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Australia’s LYRO Robotics builds produce-packing robots to fix food’s broken supply chains

Australia’s LYRO Robotics, a startup building robots and AI for the fresh fruit and vegetable industry, recently raised A$1.5 million ($1.07 million) in seed funding from…

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…

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…

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:…

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…

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…

Company's first Cultivate Next venture fund cohort includes Hyphen and Meati Foods

Chipotle invests in robotic makeline and plant based protein via its new venture fund

Chipotle Mexican Grill has announced it is investing in Hyphen, a foodservice platform designed to help restaurant owners, operators, and budding chefs move their business forward by automating kitchen operations, and Meati Foods, a company focused on using proprietary, clean processes to provide…

La Libertad, Peru

Researchers develop a robot to improve the blueberry harvest

La Libertad is one of the regions that produces and exports the most blueberries in Peru. Even its good performance helped offset the drop in other products such as gold,…

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Lyro Robotics: Startup raises $1.5 million to deliver autonomous robotic packers

Australian automation firm Lyro Robotics has raised $1.5 million to deliver around 20 autonomous robotic packers to its clients. Founded in 2019 by researchers from the…

Prototype ‘end-effector' capable of deftly removing unwanted apples from trees

Agricultural engineers design early step for robotic, green-fruit thinning

Penn State agricultural engineers have developed, for the first time, a prototype “end-effector” capable of deftly removing unwanted apples from trees — the first step toward robotic, green-fruit thinning. The development is important, according to Long He, assistant professor of agricultural and…

AGV replaces pallet trucks at Dutch vegetable processor

"Innovation never stands still, and neither does our factory. We continue to automate. For example, we now have AGVs (Automated Guided Vehicles) which automatically move goods and material pallets. These will replace the manual pallet trucks. It's very convenient, and it saves us time", as the Dutch…

Cosco announces automation upgrades at Tianjin container terminal

A ceremony has been held in Tianjin, China, celebrating automation upgrades at the world's first traditional container terminal. The full completion of the automation upgrades…

Increased productivity and reduced need for chemicals when Ekobot’s agricultural robot does the job

Ekobot AB has received the first indicative results from this year's field trials in Sweden. The results show that Ekobot's agricultural robot WEAI – autonomous weeder,…

Michiel Bontenbal, Chainn:

"By 2025, we want to be the Amazon of our industry"

Chainn went live on November 1, 2018. Evert-Jan van Vliet, Pieter de Jong, and Kees and Leo van den Heuvel - veterans of the fruit and vegetable trade sector - launched this new business platform. They wanted to meet buyers' and producers' need for transparency, traceability, and efficiency in the chain.…

Santa Maria partners with Clarifruit to automate table grape quality-control operations and reduce costs

Clarifruit, the world’s first AI-powered quality control software for the fresh produce industry, has announced a successful commercial implementation with Santa Maria (Compañia Frutera Santa Maria S.A.), a leading grape exporter that works with various growers across Chile and exports their grapes to…

Photo report of 'Robotics Day' at Fruit Tech Campus

How do things stand with robotics in fruit cultivation and what is the business case?

Robotics is developing rapidly, and fruit cultivation, too, is mechanizing at a rapid pace. That is why, in the Netherlands, the recently opened Fruit Tech Campus brought the fruit sector up to speed during a true 'Robotics Day'. Are the robots ready for use yet? Can it be done profitably? Or has the…

Robs4Crops

Robots to aid growers with repetitive daily tasks

To grow healthy grapes and apples, weeding and spraying tasks need to be repeated several times during the growth process. Depending on the year – and if some pest occurs – more passages are required. In addition to being repetitive, these chores tend to be expensive – consider refueling tractors and…

Hard technology has a softer side

The Dutch company, FruitMasters' packaging division is five employees richer. They're not very friendly and have no sense of humor. But, they are very good at their jobs. These Robertpack's case loaders can crate up to 75 packages per minute with zero quality loss. "At FruitMasters, we keep a constant eye…

Marten de Roest (RPA specialist, The Greenery): "Man and machine to increasingly work together”

Robots - the perfect worker when there are severe staff shortages?

Could robots be the perfect worker when there are severe labor market shortages? "They don't take time off, are never sick, and never need a break," jokes Marten de Roest (RPA specialist, The Greenery). For the past few months, Marten and Ghizlan Azrar (Business & IT Management student, Rotterdam…

Peruvian designers create an intelligent robotic arm to control the quality and growth of seedlings for the agro-industry

The Antenor Orrego University and the CITEagroindustrial Chavimochic of the Technological Institute of Production (ITP), a body attached to the Ministry of Production (Produce), participated in a project to develop a robotic arm with a sophisticated mechatronic multi-grip that allows it to pick up, move,…

FreshPlaza's July Special is on Automation

FreshPlaza's July Special is on Automation. Automation is often in the news with growers and packers looking for ways to reduce the need for labour and become more efficient. But there are many types of automation out there. Are you involved? We would love to hear from you. You can contact us via…


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