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Elena Ozeritskaya

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Elena Ozeritskaya is the founder and managing director of Fresh Insight. Her mission is to help fresh food companies develop and launch meaningful products and brands for consumers. "I am always intrigued about 'why' consumers behave in a certain way and how food brands and products can benefit from that," Elena explains.…

Food Safety and Standards Authority of India:

GreenPod Labs sachets for fruit and veg shelf-life extension approved

This past Food Awareness Day, 29 September 2022, GreenPod Labs Sachets got the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) scientific committee’s approval in the…

Special type of vegetable box designed by Junagadh University of Agriculture

A foldable plastic box for transporting crops was researched by Junagadh Agricultural University in 2013. The design was submitted to the government of India for the…

Planasa's novelties in Fruit Attraction 2022

RedSayra and Red Samanta strawberries, two new raspberry varieties, and the formation of a company in South Africa

Planasa will arrive at a new edition of Fruit Attraction with several novelties in its portfolio. "In addition to the launches of the RedSayra and Red Samantha strawberry varieties, which are having a very good reception in Spain and Italy, the breeding company has two raspberry varieties in the…

“We provide clients a complete innovative solution for farming”

Agritek has various areas of expertise, such as building greenhouses and making profitable farming feasible even in the desert ecosystem, says Mr. Nehayet Rasoul, Chief Operating Officer of Agritek: “We provide complete agriculture solutions to help farms develop more sustainable agricultural practices…

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…

Innovation team looks to expand berry production in Canada

Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) is proud to collaborate as one of 15 teams granted a Spark Award, the initial award phase of the Homegrown Innovation…

Sarjaa Designs Private Ltd

Indian company makes bags made out of apple skin and other fruit-based leather

Founded by Anjana Arjun, Sarjaa Designs Private Ltd aims to create functional, stylish, luxury handbags, made out of plant-based and fruit leather. Introducing a line of…

Eurosemillas

Innovations in strategic crops: new varieties with lower water footprint and negative carbon balance

Eurosemillas has arguably entered a new phase of development since it celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2019. This stage, which started years ago, is more in line with the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda proposed by the UN and assumed by the EU. It is defined by a greater commitment to…

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…

Italy's NovArancia project

Technological innovations for genetic and phytosanitary certification

The NovArancia project, a project funded by the RDP Rural Development Programme Sicily 2014-2022 of 08/10/2018, which aims to introduce 'Technological innovations for the valorization and traceability of the Blood Orange,' is proceeding at a rapid pace. These include High Throughput Sequencing (HTS) of…

University of Pretoria

Researchers boost nutritive benefits of sweet potato with novel drying technology

Researchers at the University of Pretoria (UP) have found a way to make orange-fleshed sweet potato last longer in an effort to benefit from this smart crop and address…

Sakata

Purple Magic, the market's first full purple broccoli, will compete for the Innovation Awards at Fruit Attraction

"Sakata Seed Ibérica will participate in Fruit Attraction 2022 where it will showcase its novelties and important advances for distribution, consumers, farmers, and the planet. One of these novelties is the Purple Magic broccoli, the latest addition to its broccoli catalog together with Leónidas, which…

New Zealand: Is it ready for cauliflower ice cream?

This summer, Mrinali Kumar’s cauliflower ice cream Kinda, produced from vegetables destined to be discarded, will go on sale in New Zealand. Kumar is a finalist in the…

Australia needs more agricultural innovation in the years ahead

Australian growers have always been innovators, which has led in part to Australia becoming an agricultural powerhouse. The nation produces enough food for 75 million people,…

Using human hair as substrate for hydroponics

The clumps of discarded hair on the salon floor could one day help to grow your lunchtime salad, thanks to scientists from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore), who have created the growth medium used in urban farming – known as hydroponics substrates – using keratin extracted from…

Growing interest for Save Foods’ innovative eco-treatments among European retailers and distributors

Save Foods, Inc., an agri-food tech company specializing in eco crop protection that helps to reduce food waste and ensure food safety while reducing the use of pesticides,…

Yellow bell pepper variety back in the picture as greenhouses go colder: "It needs slightly less warmth"

With the current high energy prices, growers are doing their utmost to farm as energy-efficiently as possible. Breeding companies, too, are focusing on this. Every year, they…

Innovative biological sensor detects hidden disease in potatoes

During the process of rotting, caused by microorganisms, plants emit various volatile organic compounds into their surrounding environment, which can be monitored for early…

Gemüsebau Steiner

Gemüsebau Steiner wins federal German Innovation Award for Horticulture

"In times of high dependence on energy imports, our model is exemplary"

Gemüsebau Steiner from the Upper Bavarian district of Altötting has received the German Innovation Award for Horticulture for its innovative sustainability concept. Since 2014, the company has been producing almost 10,000 tons of tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, and strawberries annually on some 33…

Improving plant growth, productivity, and stress management through seaweed-based biostimulants

Doing more with less is the mantra that every grower strives for. Especially during these trying times, being resource-efficient and still having a bumper crop is of the utmost importance. “Now more than ever, growers are faced with more and more challenges,” says Dr.  Holly Little, Director of R&D at Acadian…

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…

Rijk Zwaan shares cucumber innovations in Canada

On 7 September, Rijk Zwaan organized a Customer Appreciation Event in Leamington, Canada, based around the theme: ‘All about cucumbers.’ During the event, a panel of cucumber experts shared an interesting peek behind the scenes at various parts of the cucumber cycle. The event was attended by around 100…

Dr. Lior Rubinovich, Northern R&D-Migal/Zenger

Faster avocado growing method developed by Israeli researchers

The MIGAL Galilee Research Institute in Israel has reported their research, hoping it will enable the more rapid production of avocado seedlings. "According to research led by our very own Dr. Lior Rubinovich, It is now finally possible to grow avocado plants solely from tissue culture," the institute…

Special Fruit combats food waste

Special Fruit's Softripe ripening cells conducted consumer surveys, which indicated taste scores are 25% higher than for conventional avocados, mainly due to the stronger nutty taste. Also internal appearance and external appearance score at least 8% better and shelf life is extended by 7 days. Softripe is an AI-based technology…

Controlling spotted wing drosophila

Promising results in USDA disinfestation trials using ag tech

RipeLocker is broadening the use of its system for senescence control and decay suppressant of perishables to eliminate fruit flies without the application of postharvest…

TR Turoni

The right tools help save money when it comes to storage

With the current energy prices, it is essential to find the best management of storage units. Enrico Turoni is the CEO of TR in Forlì, one of the leading producers of systems to check ripening and the quality of fresh products. "Thanks to the tools for the non-destructive management of ripening (DA-Meter),…

Danish brand Ganni introduces synthetic fibers made from bananas

Offering an alternative to synthetic fibers typically used for athleisure, Danish brand Ganni has crafted a three-piece tracksuit set made from banana waste. While still not…

The Parlapiano company in Sicily

The PGI Bivona Peach is now in the Italian large-scale retail sector

The Pesca di Bivona (PGI Bivona Peach) is doing well in the Italian large-scale retail trade. This variety is commercialized by Parlapiano Fruit. "It is one of our flagship products. For the 2022 season, it marks a steady increase in sales," said Paolo Parlapiano, sales/marketing manager of the Sicilian…

Avocados see production and quality improvements with nanobubble-infused irrigation water

Avocado growers face many challenges, particularly in irrigation. Unlike most plants, avocado trees’ root zone is situated close to the surface of the soil and needs to be continuously irrigated to fight drought conditions and develop healthy roots. Avocado tree roots are highly susceptible to anoxia, or…

Healthy Hydroponics launches Pathogen Mini and Pathogen+

Healthy Hydroponics Innotech launches genomics-based pathogen monitoring services to hydroponic growers to enhance the prediction of crop diseases and assurance of food safety. Healthy Hydroponics Innotech is headquartered in Waterloo, where it stemmed from the Healthy Hydroponics project led by the…

Announcing the results of the TFF challenge 2022

Thought For Food (TFF), the world's non-profit leader in next-generation innovation for impact in food and agriculture, is thrilled to announce the 10 Finalist Teams and…

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Arizona company using new technology to help solve water crisis

Sam and John Bertram want to change the world, and they’re off to a good start. Their tech company OnePointOne is looking to renew global food production by creating a new way to grow fruits and vegetables. “I want to channel whatever power I have towards improving humanity,” said Sam Bertram. “The best…

Research to obtain natural ingredients for the food industry from citrus, kaki and watermelon waste

AINIA, the Institute of Agrochemistry and Food Technology (IATA-CSIC) and Productos Lácteos Romar are participating in a project intended to boost the value of agricultural by-products and obtain ingredients with improved technological and nutritional properties, with which to make dairy desserts,…

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Hazera launches ToBRFV resistant varieties

Hazera has announced the launch of their ToBRFV intermediate resistant varieties- the optimal balance between protection and performance- providing the grower an effective tool to face the highly infectious virus, infecting tomato plants, fruit and affecting growers worldwide. The Tomato Brown Rugose…

Rijk Zwaan to display diverse and resistant varieties during Hydroponic Demo and Open Field Demo

Rijk Zwaan is once again organizing its Hydroponic and Open Field Demos in the Netherlands this autumn. From 19 September onwards, the vegetable breeding company will be presenting numerous innovative varieties and concepts for both indoor and outdoor production. At the Open Field Demo, there will be…

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…

Providing shade while generating electricity

German farmer trials solar roofs for orchard

At Christian Nachtwey’s organic orchard in Gelsdorf, western Germany, workers are loading their carts with ripe red Elstar apples. But the farm is also reaping a second…

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Young inventors work for a water secure South Africa

The Drop Saver, a device that can be attached to a tap to help prevent water leaks, is getting a lot of views at the World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden. The invention is…

IIT Guwahati

Indian Institute of Technology - Guwahati

New edible coating developed to prolong shelf life of fruits and veg

A team of researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology - Guwahati has developed an edible material that, coated on vegetables and fruits, will substantially extend their shelf life. The material was tested on potato, tomato, green chili, strawberry, Khasi mandarin, apple, pineapple, and kiwifruit.…

The new solution to land shortages?

Canada: Underground farm in Quebéc to grow over 16 crops year-round

“Our Forges are commercially viable, as we expect our facilities to generate profit within three to five years. Our strategy will be to aggressively expand the range of crops we can grow through continuous R&D,” says Nicola Maglio, Chief Marketing Officer at Greenforges.  Nicola Maglio Greenforges designs…

The lightest scale on the market by Rescina Service

A scale designed for workers in the fields

Named Karmen, this is a scale for carrying out packing directly in the field and is the lightest and handiest on the market to date. The equipment has an aluminum platform that reaches a weight of 3.1 kg (the previous model weighed about 5 kg), and a height of 7 cm, with a battery life of more than 100…

Strella launches automated quality management platform for retailers

Strella, a freshness management company that builds technology to predict produce maturity has announced the launch of its automated quality management platform for retailers. To date, Strella has worked predominantly with apple and pear suppliers utilizing proprietary sensing technology to predict shelf…

University research shows ag-tech related tomato shelf life results

A recent study by the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Science (UF-IFAS) found the shelf life of grape tomatoes can be dramatically improved using a postharvest solution by Verdant™ Technologies. The research team, led by Dr. Steven A. Sargent, conducted a variety of tests on…

"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…

SIA Group's Ideal Tutor, Italy's patented tutoring system

Greenhouse management to save on labor, time and money

Is it possible to improve the management of greenhouses when dealing with labor shortages? The answer comes from SIA Sicilia Group, which, in its acronym (Innovative Solutions in Agriculture), expresses the DNA of a company devoted to the rationalization and sustainability of production processes. Tutor in…

Solana Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG

Solana Group presents variety innovations at Potato Europe 2022

"Exploiting the potential of the potato further, that's what is at the heart of our breeding activities"

'Growing innovation' is the motto this year for the internationally active potato breeder Solana. True to this motto, the owner-managed breeding company will present an overview of new and established products at the upcoming Potato Europe. In the food sector, the focus will be on the proven Queen Anne…

Simple Spanish invention for irrigation uses up to 70% less water

A family business from Torrox has developed DeepDrop, a system capable of saving large amounts of water in agricultural plantations. In the face of increasing droughts in…

New tool reduces stem punctures and secondary storage losses in apples

Stem punctures in apples are a silent killer when it comes to profitability. “About eight-to-ten percent is a common level of punctures that I see in bins from the orchard,” says Leighton Rice developer of StemPunk. However, he has seen much higher numbers, up to twenty percent. Punctures cause immediate…

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Using transparent solar power for cultivating crops

Recent scholarly research highlights the economic and environmental costs associated with greenhouse crop cultivation. However, because greenhouses are crucial for increasing product yield in tightly controlled climates, it’s not a cultivation technique farmers can live without. To shed light on the…

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Creating compostable cling wrap out of potato waste

Australian company Great Wrap has used potato waste to develop home compostable cling wrap. The company was founded by the husband and wife team, Jordy and Julia Kay. They…

Tree Defender awarded fourth US patent

The Tree Defender, LLC, the creator of Individual Protective Cover (IPC) technology, has been awarded a key fourth U.S. patent for its technology, opening the door for the company to expand and grow. "These patents establish The Tree Defender as the creator of IPC technology," said Scotty Thompson, the…

Assam university

Egyptian researcher develops biodiesel from food waste

The leaves of radish and sweet potato are potent sources for producing low-cost biodiesel from waste cooking oil, an Egyptian scholar and his associates at central Assam’s…

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…

New tech helps Australian banana farmers protect Great Barrier Reef

Farming in Australia is one of the biggest contributors to poor water quality on the Great Barrier Reef. It threatens corals and other marine life, but precision agriculture…

Portugal: Festive opening of hybrid concept farm in Lisbon

Recently, Raiz Vertical Farms, a Portuguese agtech company, officially opened its concept farm at Arroz Estudios. They certainly didn’t hide their enthusiasm and gave a grand opening, jointly with a barbeque so guests could try out the produce, combined with a DJ and some delightful drinks.  Arroz Estúdios…

Edible fruit and vegetable straws replace plastic

Minister of Environment, Say Samal, praised a Cambodian enterprise that makes straws from rice and vegetable matter rather than plastic. The straws are available in many…

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Billa tests "Vertical Farming" in Vienna

"Optimal crop yields in the smallest area and only a few meters from the shelf"

In cooperation with Israeli agricultural technology company, Vertical Field, herbs and lettuces are grown and harvested from local seedlings in a shipping container in front of the Billa Plus store at Wienerberg Straße 27 in Vienna-Favoriten. The plants are grown above each other on several levels, and…

Hapag-Lloyd LIVE: installations for real-time tracking of standard containers starts in August

Back in April, Hapag-Lloyd announced that it would be the first shipping company in the world to outfit all of its standard containers with technology for real-time data…

California grower pilots autonomous drone harvest pilot program

HMC Farms® has partnered with Tevel Aerobotics Technologies to pilot their drone harvesting system utilizing Flying Autonomous Robots. Each robot has the ability to fly, locate fruit, harvest and place the fruit all on its own with no human interaction required.  Flying Autonomous Robots in HMC Farms orchard.HMC…


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