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Spanish entrepreneurs transform pineapple leaves into textile

When Carmen Hijosa, from Spain, had managed to stand out in the design, manufacture and export of leather products, she left everything behind. After 15 years in the sector, she devised a material made from the filament of pineapple leaves, allowing her to launch an environmentally-friendly and…

App launched at Pakistan fruit and vegetable market

The Market Committee Kot Lakhpat on Saturday started the digital recording of the arrival and sales of commodities like fruit, vegetables etc. The Agriculture department…

Horticulture of the future:

Lettuce from old coal mines

The world population is growing steadily and with it, the food it requires. At the same time, traditional ways of growing food are becoming increasingly uncertain because of drought and other extreme…

Nominees for the FRUIT LOGISTICA Innovation Award 2019

The top award for the fresh produce industry will be presented on 8 February 2019 in Berlin. More than 77,000 trade visitors from over 130 countries will have a chance on 6 & 7 February 2019 to vote for the innovation of the year. Here are the nominees at a glance. The nominees for the Fruit Logistica Innovation Award…

France has blockchain advice for Australian farmers

In France, it has been a good year with regard to blockchain technology. The country’s agricultural supply chain has been working to provide customers with greater levels of transparency and accountability when it comes to the transfer of goods across borders. The United States has served as a positive example as…

Series B funding round

Chinese e-commerce App just raised $100M

Among the many up-and-comers, jostling for a spot in China’s massive e-commerce industry, there are a few that pick a niche market and present a novel business model different…

Three-year trial, starting February

UK: Waitrose to use small robots to farm its food

Next year, autonomous robots will start cultivating wheat fields in a three year trial to help produce bread and flour for Waitrose. British agritech start-up Small Robot Company, with their robots Tom, Dick and Harry, will provide the new technology to work on the 4,000-acre Leckford Estate, Hampshire.…

Chile: Remote controlled solar traps to detect fruit fly

Pests cause problems by damaging the crops and food production, parasitizing farm animals and causing health hazard to human beings. The fruit fly is one amongst them,…

Ultraviolet light could extend shelf life of food and reduce waste

Food waste is a major problem facing today’s society. LSU AgCenter food scientists are working on ways to extend the shelf life of food products, which will help reduce waste. LSU AgCenter reporter Craig Gautreaux has the story from the LSU campus. Source: LSU AgCenter (Kenneth Gautreaux)

Chile: Hi-tech tools to combat fruit flies

The Agricultural and Livestock Service, SAG, continues its fight against the fruit fly (Ceratitis capitata). Currently, it is using remote solar traps, equipped with a camera…

Mobile greenhouse is financed by Gemüsering Thüringen

Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences conducts research on urban farming in growtainer

The Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences received a growtainer at the beginning of the year, intended for research and teaching purposes. The "Gemüsering Thüringen" company is financing the mobile greenhouse for a period of ten years. This is a fully insulated container that has been…

Produce technology supplier sees value in more learning tools

With the amount of new technology entering the fresh produce sphere, growers are now required to know these sometimes unfamiliar technologies along with placing their attention on their main task - growing produce. QA Supplies, which supplies producers with tools to measure and analyze their product…

Metro and Target launch a common accelerator

Düsseldorf wholesaler Metro wants to address more "adult" start-ups in the future. A cooperation with US retail chain Target aims to help with this goal, in the form of an…

Google to take Wing delivery drones to Europe in 2019

Next year, Google's parent company Alphabet will test its drone delivery service in Finland. It announced that Helsinki will be the first European location for Wing, which has been testing drones in Australia. Its aircraft will deliver packages weighing up to 1.5 kg within minutes of an order being placed. Several companies,…

Precision agriculture: technology exists, but practice is more stubborn

A lot of data is available, particularly genetic data about crops, but data can also practically be picked out of the fields. Soil structure, development of the crop, or even better, of each individual plant. “We’re headed for a situation in which the fair average will be replaced by getting the best out…

A car named 'Lotte'

This futuristic vehicle could solve logistic problems of Amazon, Walmart and Target

The company that came up with Walmart's pickup towers has now developed a self-driving car that could really result in a dramatic shift in the last-mile delivery industry. A new car, called Lotte, has been presented. It is a robotic courier. It autonomously transports packages to homes and businesses and uses a…

Successful quality technology trials to extend shelf-life of apricots

Hazel Technologies, Inc., is proud to announce the successful completion of an apricot supply chain quality trial with the Postharvest Technology Center at the University of California, Davis. Researchers found that Hazel® Apricot technology extends the shelf life of apricots in standard supply chain…

US company engineering the next step in quality meters

Technology and innovation in the produce industry is not new and no doubt many produce professionals have witnessed a lot of changes in their time. While many new technologies focus on the physical aspects of planting, growing, harvesting and packing, there are also innovations with a focus on the…

Spain: Environmentally-friendly plastic made from horticultural waste

In just six months, researchers at the circular economy innovation center of Ecoembes, The Circular Lab, have developed a new plastic that is biobased, compostable, recyclable and biodegradable at sea. It is made from fruit and vegetable waste and its use should be authorized within the next five years. During…

Penn State University research

USDA allows new strain of gene-edited mushroom

A Penn State University researcher has created a genetically modified mushroom that is now at the center of controversy over GMO regulations of genetically modified creations. Researcher Yinong Yang developed a type of white button mushroom that looks identical to the type you’d buy in the produce section of a…

New solutions to transform waste into useful products

PROLIFIC project promises new uses for legume, mushroom and coffee waste

PROLIFIC is a new European research project with the partnership of 17 partners from 8 European countries. It’s ambitious goal is to transform waste from legumes, mushrooms…

Ixcon: Industrial X-ray CT for high-throughput quality control

The lack of volumetric quality control solutions causes high volumes of products to be taken out of circulation as a precaution and as such, causing wasted in many sectors. To overcome challenges…

Robotic harvesting is not sci-fi anymore

The development of robotic innovations becomes more achievable day by day. For instance, using a robot to harvest strawberry is not sci-fi anymore, and the results are extremely good. We had already discussed this two years ago when we showed a video illustrating the remarkable harvesting precision. Now,…

Digestate as alternative substrate for soil-less lettuce farming

The consumption of ready-to-eat salad has been growing over the last 20 years in the European market. The annual growth rate is at 4%. That's why this food category is renowned as one of the most profitable horticultural segments. As a result of a growing trend, the lettuce and chicory are farmed over a 1.2 million…

Electric delivery bike and independent delivery robot hit the streets

French supermarkets test new delivery options

In several French cities supermarkets are experimenting with environmentally friendly methods of delivery. Carrefour will test delivering shopping with an electric delivery bike. Franprix is taking it a step further and will test the possibility of an electronic robot. Inhabitants of Marseilles will be able to…

Samara Polytech scientists develop disposable edible dishware

The first step of the new project at the department "Technology and organization of public catering" was to make edible food films. The unique technology (which received three patents) formed the basis of another ambitious project which is creating edible dishware. The idea to create food films from…

Malaysian-made “Magic Sticker” will keep fruits fresh for longer

In the process of transporting produce all the way to supermarkets , it is estimated that 52% of fresh fruits and vegetables go to waste before they even make it to the consumer (US figures). With the problem of food wastage on top of his mind, Zhafri Zainudin set out to change the agriculture industry by introducing…

New grocery-pricing system from Israel to slash food waste

Food expiration dates about to undergo a revolution

Some sources claim that about half of all the food produced in the world is wasted every year. That would be about two billion tons of food, worth billions of dollars. It’s a…

Business-to-business online platform

E-Ecuador launches at Food Matters

Ecuador has presented e-Ecuador, a business to business online platform at Food Matters 2018 in London, through its promotional arm for exports and investment, PRO ECUADOR. International buyers can register at this online marketplace and access more than 1000 Ecuadorian suppliers of products and fresh produce made in…

Bans on plastic bags fuel success of Lotus Trolley Bag

Californian couple set to make millions selling grocery bags

Selling fancy grocery bags was supposed to be a side project. Now, with orders streaming in from hundreds of stores, Jen and Farzan Dehmoubed are set to make millions selling a reusable bag to shoppers. The couple from Carlsbad, California, are co-founders of Lotus Trolley Bag, a company that makes a popular set of…

New Zealand: Wellington supermarket trials GPS trolley tracking

If you happen to be shopping at New World’s supermarket in Wellington, you might notice ten trolleys with a bit of GPS kit attached to the front. This is because New World wants to know how you shop, where you stop, and for how long. Those ten trolleys have been fitted with a device about twice the size of a…

Biodegradable within 2 months

Potato Plastic: the plastic made from potato starch

Starch-based plastic represents a good alternative to the usual plastic. Among the different types of starch, the young Swedish student Pontus Törnqvist researched the potato starch. His invention is a candidate for the prestigious James Dyson award. As the student himself recounts, “I was interested in finding solutions for the…

Aerobotics hits 10 million trees and vines processed in 5 days

Cape Town company Aerobotics uses data from drone and satellite imaginary and processes this through its AI software in order to identify and solve issues affected on trees or vines on a farm. The software also measures size, height and canopy volume. Aerobotics’ CEO and Head of Growth, Tim Willis announced that the…

Lithium batteries now featuring charge indicator

The innovation of lithium batteries employed in the agricultural field raises increasing interest, so much so that Bagioni decided to improve them further by adding the charge indicator on the battery.  Only a couple of months after the patent was applied for, various companies have shown their interest, especially when it comes to asparagus…

Multi-million dollar project to design the tree of the future

Australian researchers have turned to plant genetics to help solve DNA mysteries and create the horticultural tree crops of the future under a new $13.3 million joint research…

Interpoma: Korean company showcases innovative accessories

The Startup Village at Interpoma 2018 was reserved for the companies that stood out with their original ideas and the realization of several projects. This area was devoted to the novelties proposed by young companies with concrete ideas. One of the start-ups came from South Korea: the Dain Industry produces accessories for fruit farming.…

The Italian Contec is a leading company in the manufacturing of poles

Innovative poles for orchards

In order to build a modern fruit plant, it is necessary to have a support and/or protection system made with the most modern materials to ensure the greatest efficiency. Contec company participated in Interpoma to promote its equipment for the construction of pre-stressed reinforced concrete poles. Pre-stressed reinforced concrete poles The…

New technologies to classify fruit quality

Fruit baskets usually hid unpleasant surprises: even though they were good-looking, the fruits within were not. The recent technological development has allowed us to avoid such a risk. Angelo Benedetti describes one of the optical selection technology by Unitec. This technology can ‘go beyond’ the…

Early detection of storage damage

Laimburg Test Center presents new App 'FrudiStor'

Last Thursday, a new application called 'FrudiStor' was officially presented and activated at the international apple fair INTERPOMA at the Bolzano Exhibition Center. The App…

Simplified time and attendance management of pack-line staff improves traceability

Facial recognition feature for seasonal workers launched

To make it easier for fruit and vegetable producers to manage their seasonal workers, Consus Fresh Solutions has developed a new Facial Recognition feature for its traceability software. Machine learning is used to identify staff and permit access, making clocking on and off a thing of the past and…

Kuehne + Nagel is expanding digital seafreight platform Sea Explorer

Kuehne + Nagel’s Sea Explorer provides digitally enabled service insights to the world’s largest seafreight service network. With the implementation of service connections and…

Zero Residual: actions and benefits

Several Italian and foreign MMR chains demand the so-called ‘Zero Residual’, as was confirmed by researchers from the Sicural Lab. First of all, it is crucial to specify what we are talking about. A ‘Zero Residual’ occurs when the chemical principles of a given analysed produce are below the instrumental…

Iceland and Unilever team-up: Marmite Brussels Sprouts

The Iceland supermarket chain has teamed up with Unilever to create a brand-new delicacy: Marmite Brussels Sprouts. Now, on both of these foodstuffs, opinions are divided. To say the least. As Marmite divides a breakfast table, Brussels Sprouts can divide the Christmas dinner table. But now the two have been merged in a brand-new…

‘Too Good To Go’ and 'Karma Fridge' projects

Dutch and Swedish retailers tackle food waste in Europe

In the Netherlands, retail chain HEMA has partnered with start-up ‘Too Good To Go’ through which it offers the ‘magic box’. The box contains surplus food that would usually have been thrown away at the end of the day. In Sweden, ICA is trialling the ‘Karma fridge’ in its ICA Kvantum Liljeholmen store. Hema customers can…

Noli, Italy

Scuba company grows produce in world's first underwater farm

One hundred meters off the coast of Noli, Italy, scuba divers can find pods of 2,000-liter acrylic demi-spheres that resemble giant jellyfish standing at the bottom of the ocean. Anchored to the ocean floor by ropes, chains, and screws, the biospheres surround a half-ton metal tree that serves as a…

The company showcased its product at Eima

An innovative drip irrigation system by Irritec

A revolutionary drip system that allows overcoming the problems of waters with high percentages of suspended solids. This proposal came from Irritec, a company that exports globally 70% of its production. On the 7th of November, it showcased its new products during the Eima fair. Giulia Giuffrè, Giuseppe Giardina, Paolo…

DogBot an affordable solution to labour deficit?

These days many growers are looking for solutions to reduce labour in the fields and packhouses, robotics is one of the ways to do this, but replacing pickers of delicate fruit such as strawberries with a robotic picker is very challenging, the technology is not yet available and would not be affordable…

Stephan Kohn, Heinrich Glaeser Nachf. GmbH:

"Longevity due to high tear resistance, UV stability and weather resistance"

A sudden frost break in April, hail, heavy rain and other weather conditions, or the unwanted visit of an insect species in the fields: nowadays farms have to be prepared for almost everything. Based in Ulm, the GLAESERgrow division is working on solutions to ensure crop growth and harvest, even under…

South Korea: E-mart & LG Electronics develop retail service robots

E-mart, a South Korean discount chain operator, has joined hands with LG Electronics on the development and commercialization of retail service robots, including a smart shopping cart that will tag along behind the user. Both companies held a signing ceremony for a memorandum of understanding and vowed to develop…

The Hymenoptera Anastatus bifasciatus

Italy: The Asian bug's nemesis has been found

Bioplanet has identified an insect capable of parasitizing the Asian bug. It is not an exotic antagonist, but it is already available in Italy. Therefore, it does not need to go through the whole process of introducing new bug species. Anastatus bifasciatus on the Asian bug's eggs Stefano Foschi is a technician at Bioplanet, “The insect…

Online system 'IP Garden' controls the whole cultivation process

Harvesting vegetables like in a computer game

Never again having dirty hands, no weeding, no toiling with heavy watering cans - and still end up with your own crisp fresh lettuce in your hands. The Internet and a clever…

Sorbos edible straws coming to Costa Rica

Just recently, several major companies banned plastic straws due to environmental concerns. But it’s difficult to eliminate straws if you don’t have something to replace them. That’s where Sorbos edible straws come in. Costa Rica is the first Latin American country to have the tasty utensils that were originally created in…

Convenience foods fueling demand for non-browning technology

With more fresh produce becoming available in pre-prepared, ready-to-eat, forms, NatureSeal has seen the demand for its proprietary technology gain strength. The company has developed a formulation that prevents cut and other prepared produce from browning and other time-enhanced degradations. NatureSeal…

VOEN presents rain protection system with complete drainage at the ExpoSE

''New canopy solution enables management with wide spraying machines''

Regardless of the topographical features of the situation, VOEN offers a new roof that ensures complete water drainage from an orchard. This is possible through a special water flow within VOEN films. To save time, the drainage parts are mounted by means of a zipper during the winter they are stored…

University of Florida

Laser tech may be key to healing Citrus Greening-affected trees

A University of Florida scientist hopes to improve on laser technology so that farmers can enhance the efficiency of the spray solutions they use to restore vitality to greening-affected citrus trees. More efficiency would also mean reducing the amounts of chemicals applied. Ed Etxeberria, a professor of Horticultural Sciences…

Tool provides key data to AG Industry, helps decrease food waste and increase profitability

Online tool designed to increase profitability launched

AGTools, Inc. has combined its extensive agriculture industry experience and knowledge to create and launch a brand-new online tool enabling the agriculture industry to…

'Hawke's Bay Young Enterprise Scheme award'

New Zealand: Alternative fruit sticker wins top accolade

A water-soluble, environmentally friendly fruit sticker that will reduce waste and encourage consumers to wash their fruit has made its creators award winners. For the past eight months, Woodford House students; Sarah Wixon, Maggie Peacock, Zoe Rookes and Rylie Bensemann have been hard at work in the…

Supermarkets in Berlin supplied fully electrically

EDEKA starts practical tests of Mercedes-Benz eActros

Today, the EDEKA network and Mercedes-Benz Trucks are launching a pioneering practical test: for a whole year, EDEKA will be testing a fully electric eActros truck in Berlin's wider city area. The 25-tonner -with a cooling system- will supply EDEKA supermarkets with fresh food throughout Berlin. During…

Southeast Asian tech start-ups are looking to China, not Silicon Valley

'Habitat' is Honestbee’s concept of what future supermarkets could look like and doubles up as an innovation lab for the company to test out integrated online and offline strategies for the future of retail. The concept is somewhat similar to Hema supermarkets in China, operated by e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding…

Start-up ' Imagr'

Cashier-less shopping comes to New Zealand

A New Zealand start-up is hovering at the cutting edge of technology. They are focusing on a system that knows what you put in your shopping basket, eliminating the need for checkouts and queues. It will be Aucklanders that will get a first taste of a shopping revolution that is gathering pace around the…

Criocauterization to keep prickly pears for up to 4 months

The cold cauterization of the prickly pear proved to be an extremely efficient system to prolong the post-harvesting conservation. The fruit has been cauterized with dry ice…

Toronto, Canada

Flashfood creates App to buy food near expiration date

Food waste is becoming a big issue for supermarkets and restaurants, but is surely is one that Flashfood is hoping to reduce. The Toronto company that is opening a Twin Cities office has signed deals for a pilot project with Minneapolis-based Target and other initiatives with Canada’s largest grocery…

Planting potatoes on the moon

Future long-term manned space missions will raise the question of how food can be supplied to astronauts. Plant biologists from the University of Zurich (UZH) have now studied how agriculture on the…

World's first driverless grocery in talks to launch at Expo 2020 Dubai

Very possibly, the world’s first driverless grocery will launch in Dubai during the Expo 2020. Last year, Silicon Valley start-up Robomart was founded by two former Dubai entrepreneurs, Ali Ahmed and Emad Rahim, and autonomous car expert Tigran Shahverdyan. While it is currently being tested commercially in the…

Trieste-Rostock railway line: North Europe closer to Italy

Starting from today, the North-Eastern Adriatic is closer to Germany thanks to a new railway connection. The service will link the Cervignano interport to Rostock Germany. The railway was inaugurated on the 16th of October 2018. In addition to the function as the port of Trieste, Monfalcone and Nogaro, the interport of Cervignano ultimately…

Post-harvest solutions company presents protection technology

Hazel Technologies, Inc., a USDA-funded post-harvest solutions company, said it continues to gain traction in the fresh produce industry with its post-harvest quality-protection technologies. According to the company, the technologies improve arrival quality and reduce shrink during distribution. “Many post-harvest solutions…

System to be officially launched and demonstrated at Fruit Attraction

"FruitCheck enables efficient quality controls at all stages of the value chain"

Digitization is progressing rapidly, and so is the modern fruit trade. At the upcoming Fruit Attraction trade fair in Madrid, the developer of test equipment, Dr. Lippert Instruments, will be launching and demonstrating its app-based system for optimizing and accelerating quality controls. The technology…

An investiment of 1.5 million euros

The walnut supply chain works: new plant inaugurated

On the 11th of October 2018, New Factor inaugurated their new walnut processing plant, costing 1.5 million euros. A zero-km supply chain, with the walnut plants just a few meters away, by the San Martino di Forlì company. The harvesting process at the San Martino company Davide Drei, mayor of Forlì, cut the inaugural ribbon of…

Italy: Innovative plant for dates by Elisam

Dates are extremely delicate and they require exceptional and specific care. The Elisam company aims at offering an alternative for the processing of fruit and vegetable. The company has developed a system focused on reliability, delicacy and speed. Elisam can provide its clients with innovative solutions for the…

Aerobotics presents AI app to identify crop problems

Aerobotics, a South African precision agriculture tech company, have launched their new drone scouting app which is able to see whatever a human, standing close to a tree, would - and come to the same conclusions. James Paterson, co-founder and CEO of Aerobotics The company's agronomists have labeled and classified hundreds of thousands…

Photonics: New laser scanner to detect carcinogenic chemicals

Last year, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) issued a warning about eating over-fried potatoes, burnt toast and crisps that can contain cancer-causing chemicals such as…

Conference will be held from November 14 to 16, 2018

‘The Hybrid Solution’ presented at BioControl LATAM, Medellin, Colombia

At the upcoming BioControl LATAM Conference in Medellin, Colombia, November 14 – 16, 2018, STK bio-ag technologies Country Manager for Colombia & Ecuador, Jose Antonio…

Blockchain-based tracking against salmonella outbreaks

Europe’s largest retailer teams up with IBM

Carrefour, Europe's largest retailer, has adopted blockchain ledger technology to track and trace chicken, eggs and tomatoes as they travel from farms to stores. The French retail giant said it will rely on blockchain technology developed by IBM , which is working with a number of retailers, logistics…

Idrologica proposes a new anti-hail/anti-bugs system

V5: anti-hail system that prevents ice accumulation

Increasingly devastating weather phenomena are now threatening even the anti-hail/anti-bug nets. Often, heavy hailstorms damage not only the nets but also break the poles. To avoid this, the European patented V5 system is a type of anti-hail cover characterized by an innovative ice discharge method which…

Increasing burden of traceability eased with consus system

Smaller vegetable, fruit and flower producers still using paper-based systems are struggling to meet the ever-increasing requirements of retailers for quality assurance and traceability, says Derek Thompson, co-founder of Consus Fresh Solutions, Bourne, Lincs. To address this the company has developed an intelligent software-based…

Test areas include agriculture, urban environments and ports

KPN tests 5G applications

Chinese vendor ZTE has worked with Dutch telecom operator KPN to successfully complete a test of the first 5G application for precision agriculture on an experimental farm in the Dutch province of Drenthe. According to ZTE, the precision test was carried out in cooperation with the Province of Drenthe, Wageningen University & Research, Dronehub…

Company valued at $7 billion

‘Meicai’ app funding round generates more than $600 million

Chinese start-up Meicai, which helps farmers sell their vegetables to restaurants, raised more than $600 million in a recent funding round. Using Meicai’s app, restaurants are able to order various vegetables directly from farms, effectively cutting out the need for middlemen in the traditional wholesale process. Meicai aims to service…

Croptracker implemented by New Zealand apple supplier

Croptracker, Inc. is excited to announce a long-term adoption and service level agreement of its crop management and record-keeping software by Mr Apple New Zealand Ltd. Mr…

Launch of cover innovation promises reduced fruit growing costs

A newly launched crop protection solution which enables growers to open and close fruit covers in minutes is promising increased efficiency and, as a result, lower production costs and all-round performance of orchards. The developers of the  Wayki solution say growers are already using it on cherry crops to deploy and…

Princeton-based Arable Labs making 'smart farming' a reality

Farming and the distribution of food and agricultural products has become more and more complex and more and challenging than ever. Arable Labs, a Central Jersey company is making smart farming and distribution possible with its technology that helps farmers manage their crops through satellite imaging,…

Received backing from William Tunstall-Pedoe

Aussie supermarket automator Black.ai

Melbourne start-up Black.ai has been trialling its system of connected sensors and cameras at a major supermarket chain (co-founder Keaton Okkonen won't say which one) with the aim of eventually allowing it to dispense with cashiers and in-store detectives, and allowing it to automate functions like…

Spanish firm pilots R290-CO2-CO2 refrigeration

Intarcon, a Spanish manufacturer of commercial and industrial refrigeration units, is piloting a double cascade R290-CO2-CO2 refrigeration system in an installation in…

Combating fruit theft: Tracing stolen fruit with ‘Olidetec’

Recently, cases of fruit and vegetable theft seem to be on the  increase. In the past, there have been many reports of fruits and vegetables being stolen from the farm. But now, farmers need not worry as much about it as entrepreneurs are trying to launch device that could trace the stolen farm produce. Olidetec is one…


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