Innovations

Michel Van Loon

Agri-tech set to transform the future of African food security

Microsoft has been partnering with public and private organisations to develop systems that support better policy making around agriculture. This is made clear by the number…

Thekaikoro

Pakistan: Tech firm offers AI tech to Middle Eastern growers

Pakistani agritech firm Industrial Vision Systems is intent on selling its Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology for scanning and grading fruits and vegetables to farmers in…

Cutting edge agricultural robots offer a low-cost lifeline to UK farmers

Senior Robotics Technician Jake Shaw-Sutton, and his startup company Robotriks, have developed the Robotriks Traction Unit.The Robotriks RTU platform can be fitted with a range of traditional and high-tech attachments for use on farms.  A low-cost robotic platform which can be fitted with almost any agricultural…

App calculates precise amount of nutrients

Fertilizer Calculator helps growers calculate fertilizer

To get the right amount of fertilizer for your plants requirements and then to change them as your plant grows, and to prepare stock solutions, needs a lot of calculations. The solution is the Fertilizer Calculator, which was created as an easy and fast solution to understanding your soil and hydroponic…

Decision-support tool using HiPerGator may help manage devastating avocado disease

UF/IFAS researchers are working on a decision-support app to help policy makers and growers decide the best regional treatment options for laurel wilt disease, which is…

World-first investigation raises ethical and policy challenges in using robots in agriculture

With automation poised to transform agriculture in Australia in the coming years, Monash University researchers have published the first-ever analysis of the ethical and…

Driscoll’s Scott Komar and Plenty’s Nate Storey

“Through this partnership we hope to unlock new flavors and expand our global reach”

In October, Driscoll’s and Plenty Unlimited Inc. announced a partnership to grow Driscoll’s proprietary strawberries year-round in Plenty’s vertical indoor farms. Last week, Scott Komar, Driscoll’s Senior Vice President of Global R&D & Plenty’s Co-Founder and Chief Science Officer, Nate Storey joined on…

Technology aides Indian growers with their sales

At the start of this year, growers from Anantapur, a city in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, were left with huge volumes of unsold sweet lime. The reason for this…

Free fruit growing tool Farmable available since the start of the year

"We are thrilled to see so many diverse fruit growers on our platform"

Digitization and automation are also becoming increasingly important in the German fruit and vegetable sector. Producers are looking for ways to optimize operational processes. Farmable has set itself the task of reinventing ways for growers to collect, organize and use their data and information about…

Uruguay launches its new citrus varieties

After more than 30 years of research and development, Uruguay has launched its new mandarin, orange, and lemon varieties. The varieties have been tested from the agronomic and…

Empa develops non-thermal drying process for foodstuffs

Dried fruit in the ion wind

After the summer harvest, fruits can be sold as dried fruit as the seasons progress. However, if fruit or vegetables are dried via heat, nutrients can be destroyed and flavorings can be lost. This is why the non-thermal drying of food - i.e. without heating - is particularly popular in the industry. Among other things, there…

Badger Technologies and STCR Inc.

New partnership to drive adoption of autonomous robots by independent grocers

Badger Technologies, a product division of Jabil, is teaming up with STCR, Inc., a provider of advanced retail point-of-sale and self-checkout solutions, to increase the momentum of multipurpose robot rollouts by independent and regional grocers around the world. This collaboration will speed deployments…

AU: Robotic harvesting to kick off in GV

Apples will be harvested robotically at Goulburn Valley-based Turnbull Brothers Orchards this season in what is believed to be the first commercial trial of robotic apple picking in Australia. Alex and Chris Turnbull – and separately fellow GV grower Mitchell McNab – have engaged Australian-based Ripe…

Hans Blaak, VAM Watertech and Jacco van Kessel, Van Kessel Fruit

“The final step toward 100% reusable water”

The final addition to Van Kessel Fruit's water treatment system is almost ready. This system removes the clay and sludge after the water has been drained. "You don't want to know what kind of rubbish sometimes comes out of the orchard," says Jacco van Kessel. In the Netherlands, the owner of Van Kessel…

Plates will sprout if you plant them in soil

Colombian biodegradable plates made from pineapples

A company in Colombia is making eco-friendly plates out of the tops of old pineapples. Amazingly, these plates, made by Lifepack, contain seeds that can sprout in soil. The plates are Lifepack's latest effort to reduce plastic waste worldwide. The 12-year-old company also makes sandwich containers and…

Arunachal Pradesh: Innovative orange farmer creates tool for harvesting oranges

Jemni Ratan from Dambuk, Arunachal Pradesh is a farmer, who has a history of creating smart innovations. He recently assembled a device for plucking oranges. The 56-year-old…

Orango launches patented solution with magnets

"We see opportunities for reusable lids in the convenience fruit segment"

orango® has developed and patented a reusable lid that uses magnets. The innovative solution is made of silicone and the first samples are already successfully in circulation, the management confirms on request. The sustainable packaging solution was developed primarily for dairy products in cups - such…

Proposals by Molari Berries & Breeding. Raspberries are available

Blackberries and blueberries, new improved varieties

In a year marked by important business changes, Molari Berries & Breeding is working with its entire team for this new season. However, making forecasts in such an unprecedented year is not easy. "On the whole we are largely satisfied with how the company was able to face 2020 and its achievements," said…

Weather monitoring to improve table grape disease management in Western Australia

High-tech weather stations are being installed on four table grape properties across Western Australia's Swan Valley, South West and Gascoyne, as part of a new project to evaluate the accuracy of commercial disease risk prediction tools. There has been a proliferation of decision support applications in…

Kipsang Joseph - Standard

University of Nairobi students embark on ‘multi-storey farming’ project

After careful research led by Richard Kaima, a land economics student at the University of Nairobi, a group of 10 other students saw an opportunity to start supplying vegetables and fruits to supermarkets and hotels in Nakuru. Forced to be creative due to space limitation, they embraced an economical…

Democratic Republic of Congo and Republic of Benin

Aerial imagery detects and tracks banana threats

New research shows how a combination of imagery from mobile phones, drones and satellites can be used to clamp down on banana threats. The images -of varying resolutions- are…

Wageningen students in finals 4TU Impact Challenge

Grab a rosemary or basil plant from a vending machine as if it were a can of coke

Grab a rosemary or basil plant from a vending machine as if it were a can of coke or a candy bar. Wageningen masters’ students Nikolaos Alfieris and Orestis Spirou made it to the 4TU Impact Challenge with their FarmVent. The 4TU Impact Challenge is an innovation contest of the four technical universities…

green, hairy fruit brings ToBRFV resistance to tomato industry

“We can eradicate ToBRFV from the tomato industry with our newly found resistance”

It’s a small, green, hairy tomato growing on a wild tomato plant. To be honest, it doesn’t look too impressive and you might easily overlook it. Yet still, this is the tomato plant that could change the whole tomato world and save the industry. In this tomato, researchers of Enza Zaden discovered a gene…

Dori Serrano, of Murciana de Vegetales: "The campaign is starting without any setbacks"

Despite the pandemic, the new lettuce variety Caribu is making its way into the markets

Orders for Spanish lettuce from operators in central and northern Europe have started arriving earlier this year, coinciding with a slight advance in the harvest in Murcia due to good weather conditions. So far, there have been no setbacks, unlike what happened at the start of the previous season, when Murcia…

SATGARDEN exclusively offers The Climate Box services in the Iberian Peninsula

Innovative technology for frost control arrives in Spain

Due to climate change, agricultural producers are dealing with high climatic variability that is leading to production losses and low product quality. A very important problem is the early flowering caused by the hot winters, which increases the risk of frost damage. Based on more than 25 years of…

Cambridge AgriTechE supported by organisations from all over the world

Several different organisations all over the world are working in collaboration with AgriTechE in Cambridge to address productivity and sustainability challenges. Oost Netherlands, which represents the Wageningen UR-Foodvalley Region of The Netherlands, has become a member of AgriTechE, which brings…

Rosie Savio

Queensland apple growers invent new drink, using apples rejected by supermarkets

A Queensland apple-growing family claims to have created a world-first fruit drink that bottles all of the apple, minus the pips and core. The Savio family from Stanthorpe spent more than a million dollars and three years in R&D to get both the skin and the pulp of their apples into a commercially…

Roei Yaakobi -Tie Up Farming

"Our system can now track labour on the farm during key task events"

These days, one of the biggest costs for growers is associated with labour. It can be extremely difficult to accurately monitor workers and capture critical information when they are out in the field. Tie Up Farming has developed a full labour management module into its end-to-end software solution for…

Agribio®

High-performance and practical biodegradable mulching films

There is increasing attention towards the issue of environmental sustainability linked to agriculture and the preservation of natural resources such as soil, water and air has become of the utmost importance. This is why Agriplast, a company that has always aimed at mitigating the impact of agriculture on…

Gordon Robertson with Verdant Technologies

“HarvestHold™ offers proven 1-MCP technology in a simple delivery mechanism”

To reduce food waste and provide the consumer with a fresher, longer-lasting product, the world has been seeing an increase of companies that offer shelf-life extending applications. Some of the solutions in the market include developments in packaging technology, edible coatings, and powders. “We have…

Smart fabric can identify fruit

Researchers have designed a smart fabric that can detect non-metallic objects ranging from avocadoes to credit cards, according to a study from Dartmouth College and Microsoft Research. The fabric, named Capacitivo, senses shifts in electrical charges to identify items of varying shapes and sizes. A study and demonstration…

Kezzler expands traceability technology in Asia

Pengfei Zang, Kezzler’s director of presales and delivery in China, announced the expansion of its traceability technology to include high-value locally-produced watermelons…

Paolo Ferrentino

First mechanical weeding prototype

The first prototype of a robot for mechanical weeding was created in 2014 by Paolo Ferrentino (in the photo). "It is a vehicle that performs mechanical weeding proceeding autonomously without the need for operators. It is still a prototype for now, so we are not presenting the definitive machine, but…

More up-scale markets appearing in China

A new kind of market is starting to appear in big Chinese cities, appealing to a more well-off sector of the population and aiming also at receiving tourism groups. These stores include fresh food markets that are more organized and well-decorated. The market features local decorations and takes up all…

Successful use of Pixofarm technology in Europe arouses interest from the southern hemisphere

"Fruit growers are clearly looking for smart and flexible approaches"

Pixofarm's digital solution for the fruit industry is now being used by producers in Chile, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, after customers in Europe reported on their successes. Pixofarm uses artificial intelligence to conveniently digitize fruit counting and fruit sizing via a smartphone…

New Indian startup to curb onion wastage

Although India is the second-largest onion producer in the world, prices have been on a steady rise owing to heavy rainfall in some states and poor storage facilities in others. Kalyani Shinde is an engineering graduate, who was born and raised in Lasalgaon, home to Asia’s largest onion market. She is…

BASF launches Mistela F1, a productive and highly tasty premium plum cherry tomato

The tomato crisis is no secret, but every crisis brings an opportunity, and this is how BASF, which continues to innovate with this crop, prefers to see it. The date-like plum cherry Mistela F1 is one of the latest additions to the portfolio of Nunhems®, its horticultural brand, and with which they are…

Eco-friendly photovoltaic solutions that also work as greenhouse covers

Building integrated photovoltaics is a new way to conceive of photovoltaics that becomes useful in agriculture and consists in the design of innovative solutions to integrate devices that convert solar energy into electricity directly into the building.   Transparent pane The Italian team includes researchers from…

Delroy Orchards uses near-infrared technology to look inside Hass avocado

Western Australian avocado growers Delroy Orchards can see inside an avocado. The company is set to launch a new premium Hass avocado this October, after spending the past…

Kiremko Remote Service starts up new Moroccan French fry line using augmented reality

The new French fry line that was installed last summer was eventually started up entirely remotely using augmented reality, in a cooperation between Dutch food processing…

Plasticband launches the Eco 245 strap

Development of first environmentally-friendly strap made with 100% recycled material

The company Plasticband, a leader in the sustainable production of machinery and consumables for packaging in Spain, has launched the first environmentally-friendly and…

Manbulloo Ltd.

New blockchain tech will decrease costs for Northern Australian mango producer

A digital platform was developed and tested as part of a 2.5-year Smart Supply Chain pilot project co-funded by the Cooperative Research Center for Developing Northern…

José Castelló, of San Antonio Fruits: "We can know what the fruit sizes are and learn about the distribution of the color in real time"

Revolutionary technology to manage the production using drones arrives at the Spanish citrus sector

Selecting the citrus fruits in the field at the time of harvesting in order to meet a specific demand is difficult to plan and very expensive when most of the farms are organized under a smallholder model, as is the case in Spain. The Spanish citrus sector is facing increasing competition from third…

New coloring agent NUCOLOR improves fruit appearance and quality

Shandong Yingyangyuan Food Technology Co., Ltd. is a company active in the fruit fresh-keeping industry. In continuous communication with customers, the company learned that in addition to sugar content and hardness, the color of the peel is also one of the important factors that determine the popularity…

Malaysia: Pioneer industry to benefit from 5G

Agriculture is vital to Malaysia, contributing between 7% and 12% to the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP). In 2018, the industry contributed RM99.5 billion (7.3%) to the…

How to measure the capsaicin level of chili peppers?

Chili pepper is one of the favorite foods of many consumers. For some people, the spicier the chili the better it is; other people prefer milder ones. Thai scientists have…

Aerial imaging and machine learning to counter banana disease threats in Africa

New research shows how a combination of imagery from mobile phones, drones and satellites can be used to clamp down on threats to banana production. An early warning system…

5G aids farming in rural China

Orange farmers in Hongshan Village in southwest China's Chongqing Municipality are now aided by 5G,  the latest generation of a wireless network. Up until recently, local farmers had to stay in the orchard…

"The AI software system integrates the brain, the eyes and the hands, enabling any robot to pick and pack any item"

Commercial trials underway for new packing and sorting technology at Australian avocado packhouse

An Australian robotics company has successfully deployed its technology in commercial trials at Sunnyspot Packhouse avocado facility in Queensland. LYRO Robotics, based in Brisbane, say their world-leading picking and packing technology combines computer vision with machine learning. The robotic grasping…

Contronics gets EU award for reducing food waste

Contronics Dry Misting has received an award from the European Commission for its research project ‘Fresh Demo’. Through this project, which was funded by the EU< Contronics…

Carrier Transicold launches autonomous electric refrigeration system

Carrier Transicold has reaffirmed its commitment to reducing emissions, improving sustainability and increasing efficiency across the refrigerated transport sector with the…

Is this the drive-through supermarket of the future?

What will the supermarket of the future look like? That's something many people are considering. But, there's not yet any single answer. This animation shows a creative store concept. Who knows? In a few years, you might be visiting a drive-through store like this. 

Research seeks user-friendly field tool to refine sampling, sanitation intervals

Clemson University researchers are working to develop a user-friendly tool that can predict biofilm behavior in stone fruit packinghouses and produce more targeted sanitation…

"The definition on the cameras and the level of defect accuracy is second to none"

Investment in high-tech grading technology set to pay-off for a Queensland mango company

For the past few months, a Queensland mango grower has been installing state of the art grading technology, which will hopefully significantly improve productivity and fruit quality this summer. With the harvest season beginning next week, Marto's Mangoes, in Bowen, has been racing to install the MAF…

Growing vegetables in salt water could address world food situation

Experts say food production needs to increase by 70 per cent in the next 30 years to feed a world population expected to reach 9 billion people. Unfortunately, traditional…

Release of Direct-to-Consumer mobile produce app

A new direct-to-consumer app for produce will be hitting the market next month. Flavor Wave LLC., an initiative from produce veterans Michael Chavez and Patrick Kelly, brings an innovative concept into the produce industry space. The app will encompass customer produce box ordering, fulfillment, and…

Driscoll’s and Plenty agree to grow strawberries indoors

Driscoll’s and indoor vertical-farming company Plenty Unlimited Inc. announced a joint development agreement to grow Driscoll’s proprietary flavorful strawberries year-round…

Alphabet

‘Mineral’ project addresses sustainable food production

Alphabet’s latest X project: A crop-sniffing plant buggy

Former Google division Alphabet X lab has presented a computational agriculture project called ‘Mineral’. This project focuses on sustainable food production and farming at large scales, with a focus on ‘developing and testing a range of software and hardware prototypes based on breakthroughs in…

Sakata Seed America brings California field days to the customer

Traditionally, each year in August, Sakata Seed America holds its annual California Field Days. This year, instead of organizing a full-scale, in-person event, the company brought the field trials directly to customers by sharing two videos that showcase trial crops from the company’s Salinas and…

Plantai

New app for automatic fruit counting and citrus crop estimating

Plantai, a Brazilian startup, announced this month the launch of the very first application of the market that provides citrus crop estimates based on photos taken from a cell phone. Elaborated with Artificial Intelligence and intensively tested in the field, its objective is to give the entire citrus…

Civiltronics project measures the areas of high damage risk due to shocks and vibration

Smart avocado reveals the bumpy ride after harvest

In some packhouses, avocados fall as far as 300mm as they are tipped from the bin into the water bath at the start of the packline, a university research project has found, potentially diminishing the fruit’s quality and shelf life. Prof Wynand Steyn, head of the civil engineering department at the…

'This innovation protects apple and pomegranate trees'

Apple and pomegranate are two of the most common crops globally. The high consumption and the competition on the market require a massive production, aware of all the risks that could affect quality. Sunburns, uneven colouring, and invasive species are the dangers that producers face in the cultivation…

Research into new sensors set to take Australian stonefruit quality to "a new level"

"It will assist the grower in being able to select the right fruit at the right time in the orchard"

The Australian stonefruit industry is confident that a new sensory technology research project can help build on its export development work and position itself as a supplier of high-quality stone fruit to the world. Launched this week, the ‘Sensors for Summerfruit’ is a 2.5-year, $1.1 million Food…

NASA technology to reveal crop health insights for agriculture industry

A Georgia-based company called Cybercorps LLC plans to offer real-time agricultural data for farmers, resource managers, first responders, and other interested user groups…

Giumarra partners with Reliable Robotics

Reimagining fresh distribution logistics using autonomous aircraft

The Giumarra Companies announced a joint project with Mountain View, Calif.-based startup Reliable Robotics Corporation to test shipments of produce utilizing autonomous aircraft technology developed by the latter company. The test flight program, created to help address supply chain and delivery…

Vignasol sheets by Agriplast

Diffusion of sunlight in the vineyard protected by hollow glass microspheres

The harvest period encompasses the synthesis of all the care that goes into managing the vineyard and represents the apex of the campaign, which rewards all the work with its fruits. What's behind a successful wine-growing campaign in modern times? Undoubtedly the sacrifices of the grower, but also a lot…

Nutrient deficiencies, water stress, and more

New leaf measurement helps predict commodity shelf-life

This month, a new tool from CID Bio-Science is hitting the market. The device, called SPECTRAVUE, gives deep insights into plant and crop health with a simple leaf measurement. As many commercial growers and packers know, a leaf’s appearance can be a powerful indicator of whether a plant is healthy or…

‘Blade peeler’ makes peeling machine high yield, high speed and high quality

Using an automatic peeler machine to replace manual peeling is a common trend. There are many types of peelers in the market, and although they all serve the same peeling purpose, the functionality, productivity and results can be very different. ASTRA Inc. is an innovative Japanese peeler developer. The…

Cadiz, Spain

Invasive algae from the Strait of Gibraltar used to make packaging for fruit and vegetables

The Algae-Copack project aims to convert the Asian brown alga, an invasive species that appeared on the shores of the Strait of Gibraltar a few years ago and is proliferating…

Technology ERP Platform eases fresh fruit and vegetable export process in India

As agricultural export comprises 10% of the total Indian exports, it is the fourth-largest export commodity. The Indian fresh food market has seen rapid development lately,…

Innovative system with nets that do not need closing

An innovative anti-rain and anti-hail system that does not require the opening and closing of nets was presented at Zoli in Faenza (Ravenna). The 'keep in touch' system features special nets made by Boscato Reti.  "The great innovation is the fact that the nets do not need to be closed and reopened for winter,…

KU Leuven

Belgian researchers test agrivoltaic power generation in pear orchard

A Belgian energy research team -led by the KU Leuven- has developed an agrivoltaic pilot project in Bierbeek. They specifically designed the system for orchard crops. The pilot is of the first outcome of a  technology transfer project funded by the Flemish government and co-funded by 20 unspecified companies.…

Numerous improvements still happening in blueberry breeding

Variety development in blueberries continues on in the industry in leaps and bounds. But there’s tremendous room for improvement at all chill levels. So says Dr. Michael Dossett, research scientist with BC Berry Cultivar Development Inc. Dr. Dossett spoke recently at the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council’s…

Enza Zaden identifies gene with high levels of resistance against ToBRFV

Enza Zaden reports it found a solution for tomato growers to beat the devastating Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus (ToBRFV). Their tomato breeding team has identified the gene that provides high resistance to the worldwide rapidly spreading virus. A lot at stake for tomato growersSergio de la Fuente van…

FreshPlaza October special - Automation

FreshPlaza will be will be highlighting Automation in our October special. Growers, packers and retailers have been moving towards mechanisation for some time and as new technology becomes available, we are seeing more and more companies investing in automation, be it picking/packing machinery, drones or…

The Wonderful Innovation Challenge

Global contest launched for environmentally friendly solutions for pomegranate husks

The Wonderful Company announced the launch of the Wonderful Innovation Challenge. Offering up to $1 million in funding and development resources to innovators, the competition seeks to discover economic and environmentally friendly pilot ready solutions for the 50,000 tons of pomegranate husks generated…

DSV enters self-storage market with innovative solution

Relying on its vast warehousing know-how, DSV enters the self-storage market with an innovative solution, determined to make it as convenient as possible for people to store their belongings. On 1 October, DSV will open its first self-storage building as part of the company’s new strategic focus on the…

Roland Wirth (Frigotec GmbH) on the advantages of Softripe® fruit ripening

"Our aim is to reduce internal fruit damage completely"

After winning the silver award at the Innovation Award of Fruit Logistica 2019, novel fruit ripening system Softripe® is now successfully used in numerous European ripening plants. Compared to traditional ripening equipment, the German-Brazilian technology demonstrably leads to reduced losses, longer…

Norwegian researchers develop new cultivation method, inspired by NASA's Mars colonies

Norwegian researchers are testing a new greenhouse cultivation method which emits very little gas. Norwegian, and global food production, is, after all, a major source of emissions. That's mainly because growers use artificial fertilizers and non-recyclable raw materials. Ketil Stoknes very recently…

Breeder of red kiwifruit scoops Innovation Award

Esteemed New Zealand kiwifruit breeder and scientist Russell Lowe has been awarded the 2020 Kiwifruit Innovation Award for his work breeding the first commercialised red kiwifruit cultivar, Zespri Red. Mr Lowe, who has recently retired from his role at Crown Research Institute Plant & Food Research,…

New initiative informs about solar energy in greenhouse cultivation

Launch of new CuTE SOLAR campaign

The CuTE SOLAR (Cultivating the Taste of Europe in Solar Greenhouses) campaign provides information about production methods, quality, traceability, as well as aspects of…

Arie Verburg en Bert Jansen, FME, Belgium

“Innovations allow us to introduce consumers to our entire range”

Fresh Mushroom Europe (FME) is located in Meer, Belgium, just across the Dutch border. This company supplies the total mushroom package. The business renews itself time and again in response to its clients’ wishes. This year, they did so by, for example, introducing their ‘Bosverhalen’ - Forest Tales -…

"It is becoming more and more important for fruit growers to be able to grade their fruit correctly"

New fruit and vegetable grading technology headed to the Australian market

A packaging and processing company that is bringing a new fruit and vegetable grader to the Australian market says it has received a phenomenal response from local growing and packing companies. Auspouch is in partnership with Italian company Zetapack, which is supplying the machines and hopes to have…

Malaga, España

Aquaponics, a sustainable fish and plant culture

La Noria social innovation center has promoted the first aquaponics system in the province of Malaga, a technique that combines aquaculture and hydroponics for the production…

Philippines

Nueva Vizcaya province fruit and vegetable trade goes online

In the face of pandemic, Nueva Vizcaya province has launched a web-based portal for trading fruits and vegetables. The Department of Science and Technology (DoST) in Cagayan…

Claudiodivizia

Punjab to use barcodes & QR codes to ensure genuine seeds for farmers

The Punjab government has decided to use advanced certification technology, including barcodes and QR codes, to ensure that farmers get genuine seeds of various crops. It…

"Our new customers have increased dramatically. So, for us, it's been fantastic."

Retail fruit and vegetable supply up during Victorian lockdowns

COVID-19 lockdowns and the closure of foodservice and hospitality establishments in Victoria have meant more supply for fruit and vegetable retailers during the winter period. Director at Alexanders Fruit Market Oakleigh, David Zahlan, says there has been especially good availability of two staple…

Ningxia province, China

Blueberries grown under innovative agrivoltaic systems

Increasingly, solar panels are being set up in agricultural fields, which leads to a combined benefit of both energy and crop production. These projects are called agrivoltaic…

The launch of innovations in the European market increased by 46% during the lockdown

An average of 120 references are launched on the European consumer market every day. However, according to Nielsen Bases' Breakthrough Innovation Report, in the first half of this year, coinciding with the lockdown, the average increased by 46% to 175. According to Celine Grena, the director of Nielsen…

Infarm receives 170 million US dollars during the pandemic

Berlin-based company wants to establish global vertical farming network

Infarm, the world's fastest growing urban farming network, will receive $170 million in the first round of Series C investments, led by LGT Lightstone. Other investors include Hanaco, Bonnier, Haniel and Latitude as well as existing Infarm investors Atomico, TriplePoint Capital, Mons Capital and Astanor…

The future of deliveries?

Drones - you see them flying around more and more often. In the US, Amazon has received permission to test making deliveries with these flying machines. So, in a few years, we might never have to leave our houses. Our deliveries will simply be left on the porch or posted through a window.

Pairwise works on pitless cherries

North Carolina start-up uses CRISPR to change produce DNA

Small North Carolina start-up Pairwise is tapping into the CRISPR gene-editing technology to change the DNA of produce by removing (i.e.) the bitterness from a nutrient-dense…

Chinese robot restaurant

Robotization has taken off in recent years. In warehouses, you increasingly see robots packing or sorting products. This Chinese restaurant only needs people to eat its food. Robots do everything else. Useful, right?

Fruit firmness as a maturity indicator improves product quality

Fruit firmness testers, commonly referenced as penetrometers, supplied by Fresh Produce Instruments are utilized by research departments, universities, packing houses and farms to measure the firmness of almost any fruit to help improve product quality with quick and accurate firmness measurements.…

New app from UN Food and Agriculture Organization

South Africa: Digital solutions to help tackle fall armyworm

A new app developed by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization will help South African growers track the fall armyworm outbreak and access resources on how to combat it. The…

Lisa Zapf conquers Southern Palatinate with Zalat-O-Maten:

"Like having a greengrocer next door - in a digital way"

You can see them around more and more often: vending machines that offer eggs, grilled meat or fresh fruit and vegetables. These are often set up by farmers* who are looking for an additional outlet for their goods. In the Palatinate, in the Kandel area, there are now more and more Zalat-O-Maten: vending…

Happy Banana deploys QR code to give more details

FarmTrace can track a banana’s journey from farm to consumer

The retailing of the humble banana is set to go hi-tech in some parts of the country soon. By scanning a QR code, one can soon track the journey of the banana from the farm to the consumer’s basket. Happy Banana, the fruit brand from Desai Fruits Venture Pvt Ltd (DFV), has started deploying the QR code…

Mushrooms as an alternative to conventional pesticides

Founded in 2018, the company Mycea has recently been awarded the i-Lab 2020 Grand Prix for its BE-SAFE project (Biocontrol and Environmental Solutions for Agriculture based on…

Helping crops fight off smoke, rain and too much sun

As the country sees the headlines of the effects of the California wildfires—not only potentially burning crops, but the after effects of smoke and ash on the state’s crops—it raises the question: could more be done to protect agriculture from major weather events? One Las Vegas, NV-based agriculture…

Marius Ras – Rovic Leers, Cape Town, South Africa

SYNCROFLOW® spray technology: Better deposition while reducing drift & run-off

“Efficiency of spraying will become increasingly important on high-value crops as the demand for food production rises and integrated pest management practices improve,” says Marius Ras, Specialist Consultant at Rovic Leers. “While agricultural chemicals are softer than before, it still has large impact…

PMA virtual town hall

“Our drones can deliver orders within 3 minutes from shops directly to consumers”

This week’s PMA virtual town hall focused on the ‘last mile delivery’ – the last step in the supply chain, which is often considered to be most crucial and problematic. As the pandemic hit, distributing produce directly to consumers became more popular but the challenge of actually delivering the…

Announces new robotic greenhouse in California and national expansion

Iron Ox raises $20 million in Series B funding

Iron Ox, a company in robotics and AI-enabled farming with a mission to solve food insecurity, announced the closing of $20 million in a Series B round. Also announced, the opening of their Gilroy, California farm, which is successfully delivering fresh produce throughout California to select restaurants…

Soren Bjorn, President of Driscoll’s of the Americas

“North American blueberry industry needs to innovate to become competitive”

Simultaneously with the signing of the updated trade agreement between the US, Canada, and Mexico (USMCA), the US government made a commitment to respond to concerns from the produce industry on certain commodities. Following a field hearing that was held in August, the domestic blueberry industry is…

UK: New partnership to deliver digital tools to boost viticulture sector

Horticultural research institute NIAB EMR has announced a digital solution, delivered by ABACO, to drive further quality improvements and profitability of the UK viticulture sector. The partnership between NIAB EMR and ABACO, Europe’s leading provider of software solutions for land resource management,…

NUS engineers

Turning pineapple leaves into aerogels for food preservation and wastewater treatment

Although pineapples are rich in vitamins, enzymes and antioxidants, and are considered one of the most important fruits in the world, the harvesting of this delicious and…

Huawei

Baofeng Group

China: Binhe New District agrivoltaic project

The Baofeng Group is building a 1 GW solar park in the Binhe New District on the eastern banks of the Yellow River, Ningxia Province. The solar park hosts a goji berry plantation. Around 640 MW have so far been grid-connected. Huawei is providing the inverters for the project. In this enormous project,…

First controllable and transportable irrigation water treatment system installed

Duncan Family Farms, a family-owned, multi-regional grower of over 7,000 acres of certified organic produce, announced the installation of a highly effective, controllable and transportable treatment system for irrigation water. The installation, including 5 systems on organic baby tender leaf crops in…

Transitioning to 4G LTE and 5G

How to prevent disruptions in live tracking of fresh produce?

Growing season is fast approaching for many fruit producers in Asia and the Southern Hemisphere’s Australia and New Zealand. “Whether you are a farmer of cherries, avocados, citrus or durian, the ability to track the location and temperature of in-transit domestic and/or export shipments is critical to…


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