Vietnam

E-commerce is a great distribution avenue for fresh fruits in times of pandemic

For traders in Vietnam, the Covid-19 pandemic has really paved the way for e-commerce in distributing fresh produce. Earlier this month, the famous lychee grown in the…

Dawie Maritz - Mpact Versapak

Message from market is loud and clear: it wants post-consumer rPET punnets

Traditionally recycled polyethylene terephthalate, commonly referred to as rPET, focused on applications such as beverage bottles, but South African packaging manufacturer Mpact Versapak has extended it to food punnets. Mpact Versapak’s thermoformed punnet is the first food-approved punnet in South…

Total Grey nets for peaches and nectarines

The innovative color of Total Grey anti-hail nets by Artes Politecnica is particularly suitable for varieties that need a lot of light, especially late ones.  "We are approaching summer and every day is increasingly decisive to guarantee an excellent production of peaches and nectarines. The frequent sudden hailstorms…

Magnet MED is the evolution of trapping for fruit fly biocontrol

Trapping for the biocontrol of the Mediterranean fruit fly (Ceratitis capitata), one of the most damaging pests for fruit trees and responsible for heavy losses in the sector each season, has evolved with Magnet MED, from Suterra. As product development manager Daniel Casado explains in the following video,…

Robots may be suited to help kill weeds in strawberry fields

Through new research, University of Florida scientists Boyd and Schumann hope to eventually help strawberry growers combat weeds. Additionally, robots may replace tractors as…

James Kabrovski - Forward Insight & Strategy

“We have over 20 years’ experience of working with leading international businesses within the fresh produce sector"

Forward Insight & Strategy is a global strategic research and insights agency, focused on understanding markets and building brand and innovation strategies that build value…

Investors include oil giant Saudi Aramco

$10m investment for Saudi salt-water growers Red Sea Farms

Growing hydroponically using primarily salt water offers major opportunities for the greenhouse industry. That's why Red Sea Farms, a Saudi Arabian AgTech business whose technology enables producers to do so, received a $10 million venture capital investment today from a group of leading Saudi and UAE…

New innovation in the plastic covering system

“Safe-D Vento 2 has ten times more ventilation than our previous product”

Innovation in plastic covering has come a long way, with covers protecting from weather and UV light as well as impacting the growth acceleration and brix levels of a product. One Greek company has released a new plastic cover that sets itself apart by having an improved ventilation system, allowing hot…

Blueberries and gold: power couple shows way forward for African mining

By next month the establishment of a first phase of 98,000 blueberry plants on land provided by a mining company will be completed, and by next year the first crop of approximately 300 tonnes will be ready for export. South African mining company Pan African Resources, the owner of Barberton Mines,…

"Our lettuce varieties have resistance against new downy mildew race BI:37EU"

Downy mildew is a major threat in lettuce. The fungus can damage the lettuce leaves in both protected and open-field crops, resulting in a loss of yield. Last year the European Commission of the International Bremia Evaluation Board (IBEB-EU) identified a widely occurring new variant of downy mildew in…

Lasting two times longer

Nature’s Pride and Apeel expand product range with Apeel mangoes

Following Apeel-protected avocados, which are driving a 50 percent reduction in food waste on average for food retailers, Apeel and Nature’s Pride today introduced Apeel-protected mangoes that last two times longer. Mango is Nature’s Pride's second largest product after avocado. By treating mangoes with…

The company strengthens its legumes research line to improve crop rotation in Andalusia

Agrovegetal develops a new pea that is resistant to powdery mildew

Agrovegetal has developed a variety of proteinaceous peas that are resistant to powdery mildew and won't require fungicidal treatments. The company is dedicated to obtaining…

Pinduoduo embarks on first-of-its-kind study into plant-based meats

Pinduoduo has teamed up with researchers to study the impact of plant-based meat on human health as China’s largest agriculture platform deepens its push into agrifood tech as…

FYK ripening packets turn fruit box into a mobile ripening chamber

Competition in the fruit and vegetable industry grows stronger every day. That is why the preservation of freshness during transport and the timing of ripening in the destination market are key elements of success in the fruit and vegetable industry. Sam of Shandong AWT Bio-tech introduced their solution…

PineApp

New tool to control the use of inputs in the cultivation of pineapples in Costa Rica

A new app to control the use of inputs in pineapple cultivation will allow Costa Rican producers to grow this fruit creating less pollution and in a manner that is more…

Marco Snikkers, OneThird, the Netherlands:

"Infrared scanner analyzes fresh produce's internal quality, predicts shelf life”

It sounds almost like science fiction. But it'll be on the market this year. A scanner that not only analyzes fruit and vegetables' internal quality. It also predicts how long they'll keep. "We're a spin-off from a larger company. It's been developing these kinds of sensors for decades," begins Marco…

Spremisalute

It is possible to drink fruit with a professional fruit juicer

The increasingly frenetic rhythms of a modern and dynamic society impose stressful lifestyles for the human bodies. It is not always possible to remedy the lack of time for the preparation of traditional dishes. However, it is possible to compensate meals that require a long preparation with healthy and…

Fresh Del Monte's new dining experience expands with e-commerce and product launch

FRSHst™, the fresh and healthy dining experience from Fresh Del Monte, has expanded to Miami, FL and Dallas, TX with its new e-commerce launch where consumers can purchase its newest product offerings - the single origin arabica bean specialty coffee and line of cold pressed juices- directly sourced from…

Rubens and Avirtech are partnering to deliver solutions for supply chain resilience

Tropical and citrus fruits have been in great demand across the ASEAN region during the pandemic, intensifying the requirements for exports, supply chain resilience and fresh…

Turning waste food into materials, strong enough for construction projects

Food scraps get a bold new life

Most people don't think much about the food scraps they throw away; however, investigators from the Institute of Industrial Science at The University of Tokyo have developed a new method to reduce food waste by recycling discarded fruit and vegetable scraps into robust construction materials. Worldwide industrial and household…

South Korea; Pusan National University research

Portable electronic nose system able to detect fruit freshness

South Korean researchers have been able to develop a portable electronic nose system that can determine the level of freshness of fruit at agricultural wholesale markets,…

Irrigation 4.0 and the 3-in-1 sensor by terraSmart useful for fertigation

"Now is the perfect time to invest in agriculture 4.0. Many companies are manifesting their interest due to the tax benefits granted by the  Credito d'Imposta 4.0 (50%), which was extended for 2022. Our solutions are innovative, precise and easy to use. Once growers understand the economic and production benefits…

Solex by Agriplast

A correct light exposure improves greenhouse performances

The management of greenhouse climate is rather complex when it comes to intensive cultivation, as it is what determines a good outcome. There are essentially three variables - temperature, humidity and brightness - to consider. These factors are also managed thanks to covers, which act as filters and…

Rain nets saved kiwi fruits from frost, while plastic covers failed

The Keep in Touch rainproof system has proved to be effective at a distance of 10 meters, saving the production of kiwi fruit, while all was lost under the conventional plastic dome cover when temperatures dropped to 6°C below zero. The results are here described by Mario Tonioni, technical manager of…

Disinfectant chamber expedites produce arrivals, reducing clearance delays

Logistics have been severely impacted by the pandemic and the domino effect of multiple port delays has been a disaster for many companies involved in the supply chain of fresh produce. In order to continue shipping fresh produce overseas, Australia-based SRE Innovation found a solution that plays a key…

Citrus fruit on the table directly from the tree

"To follow the trend, especially in the luxury H&R segment, of offering citrus fruit directly from the tree after a meal, we have specialized in the cultivation of these zero-residue plants," explains citrus fruit producer Antonio Torre. Antonio Torre "Despite the stand-off caused by the pandemic, the…

Tech company partners with Idaho fruit ranch to extend shelf-life of apples

Hazel Technologies Inc. announces a new partnership with Caldwell, ID-based Symms Fruit Ranch, a longtime grower of apples, peaches, cherries and other fresh produce. The partnership focuses on using Hazel Tech products for apples to ensure premium post-harvest quality. Symms Fruit’s scale and diverse…

Camilo Garces, CEO of IOland:

"The profitability of agriculture goes through its digitization"

The Garces family believes that agriculture is a way of life that has to adapt to changing times and that needs to continue to be a profitable business for producers. "Producers must innovate from the production process to the marketing process, but they don't always have all the necessary knowledge and…

Alwyn van Jaarsveld - Tessara

Tessara aims to migrate all of its postharvest generators to recyclable materials

South African grape growers are well acquainted with the Tessara Uvasys generators that extend the shelf life of their grapes through surface sterilisation. Last year, blueberry exporters came to rely on Tessara's new Berrisys range; in one instance where an exporter's containers were stuck in ports for…

New peppers showcased are suited for Mexican market and climate

With two new products, Top Seeds International, the international company specializing in the research and marketing of innovative hybrid varieties of high-quality vegetables, has expanded its range of peppers for the Mexican market. The two new varieties are Top Isabel and Top Nadia, a yellow and a red…

Using discarded fruits and vegetables

Circular economy project scores $100,000 food waste reduction challenge

LOOP Mission reached the semi-final of the Government of Canada's Food Waste Reduction Challenge and won $100,000. More than a third of food worldwide is wasted, which accounts for eight percent of total global greenhouse gas emissions. Meanwhile, one in seven Canadians experience food insecurity. To…

Food tech startup produces shelf-stable foods that don’t need freezing or refrigeration

Farther Farms, a food tech startup with Cornell roots. Its innovative sterilization technology produces shelf-stable foods that don’t need freezing or refrigeration. Their…

Global onion trade moves online

The 2000’s kicked off the cloud computing revolution in technology companies by introducing a pay-as-you-go model for web services, which significantly lowered the entry barrier and increased the scalability for new technology companies – and so the “startup” era began. Soon after, a flood of e-commerce platforms and…

Madras Mandi App enables procurement of fresh fruits and vegetables in Chennai

Economic problems will always stimulate people's interest in new possibilities and ideas. Prashanth Vasan learned this during the lockdown last year, when India’s food…

Expanding into imaging technology

Apeel makes first acquisition

Apeel announced its acquisition of ImpactVision for an undisclosed amount. ImpactVision’s hyperspectral imaging technology is soon to be integrated into Apeel application systems at supplier locations around the world —adding a new layer of insights to help fresh food suppliers and retailers further reduce food waste. Apeel’s…

New citrus varieties obtained by INRA Morocco

A call for competition to grow the new citrus varieties obtained by INRA Morocco. According to Agrimaroc, several new hybrid rootstocks have been obtained by directed crossing…

Researchers at Agriculture Victoria look at new sensor and traceability technologies

Agriculture Victoria Research (AVR) demonstrate the benefits of using real-time data loggers and new sensor technologies to monitor the export cool chain. Minimising temperature fluctuations and streamlining the supply chain will improve the quality and consistency of Victorian grown cherries in South…

DNA markers that elicit resistance discovered

Code for ToBRFV-resistant tomatoes cracked in Israel

TomaTech announces a major advancement in the fight against the Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus (ToBRFV), which has caused significant economic damage estimated as much as billions of USD in the last few years globally. Led by Assaf Eybishitz Ph.D., the company furthered the fight against this pandemic…

Citrus derivative makes transparent wood 100 percent renewable

Five years after introducing see-through wood building material, researchers in Sweden have taken it to another level. They found a way to make their composite 100 percent renewable – and more translucent – by infusing wood with a clear bio-plastic made from citrus fruit. Since it was first introduced in…

"Phytorich Powerful Tomatoes" to bring additional value to grower, supermarket and consumer"

As of this week, the first 'Phytorich Powerful Tomatoes' are available at Dutch supermarket chain DEEN. After a period of successful experimentation, grower Duijvestijn is harvesting the special tomatoes this year for the large-scale introduction. "Phytorich Powerful Tomatoes stand out because of the…

European grocery store successfully implements AI-based fresh produce recognition technology

The COVID-19 pandemic and its disrupting effect on the retail sector have accelerated some in-store technology trends like biometric checkout and scan-and-go systems. The new trend that is emerging  is the drive to look for solutions to distinguish fresh produce—like fruits and vegetables—as they tend to perish…

The study to obtain new cherry varieties in the Guadalentin Valley advances

The project to obtain new cherry varieties that don't require much cold in the Guadalentin Valley, which is being developed at the Lorca Agrarian Demonstration Center within…

Igea totem

Innovative automatic dispenser for bags and gloves

A unique innovative fully-automatic dispenser for bags and gloves in self-service vegetable and bread sections has been developed by Igea. Gianluca Goldoni, partner of a Conad store, reports that "it is a very useful idea that makes clients feel safer, which is very important nowadays"- (Photo supplied…

Small Robot Company launches first commercial robot

Small Robot Company (SRC), a British agritech start-up for sustainable farming, today announced its first commercial robot, ‘Tom’. The Tom monitoring robot is now delivered to commercial specification and entering service on UK farms. Customers include the Lockerley Estate, where robots are a key part of…

21st century South African farming

Drones, technology and increased food security

Farming is more and more often associated with cutting-edge technology, drones and artificial intelligence, now that the sector is seeking new ways to optimise their crop…

new medium TOV Gerdicia RZ

"Besides being flavorsome, tomatoes also need to be attractive and uniform"

Today’s consumers place ever-higher demands on the products they buy, and tomatoes are no exception. Besides being flavorsome, they also need to be attractive and uniform.…

AgriTechNZ chief executive Brendan O’Connell

Technology shaping the future of NZ productivity

Tāmaki Makaurau - Technology is shaping the future of agriculture which will help inject a massive impetus into the New Zealand economy, AgriTechNZ chief executive Brendan…

Fruit importer/exporter launches multi-use app

Salix Fruits, fresh fruit import and export company, celebrates its 10th anniversary by launching an app that has been developed with Lyncros, a software factory for mobile applications, business solutions and microservices with secure APIs in companies of all sizes. With more than 15 years of experience…

Smart fruit vending machine boom on the horizon

As an important daily consumer category, fresh produce is becoming the focus of an increasing number of companies, and there is little doubt about the bright prospects of the…

Tackling food waste with AI-driven technology

On Stop Food Waste Day (April 28), Afresh acknowledges the impact food waste has on our environment and communities and the company looks for ways to solve this enormous problem. One-third of all food produced is wasted every year. In the U.S. alone, that is $408B worth of food, with a greenhouse gas…

22nd China International Vegetable Science and Technology Expo showcases 300 new vegetable varieties

On April 20, 2021, the 22nd China (Shouguang) International Vegetable Science and Technology Expo/2021 China (Shouguang) International Vegetable Seed Industry Expo opened its doors in Weifang, Shandong. The exhibition showcases the latest scientific and technological achievements of vegetables, seeds and…

BayWa Global Produce subsidiary

TFC-Holland invests in Softripe® technology

The exotic products specialist TFC-Holland in Maasdijk, the Netherlands, has become one of the first companies in Europe toimplement the new Softripe® technology. This artificial intelligence (AI)-supported process impresses with an innovative, optimised ripening process and is characterised by a higher…

Updates on the 'Plastic-Free Crops' project

Biodegrable pots from niche product to more extensive use

"Little by little we are achieving more and more results. We have moved from theory to practice on all fronts. Our Plastic-Free Crop project is gaining ground with the use of Fertil Pot cultivation pots. These are 100% biodegradable and made from plant fibers. QuickPot pots, made from 100% recycled and…

$5 million in capital enhances post-harvest life of perishables work

RipeLocker announced yesterday it has raised $5 million in series B capital from angel investors. The investment round is from previous company investors, many of whom are renowned in the agriculture industry, including academics, agriculture executives and growers/packers/shippers. The new funds will…

Christopher Smith - PalletPlast

Recycled plastic fruit pallets “have developed beyond our wildest dreams”

PalletPlast was awarded the best new end-use product by Petco (a South African plastics industry body supporting the recycling of polyethylene terephthalate or PET), for their fruit pallets manufactured from plastic from the waste stream. Their plastic pallets are all exactly the same size, and…

Finistere Ventures - Aotearoa Fund

New multi-million dollar fund established to help NZ's growing agtech industry reach its commercialisation potential

Leading global agrifood technology capital investor, Finistere Ventures is helping to bridge the gap between New Zealand's "world-leading" agriculture research through to the commercialisation of start-up companies and innovative technology. The company has launched the NZ$40M Finistere Aotearoa Fund in…

Does RNAi-based technology fit within EU sustainability goals?

If we were farmers in Europe today, we would probably have major concerns about our future. In fact, the European Commission foresees a radical transformation of the food production system by 2030 to ensure sufficient food for the entire population produced in a sustainable and safe way for the…

Plastic-Puglia - a leading company in the production of irrigation systems

Plastic-Puglia, a company founded in Monopoli in 1967 covering over 100.000 sq m and with 200 employees, is a global leader in the production of complete systems for precision irrigation. It manufactures irrigation and fertigation systems for both greenhouses and open fields and even supplies the most…

Crispin Russell - ArcAqua

South African ozone sterilisation technology “hasn't been a hard sell”, says chief technology officer

The use of chlorine and peracetic acid to sterilise fruit is increasingly being replaced by ozone to remove bacteria, mould and fungi without leaving a residue. ArcAqua, a Cape Town-based company, has patented technology that allows ozone to be entrained within a shroud of water droplets ‒ directing the…

WayBeyond - New Zealand

Solutions for growers to not only become economically sustainable but reduce food waste

A New Zealand-based agritech solutions company says even changing an element of the way a fruit and vegetable business is run can greatly lead to the reduction in food waste and improve sustainability. Speaking at the recent MobileTECH Ag conference in Rotorua, WayBeyond Chief Technology Officer Jonathan…

New 'Ankerfix Easy' binding rubber enables gentle fruit growing

"Long service life, less plastic and easy to use"

Nowadays, the use of plastics within agriculture is increasingly being criticized. In fruit growing, too, attempts are now more and more often being made to dispense with plastic by means of sophisticated alternatives. However, these environmentally friendly alternatives should also be robust and easy to…

Walmart introduces restoring pollinator habitat program

Imagine mornings without orange juice or summer picnics without strawberries. Such a future is possible if we don’t take collective action to begin restoring pollinator…

NZ Young Farmers

The importance of balancing traditional methods and innovation in the future of the NZ farming industry

Young people entering today's farming industry need to have an understanding of technology and science and be open to embracing innovation and change, according to the New Zealand industry body NZ Young Farmers (NZYF). Chief Executive Officer Lynda Coppersmith told the MobileTECH Ag conference in Rotorua…

Civ, Consorzio italiano vivaisti

Strawberry Flavia is becoming increasingly popular in South Italy

Many companies in South Italy and in particular in the Basilicata region are testing the commercial varieties of CIV with great interest, in particular the variety Flaviapbr, characterized by early ripening, mid-vigour, fruits that are external to the foliage and therefore easy to harvest, with high…

New Zealand start-up uses TikTok to alleviate picker shortage

A Gisborne tech start-up is helping New Zealand’s picking shortage by using social media platform TikTok to fill hundreds of jobs. The company, founded by Gisborne’s Candice…

Ian Yule - PlantTech Research Institute Limited

"We're not trying to create new sensors or robotics, but rather use AI systems to better utilise the technologies"

Introducing Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology into fruit and vegetable growing operations, and making sense of all the data that exists, takes an 'all of industry' approach rather than a purely scientific one, according to a leading New Zealand-based research and development organisation. PlantTech…

FG Adriaanse – Adagin Technologies

Credible data on worker productivity releases farmers from onerous policing

FG Adriaanse and JD Naudé, the managing directors of Adagintech at the Stellenbosch LaunchLab, spend hours discussing what it is that farmers really want of a digital management system in the field and in the packhouse. “What we've realised is there is fundamental need among farmers to measure their…

Bio vegetable packaging made with plastic recovered from the sea

Agromediterránea has launched a new container for the marketing of BIO radishes under its brand Sun & Vegs. It is a sustainable container made with recycled plastic that has been recovered from areas near the coasts and in the seas of Southeast Asia. It is doing so as one of the main partners of…

Root-ai.com

AppHarvest acquires Root AI and its robotic harvester

The Kentucky-based AppHarvest company has built over 3 million ft2 of indoor agricultural space to hydroponically grow non-GMO, pesticide-free produce using 90% less water than open-field agriculture. At the same time, the company claims to be producing yields up to thirty times that of traditional…

New Delhi resistant zucchini variety launched

At the end of 2021, HM.Clause will complement its range of products with four new varieties of zucchini “NO-ND – New Delhi resistance”. They are specially designed for the Mediterranean region and they are suitable for diverse agronomic and climate conditions. Besides this strong resistance, the “NO-ND –…

Chemical savings up to 78%. Video below

Electric robot for a precise weed control

Over the past few months, the Swiss company Ecorobotix has developed an electric-powered robot, powered by photovoltaics. The additional novelty lies in the fact that it is a precision weed killer that saves up to 78% of chemicals. Video below  The tests were conducted last summer in Germany on herbaceous crops,…

Industrial scale 3D food production to start in 2022

Gastronology - refined gastronomy, 3D technology linked to create 3D food solutions with fresh ingredients

For some people, dinner is a tasteless, albeit practical, affair. Older people and those with dysphagia, who battle to swallow, often have blended foods. This aids in swallowing but doesn't taste or look appetizing. 'It doesn't have to be that way,' thought Peter Nieuwkerk, owner of the Budelpack Group…

How the New Zealand agriculture industry is preparing to enter the "golden age" of robotics

The horticulture and agritech industries are at the start of the golden age of robotics and automation, according to a leading New Zealand-based company. Rocos provides the support to connect robotics to what 'The Cloud' has to offer including AI, 3rd party API's and visualization, as well as helping to…

Israel Chemicals Ltd adopts Plantarray diagnostic system

New platform might enable better crop yields

In order to achieve a high level of confidence in new agricultural products, R&D must be focused on examining new plants or the effect of new materials on the plant. This need…

China Agricultural University & Chinese e-commerce platform Pinduoduo

Artificial intelligence victorious in Chinese fruit growing competition

Experts in artificial intelligence have beaten some of the world's best strawberry growers in a Chinese competition to see who could grow the most fruit. Three teams of top…

Cobus von Wielligh, Miaan Kramer & Iwan Labuschagne - Provar

Culteva™ platform allows fruit evaluators and breeders ease of data collection & report-creation

Provar, South Africa's independent new variety evaluation company, developed an inhouse evaluation data collection and reporting platform, called Culteva, for their own use. It has proven to be successful and has been adopted by a number of local and international clients, the company says. Culteva's…

"NFC single-use thermometers save on the cost of cloud storage"

It has been a year since the outbreak of Covid-19 and consumers now pay more and more attention to food safety. This also means that people in the fruit industry need to pay more attention to track-and-trace technology for fruit and vegetables. Thermometers play a vital role in the cold supply chain of…

Spinach leaves could benefit growth of lab beef

Boston College research has shown that the veiny skeleton of a spinach leaf can support the growth of artificial meat. As synthetic meat is growth from a culture of animal…


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