched agriculture research platform FarmBeats, aiming at making the benefits of artificial intelligence available to farmers. FarmBeats tracks soil temperature and moisture levels with the use of solar-based cloud computing models, taking the guess-work out of farming. By 2050 there…

CropLife South Africa invests in database for MRL data

Maximum residue limits (MRL) are a globally accepted tool in the food safety basket. It offers consumers a guarantee that fresh produce is safe for human consumption. The…

"Their potential for the Chinese market becomes more obvious"

"AI retail lockers spread throughout China"

"AI retail lockers have not been on the Chinese market for a long time, but since their introduction a few years ago, they have become immensely popular with Chinese consumers because they are convenient and they offer a wide variety of products. Office workers in particular appreciate the convenience of…

New Southern Energy – David Masureik

High-energy users in fresh produce going off-grid

In March this year, floating photovoltaic panels on a fruit farm outside Franschhoek, Western Cape, were unveiled to much acclaim. It was one of New Southern Energy’s projects which included an upgrade of the farm’s electrical reticulation and installation of a system that provides all of the daytime…

Plastics industry recognises fruit pallet innovation

In its bi-annual awards to innovators and leaders in the plastic recycling industry, the South African Plastics Recycling Organisation (SAPRO) named PalletPlast the overall winner in recognition of the fruit pallets the company has been manufacturing for less than a year (following years of research).…

LIFE ALGAECAN project

Huercasa successfully tests pioneering wastewater purification system with algae

Huercasa, a leading company in the production of ready-made vegetables at European level, is successfully testing a purification system for the wastewater generated by vegetable processing that uses microalgae; a pioneering technique in Europe that is part of the LIFE ALGAECAN project. This project is funded…

Shelf-life extension of 21 percent

Package with avocados in different ripening stages launched

Happy Chameleon® Daily ’Dos™ from Robinson Fresh® are the latest innovation on the avocado market. It’s a package with four, 70 count avocados in different stages of ripening. “The idea is for consumers to use it throughout the week and have an avocado at ideal ripeness available when they need it,” says…

Curtin University research – Perth, Australia

Improving the shelf life of avocados

Plastic can be an important component of food packaging as it can create a barrier against nasties such as bacteria, as well as liquids and gasses. This can help to prolong the shelf life of many foods, thus preventing waste. However, given the finite resources of petroleum-based polymers, which are used…

Energy 4 Impact

Solar irrigation to battle drought in Rwanda

In the drought-prone district of Bugesera, south-east of Rwandas’s capital city Kigali, Peruth Tuyishime is one of six farming group members working on a one hectare farm. The farm grows a range of crops, from chili and maize, to cucumbers, sweet peppers and pumpkins. But erratic rain patterns,…

Narciso Vivot of AgroFresh discusses RipeLock:

“Our goal is to reduce food waste by extending shelf-life”

The importance of reducing food waste is something that has gained increased recognition and support throughout the past decade. Often, the focus is on encouraging consumers to not buy more products than they can consume. AgroFresh, however, takes a different approach. They have developed a product…

W. Dimer LLC presents absorbent pads ecoline from renewable raw materials at ExpoSE 2019

"Compostable absorbent pad is not only suitable for soft and pome fruit, but also for the vegetable sector"

Pads serve to absorb and bind liquids from perishable food. This not only results in a more appealing presentation, but also increases hygiene and this makes for a longer shelf life of the packaged product. Specialized company W. Dimer LLC, based in Laufenburg, will present the newly developed DIMER…

Mexico’s other ‘green’ business: vegan leather

Several companies are already marketing biomaterials created with cactus or with the bacteria present in the remains of strawberry and mango. Is Mexico on the verge of a very profitable market? In the United States, the vegan lifestyle has grown by 500% over the past five years. Either by conscience,…

New alternative for modifying ERP system to update IBM blockchain

Glassbit, a Watsonville/Salinas-area company delivering innovative solutions for fresh produce growers and shippers, announced the general release of the GlasschainTM IBM Food…

Simple gadget turns cauliflower into rice

Cauliflower no longer is a strange, mushy white vegetable, smothered in a creamy or cheesy sauce. It is now a staple food in homes and in restaurants, often taking the place of meat, flour or rice. Cauliflower has grown so popular that a gadget was created to make cooking the crucifer easier. The new…

Italian company develops system to save process water

Ecorecycling, a company located in Bolzano, has launched a solution to save up to 95% of water thanks to a technology that cleans and recovers "process water", i.e. the water used to wash and transfer fruit. When sorting and washing fruit, water is one of the most important elements to consider, especially…

Winning D&AD Future Impact Awards for Environment and Sustainability

Pinoy paper 'Pinyapel', made from discarded pineapple leaves

"Pinyapel" is a Pinoy paper product made from discarded pineapple leaves. Recently, it won the D&AD Future Impact Awards for Environment and Sustainability in New York City.…

HCM City University of Economics and Finance

Vietnam: Students make biodegradable products from potatoes

Two students from the HCM City University of Economics and Finance have made biodegradable products from potato starch in an effort to reduce the use of single-use plastic items. Nông Văn Phước and Đặng Nguyễn Xuân Trọng are fourth-year students majoring in business administration and international…


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