Robot arms load 75 punnets/min. into crate

"After a tour through FruitMasters's packaging departments, I'm always amazed at how much technology goes into something as seemingly simple as a strawberry punnet," says FruitMasters's brand manager Tim Kievits on LinkedIn. "We added five of these robot arms this month. They load 75 packages into the…

Interview with Omar Papi from Futura

Russian market not viable for technologies

This is not an easy period for fruit sorter manufacturers. Between the cost of raw materials, the difficulty in sourcing materials and components, Covid and the war, there is not a moment of truce. FreshPlaza has talked about it with Omar Papi, manager of Cesena Futura srl. FreshPlaza (FP) How has the…

24 Italian companies to exhibit at Agricultural Fair in Novi Sad

While announcing the presence of a number of Italian companies at the Fair which is starting in a few days (May 21-27) in Novi Sad, Italian Ambassador to Serbia Carlo Lo…

First selective asparagus harvest's developer files for suspension of payments

More than a year ago, in a Dutch asparagus field, Cerescon proudly presented its 0 series of the Sparter to the press. This was the first selective asparagus harvest in the world. Yesterday the company, which employs 13 people, filed for suspension of payments. "A confluence of circumstances" is how…

Nadine Barsch on further developments of the flowpack packaging equipment

"Through the new flowpack system we are killing several birds with one stone"

Although a multitude of packaging innovations are introduced to the market every year, flowpacks still remain common for many fruit and vegetable products. For over 30 years, the name Barsch has stood for high-quality flowpack machines. At Fruit Logistica, the company presented the latest sustainable…

Monash University research

Advanced core processing: New robot technology appealing for apple growers

New autonomous robotic technology developed by Monash University researchers has the potential to become the ‘apple of my eye’ for Australia’s food industry as it deals with labour shortages and an increased demand for fresh produce.   A research team, led by Dr Chao Chen in Monash University’s Department of…

Elea and EnWave Coorperation: Looking back on successful PEF and REV Forum

Photo report: Faster, higher quality and saving on drying time

In the run-up to its trade show presence at Anuga Foodtec 2022, Elea Ltd and its business partner EnWave Coorperation hosted a technology forum on April 21 and 22, highlighting the synergies of Pulsed Electric Field (PEF) and Radiant Energy Vacuum Dehydration (REV™) for faster, higher quality and…

Mango packhouse opens in Nayarit, Mexico

Empaque Don Jorge I (EDJI) opened its doors this past weekend and is currently packing Crespo organic Ataulfos from El Grupo Crespo’s Nayarit orchards. EDJI is the hometown hydro-thermic packhouse of El Grupo Crespo and is home to El Grupo Crespo’s three proprietary brands: Crespo Organic, RCF as well as…

Online auction of weighing and packaging lines for onions

Several interesting combinations are offered at the online auction from Industrial Auctions in Kapelle (NL). One of the offerings is a weighing and packaging line for onions consisting of a 10-heads linear weigher, tray denester, elevating belt, and many more. In addition, a weighing line for baby onions…

Eastern Victoria horti business focuses on technology

The mixed enterprise venture Bonaccord Group is preparing for the next phase of its technical evolution. This is following a sustained period of growth and development across…

Long-term supplier relationships and recent warehouse expansion

Sweet corn equipment available to ship today

Demand for vegetable processing equipment is strong and continues to increase. This development, combined with labor woes, has resulted in a shift to higher levels of automation. “Processors see an increased opportunity to invest in the right technologies to increase capacity and throughput with less…

“Our Angel Fresh fresh-keeping technology can extend the storage period of fruit by 120%-150%”

This is the time of year when many fruit production areas in the Southern Hemisphere enter their busiest season. The volume of fruit that reaches the Chinese market by sea is growing every day. However, the global shipping crisis and the shipping container shortage create a lot of uncertainty factor in…

Hydro Hunter Italia

Drones to find underground water

Not having an effective network of water suitable for irrigation is a problem that concerns many companies in some parts of Italy. Michele D'Alessandro, an entrepreneur from Cerignola (Foggia) growing stone fruit, table and wine grapes knows it only to well, as he has to source water from two wells that, on top of providing…

Flame sterilizing potato seed tuber cutting machine could minimize spread of diseases

Potatoes are vegetatively propagated; cutting the seed tubers is a common practice followed by growers as a way to increase seed availability for planting. However, this…

Enabled by AIM heat pump technology

Dehydrated fruits make good business for Sri Lanka mango grower

Globally, fresh produce market disruptions continue to exist due to local and regional flare ups of Covid-19 and delays and high prices for international freight. As a result, fresh produce companies reliant on international shipping times and shipping rates have started started to invest in systems and…

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InsightTRAC: Robot targets pest-infested almonds

Among innovative farm robotics, one interesting piece of tech in particular is the InsightTRAC, a robot that autonomously roams almond orchards seeking and shooting down…

Strong presence for Haith at the World Potato Congress

UK designer and manufacturer of vegetable handling solutions will have a strong presence at the eleventh World Potato Congress in Dublin (30 May – 2 June). As well as having its own trade stand, visitors to the convention will see Haith’s Rota-Tip in operation and have an opportunity to see Haith’s…

GNA

Vaquita - flow packs packaging for fresh produce

Consumption habits have changed over the past two years due to the pandemic, even though the trend had already started before then. Due to factors linked to food safety and a quicker ways to shop, packaged products continue to gain popularity. GNA, a company located in Ozzano dell'Emilia (Bologna) specializing in the production and sale of…

AGCO acquires JCA Industries

AGCO, Your Agriculture Company, a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural machinery and precision ag technology, announced it has acquired JCA Industries, Inc., d/b/a JCA Technologies,…

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"The Future of Farming and Food Processing – AI in Food- and Farm Automation"

Image processing can be used to accelerate, control and optimize processes. When artificial intelligence comes into play, the range of applications becomes even broader. This is especially true for agriculture and the food industry, as highly varying objects and processes are difficult to control with…

Anuga Foodtec 2022: "Fewer visitors, concrete talks and inquiries"

Photo report: Automation continuing at full speed

After an absence of about four years, Anuga Foodtec invited visitors back to Cologne from April 26-29. For four consecutive days, the exhibition center was dominated by automation and technology in the food industry. Despite the lower number of visitors compared to other years, on both the visitor and…

Online auction of Dutch company's fruit and vegetable processors, rolling stock, and inventory

J.M. Levarht & Zonen B.V. has gone belly-up. Troostwijk Auctions is therefore auctioning the entire company inventory online - all machines, equipment, forklifts, trucks, refrigerated trailers, cars, computers, and office furniture. All these items belonging to this Dutch company specializing in…

Online auction weighing and packaging lines for snack tomatoes

Industrial Auctions is organizing an online auction in Vierpolders on the 11th of May. The offer consists of filling, weighing, and packaging lines for snack tomatoes from the renowned brands, Jasa Packaging Systems and Combimat. These lines include multiple machines, such as a sorting belt, multihead…

IQF Freezing berries: The challenges of dehydration

Dehydration of a product is a vital aspect to take into account during the freezing process. The reason being is that loss of water has a direct impact on the quality and weight of the product. As a result, dealing with dehydration is one of the most important issues food processors have to face, as it…

FtsSort launches sweet potato washing and sorting machine on South American market

FstSort provides a wide array of automated selection equipment and other solutions for the selection and processing of fresh fruit and vegetables. Their washing equipment can handle the majority of fruits and vegetables, including sweet potatoes, apples, oranges, avocados, and blueberries. FstSort…

Wageningen University research, The Netherlands

Millions in funding for agri-food technology

Wageningen research into smart agricultural and horticultural robots will receive 12 to 17 million euros from the NXTGEN HIGHTECH program. The contribution from the National Growth Fund of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate is intended to give a major boost to agri-food technology. The…

John Deere forms joint venture with GUSS Automation

Deere & Company has formed a joint venture with GUSS Automation, LLC, in Kingsburg, California. GUSS (Global Unmanned Spray System) is a pioneer in semi-autonomous orchard and vineyard sprayers. High-value crops (HVCs), such as orchards and vineyards, generate significantly higher value per acre than…

Certhon Group

High-tech greenhouse company looks to increase presence in Oceania through robotics

An international greenhouse solutions company hopes to expand its presence in Australia and New Zealand with the latest automation projects for fruit and vegetable production in greenhouses. Certhon Group Business Development Director Edwin Vanlaerhoven says that one of the company's main focuses is to…

Hapag-Lloyd first mover in equipping all containers with real-time tracking devices

Hapag-Lloyd will equip its entire container fleet with real-time tracking devices. After successfully introducing real-time monitoring for its reefer container fleet in 2019 with the IoT product Hapag-Lloyd LIVE, the company will start to install newly developed devices to all standard containers of its…

Assomech

Italian technology used in Switzerland for sorting potatoes and onions

After six months of hard work, the Italian machine manufacturer Assomech received a very positive response to the installation of its first potato and onion sorting line, delivered at a packing station in the Swiss canton of Vaud. The Assomech team (from left to right): Peter Calisesi, Matteo Molari, Davide…

Innovative solution from Rite-Hite is already being used in greenhouses and warehouses

"HVLS industrial fan proven to help significantly improve indoor environment"

In times of rising energy and production costs, more cost-effective solutions are desperately sought, especially in greenhouse cultivation. Several years ago, the specialized company Rite-Hite Ltd, based in Volkmarsen, Germany, developed a high-tech industrial fan. "The ingenious ventilation system will…

Peru: Vertical bike climbs trees to harvest fruit and prevent deforestation

In the Peruvian Amazon, more than 1 million trees are felled to harvest the aguaje fruit every year. The fruit grows on palm trees that measure up to 35 meters high, making it difficult to reach. It is therefore easier to cutting them down. As the illegal logging keeps getting the Amazon at risk, Ogilvy…

Drone to aid Brazilian growers in battle against HLB

The use of a drone for chemical control of the psyllid that spreads HLB adds to Brazil’s efforts to battle the citrus disease, recent research indicates. The research was…

Fieldwork Robotics raspberry picking robots

Robotic pickers see double success in Portugal

A Cambridge-based company has made significant step forwards in its development of a range of fruit harvesting robots to support the agriculture sector. The raspberry picking…

‘Color is essential when selling healthy snacks in vending machines’

Vending machines selling healthy snacks are an increasingly common sight, not only in farm shops but also in hospitals, canteens, and railway stations. In the growing market of snack vegetables, vending machines offer consumers healthy and convenient options round the clock. Last week during Fruit…

Navus Ventures, ECG & Oost NL invest in Corvus

"Investment in autonomous drones contributes to the digitization of greenhouses"

Corvus Drones from Ede, the Netherlands, develops and produces drones that can fly fully autonomously in greenhouses. The drones collect valuable data for crop monitoring. With this information, growers can produce food more efficiently and sustainably. For the further development of the drone and…

Gideon launches Trey, the autonomous forklift for trailer loading and unloading

Today, Gideon, the robotics and AI solutions company, announced a pioneering new solution – Trey, an autonomous forklift for truck trailer loading and unloading operations. Trey loads and unloads pallets entirely autonomously, saving more than 80% of a worker's time. It operates safely, consistently, and…

Paul Wilson - Scorpion Vision

“The system acts like the human eye, but is much faster and more accurate"

One of the major concerns for growers in the fresh produce sector over the last few years has been labor, and this is not likely to change anytime soon. It will probably get more expensive and more difficult to secure workers. It is not just the cost and availability of labor but also the quality of the…

EUR283 million in revenue

FruitMasters pools strength and ends 2021 on a good note

The Dutch fruit growers cooperative, FruitMasters, ended the 2021 financial year on a positive note. That was announced at the Members Annual General Meeting on April 20.…

Celebrating 50th anniversary

TOMRA launches new robotic case packing technology

TOMRA, a provider of collection and sorting solutions, recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. Each of the Group’s four divisions - Collection, Food, Recycling and Mining – marked the milestone by declaring a collective mission for the future to “transform how we all obtain, use and reuse the planet’s…

Italy

PND's washing tank for the fresh-cut fruit sector

The Italian company PND has created and released on the market a new tank for washing two different fruits at the same time. It is called Magnum. The water flow pushes the fruits on a modular belt, allowing the product to be washed in water even if it is not floating. The product is washed through a…

Multivac presents its new flowpacking solution

Multivac is launching its W 500 onto the market as a universal flowpacking solution, which offers a high level of flexibility for packing a wide range of food products. The new flowpacker, which is designed for a wide spectrum of applications and products, supports the use of sustainable films and…

John Bloed, Bloed Machinery:

"I was always a client; now I'm a supplier"

"When clients find something isn't going quite right in their processing lines, they come to us," is how John Bloed summarizes his company, Bloed Machinery. "We use our 3D drawing package to quickly design those technical solutions, which we present to the customer. If they agree, we develop those…

Bulltec processing line

Chicory, celery and fennel sorted electronically

Sempreverde from Molfetta (Bari) has chosen Bulltec for the electronic grading of chicory, celery and fennel. "The system for the processing of leafy vegetables is unique. We have used conveyors to transport the single vegetables and sort them based on the desired grade," explained Bulltec owner Ruggero…

Martignani

A 'slim' electrostatic sprayer for narrow rows

When rows are close together, a special sprayer is needed - one that can be effective without causing any damage. Martignani now has the right solution thanks to the "SMS Slim" Phantom Mounted Electrostatic Sprayer. It has a capacity of 300 liters and is narrow, so it is suitable for crops with narrow…

Ripe Robotics

Ripe Robotics’ fruit picking robot edging closer to orchard trials

Ripe Robotics’ fruit picking robot is edging closer to orchard trials, as the fifth iteration of the robot has been developed further over the last few months. The robot has seen significant updates in this period. Hunter Jay, CEO of Ripe Robotics: “We’ve undergone some pretty massive design changes…

"Reemoon launches fully automated selection equipment capable of detecting BRIX value, black spots, and translucency in pineapples"

The Chinese pineapple production season is in full swing. Pineapple farmers are working hard to harvest the pineapples and put them through post-harvest selection procedures. In many pineapple production areas, including major production areas in Guangdong and Hainan, the selection procedure is still a…

Cherry grower Erik Vernooij invests in FrostFans night frost control machine:

"Sprinkling in cherries is too risky for us, but we do believe in this mobile wind displacement machine"

"The weather is lovely, the bees are buzzing around like crazy", says Erik Vernooij with satisfaction. Earlier this month, however, the cherry grower was less reassured. A frost of -6ºC was expected at night. In the end, the mercury above the cherry orchard remained at -2ºC and the effects of the night…

Robots considered to combat UK farm worker shortage

Robots could be used to pick fruit under new plans to prevent supermarket shelves going empty and food rotting in fields. UK's ‘White Paper’ food strategy has been rewritten…

'Gentle handling helps preserve potato perfection'

The design of the ‘Gentle Slope’ multihead weigher from Ishida Europe has been instrumental in delivering a high-quality packing solution for a range of microwavable potatoes from Spanish potato processor, Patatas Meléndez. Based in the municipality of Medina del Campo in the province of Valladolid,…

New strawberry harvester to aid understaffed industry

The number of laborers willing to work in strawberry fields has been going down for years. At Wish Farms in Plant City, the dwindling labor force has been affecting the…

LeafSense monitoring technology

Adroit Robotics introduces scanning tool for orchards

Called LeafSense, the monitoring technology can be fitted to agricultural machinery such as tractors to scan plants and fruit in real time, using artificial intelligence and…

Avocado supplier increases treatment capacity with new installation

West Pak Avocado, a supplier of premium avocados, has expanded its Apeel treatment capabilities with a new installation at the company’s facility in Michoacán, Mexico. The first installation took place at West Pak’s Murrieta, CA facility in 2021. The addition of the Michoacán installation in early 2022…

New ripening products gain foothold in Australia

Phil & Leigh Cummin realized there was a problem in Australia. Fresh produce facilities had only one choice for ethylene application, and it wasn’t the one most ripeners in many parts of the world were using. Long-time experts on fruit ripening rooms and the ripening process of bananas and other tropical…

OMIP's new product introduced at Fruit Logistica 2022

A peach stoning machine that can be used also for other fruits

"With the use of a special tool kit, we are able to utilize our K8-16 peach stoning machine also for other stone fruits, such as apricots and plums, as well as pears and apples," said Francesco Pannullo, one of the company directors of the Italian OMIP-Officina Meccanica Industriale Di Precisione,…

Nicolas Cavalier, Telaqua:

“We control the irrigation process in real time”

Telaqua, an expert in irrigation management, specializes in very large-scale fruit and wine productions thanks to its new product, Mano V2.“Our clients are used to controlling their irrigation using agronomic data, but very few of them make sure that their irrigation system is working properly. They use…

Haith launches its Pro-Line Solution at Fruit Logistica 2022

UK designer and manufacturer of vegetable handling machines Haith will use Fruit Logistica to officially launch an innovative new solution for packers and processors looking…

Bluelab acquires Autogrow to drive expansion of technology and global reach

New Zealand based tech company Bluelab, recently named supreme winner of the New Zealand International Business Awards 2021, has acquired automation company Autogrow as part of a global strategy to expand operations into new territories and increase its range of technology offerings to customers.  Both companies’…

Renewed pepper corer is a breakthrough in pepper processing

Dutch machine manufacturer Sormac hasn’t been idle. At the Fruit Logistica (booth D07, hall 3.1) in Berlin, the company from Venlo will be presenting three entirely revamped machines. This will boost the potato, carrot and pepper markets. Pepper corer POThe renewed pepper decoring machine is a…

Packaging company releases new adjustable dual wicket bagger

Volm Companies, a packaging and equipment solutions company, was asked by its customers to help them overcome a challenge it faced in packaging a variety of size profiles of produce into various sizes of wicketed-style bags. So now, Volm Companies is excited to introduce the Volmpack Adjustable Dual…

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Silicone raspberry teaches robots to grasp fruit

Raspberries are not easy to harvest, as their delicate structure leaves them vulnerable to scratches or bruises. That is why they need to be picked by hand instead of machines. However, engineers at EPFL‘s Computational Robot Design & Fabrication (CREATE) lab have set out to tackle this challenge. They…

New fruit packing technology cuts packhouse labour needs

An intelligent robotic fruit packing machine that automates the most labour intensive job in the packhouse is proving to be a game-changer for post-harvest operators around the globe. Global Pac Technologies has officially unveiled the Aporo II robotic produce packaging machine which builds on the proven…

High-tech quality control with GearStation Inspector

Within a week, the newest version of the GearStation will be launched by Gearbox at the Fruit Logistica in Berlin. Gearbox develops, designs and builds advanced AI and data driven machinery & equipment to enable the food and agriculture to achieve the highest possible degree of control over their product…

Burg Machinery's tray filler

‟It can process as many winged as regular trays”

The current trend toward ever-less packaging material is creating more work, not only for packaging designers but also for machine manufacturers. The Dutch company, Burg Machinery, has developed a tray filler for the apple sector. It can process winged cardboard trays too. "This machine evolved from an earlier…

Sormac presents new potato halving and carrot peeler machines at Fruit Logistica

Dutch machine manufacturer Sormac, a market leader in Fresh convenience, hasn’t been idle. At the Fruit Logistica (booth D07, hall 3.1) in Berlin, the company from Venlo will be presenting three entirely revamped machines. This will boost the potato and carrot market. Potato halving and quartering machine…

Australian machinery solutions company celebrating 75 years of growth and innovation

Just months away from celebrating its 75th birthday, a leading Australian packaging and machinery solutions company has seen a lot of changing trends across the fresh produce industry. edp australia pty ltd is a second-generation Australian family business, based in Victoria's Goulburn Valley and General…

Scotts look to step into the global fruit and vegetable processing, pre-cleaning market

Scotts Precision Manufacturing Ltd will be exhibiting for the first time at Fruit Logistica 2022, held in Berlin 5th – 7th of April in Hall 5.1 B22. “Behind the scenes we have been continually developing our industry leading Evolution Separator, best known for its ability to give exceptional cleaning…

Lindert Moerdijk, MSP Onions

"Processing onions is currently costing a lot of money everywhere"

Onion exports are going particularly weakly today. "Processing onions currently costs a lot of money everywhere. The costs for transport and processing have risen dramatically. Besides extra absenteeism, the situation in Ukraine has not helped. I find the media coverage very one-sided and positive, but…

The novelties of Naddeo Technologies at Fruit Logistica 2022

Rebranding and new automatic decoring machine for iceberg lettuce and radicchio

"We are about to officially launch our new brand (on the side) at Fruit Logistica 2022. In a way, we are returning to our origins, in terms of color by switching back to orange red, but with some important new features. The brand consists of an ideogram, N, that will evolve in the future. Our…

Water Ways receives a C$730,000 third blueberries irrigation system order in China

Water Ways Technologies Inc., a global provider of Israeli-based agriculture technology, providing water irrigation solutions to agricultural producers, announces that the…

Matt Swinn - Martin Lishman

ImpacTrack can be housed in carrier shells mimicking 32 different items of fresh produce

UK company Martin Lishman will be back at Fruit Logistica this year, the company supplies specialist equipment for the agricultural industry and one of the main products which be showcased this year is the ImpacTrack, a shock sensor and logger housed in a carrier shell that mimics the size and shape of…

All-New iNTELLIPRO SAW

New fresh-cut technology solution launched

The Team at PROEX FOOD has been busy in 2022 preparing to launch a new line of equipment and technology solutions for fruit and vegetable processors and packers. “We are developing Intellipro, our new group of products here at ProEx Food, capable of data connectivity and other future digital features,”…

Henri Smit - Ametis

Reemoon enters the South African apple industry

On Ametis, the Smit family farm in the eastern Free State, apples from their 75ha of orchards used to be sorted according to weight, with grading done by human eye until three years ago, when Henri Smit decided to move over to optically sorting fruit. His choice fell on Reemoon, even though Reemoon had…

Technical tours during the cherry symposium

The beating heart of the International cherry symposium (May 2-6, 2022) will be the technical visits. The tours will be held on May 6, 2022 and one of them will be in the Vignola area (Modena), renowned for the production and commercialization of cherries. "It is a territory well known abroad as well for…

Karmen field scales now lighter

In addition to being reliable and extremely practical, Karmen field scales are now even lighter. This piece of equipment is useful for packaging the produce directly upon harvesting and can be hooked on to all types of stands or benches. Karmen scales "We modified the structure of the scales, which are now made entirely of…

"New innovations in smart and accurate weighing"

Dutch Weighing Company has more than 30 years of experience in developing, manufacturing, and delivering smart and accurate weighing systems and solutions in the food…

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A robot can now peel a banana without crushing it

It is well-known that handling soft fruit is challenging for robots, but now a machine-learning system was able to conquer the task by imitating how a person does it. The uneven shape of fruit – which can vary significantly even with the same type of fruit – can also baffle the computer-vision algorithms…

Six mobile wind machines protect 30 hectares of pomegranate crops against frosts in Italy

On Tuesday 22 March 2022, six FrostFans wind machines were delivered to Masseria Fruttirossi, a southern Italian cultivation company that wants to save its pomegranates from the increasingly frequent night frosts in spring. Immediately after their delivery, a short demonstration of the machines also took…

Dept of Agriculture, Livestock and Rural Development used drones to monitor citrus pests

Employees of the Department of Agriculture, Livestock and Rural Development (Seapdr) are using drones for the first time in field work, during the inspection of citrus…

Saga Robotics

Fruit picking robot developer uses Lincolnshire as R&D base

The company behind a fruit-picking robot is carrying out almost all its research and development in Lincolnshire. Norway-based Saga Robotics is creating autonomous machines which can harvest crops and treat fungi infections in partnership with the Lincoln Agri-Robotics Centre at the University of…

CQ University

Automatic mango harvester on the home stretch

After several years of trials and the installation of new mechanics, camera systems and grippers, lead researcher Professor Kerry Walsh says the development of the world's first automatic mango harvester is on the home stretch. As it approaches commercialization in Central Queensland, the apparatus…

Solinftec and GROWMARK expand partnership with new agtech robot

Solinftec, a global player in agricultural digitalization, has today announced that it will expand upon its partnership with GROWMARK, Inc., one of North America’s largest…

Urban Crop Solutions and horticulture machinery supplier join forces

Urban Crop Solutions and a supplier of horticulture and nurseries equipment, Da Ros S.R.L. (Italy) have agreed on a partnership whereby Urban Crop Solutions will add the peripheral automation equipment to its offerings with its clients. Through this partnership, Urban Crop Solutions, extends their…

Franz Sroka, Srotec Ltd, on their binding machine for vegetable products

"With this system, production can be fulfilled without any problems"

Sustainable and efficient packaging processes are indispensable for all packaging operations today. It is precisely this increasing demand for modern solutions that Bochum-based machine supplier Srotec Ltd is trying to meet with its sophisticated stand binder. However, nothing has changed in the basic…

Grégoire Limone, Comptoir Rhodanien:

“We have invested in a processing line to use 100% of our fruit”

Specialized in the production and packing of fruit from the Rhone Valley for nearly 50 years, Comptoir Rhodanien ships more than 50,000 tons of fruit each year, together with its subsidiary, Metral fruits, acquired in 2008. Strawberries, cherries, apricots, peaches and nectarines during the summer, and…

PND

High quality table-top slicers for pineapples and melons

"MWS and MPS table-top slicers for pineapples and watermelons will make their international debut at Fruit Logistica 2022," reports Virginia Cascella, export manager at PND, the international brand manufacturing advanced systems for companies dealing with fresh-cut, preserved, frozen and dehydrated products. Valerio De…

First connection with inaho robot made in PEAK platform

The first data connection between Japanese robot maker inaho and business intelligence developer GreenPEAK-IT, part of the Bosman Van Zaal group, has been made. The collaboration between inaho and GreenPEAK-IT started at the end of last year, a few months after the developer launched the CropTeq…

Realized by Assomech

One of the biggest fennel processing lines in Europe

One of the largest fennel processing plants in Europe belongs to Assomech. It is located in the Italian plant of Montescaglioso (Matera), of the company O.P. Primo Sole. "The line has been designed to optimize the processing of fennel and can be controlled remotely. There are three fundamental steps for an…

Unitec

30% growth for blueberry exports from Peru

UNITEC’s Blueberry Vision 3 improves external quality blueberry classification

For Peru, 2021 was a year marked by great difficulties in the blueberry market, especially in terms of logistics and long distances due to the problems related to the pandemic. That is why UNITEC, with its technologies, has been a support, guaranteeing the maximum useful life of the products thanks to a…

Het Packhuys will debut with the Fusion at Fruit Logistica

From April 5 - 7, Het Packhuys hopes to participate in Fruit Logistica in Berlin. It will be a first for them. This Dutch company will present its latest innovation, the Fusion, to the public in Hall 9, stand C-01. You can use the Fusion to seal cardboard foodtainer trays with wings or flaps. It folds…

Hydro Hunter Italia:

Finding water in the subsoil with innovative drones

"In just under 20 minutes, we manage to scan the subsoil of a large plot, identifying the presence of water up to a depth of 250 meters thanks to electromagnetic probes. In just a few hours, therefore, we can tell growers whether there is groundwater suitable for irrigation in a specific area," explains…

“We introduced Fruscan S7 for ultra-delicate fruit processing”

With China importing an increasingly higher volume of fresh fruits from Latin American countries, local growers and exporters are investing in better and more functional fruit processing facilities, in order to provide premium products to this important market. Following a growing number of inquiries, 3 years…

Bid online for high quality second hand fruit and vegetable machines

Industrial Auctions is organizing an online auction in Kapelle (NL) with a diverse offer of food processing machinery, focussing on the fruit-and vegetable industry in particular. The offer consists of slicers, checkweighers, peelers, labelling machines, packaging machines, vibrating gutters and many…

Flexible handling system for German potato producer

How do you efficiently automate two packaging lines for loading and palletizing vacuum-packed potato bags of 5 and 10 kg? Lan Handling from Halfweg designed a flexible handling system for a large German potato producer. The successful acceptance test of the automated packaging lines was filmed. This packing,…

Multivac T 305:

Performance, flexibility and reliability in the smallest space

With its compact and fully automatic T 305, Multivac is launching a new traysealer, which is characterised by its high level of performance, pack quality and flexibility. The versatile all-rounder builds on the success of the proven T 300 traysealer, and it is designed for packing small and medium-sized…

New drying rooms expected to safe up to 80% energy costs

Energy efficient drying technology is welcome solution amid surging oil and gas prices

"We are very concerned about the situation in Ukraine. Originally we planned an interview with our Ukrainian client, who recently installed a large drying room with 1.5 tons drying capacity per batch. Our partner is located in Kharkov and we have not been able to connect with him for over seven days.…

Starr Ranch Growers chooses Ellips/Elisam's optical apple sorting technology

"Its internal quality-sorting capacity is unique"

Starr Ranch Growers was founded in 1934 in the heart of Washington's apple region. Since then, it has become a major apple, pear, cherry, and stone fruit grower, packer, and exporter. When choosing a new sorting line, this American fruit company did not take any chances. "We spent five years preparing…

Geek+ to deliver 112 autonomous robots to Hessing's 'Factory of the Future'

The German company, Geek+, specializes in AMR solutions. In the Netherlands, Hessing Supervers does the same for processed fruit and vegetables and ready-to-eat meals. These two companies partnered up, and a fleet of 112 autonomous mobile robots will be supplied, implemented, and maintained at Hessing's…

Nobac 5000L linerless applicator & VR Inspection System

Complete system for plastic-free fruit and veg packing

Ravenwood Packaging will be exhibiting at Fruit Logistica for the first time this year. They will have two machines on demo – the Nobac 5000L ‘fresh produce’ linerless applicator and the VR Inspection System. A good combination for the packaging of fruits and vegetables. The Nobac 5000L and VR system…

Rising demand is met by increased production capacity

In fermented vegetable products, such as kimchi, lactic acid fermentation makes the processed vegetables last longer and alters their taste. The products are seasoned with various spices, bringing healthy ingredients and versatile flavour to a variety of dishes. Two young companies from Germany have been…

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Automation and innovation on the increase on US farms

In the US, a growing list of agriculture tech companies have developed self-piloting machines. Those innovations have brought with them some major investment: According to…

Strio.AI joins Zoox

"These talented engineers bring with them a wealth of knowledge and expertise in computer vision and robotics"

Zoox has issued a statement on its collaboration with Strio.AI team, saying: "We are excited to announce that the Strio.AI team, a Boston-based robotics company applying automation and AI to agriculture applications, is joining Zoox." "Ruijie He, previously the CEO and Co-Founder at Strio.AI, is joining…

Barisha Batinich - Valley Fresh

"Myself and my family have a long history with GP Graders so I had every confidence in choosing the GP machine"

Valley Fresh Cherries and Stone Fruits has been operating for 18 years as a family business. It has grown from a small horticultural enterprise to a cherry and sugar plum outfit, supplying the domestic market as well as exporting all over the world. Barisha Batinich and his wife Kathy bought the business…

MiFood Robot supplies its customizable harvesting robots to farms around the world

“An average farm in Western Europe has ROI in 18 months after investing in our robots”

Technology has always been present in agriculture, one of the sectors that is at the forefront of research and innovation. Its development to date has gone hand in hand with advances in fields as diverse as molecular genetics, biochemistry or materials engineering, and now automation, already integrated…

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Kiremko receives steam peeling patent by the US Patent Office

Dutch company Kiremko BV is proud to announce the issuance by the US Patent Office of a patent that covers the company’s system for steam peeling of products having a skin. This unique concept is reflected in the steam peeling vessel of the market-leading Strata Invicta® steam peeler, developed by the…

New nut concept 'We Nut Butter' makes its way into German food retailers

"Great margins for food retailers, interactive shopping experience for consumers"

Under the name 'We Nut Butter', the high-performance nut cream mill called WB02 is now making its way into German food retailers. Developed and produced entirely in the Netherlands, this machine consists of high-qualitycomponents and grinds a wide range of whole nuts and peanuts into tasty creams in just…

Chris Kay - New Zealand Frost Fans

"The severe spring frost events last year really spurred growers to look at our technology"

As global weather patterns become more unpredictable and growers experience extreme weather conditions, they are investing in solutions to protect high value crops. Frost can have a devastating effect on all types of fruit sometimes destroying whole crops in one event. One solution for growers is to…

Stuart Abbott - K&A

"A machine with 4 staff can reduce picking costs by as much as 75%"

With growers around the world crying out for pickers, more and more are looking at what technology is available to reduce their reliance on expensive and hard to find labour. The berry industry is continually growing in volumes and is particularly labour intensive and automation to harvest fruit for the…

Machine builder presents harvesting robot for broccoli

Machine builder Roboveg has developed a robot for harvesting broccoli. In the video below, the company takes you along as the RV1 operates with speed and accuracy. For more information:www.roboveg.com

Johann Kraut farming operation invests in optical sorter

German business, Johann Kraut Landwirtschaft, is a real potato specialist: the family-run 90-hectare (220-acre) at Bergkirchen, Bavaria, is now in the third generation and has been growing Potatoes for more than 50 years. For almost two decades now, the company has focused on supplying the food industry,…


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