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4G and 5G network developments create new opportunities for real-time monitoring

"Industry has growing needs for temperature and humidity data loggers"

With fewer restrictions of pandemic measures in major markets and an increase in trade volume, market demand for temperature and humidity data loggers have increased. Frigga is a professional real-time temperature monitoring solution provider. At present, the company's real-time temperature data loggers…

Japanese agri equipment leader invests in Israeli fresh produce quality control start-up

Kubota Corporation, the Japanese manufacturer of agricultural equipment, has invested in a ‘Series A’ venture funding investment round for Clarifruit Ltd. the end-to-end quality control solutions provider for the fresh produce industry founded in Israel. Grapes and Blueberries growers using Clarifruit…

Indian farmers turn to technology to combat unpredictable weather

Indian farmers in Maharashtra have turned to technology to increase production as well as store produce for longer. They are using both solar powered cold storage as well as…

Frutico

Switzerland: Newly founded B2B PRE Bio Gemüse Seeland relies on domestic Frutico ERP process

"Digitization supports personal customer care"

Within the framework of a regional development project (PRE project) supported by the Swiss Confederation and the Canton of Fribourg, the Bern University of Applied Sciences (School of Agricultural, Forestry and Food Sciences, HAFL) is involved with organic producers in the Fribourg Seeland region. One…

Dorfinger KG

Austrian potato packer Dorfinger KG relies on traceNET and PECS enterprise resource planning systems

"Not just increasing the quality of our products, but learning a lot about the business operations as well"

Since 2020, Dorfinger KG - one of the largest potato, onion and garlic packaging companies in Austria - has been relying on traceNET, the enterprise resource planning system for the food industry from activeIT. Production processes have been controlled and optimized since 2021 with PECS, the production…

Elad Mardix, CEO: "Clarifruit to meaningfully scale sales activity globally with local offices"

Israeli tech start-up raises $12M to reduce $900B annual waste in fresh produce industry

Clarifruit, an Israel-based company developing a software platform for automated quality control for the fruit and vegetable supply chain, completed an approximately $12 million Series A funding round led by Champel Capital and Firstime Ventures. Additional participants in the round include Kubota, a leading…

Indian farmers open e-Commerce startup with 10,000 producers as suppliers

An Indian e-Commerce startup by farmers in Maharashtra, called Poona AgroCart, launched in Pune with 1 000 farmers signed up as suppliers. They hope to have 10 000 fresh…

Tunisian technology at the service of fruit and vegetable producers in North and West Africa

A cluster of Tunisian agri-tech companies, led by Stecia International, is organizing the Tunisian agri-tech week in Abidjan from November 21 to 25. Among these companies, iFarming offers IT solutions accessible to smallholder farmers. We spoke with Ms. Rabeb Fersi, the co-founder of the company. For Ms.…

Doing business on a platform for which you’ll be rewarded in 'green coins'

"We at LeafAI made it our mission to address and start solving the problems of farmers, resource scarcity, and access to economic identity. Giving everyone, from smaller-sized farmers, agri-device-producers, mission supporters, or end consumers, a place to let their voice be heard and a chance to develop…

Aerobotics

The new yield management platform saving apple and citrus growers time in the field

New yield management tools for the citrus and apple industries have been achieving great productivity gains for Australian growers since their introduction, according to the international agritech data analytics company that launched the technology. Aerobotics' app allows growers to capture yield…

University of Florida builds agri artificial intelligence hub

The University of Florida has set out to become the gravitational hub to merge artificial intelligence's boundless insight with science-backed academics and industry…

Re-creating situations like the Ever Given grounding in Suez Canal

Report claims that hackers could block major global trade routes

Maritime research firm Thetius, maritime cyber risk management specialist CyberOwl and law firm Holman Fenwick Willan have released a report called ‘The Great Disconnect’. In…

Agriplace welcomes Staay Food Group

On the 1st of October, Staay Food Group joined Agriplace, a compliance platform for safe and sustainable supply chain management in fruit and vegetables. The international fruit and vegetable supplier thus takes a new step in ensuring quality, reliability, and food safety even more effectively. With…

New tech sizes 5000 apples, straight off the truck

Hectre have released their transformative Spectre Top Down app to seven select US apple receiving sites. This enables high volume packhouses to quickly size more than 5,000 apples straight off the truck, with no touch on the fruit. Huge size samples are being captured straight off the top of trucks…

Werner Schörkhuber, PCS IT-Trading, on the 'TradeControl' ERP system

"Unfortunately, the potential of a well-functioning software system is still underestimated too often"

In these times of advancing digitalization, a modern, well-functioning, and ideally industry-specific ERP system is virtually indispensable. To meet the increasing demands of the fast-moving fruit and vegetable sector in the future, Viennese software developer PCS IT-Trading Ltd has developed the…

Aartsen's staff help celebrate its ERP system, Fresh, going live

After four years in development, Aartsen marked the launch of its ERP system, Fresh, on Friday. It was developed in-house in partnership with Thinkwise. Employees were honored as thanks for this mega-project, and the going live was officially celebrated. "We opted for 100% customization," says project leader…

Tingo Mobile signs trade agreement with All Farmers Association of Nigeria

MICT, Inc. and Tingo, Inc. have announced that Tingo Mobile PLC, which is being wholly acquired under a Merger Agreement with MICT, has signed a trade agreement with the All…

Technological solutions to tackle the digitization of the agri-food industry

One of the challenges that the agri-food sector will be facing in the coming years is the digitization of agricultural activity and the use of new technologies to achieve a sustainable agri-food sector that is both profitable and capable of competing in all markets. With the aim of helping professionals…

"We have launched a reuseable 4G wireless temperature and humidity location recorder with light sensors"

In the booming cold chain supply chain monitoring market, temperature and humidity recorders play an increasingly important role. Mr. Liao is the director of Tzone Digital Technology Co., Ltd, a manufacturer of temperature and humidity monitoring equipment. He introduced the company's newly developed…

Tapp.online generates data such as temperature and humidity from paper

Smart paper as sustainable alternative for data logger

Tapp.online can safely be called revolutionary. The Frisian company has developed an alternative data logger by integrating sensors and chips with paper made from agricultural waste. Meanwhile, tests are being carried out at some 30 AGF companies. "We are treading a somewhat exceptional path. Normally, a…

Demonstration saw robots assist soft fruit farmers in a variety of tasks

BT demos automated agriculture using robots and IoT

BT has announced the successful deployment of a robotics platform and management system to support the agricultural project Robot Highways, enabling a fleet of robots to help automate the farming process. Robot Highways is a project led by agricultural robot specialist Saga Robotics, aiming to explore…

Juan José Bas, manager of Naranjasyfrutas.com

"This year, retailers will need an extra number of producing suppliers, and our platform is the ideal place to find them"

There are more than 219,000 hectares devoted to citrus cultivation in Spain (equivalent to 313,000 soccer fields), and the number of operators ranges between the thousands and the tens of thousands, so there is a clear need for a tool to facilitate a direct connection between growers and retailers for…

NZ collaboration links consumer insights to the produce value chain

Two leading New Zealand players in the global fresh produce industry have collaborated to deliver growers, packers and marketers powerful consumer insights into product performance, closing the final link in the soil-to-consumer process. Radfords' Adam Cuming says the collaboration extends its value…

Tools and technologies for monitoring global shipments

Emerson announced it will be participating in the International Fresh Produce Association’s (IFPA) Global Produce and Floral Show from October 27 to 29 in Orlando, Florida. The company’s perishable cold chain solutions are designed to monitor in-transit conditions such as temperature, location, light and…

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…


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