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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…

The world’s best drink cooler may come from pineapple scraps

Engineers in Singapore and Vietnam decided to turn the hundreds of millions of tons of pineapple waste that accrued in their nations into something useful, in this case…

Global virtual marketplace connects growers directly with retailers and wholesalers

New virtual marketplace for growers and buyers launches in two weeks

During the week of Fruit Attraction, a new virtual market place has opened its registration. MarketBuy wants to offer a solution to both small and large farms that do not have the resources and connections to deal with retailers, wholesalers or even just importers directly. It intends to empower the…

Scott Trimble with Felix Instruments

"We distance ourselves from NIR competitors"

With high tech devices steadily making their way into the commercial agricultural space, Felix Instruments - an ag-tech instrument developer - is showcasing its latest products. One of their major lines involves NIR - or near-infrared technology which is helping fruit growers and distributors to…

Cover for tropical fruits to curb losses & food waste

REWE Group tests edible protective coatings

The REWE Group is the first trader in Germany to test the "Coating". Their fruit is given a thin edible coating that reduces cellular respiration and keeps the fruit fresh for longer. To look good, stay fresh and taste good: food technologists have long been tinkering with how to improve the shelf life, texture…

Computer vision identifies ripe fruit

Mikko Toivonen and Chang Rajani, doctoral students in computer science, together with Assistant Professor Arto Klami, have designed computer vision algorithms that can convert photos taken with a phone into extremely accurate hyperspectral images. Hyperspectral images reveal moreHyperspectral images are…

Kenya: Twiga Foods raises $30 million ahead of planned expansion

Kenyan food distribution start-up Twiga Foods has raised $30 million through a fundraising round led by Goldman Sachs. Twiga has estimated Africa’s informal food production and distribution system at $300 billion a year and growing. It uses an online platform to link food producers with retailers, aiming…

Syngenta presents Yoom, the new "umami" tomato

Syngenta, the biotechnology company specialized in seed production and crop protection, has launched the Yoom tomato; a new product with umami flavor, the so-called "fifth…

New FLIR thermal imaging cameras launched

QA Supplies showcased a new line of thermal imaging cameras at the 2019 Fresh Summit Conference & Expo. The company says FLIR handheld thermal imaging cameras bridge the gap between single spot infrared thermometers and FLIR's thermal cameras with Lepton micro thermal sensors to detect heat or cold…

Australia keeps plastic out of the sea with simple nets

Australian consultant and innovator Anthony J. James posted an optimistic tweet saying: "Australians have installed their drainage network with nets so plastics and pollutants cannot reach rivers or seas. This doesn't require a lot of money. It requires willingness to change!" A more sceptical twitterer reacted:…

On data-driven agricultural technology

South Africa: Standard Bank partners with Rhiza Africa

The Standard Bank has partnered with Rhiza Africa in a bid to boost agricultural produce and increase farmers’ yield through innovation driven by digital intelligence. Their…

Innovations galore at the PMA Fresh Summit 2019

Outside the trade show floor at last week's PMA Fresh Summit, there was a large glass window with a lot to see behind it. This so-called Fresh Ideas Showcase held all the new, innovative or potentially interesting products, and FreshPlaza photographed them. See the photo report here.  Plastic, paper or cardboardThe Fresh…

Info on "withholding period recommendations" for fungicides and insecticides

ATGA releases app for management of chemical application

The Australian Table Grape Association (ATGA) has developed a mobile phone app for the management of chemical application. The ATGA MRLs mobile application (App) provides withholding period (WHP) recommendations for the fungicides and insecticides registered for use in table grape production. The WHP…

Ozone treatment might open new markets for yellow kiwis

Yellow kiwi fruit (Actinidia chinensis ‘Soreli’) is becoming a more important crop worldwide due to its pleasant taste and levels of beneficial bioactive compounds. However,…

How technology helps African growers

Currently, more than half of working Africans have jobs in agriculture, but poor infrastructure, inadequate tools and a lack of investment have left the continent's mostly small-scale farms struggling to feed a growing population. Now, a wave of technological solutions is aiming to help. In Ghana, a…

Felix Instruments showcases its latest tech advancements at Fruit Attraction 2019

Today is the opening day of Fruit Attraction 2019, the international trade show for the fruit and vegetable industry, where Felix Instruments – Applied Food Science will showcase their two latest tools, the near-infrared Avocado Quality Meter and Mango Quality Meter. Additionally, growers, distributors…

However: political, scientific roadblocks remain

CRISPR avocados could withstand climate change

Last August, a team of scientists had announced it had mapped the DNA sequences of several types of avocados. This research will likely become the foundation for breeding…

West Virginia University

New molecular research tool for testing fruit and vegetables for pesticides

New research from West Virginia University is transforming technology. The Eberly College of Arts and Sciences faculty in the C. Eugene Bennett Department of Chemistry are…

Peruvian ‘Bio Plant’ project creates disposable plates from banana leaves

A group of young Peruvians has launched a project called ‘Bio Plant’, which creates disposable plates and bowls made entirely from banana leaves. With the financial sponsoring from the Innóvate Peru Program (through the Bio Challenge contest which backs the development of innovative solutions focused on sustainability),…

"It gives me goose bumps to think that we could soon have instant food safety readings"

The Star Group is implementing a business strategy of technology-to- table, as it looks to the future. Star has been actively involved in using technology with seed breeders…

Limoneira launches app to educate consumers on using food as medicine

The Limoneira Company, a leading agribusiness with prime agricultural land and operations, real estate and water rights in California, today announced the launch of a new…

Bolthouse Farms re-imagining business after Campbell exit

In June this year, Campbell Soup sold off Bolthouse Farms - the company it had acquired seven years prior. The move means that Bolthouse Farms is returning to its roots of being a vertically-integrated fresh produce business. FreshPlaza spoke with Jeff Dunn, CEO of Bolthouse Farms, and asked what the new…

Immigrant workers are preparing for automation in agriculture

Inside Taylor Farms’ massive warehouse in Salinas, California, millions of pounds of lettuce, cabbage and spinach are processed each day. Vegetables from nearby fields are sent here to get chopped, washed, dried and packaged. When they’re ready for packing, a yellow robotic arm called a Quik Pick & Pack…

Future of soft fruit picking: UK raspberry picking robot

The development of the world’s first raspberry picking robot is gathering pace. UK start up Fieldwork Robotics sets its sights on manufacturing in Britain next year and…

Mission Produce to talk innovation

Mission Produce, Inc., announced it will be talking innovation at PMA Fresh Summit by discussing its latest solution: a technology the company says extends the shelf-life of avocados and reduces food waste. This post-harvest product was designed by Hazel Technologies, Inc. Mission Produce and Hazel…

Berry grower to reveal augmented reality technology at PMA

Grower and year-round marketer of strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries, Wish Farms, has announced a preview of leading-edge technology at PMA’s Fresh Summit in Anaheim on October 18th and 19th. Wish Farms plans to use augmented reality (AR) by way of a new branded smartphone…

Iowa State University researchers help combat pests and disease

To aid conventional farmers in their fight against pests and disease, Iowa State University researchers are experimenting with new methods that could give organic growers new…

New compostable label and large label solutions to be launched at PMA 2019

The Sinclair Team is proud to announce the launch of its new certified compostable Sinclair EcoLabel® in North America at PMA’s Fresh Summit 2019. Sinclair will also be showcasing the Sinclair EcoLabel on the Large Label V6 system designed for labeling large fresh produce such as melons, squash, pumpkins…

Tuberscan project aims to improve level of potato crop knowledge prior to harvest

As part of UK Research & Innovation’s (UKRI) Transforming Food Production (TFP) challenge, Lincoln-based B-hive Innovations Ltd and Shropshire’s Harper Adams University have been awarded £391,000 for the development of their Tuberscan project, which aims to use ground-penetrating radar to improve the…

Partnership between Microsoft and USDA

New 'Farmbeats' project uses AI to increase grower efficiency

Farmers around the world are facing the urgent question of how to sustainably feed a global population expected to reach 9.7 billion by 2050 — and the answer, in part, might be found nestled among the cornstalks and soybeans on a farm a short distance from Washington, D.C. The fields are outfitted with a…

Avo lovers can keep their fruit fresh with the Avosaver

Avocado lovers are always questioning what to do with their half-eaten avo; How do you keep it fresh? That’s where the Avosaver comes in.   And it is so easy to use! Slap the avocado on there, and buckle it in with the easy-to-snap strap. (If you want, you can sprinkle some lime juice on the avocado for extra assurance.) Today.com…

Vegebot, robotic harvesting system for iceberg lettuce

Agriculture is an industry where margins are low and so cost efficiency and time efficiency are critical issues. The implementation of a robotic system would enable certain advantages such as a more flexible work force and night-time operations, furthermore the robots must be developed to work in harsh…

Papatronica, an Argentine invention that reduces losses in potato cultivation

The Faculty of Agricultural Sciences of the National University of Mar del Plata, INTA Balcarce and the University Center for Citizen Innovation (CUIC) of the Faculty of Exact Sciences of Unicen, have designed the Papatronica, an open-source electronic device that identifies the place and the moment in…

Washington State - US

Professors at WSU Tri-Cities develop spray to prevent frost damage in tree fruits

Researchers at WSU Tri-Cities have developed a spray to help farmers save their crops. It is being described as ‘ground-breaking nanotechnology’. It’s designed to protect cherries, apples and other tree fruits during harsh weather. “We tested the longevity of this material and it lasts not only 24 hours…

European iPlanta Project researches crop defense

The defense of crops from new pathogens and parasites is one of the main challenges that the agriculture sector is currently facing. The economic damage caused by several emergencies linked to recently spread harmful organisms, such as the bacterium Xylella fastidiosa and Drosophila suzukii diptera,…

Hydroponics revolutionizes agriculture in Japan

Yuichi Mori, a Japanese researcher, has revolutionized agriculture through the development of transparent polymer films made from a permeable hydrogel, which can store liquids and nutrients where plants can grow without the need for soil. The device was originally designed for renal dialysis treatment.…

Yield estimation solution gains ground with investors

Fruitspec is pleased to announce that it has completed an investment round of $4 million. Investors included AgVentures, a South African agtech investment company and Hubei Forbon Technology Co. Ltd., China. Inaccurate fruit yield estimation from an early stage (especially in green fruit) remains a key problem…

Significance of vacuum cooling for fresh produce

For growers of leafy vegetables, mushrooms, broccoli and other fresh produce, the most critical problem is how to keep your produce fresh and extend the product shelf life. Even if the vegetables are being planted and consumed in the same local city, without preservation the vegetables cannot be stored…

Fruitcase: The world's first fruit on wheels

At York Fashion Week in March 2019, Fruitcase Ltd, a York-based start-up company that has designed a range of suitcases that look like your favourite fruit was launched. Both the concept, a design that looks like fruit not only on the outside but inside too- and the business was founded by friends and…

Plant waste as raw material

From a lettuce to a fruit container

The food and agricultural system generates a large amount of plant waste, whose handling is costly and requires a management effort. However, that waste can also bring opportunities. "The parts of lettuce or artichoke we don't eat, as well as other sorts of plant waste, go through an industrial process…

Kroger first to take Apeel produce coast-to-coast

The Kroger Co. and Apeel Sciences today announced that Apeel’s "longer-lasting" avocados will be available in more than 1,100 Kroger stores in the U.S. Kroger will also introduce two new produce categories, Apeel asparagus and Apeel limes, through a pilot in its Cincinnati market this fall. “Kroger is…

Hyperspectral imaging for astringency discrimination in persimmons

The persimmon (Diospyros kaki) fruit cv. Rojo Brillante is an astringent cultivar for its content of soluble tannins, which are insolubilised during the ripening of the fruit. Traditionally, the consumption of the fruit has only been possible when it is overripe and its texture is soft. Postharvest…

Wyssa Gemüse sees successful future for hydraulic farming in Switzerland

"Rising interest in hydrosalads, advantageous cultivation techniques should be emphasized more"

Hydrocultures have been making a rapid entry into the (Northwest) European trade for several years. In Switzerland, there are currently three farms that are involved in hydro-cultivation. Of these, Wyssa Gemüse is the only one who cultivates hydroponic crops outdoors without covering. Headquartered in the…

Perfection Fresh commits to quality management software

Fresh produce company Perfection Fresh is trying to link consumers more directly to their vegetables through the use of connective technology. The company has adopted a…

Markers for fast detection of bacterial fruit blotch in melons

Acidovorax citrulli (A. citrulli) strains cause bacterial fruit blotch (BFB) in cucurbit crops and affect melon significantly, up to 80-100% loss in production under favorable environmental conditions, especially during rainy seasons and highly fluctuating temperature regimes.  Scientists at Sunchon National…

University of Florida

Cloud-Based software to aid growers

Yiannis Ampatzidis, a University of Florida agricultural engineer has developed software that can help growers find the best places to plant crops and to identify fruit and…

An edible rice starch coating improves the marketability of bananas

Scientists of University of Newcastle (Australia) have developed a rice starch edible coating blended with sucrose esters to control the postharvest physiological activity of Cavendish banana and to extend postharvest quality during ripening at 20 ± 2 °C. They evaluated the coating's effectiveness…

Research on berry cultivation under plastic photoconverters in Huelva

Next Tuesday, 17 September, the French companies Agripolyane and Cascade will organize an event at the Agroindustry Technology Center (Adesva) of Lepe. This will serve to present the results of the tests carried out in experimental berry plantations in Huelva, where luminescent plastic covers that use…

INIA 329- Bicentenario, a new, high performing Peruvian sweet potato

The National Institute of Agrarian Innovation (INIA), will launch the new variety of sweet potato INIA 329- Bicentennial on September 17, at the facilities of the Agricultural…

Mexican researchers develop habanero peppers for the pharmaceutical industry

The Yucatan Scientific Research Center (CICY) is working on the development of habanero pepper varieties with a very high level of capsaicin, the molecule that produces the…

Spanish research project improves technique to obtain strawberries with a longer shelf life

A research project carried out by the Department of Botany and Plant Physiology of the University of Malaga, together with that of the Institute of Subtropical and…

New food preservation technology mimics natural sun cycle

Beko recently unveiled their HarvestFresh technology which will be available across a range of refrigerators. The technology, developed for Beko fridges, uses not one, but three effective colors (green, blue and red), which mimic the 24-hour sun cycle and natural sunlight. This combination will simulate…

Apeel to run test with UK retailers

Apeel Sciences has announced that it will be running a limited time test with UK retailer Asda of its solution for mandarins. Apeel was recently granted regulatory approval from the European Commission in June 2019. This test with UK based retailers is a sign that Apeel produce could arrive at European…

Vaccines to protect tomatoes from viruses will soon be a reality

Letter combinations such as CMV, TYLCV, ToMV, ToMMV, TSWV terrorize tomato producers, as they represent the acronyms of some of the viruses that damage both greenhouse and open-field crops. Producers spend most of their money trying to control the spreading of viruses with pesticides and insects, but…

Turning fruit and vegetable waste into natural pigments

Graduate of Imperial College London Nicole Stjernsward has invented Kaiku, a system that turns plants into powdered paint pigments using vaporisation technology. In fact, it turns fruit and vegetable waste into natural pigments. Avocados, pomegranates, beetroots, lemons and onions are just some of the…


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