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Real-time in-transit visibility reduces losses in produce shipments

A multi-sensor tracker containing the technology to measure hyper-accurate location, temperature, humidity, shock, and light exposure of shipments - all packed into a small box, the size of a mobile phone. Or a cloud-enabled temperature logger in the form of a paper-thin, flexible label. Both of which…

Optomni

South Australian Agtech startup raises seed round to tackle $400m a year of fresh food waste

South Australian Agtech startup, Optomni, is stepping up its efforts to tackle Australia's fresh produce waste problem, after raising its first 'Seed Round' funding from Skalata Ventures. In Australia, total fruit and vegetable waste is approximately 45 per cent – and nearly half of it occurs in the…

MIPCitrus is being developed by ASOEX's Citrus Committee, INIA, and Corfo

New Chilean app for the citrus sector

ASOEX's Citrus Committee, together with INIA La Cruz, and Corfo, developed an open access application, called MIPCitrus, as part of the "Strategy for the management of…

"Don't underestimate social media and influencers' sway on consumers"

Alternative ways to make fruit and vegetables more appealing to consumers are increasingly being sought. According to those at the recently held International Strawberry Congress, there is a way to directly introduce, especially the younger generation, to products: social media and influencers. "You…

Veiling Zaltbommel's digital auction to go online around Feb 2023

The Dutch cooperative Veiling Zaltbommel is hard at work preparing to introduce its digital auction. This system will increase fruit and vegetable auction sales via a digital portal. It should be operational around February of 2023. The current auction room up for renovation According to director Gerard…

Jan van der Merwe – SupPlant

Getting orders straight from the plant

SupPlant is a market leader in artificial intelligence-driven tree telemetry in the world, coming from Israel where optimal water use is front of mind, and gaining ground in other water-scarce countries like South Africa, Israel, Australia, Mexico and Morocco.Distributed in South Africa through AECI…

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…

Shares “Tech for Agri” Approach

Pinduoduo Takes Part in G20 Global Forum on Digital Agriculture

Having the right combination of technology, talent and training are crucial for the adoption of digital agriculture to make farming more efficient and sustainable, according to panellists at a G20 global forum on agriculture. Pinduoduo, the largest agricultural platform in China, shared its experience connecting…

Naranjasyfrutas.com

Spain's leading crop sales portal updates its website including improvements suggested by users

Naranjasyfrutas.com has turned 10 years old and has established itself as the leading portal for buying and selling crops. The website currently has thousands of crops published and hundreds of shops and professionals who seek or periodically receive information on the available crops that are registered…

QC One now Normec QC One

On January 1, 2002, QC One joined Normec Foodcare. This acquisition allows Normec Foodcare to offer more added value to companies throughout the (fresh produce) chain. Yesterday, on September 27, the…

Freshflow GmbH

Avik Mukhija, Freshflow Ltd, on artificial intelligence in the fruit industry:

"The next step is to implement our process within wholesale as well"

Artificial intelligence was a foreign word until a few years ago, but now it is rapidly gaining importance. Avik Mukhija, CEO of Freshflow Ltd, a company founded in 2020, and his cooperation partner Carmine Paolino, have developed an AI-based process to increase efficiency as well as sales in the fruit…

Extra Workers Needed Portal

Association of Labour Providers releases new service for seasonal labor

A new service from ALP (Association of Labour Providers) aims to match up horticultural and poultry businesses that need seasonal workers with GLAA (Gangmasters and Labour…

Lualtek - crop monitoring and automation without electricity or Internet

Lualtek is an initiative by Alessio and Luca Occhipinti, young starter uppers that have come up with a system that can be integrated anywhere, which requires no installation and implements machine learning via LoRaWAN, i.e. a radio wireless technology for the monitoring and communication of data across…

West Africa Connect: A platform to promote mango, cassava and ICT sectors

Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) suppliers in the mango, cassava and ICT sectors are being connected to buyers in and outside the ECOWAS sub-region to promote…

J-Tech Systems - Fruit and Vegetable Solutions

"Automation is a journey that doesn't stop, so don't wait to make a start"

An Australian fruit and vegetable automation and technology solutions company is encouraging producers across the industry to think about how implementing machinery into their operations could help with productivity and efficiency. J-Tech Systems Sales Manager Automation Tim Bond says that there is often…

Food Agility CRC collaborative project

Traceability delivers benefits throughout the supply chain

Trials have shown that horticulture producers, wholesalers, retailers, and consumers could benefit from the adoption of a digital standards-based traceability system. The…

Traction Ag announces 3 million seed funding to expand cloud based farm accounting and management application

Traction Ag Inc., the first cloud-based  farm management software that delivers financial solutions to growers across the midwest, today announced it has raised $3 million in Seed…

India: AI model to separate low-quality food produce from the market

Many Indians are worried about the quality of the vegetables and fruits they buy. Pesticides and other agri chemicals are factors of concern as well. That is why Amazon India…

CGA releases “AusCherrySure” an MRL app to help growers comply with export regulations

Cherry growers who export must comply with a different set of maximum residue levels (MRLs) for each country. MRLs also change quickly and frequently, necessitating frequent…

Julien Martin, UgoFresh:

How to save precious time while keeping your work habits

In order to facilitate the daily work of the sector’s professionals, UgoFresh has made available an application, since September 2021, that allows them to exchange information inherent to the fruit and vegetable trade. “The idea is not to revolutionize the way these professionals work but, on the…

University of Florida

Supercomputer HiPerGator helps to address agricultural and environmental problems

A supercomputer at the University of Florida is being used by researchers at multiple state universities to address some of Florida’s toughest agricultural and environmental…

AgPick Technology

Harvest technology introduces SMS recruitment system ahead of summer fruit season

Labour management and harvest technology provider AgPick Technology has enhanced the capabilities of its key tool, AgPick to include an SMS system, which allows growers to recruit and communicate with pickers directly ahead of the Australian cherry season. Chief executive officer Henrietta Child said…

SH Pratt Bananas featuring FIPS – the Fruit Import Planning System

"You can't run a business on Excel sheets"

SH Pratt, one of the leading banana importers and ripeners in Europe, has more than five decades of experience in the business related to the yellow fruit. For more than two…

New digital commerce solution helps provide cybersecurity to retailers

Stor.ai, an end-to-end digital commerce solution for grocers, has teamed up with F5, a multi-cloud application security and delivery company, to equip grocers with advanced…

Interfel launches a new communication campaign: “Never too free from algorithms”

From September 12th to October 9th 2022, Interfel, the fresh fruit and vegetable interprofessional organization, is launching a new communication campaign “Never too free from…

Ghana: Mobile apps help smallholder growers get fairer prices

Newly-developed farming apps have brought relief to farmers in Ghana who struggle to access fair market prices. Developers hope the apps will soon also be used on a wider…

Taranis raises $40 mln Series D to advance crop intelligence and unlock growth opportunities for agribusinesses

Taranis, a prominent AI-powered crop intelligence provider, has announced that it has raised $40 million in Series D funding. The round was led by Inven Capital, a European…

UK: Researchers use Artificial Intelligence to improve growth of bioenergy crop Miscanthus

A new project to improve the cultivation of the bioenergy crop, Miscanthus, will involve Cranfield University academics. Miscanthus is a perennial grass plant that is commonly…

Pasqualesilvio Caprio from OP Ager Campanus

"The future of agriculture is digital"

Digitalization may reduce the competition existing between producers and therefore resolve the lack of aggregation and improve the food production process. This is what the project on digitalization by Op Ager Campanus, developed in collaboration with the department of Agricultural Studies at the…

Spectre on show at APAL Orchard Tour

Size sampling in seconds

Award-winning agritech company Hectre was showcased at the APAL Orchard Tour on 2 September. On display was Spectre, Hectre’s mobile fruit sizing AI app that delivers size estimations within seconds, straight from a simple tablet. Spectre was developed in response to industry demand to address the impacts caused by a lack of…

Syngenta India launches multilingual app for growers

Crop protection and seed major Syngenta India has launched a multilingual ‘cropwise grower’ application. This will provide growers with facilities such as digital agronomy…

Highland Ag MarketWatch hits the fresh produce market as a pro-competitive data and insights tool

Highland Ag MarketWatch is a first-of-its-kind data analysis software delivering visibility into current market trends for marketers to make impactful, data-driven decisions.…

Clarifruit AI-powered QC software reduces supplier waste by 20%

Automated quality control set to dramatically reduce fresh produce wastage

Quality mismatches during sorting result in the rejection of hundreds of tons of fresh produce annually. It’s at this critical link in the supply chain that Clarifruit’s cloud-based QC software can reduce supplier waste up to 20%. Clarifruit, which uses computer-vision technology to assess the quality of…

How does retail technology help drive produce purchasing?

Undoubtedly, the pandemic escalated consumers' comfort levels with online shopping. However, yesterday's International Fresh Produce Association's Virtual Town Hall took a closer look at the ways retail technology could help drive the consumption of fresh produce particularly. Jonna Parker, principal for…

Paperless ag tech product named “Labor Management Solution of the Year”

PickTrace, an all-in-one labor management suite for agriculture with paperless hiring, time and productivity tracking and employee payments, has been selected as the “Labor Management Solution of the Year” in the 2022 AgTech Breakthrough Awards conducted by AgTech Breakthrough. PickTrace enables…

"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…

KisanHub from Cambridge

Agritech firm presents new features for crop-tracking app

KisanHub, a Cambridge-based agritech firm, has included a set of new features in its innovative crop-tracking software. Giles Barker, CEO of KisanHub: “I saw an opportunity to…

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…

Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply launches foreign trade panel at Brazilian Agricultural Observatory

A research tool for detailed information on agriculture, the  Observatório da Agropecuária Brasileira launched another statistical panel: Agricultural Foreign Trade. The new solution…

ONE connects to CargoWise to ensure automatic digital rate transfer

Singaporean container line Ocean Network Express (ONE) has gone live with automated digital transfer of contract rates and global tariffs capable of feeding WiseTech Global’s…

Chinese temperature data loggers provide overseas traders with more options

USB data loggers have gained popularity in the Chinese market and abroad in the last few years. This is primarily because these data loggers can be plugged directly into a computer, and the data can be downloaded in various formats, as well as being small and convenient to carry. Moreover, these data…

The Avocado R+D+i initiative is works on developing an intelligent tool to detect optimal maturation degree of avocados

The 360º Avocado R+D+i initiative seeks to develop a system for predicting the optimal degree of maturity of avocados through the use of artificial intelligence techniques,…

xFarm Technologies lands €17 mln to expand ‘freemium’ digital ag platform

Swiss-Italian tech startup xFarm Technologies has raised €17 million in Series B financing to add new features to and expand the availability of its farm management…

Cybersecurity threat is escalating up and down the global supply chain

Five years ago, the largest maritime container shipping company in the world was hit with a cyberattack that crippled its booking system, stalled tracking of its containers…

Wian Potgieter, co-founder, and director of AgrigateOne:

“Food and agriculture still have the lowest digitization relative to all other sectors of the world economy”

In 2021, only 5% of the global fruit and vegetable trade was made digitally, a very low percentage when compared to other sectors. Food and agriculture still have the lowest penetration of digitization relative to all other sectors of the world economy. That is precisely what the AgrigateOne digital…

Julie Petersen, Nature Preserve:

“Carbon footprint calculations don’t have to be a headache or budget killer”

“Carbon footprint calculations don’t have to be a headache or budget killer. We make it simple, affordable and accessible for all growers in the food industry. We help primary growers to manage their climate impact throughout their supply chains effectively, efficiently and cost effectively through our…


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