Machinery

For sale: Lödige paddle-dryer!

On the 20th of October Industrial Auction is organizing an online auction in Harderwijk (NL). The offer of this auction consists of a Lödige paddle-dryer on a steel platform. Previously, this paddle-dryer was used for making protein powder. Do you want to know more about this machine? Visit the website for more information or visit…

Natavo™ Avocado

Australian-created non browning avocado range set to launch in US

An Australian-based food innovation company is expanding with a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Mexico, which will launch early next year. Naturo Technologies launched its ‘All Natural’ avocado range called Natavo™ Avocado four years ago. Director Ross Harris says that the Mexican facility…

Dominican farmers encouraged to grow passionfruit and guava

New DEXIA multi-fruit extractor improves efficiency for exports

The Dominica Export Import Agency (DEXIA) has purchased and installed a state-of-the-art, industrial-grade multi-fruit extractor for processing and pulping of fruits for local juicing companies and for sale on the export markets. Operations Manager Bristol Lawrence said in an interview that the…

Arnprior Farm unveils pumpkin vending machine

This fall, the Arnprior team is unveiling Scotland’s only pumpkin vending machine. “We’re so excited about this new addition to the farm,” said Arnprior farmer Rebecca McEwen.…

“Factories invest in automatic peelers because of increased hygienic concerns”

Cut and ready-to-eat fruits are very popular in Japan. Large-sized supermarkets often have their own back kitchen for fruit processing. However, as their processing capacities cannot meet the market demand, parts of the products are supplied from downstream processing factories. With the general public’s…

AI devices set to ease labor crisis in the fruit industry

Tevel Aerobotics Technologies: Flying robots will be picking fruit 24/7

Tevel Aerobotics Technologies, an Israeli startup, has developed the world’s only flying autonomous robots (FARs) that pick fruit. In the past, other robot solutions for fruit…

A robot to monitor crops created by Peruvian inventors is awarded in Korea

A group of researchers and engineers from the Universidad Privada del Norte (UPN) developed a robotic device - shaped like a ladybug - equipped with sensors and cameras to…

PND - Fruit Processing Machinery

Italian machinery for mango processing present in global markets

The popularity of mangoes is increasing and, along with it, the demand and volumes produced. For this reason, Italy's PND company, which provides technological solutions aligned with the new consumption habits, has dedicated an entire line composed of 3 machines to this fruit: the PL6M peeler, the SS8…

Pål Johan From, Saga Robotics:

"Robots may be the future, but it'll be a long while before they can pick strawberries"

"Robots will play a vital role in agriculture's future," says Pål Johan From. With the problems the strawberry and virtually all sectors currently face, the focus is increasingly on automation and robotization. So too, at the International Strawberry Congress 2022. There, From, founder of Norway's Saga…

Marco Limited open new site in Pennsylvania, USA

Marco Limited, the productivity improvement experts for the food and formulation industries, is excited to announce the opening of Marco North America in Pennsylvania, USA. This marks an important event in Marco's history and demonstrates our full commitment to our customers in North America. As part of…

Photo: Saga Robotics

Anne Dingstad, CEO Saga Robotics:

"Increasing adoption of ag robots as more growers ‘get it’"

According to Anne Dingstad, the brand-new CEO of Saga Robotics, the time for ag robots is now. “The technology delivers, the numbers stack up.”  In 2021, Saga Robotics launched Thorvald, an autonomous robotic platform that focuses on reducing powdery mildew through UV-C treatment. In August of this year, Anne…

Harvesting robot picks 30 apples per minute

Is an apple harvesting robot really all that futuristic? This video shows that considerable progress is being made in harvest robotics. The Californian company Advanced.Farm's harvesting robot can already pick 30 apples per minute. Click here to watch the clip.

Ideal for apple orchards to boost fruit coloration - Italy

Compressed air leaf stripper: 4 hours per hectare vs. 1,000 by hand

During the month of September, technicians often recommend removing as many leaves as possible to facilitate exposure to sunlight and the coloring of apples, which are fruits that are also paid based on their coloration. In this regard, on 22 September 2022, Apofruit conducted two demos with a…

Renting brings crate washing on scale within reach

As a member of a growers’ cooperative, you want the partnership with your colleagues to bear fruit. One of the ways to achieve that is through pooling crates and trays. Whether you manage a pooling system with crates for fresh produce traders or have a shared inventory of materials with fellow growers,…

Italian flame weeding conquers France

Italian flame weeding technologies and studies have caught the attention of French operators. On September 15, 2002, Marco Mingozzi, CEO of Mingozzi Group, took part in a technical meeting on the cultivation of vegetables in France. The event took place in Saint Martin de la Place and was organized by…

Online auction of discontinued operation of Koel- en Vriesbedrijf Nagele at Troostwijk Auctions

Due to the general business closure of Koel- en Vriesbedrijf Nagele in Nagele, machines and inventory will be auctioned at Troostwijk Auctions. Items currently up for auction include dump bunkers, conveyor belts, parsnip washing and sorting line and modern forklift trucks. Miedema dumping bunker Dump…

Seed-X sells its GeNeeTM technology to organic seed producer

De Bolster, an organic seed breeding company, has purchased Seed-X's GeNeeTM technology. De Bolster aims to harness the power of GeNeeTM Technology to improve the usable plant rate of its tomato, pepper, and cucumber seeds. GeNeeTM technology is a seed scanning solution that uses computer vision and…

Bid online for fruit and vegetable machines

Are you looking for equipment for your fruit or vegetable production plant? At the online auction of Industrial Auctions in Kapelle, multiple interesting machines are offered for sale. The offer consists for example of a fruit sorting line, a sorting belt for potatoes, a citrus / kiwi peeler, and several…

New processing technology launches for juice and puree processing

Global food and beverage technology provider JBT Corporation has launched its FVPGrow™ and Chopper Blender SE technologies, specifically designed for juice and purée processing customers needing smaller-sized, versatile machinery to implement across their production lines.  The FVPGrow™ separates seeds, skins…

MAF RODA Group

"This year we have three great innovations in automation, robotics, and quality classification"

The MAF RODA Group arrives with great news at this edition of Fruit Attraction. "MAF RODA Agrobotic consolidated in the sector thanks to its automatic calibration systems and has become the benchmark in complete industrial automation of fruit and vegetable plants. Its value proposition focuses on…

Ernst Slabbekoorn (Swift International):

"European fruit growers increasingly using mobile wind machines for crop security"

The demand among European fruit growers for mobile wind machines that protect against night frost increases annually. "The climate is changing, and growers no longer settle for a 50% harvest or inferior quality. They see the results from fellow growers and opt for crop security," says Ernst Slabbekoorn.…

Calderoni

Rampetta, a versatile machine to avoid chemical weeding

Rampetta is a tool machine developed by Calderoni. It can cut grass and work the soil even on slopes, adapting to roadsides and ramps as well as orchards and vineyards. Watch the video! "Mower, rotary bush, rotary rakes, harrows and discs - there are many tools that can be easily installed on Rampetta. In…

Guardian Agriculture presents autonomous electric drone sprayer

Guardian Agriculture is introducing the new Guardian SC1, an autonomous, unmanned aerial sprayer. This all-electric machine can carry a 50-gallon payload while covering…

The Restrain CO2 extractor said to save store managers ‘thousands’ on energy cost

Managing CO2 levels in potato stores is mainly done with large, energy-hungry fans. By not using your large fans but instead using a small Restrain CO2 extractor, you can save…

How current calibration and packaging solutions help blueberry processing plants be more competitive

TOMRA Food is a world leader in the design and manufacture of optical sorting, grading, and calibration machines for the food industry. It is also the only supplier of integrated blueberry lines that has solutions for all fruit varieties, whether fresh or frozen products. To do this, it offers a wide…

Australian growers invest in robots, autonomous vehicles to combat labor shortages

Robots are being used to commercially farm more than 405,000 hectares of Australian farmland, as growers see them as the solution to the labor shortage problem. The Bundaberg…

"Optical grading has had a future for years"

The Smart Grader is an optical grader that uses advanced camera technology. It sorts by size, shape, and visible characteristics like cracks, green areas, bumps, and scab and wireworm damage. "It's the best way to grade potatoes and onions," says Wouter Blok of the Dutch company GeJo Grading. "In seed…

Futura srl at Fruit Attraction together with its Spanish partner ALSI from El Ejido

An Italian-Spanish collaboration on the technological front

For the first time, the Italian company Futura will attend Fruit Attraction with its Spanish partner ALSI of El Ejido (Hall 10 - stand 10C11A). "The purpose of this presence with ALSI," says Omar Papi, CEO of Futura, "is to bring together the long-standing experiences of the two companies (more than 60…

Dutch company presents packaging lines at Business Relation Days

Last week in the Netherlands, Manter invited local and overseas guests to see several of its packaging lines in action. Last Wednesday and Thursday, the 14th and 15ht of September, dealers from around the globe participated in a two-day program with presentations and demonstrations. Knowledge was shared, and…

De Marchi automates production line by acquiring Tomra 5b sorting machine from Tomra Food

A reference in the Brazilian market for minimally processed fruits and vegetables, the company De Marchi has sought to further increase the quality of its products in recent…

California grower-shipper invests in onion technology to reduce manual labor

JJB Family Farms grows, packs, and ships a wide variety of agricultural products on the American West Coast. Derrell Kelso manages the onion branch. Like many farmers, he struggles with finding the right people for manual labor. “We want to offer our clients the best quality possible, so I knew we needed…

Ing.A.Rossi Impianti Industriali srl

Italian technology for the processing of agricultural products

A 70-year-long family history, which has led the company Ing. A.Rossi Impianti industriali to be on a national and international scale in the construction of plants and processing lines for the food industry. "Eighty percent of our turnover is generated abroad, and we meet all kinds of needs, either those…

PIP Innovations

Dutch potato processor designs slicer that proves to be surprisingly multifunctional

PEKA Kroef is a potato processor in the Netherlands, and, as such, it saw that the potato slicing process needed to be optimized and its efficiency improved. "The market didn't have a machine that could cut the black spots off potato slices," Bart Kroef begins. "So we thought, why not design one…

Scanning and checking each Brussels sprout:

"Even inferior batches have some value"

Three years ago in the Netherlands, TechNature developed the SproutCam, an optical Brussels sprout grader. Since then, this grader has found a home at about 30 local and overseas producers. "Unique to our technology is that it combines image and defect recognition. As a result, even inferior batches gain…

Italy's GNA Wrap Box 600

"We started with one wrapping machine and now we are up to four"

"During the last few years, as part of the company's investment in new machinery, we also chose GNA's Wrap Box 600 packaging machine. We have four of them at the moment. We have not customized them in any way, but they have served us to create packaging lines tailored to our needs," said Massimo…

"Fruit growers could soon harvest and prune using the same device"

In the future, fruit growers may have a single robot to help harvest, prune, and weed throughout the year. In the Netherlands, the Agro Food Robotics' Next Fruit 4.0 project is developing a gripping and pruning shear that uses image analysis to automatically select the correct fruits and branches. Apple,…

Proseal to focus on sustainability

Proseal’s ability to deliver fast, efficient, and reliable tray sealing solutions for the fresh produce sector, while helping growers and processors meet their sustainability goals and commitments will be the central theme of the company’s participation at this year’s Fruit Attraction exhibition. Proseal…

MTP, the new cutter from PND, Fruit Processing Machinery in Italy

Cherry tomatoes cut in halves and quarters for the fresh-cut sector

Ready-to-eat salads have been a sought-after item for many years now, and with the more multicolored references, the more inviting they appear, the more they entice purchases. Increasingly fast-paced and dynamic lifestyles, on the other hand, support the demand for products that meet the needs of people…

Robots to conquer Fresno fields at FIRA USA in October 2022

The beginnings of a robotics revolution in the agricultural world will take place in California on Oct. 18-20. Over 800 people who work in the food system, technology experts…

34th Sahara Expo

Egypt's agricultural expo connects agribusinesses

Over 150 companies from more than 20 countries are displaying their agricultural products and machinery at an international agricultural expo held in Egypt's capital Cairo…

Reducing costs and labour hours for blueberry harvesting

Campagnola has developed an innovative technology that allows a harvester to increase the yield per hour when harvesting blueberries. Basically, a battery-powered, lightweight and handy manual "shaker" is used, i.e. the Starberry MD2. By modulating intensity and duration according to the variety and…

Here's a look at a Dutch vegetable processor's automatic stock supplier

In this video, Heemskerk fresh & easy shows what the automatic supply of stock looks like in its factory in the Netherlands. "This storage system complements our robotized order picking system. Robotization and automation are crucial for our company to keep delivery performance high, reduce supply chain…

Bulltec

New simple and effective system to process celery

Celery is now a standard product, meaning processing lines must follow precise criteria as well. Bulltec has recently installed a new line at Fellini Patrizio, a company specializing in the production, processing and commercialization of vegetables. “Our experience with Bulltec has been absolutely positive.…

For efficient weighing and packing new organic snack carrot variant

DanRoots chose Newtec's weighing and packing solution to optimize production sustainably

DanRoots has selected Newtec's weighing and packing solution to optimize production sustainably. Newtec’s innovative weighing solutions offer reliability and efficiency of production for customers in the food industry. With its focus on establishing long-lasting trust with customers globally, the company…

Valeriy Yakovenko, co-founder and managing partner of Drone UA:

‘Drones are more cost-effective than seasonal workers’

Valeriy Yakovenko, co-founder and managing partner of Drone UA (Ukraine), recently gave his view on the dynamic between drones and human labor: “All robotic equipment is…

The use of Artificial Intelligence to automatically sort bell peppers, potatoes and more

Exeter Engineering, an American manufacturer of electronic sorting, washing, receiving, and related machinery for the fresh produce industry, has installed an upgraded version of its proprietary ID Technology system that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to automatically grade and sort bell peppers. The…

Rory Cole – Flowpack Systems

Blueberry sorting and weigh-and-fill solutions for Zimbabwean packers

The Zimbabwean blueberry season is at its peak and two packhouses east of Harare are running packlines with Flowberry mechanical sorters, installed by Flowpack Systems based in Grabouw, Western Cape.“The thing with Zimbabwe is they’ve got very good conditions for growing blueberries, and they don’t get a…

Fruit growers may soon be harvesting and pruning with a single robot

In the future, fruit growers may be able to suffice with a single robot that can harvest, prune and weed their trees year round. Agro Food Robotics' Next Fruit 4.0 project is developing grippers and pruning shears that can automatically select the right fruit to pick and branches to prune based on image…

Dror Erez, CEO of Automato Robotics:

"Auto sprayer robot allows for greater precision, with no steep learning curve"

There’s still some time to wait before robot pickers become commercially available for greenhouse growers, meanwhile the labor shortage continues to be the greatest difficulty for growers. “This is especially true for growers in passive greenhouses,” Dror Erez, CEO of Automato Robotics says. “While the…

Derreck Bac and Eelco van Putten, Van Putten Agro:

"Optical Brussels sprout sorter means clients get exactly what they want"

Do what you have always done, and you get what you have always gotten. That is not something that applies to Eelco van Putten. He has already pioneered purple sprouts, Kalettes, and cleaned sprouts. And now, this Dutch Brussels sprout grower has the very first optical MAF Roda sprout sorting machine,…

Proseal strengthens Australian operation with new Melbourne factory

Tray sealing specialist Proseal has relocated to a new factory in Australia. The company wants to further enhance its comprehensive range of sales and support services for customers throughout the country. The move is in response to the continuing high demand for Proseal’s wide range of tray sealing…

Trial to triumph for Waitakere macadamia orchard

Nearly four decades ago, John Brokx and Sue Vause bought a gorse-covered block of land in the foothills of the Waitakere Ranges near Auckland. Now the land is a well-established macadamia nut orchard that produces ten to 12 tonnes each year. HELENA O’NEILL talks to the couple about their organic…

Victor Dhers - SAS Bernard

"The machine sorts at a constant rate, regardless of the quality of the batch it receives

The Bernard SME employs 35 people and is almost onehundred years old. It is located in Gomiécourt, 30 minutes from the Arras train station, in the Hauts-de-France region on the vast plains of the Artois.After 60 years of cultivating its land and producing Potatoes, this family company changed its…

Through durable weighing, sorting and packing equipment

Newtec helps companies optimise production

Newtec’s weighing, sorting and packing solutions offer reliability and efficiency of production for customers in the food industry. With its focus on establishing long-lasting…

MULTIVAC Japan expands capacity significantly

MULTIVAC's new factory in Japan: an important building block in the expansion strategy

A two-storey building complex with around 5,100 m² of production space on a total area of 14,400 m² - MULTIVAC is laying down a marker in Japan. The new production factory in Tsukuba, which despite the pandemic was opened in July 2022 as planned in the presence of MULTIVAC's joint Group Presidents,…

Seeks international distributors

New Zealand Frost Fans expands into global markets

New Zealand Frost Fans Limited and its associated entities (together, “NZFF”) is expanding its global footprint of FrostBoss® distributors with a focus on European markets. An increasingly important driver of demand, particularly in Europe, is climate change. According to a recent NZ Trade and Enterprise…

Italy's Fruit Control Equipments specializes in this storage technique

Investments for dynamic modified atmosphere are growing

In a very complicated year, Fruit Control Equipments has adopted some strategies to meet the needs of all customers. "First of all, we made sure our customers were aware that delivery times were lengthy and would get even longer; we have been contacting our customers since last year. If previously our…

Ryou Sawafuji, Marcelissen:

"Cutting fruit and vegetables for the animals has gone from 16 to 6 hours a day"

Fruit and vegetables are, of course, not only essential to human beings. Animals, too, eat huge quantities of them. The volumes involved, however, often cause many zoos - like the Antwerp and Planckendael Zoos in Belgium -  headaches when it comes to labor intensity and efficiency. That is why Antwerp Zoo…

Robot strawberry picker kills fungus with UV technology

Two Perth-based engineers have developed a strawberry-picking robot that could assuage on-farm labor shortages. The robot was designed to be of a similar size to a person, so…

Russia detains Bonduelle employee on suspicion of obtaining state secret

A Moscow judge has sent a Russian employee from the Bonduelle company to a pre-trial detention centre. The Russian is suspected of unlawfully obtaining information…

Bid online for a potato peeling and packaging line

Industrial Auctions is organizing an online auction in Bottrop (DE) on the 15th of September. This auction is focused on the potato processing industry and consists of a complete peeling and packaging line for potatoes. The offer consists for example of peelers, destoners, sorting machines, weighers,…

Reemoon installs large-scale selection lines for avocado and citrus fruits in Peruvian factory

This is the peak period of the citrus fruit season in South America. In Chincha, Peru, the new Reemoon Fruscan S7 tangerine and orange selection line, is now operating at full power in this new factory. Manager Zhang, a spokesperson for Jiangxi Reemoon Technology Holdings Co., Ltd., recently introduced…

Italy's PND mechanical solutions for the fresh-cut sector

Consumer preferences are increasing for fresh-cut strawberries

That fresh-cut strawberries are receiving great attention is nothing new. This was confirmed by Virginia Cascella, an expert in the field of machines for processing fruit and vegetables destined for the fresh-cut sector. Melania Di Prisco (accounting department) and Virginia Cascella (export manageress) "Our…

"We have to think about things that technology companies cannot help us with because we haven't overcome them"

How meeting technology halfway can improve the production of fruit and vegetables

A technology expert at a leading fresh produce company is encouraging fresh produce companies to do more to meet tech companies halfway in solving problems and creating innovations to improve efficiency. Jesse Reader, Costa's Commercial Manager – AgTech & Innovation, told the recent BerryQuest Conference…

How modern grading and packing solutions enable competitiveness of blueberry packhouses

Changes in the blueberry business are bringing new challenges to packhouses. There are now pressures to improve both quantity and quality – and solutions that make this possible. Joshua Miers-Jones, Global Category Director for Blueberries at TOMRA Food, explains: “For blueberry businesses, this is a time…

Groupe Relais Vert

New mixer for the Bilodev packing station

Bilodev, the packing station used entirely for organic food products, has just been equipped with a new industrial mixer that achieves a homogeneous mix of dried fruits sold under the Natur’Avenir brand and sent to French stores specialized in organic products or exported to Switzerland or Portugal. ©…

Japanese growers use drones to check vegetables from the sky

Near the city of Tokyo, Japanese growers are checking on their vegetables from the sky, by using drones. Kamiya Yuki works his fields in Tokorozawa City, Saitama Prefecture.…

Vietnamese government strengthens support for mechanisation among Mekong Delta growers

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has worked together with the People's Committee of Tien Giang Province in the Mekong Delta, organising a workshop on…

Farming Innovation Programme

£16.5 million more funding for research and development in farming

Artificial Intelligence technology to optimise welfare in pigs, agri-robots to help speed up vegetable harvests and automation to increase fruit crop yields are just some of…

World Robot Conference 2022

Chinese robotics industry still advancing

At the World Robot Conference 2022, more than 500 sets of robots have shown up, varying from cutting-edge biomimetic robots to medical robots to agricultural fruit picker…

Italy's GNA horizontal electronic flow packers

"The machines work well and are adjustable in terms of speed"

"Adjustable speed and flexibility are the main features of Squalo ("shark" in Italian), one of the best performing horizontal electronic flow packers in the range of Italian GNA," said Andrea Antonelli, owner of Antonelli Fabio, an Emilia-Romagna-based company that grows, packs and markets fruits and…

'Attractive qualities and new grading and packing technology'

BayWa Obst GmbH & Co. KG launches the 2022 organic apple season

Numerous hours of sunshine and optimal weather conditions after  blooming have resulted in high quality organic apples at Lake Constance: a perfect starting point for the advent of the new pome fruit season, with exiting news for the customers of BayWa Obst GmbH & Co. KG (BayWa Obst) and its sales partner…

A&D Australasia

Growing demand for weighing and measuring machinery in fresh produce sector

Weigh scales, and inspection equipment have been growing in demand in previous seasons across the fruit and vegetable sector, particularly as the cost of production rises across the industry. A&D Australasia is part of a larger parent company based in Japan that specializes in weighing and measuring…

Machines with tamping discs offered by the Italian Calderoni company

Against weeds - a mechanical and biological weed control

With a machine designed by the Italian company Calderoni Rolando, weeds in the orchard or vineyard can be removed in a mechanical way while at the same time soil is compacted toward the plants. One single pass through the row is enough to remove the weeds and tamp the soil toward the plant. "Interest in mechanical…

GIANTS Software

Farming Simulator 22 reveals release of Grape Harvester

As the weekend begins, some news on the digital farming market. Farming Simulator 2022 is a massive popular videogame for both younger and adult gamers, and a grape harvester that is also used in real life will be coming to Farming Simulator 22 next week. Vineyard farmers will be able to upgrade their…

Agriculture robots market size projected to reach US$D 26.7 bln by 2027

The agriculture robots market is valued at USD 4561.7 Million in 2020 and is expected to reach USD 26679.4 Million by 2027 with a CAGR of 28.7% over the forecast period.…

Youtube.com

Fruit-picking drones to combat farm labor shortage

Fruit rotting on trees or on the ground costs farmers some $30 billion in sales a year. Fruit picked even two weeks late loses 80 percent of its value. Currently, a major…

Can strawberry-picking robots save California’s growers?

California’s two billion dollar strawberry industry accounts for 91% of the U.S. crop. But climate change, tightening chemical regulations, and labor struggles are presenting…

Photo report

Onion sector people celebrate start of Konaxx Onions' new sorting line

People in the onion sector happily made the trip to Friesland, in the Netherlands, to visit Konaxx Onions. This, the only onion packing station in that province, invested in a fully automatic onion grader from Eqraft. Reason enough to invite business relations to celebrate the start of the new line. That…

Wilfried Rombauts, Stumabo:

"The growth in the number of fresh cut companies in the African continent is remarkable"

The market for processed potatoes and vegetables is growing in North Africa. Wilfried Rombauts, of Stumabo International, has noticed this trend. Stumabo, a manufacturer of precision knives for the food processing industry, is increasingly supplying cutting solutions in countries such as Morocco, Tunisia…

Drones target fruit tree pests in Hawaiʻi

The coconut rhinoceros beetle is a major invasive pest that feeds on coconut palms, betelnut, Pandanus palms, banana, pineapple and sugarcane. In Hawaiʻi, with no natural…

EURO-JABELMANN Maschinenbau GmbH

EURO-JABELMANN presents innovative plant technology at Potato Europe 2022

Vending machine and novel potato sorting system with sorting table for medium-sized potato companies

As an internationally operating machinery supplier, EURO-JABELMANN Maschinenbau Ltd has been a steady exhibitor at Potato Europe for many years. This year, too, the company from Lower Saxony will be making its presence felt. Trade visitors can expect several innovations in the field and processing…

NAMPO Cape 2022

AGCO wants to establish itself as preferred supplier for mechanization and technology

AGCO is investing heavily in South Africa to establish itself as the preferred supplier for mechanization and technology. Dr. Dominik Reus, Managing Director, AGCO, Africa:…

Rotterdam Fruit Wharf expands packing and repacking activities after takeover by Kivits Logistics Group

Two new net machines for citrus and two topseal lines for grapes

A year ago, Rotterdam Fruit Wharf was taken over by the Kivits Logistics Group. According to Peter van de Laar, the takeover has led to plenty of extra activities for the company at the Merwehaven. For example, forty to fifty extra employees are currently working in the packing and repacking department. "Thanks…

New inventions making their way onto pineapple farms on the Sunshine Coast

A number of new robotic innovations and technology are being introduced across pineapple farms across the Sunshine Coast. At the recent Australian Pineapple Field Days, hosted by Growcom, members from across the industry were given a number of demonstrations, including LYRO Robotics Pineapple Top Sorting…

Monarch Tractor

Foxconn to build autonomous electric tractors in Ohio

Taiwan's Foxconn, the world's largest contract electronics maker, has stated that it will build driverless electric tractors for California-based Monarch Tractor at its Lordstown, Ohio, facility starting in early 2023. Monarch Tractor signed a contract manufacturing agreement with Foxconn to produce the…

Muddy Machines

UK ag robot startup raises £1.5 mln to fix farming

Muddy Machines is a tech and robotics company that helps automate crop harvesting. The company has received £1.5 mln in seed funding, with Regenerate Ventures leading the latest round of funding. Ponderosa Ventures, Jude Gomilla, Thrive/SVG Ventures, Science Angel Syndicate, and others also participated…


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