Innovations

Unique Australian technology cleaning cool room storages and improving food quality

A unique Australian-developed atmosphere management technology system is proving to be very popular throughout the horticulture sector, with substantial growth in on-farm use across many regions nationally and overseas. Airofresh is a patented highly intense oxidation module, driven by light, and…

Lithium batteries now used in agriculture

The horticultural sector is adapting to respect the environment and reduce energy consumption with an eye to efficiency and savings. With this purpose in mind, Bagioni is equipping various machines with lithium batteries. This innovation will be presented at Macfrut (hall B7 stand 48), especially for…

Italy: Thirteen hectares of lettuce grown on a floating system

All types of lettuce are grown with the floating system on an area of 13 hectares. The whole system is automated to produce salad marketed under the brand name Ninfa. The location is Standiana, (Ravenna), near the large amusement park Mirabilandia, famous in Italy. "Here we also have fun with water - and…

New Zealand: Better AI's mean that 'robocrops' are coming

In New Zealand, as is the case everywhere, the main impediments to adoption of technology are cost, access, and expertise. However, whether it's robotics or artificial intelligence (AI), adoption of new technology is usually quite high; provided, of course, it makes a tangible difference to the…

Precision spraying and crop diagnostics

Ghana: Drones in farming

Ghana has begun the use of drone technologies in farming as it takes steps to digitize and revolutionize its agricultural sector. Amdrone Tech drones are being used in precision farm spraying and in crop diagnostics. Currently, according to Managing Director of Qualitrace, Kenneth Nelson, the drones are being designed in…

99% reduction of bacteria

Argentinians develop a fruit and vegetable cleaner

According to a report recently published by the World Health Organization, people should consume a minimum of 400 grams of fruits and vegetables every day to mitigate nutritional deficiencies and prevent chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. However, to achieve a healthy intake of…

Bananatex: New fabric to replace polyester

The sleek backpacks, now available in stores in Copenhagen and Zurich, started their life in a forest in the Philippines, where banana plant fibres are harvested to turn into…

UK Scientists working on method to sniff out rotten avocados

A team of UK scientists are working to invent a type of portable sniffing device that can detect whether avocados are rotten without breaking the skin and damaging the fruit.…

Home-grown fruits and vegetables are the future

A Belgian architect, specialized in self-sufficiency, created an entirely cultivable and cultivated city. With this, we almost won’t need to go to the supermarket anymore to…

NBN network monitors crop’s interaction with the environment

Australia: Being connected boosts avocado harvest

Being connected via the NBN network, means that Australian avocado growers are able to monitor their crop’s interaction with the environment better than ever before, ultimately leading to increased yields. A search by Daryl Francis, an avocado farmer on the north coast of New South Wales, for technology…

Verstegen introduces new innovation for the fresh produce sector

Verstegen Spices & Sauces is introducing a new innovation for the fresh produce sector - fermented vegetables. The 133-year old family company has always focused on flavour, functionality and sustainability. They’re now entering the market of processed fresh fruit and vegetables in cooperation with…

Chinese vegetable consumers hungry for apps

Amid the rise of food delivery services in China, popular mobile phone apps are quickly reshaping the vegetable market in Beijing. A Beijing woman said she is too exhausted to go to the market after work and the vegetables by then are usually leftovers anyway. So, she now relies heavily on an app to…

National University of Singapore

Detecting fruit ripening hormone ethylene

Ethylene is a plant hormone that regulates a wide range of biological processes. It is associated with the ripening processes in a number of fruits such as apples and pears. Better understanding of the effects of ethylene concentration on the ripening process can lead to improved management of fruit…

Reducing waste along the food chain

Food Freshness Card wins 2019 Gold Edison Award

Can placing a peculiar laminated card inside your fridge keep the edibles inside from spoiling too quickly? A family-owned Boston-based company Nature’s Frequencies claims sticking its $75 Food Freshness Card in the center of a typical sized refrigerator can extend the shelf life of fruits, vegetables…

Cut whole white cabbage in vegetable mixes and in veggie spread

The fresh produce industry has a problem with waste. In fact fruit and veg produce more than any other sector, according to research. That made HDV Groentesnijbedrijf from Losser, the Netherlands, feel uncomfortable and wasteful, even before waste became a social theme. Five years ago, they put their own…

FruitFirm - the new device to test the firmness of cherries and blueberries

The cherry and blueberry season has almost started in the northern hemisphere and with it comes the need for non-invasive quality checks. TR Turoni, which specializes in devices at the service of fresh produce, will present FruitFirm at the next Macfrut fair in Rimini (8th-10th May 2019): a new…

Alliance for Food and Farming

Good results for AFF pesticide residue calculator

The Alliance for Food and Farming (AFF) is a non-profit organization comprised of both organic and conventional farmers in the US. The AFF has developed an online pesticide residue calculator to measure the safety of the most popular fruits and vegetables when it concerns pesticide levels. When…

Australia: Goulburn Valley farmer cuts power costs by $62,000 a year

A fruit grower in Victoria’s Goulburn Valley has cut its grid power consumption by one-third, and cuts the annual electricity bill by a whopping $62,000 a year. This was…

Canadian company researches move toward bio-plastic

The Star Group of Companies is researching a move towards bio-plastics in packaging innovation. Using peels and waste from its fresh-cut operation, Sliced FC, The Star Group…

App enables smallholders to be influencers and citizen scientists

When the weather does not want to cooperate, a nation’s farmers are always the first to take the brunt. Quickly obtaining information on the fallout is essential for development agencies, government and farmers organizations to respond efficiently. But poor connectivity and slow flows of information are…

Technical update published by HortGro

Fresh Notes feedback of Packhouse Action Group (PAG) meeting

Load-shedding and load out temperatures The PAG load-shedding workgroup met recently to discuss the impact of load-shedding power cuts on apples and winter pears. The…

World’s first commercial robotic apple harvest at T&G’s Hawkes Bay orchards

In a world-first, T&G Global is using a robotic harvester for a commercial apple harvest, reflecting the company’s commitment to innovation-led growth. It's the culmination of four years of working with US-based technology partner Abundant Robotics, which T&G’s parent company BayWa AG invested in…

Technology will help lower citrus production costs

Utilisation of emerging technologies to help increase productivity and lower on-farm production costs has been identified as a key area to aid future progression in the horti…

Purchasing from the future becomes a reality for the large Swiss corporation

Migros relies on open sales of organic vegetables and fully automated shop concepts

Swiss chain Migros wants to double its sales of organic vegetables and fruits this year. This is intended to reduce the quantity of packaging. At the same time, they are also…

Automatic monitoring and mapping of insects in orchards

Monitoring and mapping insects could be seen as crucial to farmers, but it would be much appreciated if these things happen without the need of a human being present. What if an AI could do all of this for us? The prototype on an automated system and method for monitoring and mapping these insects in…

Aussie start-up promotes use of high-tech cartography to count fruit

An Australian tech start-up is helping farmers take the guess work out of predicting the flowering and fruiting of their crops. Originally, James Underwood was inspired by a project investigating whether or not mango, avocado and macadamia trees could be mapped using technology to answer a fundamentally…

Etagrow wants to revolutionize indoor vegetable farming with its LED-based system

Tyrolean start-up brings us winter tomatoes with heating function

Start-up Etagrow from Telfs (Tyrol) wants to revolutionize indoor vegetable cultivation with its LED-based system. The waste heat of the water-cooled lamps is used for heating. How the innovative process would work is explained by the founder. "The world population continues to grow; at the same time the…

"Laser scarecrow" tested in the Spanish province of Cadiz

In recent weeks, two farms in the Spanish province of Cadiz, 'El Chorreadero', in the municipality of San José del Valle, and 'Torremesa', in Chipiona, have helped test a revolutionary bird control system known as "laser scarecrow". It is meant to prevent birds from causing damage to the crops, but its…

China: Migrant worker exodus creates demand for drone pilots to help farmers

Zhu Beibei has his own company with a team of 30 drone pilots and he pulls in 3 million yuan (US$45,000) a year helping farmers in China spray weed killer. Demand for agricultural drone pilots has risen as the technology matures, enabling a skilled operator to cover more acreage than human effort ever…

South African precision tech company opening US office

A South African company that has developed a system of using drones to collect and analyze tree data is about to open an office in the United States. Aerobotics said its first US office will shortly be opened in Los Angeles and is in the process of expanding their US-based staff as well. Additionally,…

MOST and Absortech have a go at it:

New exclusive partnership to detect and prevent moisture damages in shipping

MOST (Mobile Sensory Technologies Sweden AB) a company within 'Real time monitoring' and Absortech Group a company within moisture prevention in shipping containers have…

Clēan Works announces new way to clean food products without using water

Clēan Works is a company in the Niagara Region of Southern Ontario that has developed a new innovative technology that cleans food without using water. The revolutionary…

Renewal though international cooperation

An international first: thanks to an international cooperation, ripening plants become even safer. BG Door International realised a gasproof safety door thanks to the cooperation with new company Ecotop Ripening Australia. They provide the Australian and New Zealand market with modern ripening chamber…

10 years of sponsoring postharvest technology

Catalytic Generators and sister company, QA Supplies are sponsoring the UC Postharvest Technology Center Fruit Ripening & Ethylene Management Workshop for the 11th year April 2-3, 2019. “Sponsoring this event allows our business to support the amazing efforts of the UC Davis Postharvest Technology…

Unique study into alternative source of high CO2:

Dry ice in containers results in better quality soft fruit

Transport and quality is often a challenging combination. A good product can arrive in Europe as a bad product after several weeks at sea. Various options can be employed to retain the quality of the products. Wageningen Food & Biobased Research recently added a new option: dry ice as a source of…

China: "Self-service retail from AI refrigerators makes shopping more convenient"

Convenience when shopping has become more and more important to consumers recently. China is one of the leading countries to open up and innovate this field of shopping convenience. With the use of advanced technology consumers can order food products at any time of the day and have them in their hands…

Masseria Fruttiorssi's innovative sensors in the pomegranate fields

The company Masseria Fruttirossi keeps investing in its pomegranate plantations. With its 280 hectares, the Apulian company, recognized as the leading Italian producer of pomegranates, has installed sophisticated kits with advanced sensors and solar powered batteries, to measure environmental, plant and…

An automatic machine to salt sun-dried tomatoes

One of the most important phases in the drying of tomatoes is salting. It has always been done by hand, in a coarse way and without precise criteria, with the final quality not always living up to expectations. Click below and watch the video! From now on, salting can be carried out in a uniform and…

Precise and fast:

New sensor for monitoring oxygen consumption in stored fruits and vegetables

Developed by scientists at the Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomics, the sensor system automatically and continuously measures the oxygen…

Edible coatings

Edible coatings are formulated biopolymers that use combinations of different food materials in order to offer economic alternatives that are more natural than the usual synthetic waxes and that…

Drones can now accurately count citrus trees

Florida citrus growers can find out how many trees live in their groves and, eventually, they may detect the health status of the trees; all by using drone technology. Imaging from unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) can accurately detect and count citrus trees and spaces where trees have had to be removed…

An electronic sensor records how cherries are damaged during packaging

INTA researchers from Argentina are developing an electronic cherry

Cherries are known for their red color and smooth and shiny surface, but they stand out for the nutritional and antioxidant properties they possess. They are rich in fibers and in vitamin C and A - in the form of beta carotene - have 85% water and, as they have a non-climacteric maturation pattern,…

Full lineup of speakers announced for PMA’s Tech Knowledge

The Produce Marketing Association (PMA) has announced the full agenda for this year’s Tech Knowledge Symposium with speakers from Microsoft, Wells Fargo, and McKinsey and…

University of Florida

US: Researchers develop model to help keep crop seeds healthy

Working with international r researchers, University of Florida scientists have developed a model that will help protect good seeds, which are necessary to plant healthy crops…

Evolution of bird scaring tactics

New Zealand: Marlborough vineyards scare birds with drones

Grape growers will go to great lengths to protect their crops and without them, birds can significantly damage to vineyards. Common tactics used in Marlborough to keep birds at bay include fake hawk kites, netting, shot guns, gas guns, reflective tape, even releasing hawks. But technology is changing the…

Suited to identify Queensland fruit flies

Australia focuses on microscopic pests

Currently, as one part of an AI diagnostic package to identify anything that is visible but requires magnification, a sort of ‘smart microscope’ is being tested. The…

Blue light increases anthocyanin content in cherries

A study from the University of Ljubljana (Slovenia) showed how light wavelengths can influence the quality of cherries in cold storage. Irradiation with blue light increased anthocyanin content, while blue and white-blue-green light increased phennylaline ammonia lyase (PAL) activity. Researchers have in…

Waitrose supermarket to introduce hanging veggie gardens

Is the end of packaged salads in sight? By the end of the year, British supermarkets want to have picking gardens and ‘vertical farms’ in their stores. Companies including Waitrose already have definite plans for this. Lettuce in an old railway tunnel Bioengineers have revealed plans to place hanging…

Taiwanese research: Dragon fruit best organic source for dye-sensitized solar cells

A National Chiayi University research team found that dragon fruit, or pitaya, is the best source of organic dye for dye-sensitized solar cells to generate electricity. Lead researcher and Department of Electrical Engineers professor Jiang Cheng-ta worked for two years on the dye-sensitized solar cell,…

Spain: Research on superfood development with discarded fruit and veg

A consortium led by Grupo Agroponiente, working in partnership with the universities of Granada and Seville, is researching how to develop improved fortified foods (from a nutritional point of view) that are also healthier, using fruit and vegetables that are usually discarded because of size standards.…

Vegetables-based rice: RightRice gets $5.5 million minority investment

After launching its products exclusively in Whole Foods across the U.S. and via Amazon, vegetables-based grain brand RightRice has secured a $5.5 million minority investment led by Strand Equity. RightRice was created by Keith Belling who is also the mastermind behind one of the fastest-growing potato…

South Africa’s first floating solar PV installation unveiled in the Western Cape

Marlenique, a fruit farm and wedding venue just outside of Franschhoek has unveiled a state of the art, floating solar PV system. The system has been installed by New South Energy on the farm’s dam, helping to generate clean energy, while also minimising evaporation from the farm’s dam and saving…

South Africans are 3D printing the future of farming

Abel Nortjé is an engineering student from the University of Pretoria. He recently had the opportunity to design and build his own 3D printer as part of a student employee programme offered by South African farming enterprise ZZ2. ZZ2 fosters young minds in various parts of the country through these…

Israeli scientists discover a way to make apples last an entire year

Farmers end up throwing away about 10% of their apple yield. These are mostly apples that have fallen to the ground and no longer look pretty enough to end up in grocery stores. Other apples are thrown out because they're too small, too big or have sun spots. According to the U.N., an estimated 1.3…

New video demonstrates how Blockchain works in practice

Naturipe Farms, along with SAP, has shared a new video which demonstrates how the company's use of blockchain technology is being put into practice. The video begins right in the middle of a blueberry field in Chile. A worker places the generated QR code sticker on to a rack of fruit they have just…

Agriculture 4.0 is expected to attract Turkish young farmers

In Turkey and in the rest of the world, human labor in agriculture is gradually being replaced by machines. Industry 4.0, also mentioned that the fourth Industrial Revolution provides the opportunity to decrease human labor in production and the focus is shifting towards machines. Inevitably, agriculture…

New city map shows farm-fresh produce in Queens, New York

Fresh produce can sometimes be hard to find in many underserved New York City neighborhoods. That is why City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, the acting public advocate, created an interactive Farm-To-City Food map of the five boroughs, highlighting the importance of access to fresh and healthy food for…

Inoculating bacteria makes it possible to reduce the use of fertilizers and agrotoxics

Bacteria help to increase strawberry production

In order to select the best strawberry varieties and identify the types of bacteria that promote plant growth, a team of researchers (Dr. Cayo García Blasques Morote,…

Australia: Mango tray sensors to gather blockchain data

Burdekin mangoes have been outfitted with tracking devices last summer, in a bid to deliver a better quality of fruit to consumers. The pilot project aims to enhance monitoring of northern Australia mangoes as they are trucked from the farm gate to retailers. Manbulloo Limited’s Horseshoe Lagoon property…

Rhizobacteria for the growth of Williams bananas

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

'Harv' from CROO Robotics

"Shrinking labor force needs to be solved with automation"

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

South Africa: Aerobotics appoints new head of Data Science

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

Chile: Nanotechnology to combat grape moth

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

Chilean blueberry farm where blockchain enters the food chain

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

Oyster mushrooms: beneficial for the crops

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

US farmers using drones to check crop health and increase profits

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

Malaysian company uses stickers to keep fruits fresh

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

The BanaNatural stand drew a lot of visitors in Berlin

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

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

Chinese farmers cultivate social media sales

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

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

Italy wins in Germany thanks to the red kiwi by Jingold

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

Colruyt develops an audio shopping list

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

Edible biomaterial coating for fresh produce to reduce food waste

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

'Captain Peter'

Maersk to introduce a virtual assistant

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

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

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

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

"Making plastic from sewerage sludge"

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

Brasiliaceae crops

Researchers identify the genes that make plants resistant to Albugo candida

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


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