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Soft Robotics might tackle farm labor issues

A generation of new robots, developed in Europe, that use photonics to detect a fruit is entering the field. This type of robot is made of malleable materials such as silicone…

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Quebec company wants to commercialize broccoli harvesting robot

Lapalme Mechanical Design is preparing to commercialize its SAMI (for système agricole multifonctionnel intelligent or intelligent multifunctional agricultural system) machine next summer. The device consists of a farm tractor pushing a machine where robotic arms are installed on both sides, picking…

MAF Roda

Blueberry automatic multi-format filling machines that are more precise and take better care of the fruit

End consumers are paying more and more attention to the packaging used in the products they buy. For example, they prefer containers that are easy to transport or are self-sealing. These aspects can increase the value of a product in the market. As a great market connoisseur, MAF Roda can offer its…

Anti-icing fans entirely produced in Italy by AID - Oranfresh

Planning ahead to prevent spring frosts

The spring frosts of 2021 affected several regions in northern Italy, reducing summer fruit production by half and, in some cases, totally destroying it. Farmers have for some time now taken steps to equip themselves with anti-freeze fans that can protect crops from frequent devastating frosts. Antifreeze…

Astra introduces the new mango peeler model

“We aim to help retailers boost sales of ready-to-eat fruits”

Although the price of ready-to-eat mangos is a bit more expensive than fresh raw fruits, market demand is still increasing in many regions. This trend brings a market opportunity for Astra, an innovative Japanese producer of peelers. A compact mango peeler with high efficiencyRyo Takeshita is the sales manager…

Plant & Food Research

Scientists develop accurate and inexpensive method of measuring kiwifruit color.

Plant & Food Research scientists develop accurate and inexpensive method of measuring kiwifruit color. They modified the ‘Cube’, a portable color digitizer device developed by…

Fincas Bethengara opts for the automation of herb and sprout packaging

Fincas Bethengara, a cooperative society engaged in farming in the south of Tenerife has added a VTI 440 vertical packaging machine to its production line, allowing it to increase productivity and efficiency.ULMA's solution consists of a feed and inspection belt which is operated with a single operator,…

Jaime Mendizabal, commercial director of Maf Roda:

"Investing in automation is key for Spain to cope with increasing competition from third countries"

Producing and marketing companies have been investing more in process automation and the implementation of new technologies for sorting and grading fruit since the advent of COVID-19, in the face of personnel restrictions. The Spanish fruit and vegetable sector is facing increasing pressure from third…

Martignani is a leading company in Italy and exports all over the world. Video below.

Agriculture 4.0 also in the field of sprayers

"My father Claudio, an engineer, was among the first researchers in the field of electrostatic charging and low volumes for sprayers 40 years ago. Even in the 1980s he was thinking about what we now call zero residue. We are now continuing on this path, applying all the latest technologies, including…

NeoFarm concept offers sustainable agricultural practices

‘RoboCrop’ could take over repetitive tasks on small-scale farms

A pilot scheme using a robot to take the hard graft out of market gardening could be a solution to labor shortages in the sector. The machine in question, which runs on rails…

Leafy vegetable desander makes for effective desanding

Lamb’s lettuce is rapidly gaining popularity in Europe. Harvesting it often involves a large amount of sand, which clogs processing equipment and impacts overall product quality. Sormac has the solution to remove sand before it enters the product flow. Following several pilot tests, the new leafy…

Liquidseal now offers a total solution with an application machine

'One and One makes three'

Recently Liquidseal has launched the option to rent an application machine. This allows their shelf-life-extending coating to be applied. First they had Liquidseal, now they offer Liquidseal plus a machine. In the past, Liquidseal was typically applied to fruit and vegetables in the country of origin. But now the company is taking…

Using artificial intelligence to optimize the fruit and vegetable production process

If the supply chain is to adapt to market demands for quality fruit and vegetables, it must embrace innovative technologies that help to meet the growing expectations of consumers for the fresh produce market. Product Design Q Eye Biometic, a leader in quality solutions for the fruit and vegetable industry,…

Agriplast

Machines create recycled plastic films

Agriplast is a company that produces plastic films for the Italian agricultural and horticultural industry. They are currently using 7 and 5 layer blown film systems and the entire chain is controlled by IT systems.  "Our machines are not only concerned with the quality aspect of the product, they also influence environmental…

Organic fruit growers, Gino van Acker and Koen van Eijkeren:

"The plots with the mobile night frost machines have noticeably better fruit set"

Night frost is every fruit grower's worst nightmare. It is reason enough to invest in the FrostFans mobile night frost machine. Gino van Acker and Koen van Eijkeren did just that. This mobile night frost machine works by pulling down the warm air from the inversion layer. It then mixes with the cold air…

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Novel lighting system created for agri-robot machine vision

An innovative camera system, using active lighting, has been devised by Penn State researchers. It  may be a crucial step in developing machine vision systems that allow robotic…

For CAD $0.75 per share - in all cash deal

AgJunction Enters into arrangement agreement to be acquired by KUBOTA Corporation

AgJunction Inc., a global provider of advanced guidance, autosteering, and autonomy solutions for precision agriculture applications, today announced that it has entered into…

Multilingual communication is essential at an international scale

Italian PND fruit peeling and cutting machines requested in Central and South America

In the last three years, the processing of fruit and vegetables in Central and South America has seen a strong development. The Italian company PND, which specializes in the manufacturing of machines for peeling and cutting fruit, has sold 55 machines in Peru, 45 in Mexico, 15 in Costa Rica and about 20…

Rovema Benelux presents Innotech Revo 3800 at Interpom Kortrijk in Belgium:

"These are the latest potato packaging novelties"

This spring, Rovema Benelux acquired Innotech and packaging company Prins Verpakkingstechniek. "That's tremendously increased our chances of offering our customers suitable solutions. For example, a worldwide team of approximately 750 people has been added. They have a wealth of experience and technical…

Online machinery auction for the processing industry

Troostwijk Auctions is holding an online auction of machinery for the processing industry.  These come from Duynie Feed who have updated their plant. You can bid until Thursday, October 28th. These include a Flottweg belt filter press, Ventilex fluid bed dryer, chamber filter press, pellet press, Urschel vegetable processor,…

Kronen:

"The first ever Online Customer Days proved to be a success"

The first-ever virtual Customer Days have been a success for Kronen GmbH. Eleven workshops with subsequent question and answer sessions and over 60 open as well as individual live machine demonstrations were held. Of the over 270 participants from around 40 countries who registered for the Customer Days,…

Huge rise in vending machine sales

Digitalization is increasingly creating possibilities for the use of vending machines. This is an easy way for growers to market products via a short-chain. And these days, vending machines are increasingly finding their way into cities too.  "Agricultural businesses have always been one of our important, sizeable…

Pulsemaster

Reducing water use by more than 100,000 l per day

McCain Foods Tasmania installs Pulsemaster PEF-tech innovation

McCain Foods has installed state-of-the-art tech in the form of a Pulsed Electric Field (PEF) generator. It is part of the company’s latest upgrade to its Smithton plant in Tasmania. The PEF generator is another example of McCain’s commitment to producing more with less, as the $1.8 million project,…

Dutch company working on an apple picking robot, the Pluk-o-trak

Technology companies across the globe are in a race. Who will bring the first apple picking robot to market? The Netherlands, too, is taking part in that race. On Sunday, Han Smits of Munckhof Fruit Tech Innovators presented a picking robot prototype. His company is working on it. That was on Nieuwsuur,…

New sensor technologies:

Measuring sugar levels in cherries using an infrared meter

Agriculture Victoria recently tested a new portable handheld infrared meter (HIKARi 16) that non-destructively measures sugar levels in fresh cherries. Comparisons were made with a refractometer that requires destruction of the fruit to obtain a juice sample. Laboratory results showed that the infrared…

New prototype lettuce harvester could cut manual labor by 50%

An Agri-EPI project, established to solve the problem of crippling labor shortages in the fresh produce sector, could bring mechanical lettuce harvesting another step closer.…

A cleaner handling process and finished product for Bowa onions

Dust and waste — they are uninvited but unavoidable guests in the onion hall. Good extraction helps, but more is needed to achieve an optimal working environment. That’s why onion sorter Bowa invested in a completely new dust extraction installation. Jozé and Sjoerd in front of the new installetion at…

BYD shows 100% zero-emissions forklifts

With the unique BYD Iron-Phosphate Battery at the heart of each of its products, BYD forklifts enhance a business’s green credentials whilst also offering significant cost savings and operation benefits. Furthermore, BYD Iron-Phosphate Batteries come with the most advance design, highest levels of safety…

Intelligent weight solution and punnet pack displayed in Madrid

“We work for your results”: the payoff encloses the core essence of Unitec Group, that this year as well will be attending Fruit Attraction, scheduled to be held in Madrid on 5-7 October. UNITEC will present its latest news, which are the result of a know-how gained in 97 years of history and the Group’s…

NFO

Continues picking during crate change

First for Pluto harvester

The Pluto harvester was publicly demonstrated for the first time on Wednesday, September 29. That was at the Van Rossum Fruit in the Netherlands. So reports the Netherlands Fruits Growers' Organization (NFO). Agricom had previously demonstrated a Pluto prototype at an NFO trade show. It has since optimized the machine further.…

Latest version of Haith’s Rota-Tip to launch at British Potato 21

With over 170 machines sold, Haith’s Rota-tip range is the potato industry’s most popular box tippler, and visitors to this year’s British Potato will be the first to see the next generation of the class-leading machine. The Rota-tip PRO, which has had a patent application granted, will take centre stage…

Partnership provides weigh-fill machines for US & Mexican blueberry industry

WECO is excited to announce its partnership with Azcaval Packaging Engineering of Seville, Spain, to provide the blueberry industry with state-of-the-art weigh and fill machines. WECO will sell and service the new weigh-fill machines with its existing and expanded service team out of its eight U.S.…

A manufacturer from Italy who specializes in mulchers and cutters

Surge in export costs and a new website for Calderoni

The first months of the year 2021 saw an increase in sales for Calderoni Rolando, a historical manufacturer from Forlì, Italy, who specializes in mulchers and cutters. "France, Spain, Algeria and Russia are the countries where we have increased our sales the most. However, the demand has also been higher…

Burro raises $10.9 mln series A to accelerate commercialization of its collaborative robot platform

Burro, formerly known as Augean Robotics, an autonomy company providing solutions for the agriculture industry, today announced it has raised a $10.9 million Series A. The round was led by S2G Ventures and Toyota Ventures, with F-Prime Capital and the Cibus Enterprise Fund joining, along with existing…

Future Acres to collaborate with Sun World International and expand advisory board

Future Acres – a startup bringing sustainable agricultural robotics to the farm industry in order to optimize workforce efficiency and safety – has announced a collaboration…

Huntapac Produce

Europe’s largest carrot farmer turns to automated processing

Preston-based Huntapac Produce has been laying the groundwork to boost its automation packing efficiency, as it harvests root crops from 4,000 acres a year. The majority of…

EcoMark

Natural branding in the conventional sector

Natural branding is being used more and more in the organic sector. Primarliy used for ecological reasons, it is now also being used for economic reasons in the conventional sector. The reduction of plastic packaging is steadily progressing. Packaging organic produce or putting stickers on it to…

Company ‘retrofits’ existing infrastructure in farming operations

Blue White Robotics raises $37 million in Series B for autonomous farming

Blue White Robotics, a ‘robot-as-a-service’ (RaaS) platform for autonomous systems, has announced that it has raised $37 million in a Series B round led by Insight Partners.…

Great offer of fruit and vegetable processing machinery

Industrial Auctions is organising a great number of interesting auctions for the food and beverage industry. The online auction in Kapelle offers machinery such as; cutters, slicers, sorting and batching machines, separators, graders, multihead weighers, filling machines, centrifuges, and many more…

Port of Antwerp carries out unique trials of small, unmanned aircraft

Drones are playing an increasingly important role in coordinating safety within the complex port environment. That is the reason why Port of Antwerp carried out unique trials involving a ‘fixed-wing’ drone this week. The fact it can fly at high altitude and has a very powerful camera enables the craft to…

A proposal by Consorzi Agrari d'Italia for a green revolution

Robotic weed control is a reality

Mechanical weeding carried out automatically, without an operator, with a margin of error of 1.5 cm. Its name is Dino, and it is a reality, not a prototype. It can be purchased from the Italian agricultural consortia Consorzi Agrari d'Italia (Cai), and a practical demonstration was held on Wednesday 22…

Mpumalanga Province, South Africa

Mbombela grower switches to machine harvesting of macadamias

At Braam de Kock’s farm on the outskirts of Mbombela, Mpumalanga Province, there is a distinct lack of business that is typical of a macadamia nut farm in May. Instead, plumes…

New machine seals cardboard fruit and vegetables boxes with a sticker

The ATH-IX-BR is new to the Euro-Label 06 range. This is an automatic labeling system. It was developed to apply stickers to cartons with flaps. It was designed to meet increasing demand. Companies wanted a machine that could apply stickers to fruit boxes. These can be for four, six, or eight pieces of…

“Preserve natural shape, color, texture, and keep leaves well-separated”

Rasmus Larsson, CEO of Swedish IQF machine manufacturer OctoFrost, states they’ve managed to reach quite a few markets with their IQF machinery: “Our customers IQF freeze herbs and leafy greens to serve demands coming from international buyers in Europe, the USA, and Japan. Some of them have replaced…

5th Bio-Fachforum vegetables and potatoes

Robot presentation and organic strategies of food retailers

Both the organic market for potatoes and vegetables and robot technology for vegetable cultivation are the main topics of the 5th "Organic Specialist Forum for Vegetables and…

Satellites aid Northern Territory mango growers

Satellite imagery is helping Northern Territory farmers plan their harvests including to predict the equipment and number of staff that may be needed. A three year trial is…

Ecuador: Agricultural drones spearhead sustainable Andean farming

In the Andes region of Ecuador, XAG Agricultural Drones were recently introduced to a series of on-farm spray trials for high-altitude specialty crops. The demonstrations on…

Sorting without a huge budget

Fruit and vegetable sorting can be a considerable investment. But, as this clip, shows, you can do so with a very limited budget. Admittedly, the product's internal and external quality still has to be graded. But, for size sorting, this is an inventive solution.

Jaime Mendizabal, commercial director of Maf Roda:

"The industry has understood that automation is a necessity to ensure survival"

This year, Maf Roda Agrobotic will again attend Fruit Attraction, where it will showcase its innovations in sizers, quality systems and solutions for fruit and vegetable facilities. The multinational is facing the new season with great enthusiasm, given the growing demand for process automation in the…

Kubota and Yamaha Motor invest in US startup developing robots to automate strawberry harvesting

Kubota Corporation and the Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. have additionally invested in U.S. startup Advanced Farm Technologies. AFT is a U.S.-based startup seeking to raise efficiency in the agriculture field by developing and manufacturing robots for strawberry harvesting. Their TX robotic strawberry harvester…

PND to attend Fruit Attraction in Madrid

New machine to process apples

"We restarted from Italy, and we are very proud of it and of our Italian products," commented Virginia Cascella, export manager at PND, a company specializing in the manufacture of machines for peeling and cutting fruit.  Vincenzo Di Prisco (general manager) and Virginia Cascella (export manager), next to a mod. SS8 machine "At Macfrut,…

Crate loading robot for fresh produce wins robotic and Automation award

Brillopak’s UniPAKer crate loading robot for fresh produce, meat, fish, and ready meals factories has won the Food Processing Robotics and Automation Award at a prestigious live event hosted by comedian Patrick Monaghan at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Coventry, on 9th September. The judging panel…

Machine brushes hands clean within seconds, drying them too

No one simply walks into a greenhouse anymore. Washing your hands first has become a habit. That is often done by putting your hands in a hygiene sluice and then disinfecting them. Scrubzone Europe has, however, introduced a new machine to the market. It eliminates the need to rub your hands while…

Geoff Furniss, CEO TOMRA Fresh Food

"At this year's show, we will have a demo model of our new Cascade Singulator"

At this year's Fruit Attraction in Madrid, TOMRA Food will look to attract cherry growers and packers from around the world with the launch of the new Cascade Singulator for cherry cluster separation. "At this year's show, we will have a demo model of our new Cascade Singulator at our stand 10E11,"…

Easy to use, lightweight, compact and suitable for all container types

Karmen scales are designed for packaging directly in the fields

It weighs only 4.8 kg and its maximum height is 7 cm. It is covered in stainless steel and has a 6-inch backlit display with intuitive, programmable keys. These are just some of the main features of the innovative Karmen scale, a tool designed and assembled for farmers by Rescina Service of Noicattaro…

Jebe seeks distributors/importers for other European countries

In Europe, more and more potatoes are being stored, disease-free, using the Humigator

The Humigator has been decontaminating potato storage spaces across the globe for eight years already. This machine, developed by Idaho Hydro Tech, does so without using germicides. This air purifier disinfects and humidifies the air in storage areas. It also removes all bacteria and microbes. That…

UNITEC Group presents the new UNI Robotic division at Macfrut

"Many machines are designed to perform a specific task, whereas a robot can be programmed to perform multiple functions

"Since January we have hired more than 100 people to strengthen our company's structure and also to consolidate our new UNI Robotic division, specialized in intelligent robotic solutions for fresh fruit and vegetables processing," said Angelo Benedetti, president of UNITEC, who presented the main novelty…

Suma Reddy with startup company Future Acres

“We are looking to increase yields and reduce emissions by using artificial intelligence”

A new startup company has a blueprint for successfully reinventing the wheel...barrow. Suma Reddy, CEO and cofounder of Future Acres, and her colleagues are in the process of developing artificial intelligence (AI) that would facilitate the picking process on farms harvesting fresh produce. “We are…

Ecofarm Storti, Italy

Ozone water for irrigation and produce treatments

Among the various products showcased at Macfrut, a series of devices to 'produce' ozone to sterilize irrigation water, perform treatments and for storage units were particularly popular. The company that develops this technology is Ecofarm Storti. Left to right: Massimo Bizzarri, Enrico Storti and…

Rory Cole - Elifab

First Elifab Berry Class packline gives peace of mind in a challenging Western Cape blueberry season

In what has been a difficult blueberry season in the Western Cape’s Overberg region - a lot of rain, cold and even hail, very unusual for this region - the decision to install the first Elifab Berry Class packline in South Africa has been a highlight for an Overberg blueberry grower whose volumes have…

Guustaaf Hoekstra: "This model has all the technical bells and whistles"

Dutch firm celebrates anniversary by demonstrating innovative crate washers at companies

In the Netherlands, there was a changing of the guard at LETS this summer. As of July 1st, Guustaaf Hoekstra and Bartelt Leeffers took over the management tasks from Johan and Hilda Leeffers. Guustaaf is the commercial director. He has been working for this company for more that 25 years. It is a…

XAG self-driving robot to aid Japanese fruit farmers

Japanese farmers are struggle to maintain their high quality fruit production due to pronounced labor shortages. That is why XAG autonomous farm robots are now pitching in to…

Sorma Group launches the new WD4-S weighing machine

During Macfrut, the International Fruit and Vegetable Fair in Rimini, Sorma Group premiered its new WD4-S weighing machine. This high-performance machine, which outperforms other machines on the market, completes the company’s range of weighing machines. The new compact and efficient machine is…

Zummo expands its product portfolio by presenting new solutions for the retail sector

The latest news from Zummo; Pina Slicer and Apple Juicer are two new machines that offer the customer freshly cut pineapple and freshly made apple juice, perfect for creating a fresh corner together with the Z40 range. The Valencian company, once again, adapts to the needs of the consumer. Pina Slicer by…

"We're launching our most advanced machine ever"

After four years in Research and Development, working alongside food producers and manufacturers, Packaging Automation have challenged industry limits to create the latest and…

Bag in Box fillers and pulpers by EnoItalia

Enoitalia specializes in the manufacture of machinery for the bottling and filling of liquid foodstuffs and in the processing of fruits and vegetables (e.g. apples, pomegranates, prickly pears, apricots, cherries, peaches, plums, tomatoes, elderberries, olives, grapes, bell peppers, chili peppers). It…

Dutch company's robotic depalletizer handles hygienic pallets fully automatically

Next phase in foldable crates process automation

The demand for the automatic unfolding of collapsible crates remains high. Last week, Lan Handling Technologies delivered a crate erector. It has a fully automatic folding crate feeding function. This machine went to a major meat substitute producer in the Netherlands. They have developed an additional…

Cosmec Srl

Italian company launches sustainable packaging materials

Cosmec, an Italian company that produces automatic systems, has more than 30 years' experience in the fruit and vegetable sector and is a partner of Dutch company GREEFA. Since January 2021, Cosmec has been using inKarta, flexible packaging for fresh, dried and frozen fruit and vegetables. Giovanni Aloisi,…

GC Farms improves its sorting efficiency with the Tomra Insight data platform

"The quality of our raw material may vary, but the product we deliver must always have a high quality"

As part of its commitment to digitization and staying ahead of the competition, US company George Chiala Farms is one of many vegetable processors globally using the Tomra Insight data platform. GC Farms specializes in the production of prepared plant-based ingredients for well-known consumer brands that…

"I think this will be the biggest herbicide revolution in agriculture."

Carbon Robotics develop robot capable of eliminating 100,000 weeds per hour with precision lasers

The Carbon Robotics company has developed an agricultural robot capable of eliminating 100,000 weeds an hour through the use of precision lasers and artificial intelligence…

Optical Brussels sprout sorter gains 50% of Dutch market share within two years

TechNature sorting machines are processing an increasing quantity of Brussels sprouts. This young Dutch company crossed into neighboring countries with these machines within two years. Brussels sprout growers use the Sproutcam in the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, France, Poland, and Scotland. That is…

Georgian growers look to mechanized harvesting as a solution to labor problems

Large farmers in Georgia’s agricultural sector are more likely to find the workers they need than small ones, but hiring seasonal workers has become more expensive this year…

Mercadona takes charge of new automation provided by Cimcorp

Mercadona has ordered automated intralogistics systems from Cimcorp for four of its distribution centers – Zaragoza, San Isidro, Huévar and Sagunto – and now the first one, in Zaragoza, is up and running. Installation and commissioning at the Zaragoza distribution center was finalized just before Easter,…

RS Bilance from Sicily presented its sorting machines

Open Day on interconnected technologies and automation

RS Bilance organized an Open Day for its customers. The number of participants was limited, and the setting was very informal, making way for a fruitful working day. The exhibition of RS Bilance machines (click here to access the photo album), which took place in a luxurious location in Acireale (CT) in Sicily,…

FstSort

Blueberry sorting machine will be shipped to Chile

Due to the continuous COVID-19 epidemic, the sea freight has been soaring, so that the manufacturing cost of the FstSort blueberry grading machine and other fruit and vegetable grading machines continues to rise. However, the blueberry grading machine is still loved by a group of blueberry growers and…

Bart Wehman - a man with extensive agricultural experience from “seed to ready-to-eat”.

Bart Wehman is passionate about introducing products and technologies that can make a difference. He is a true business development manager. In a nutshell, his experience ranges from “seed, to ready-to-eat”. It includes all facets of the horticultural supply chain. For almost a decade Bart has resided…

Flying robots with AI mechanisms can identify the right fruits for plucking

In the past decade, the introduction of cutting-edge technologies like AI, machine learning and deep learning has transformed the overall process of fruit harvesting. Now,…

MonstaFill box filler ensures a continuous box filling process

Since its launch in 2019, the MonstaFill box filler from Tong Engineering has proved very worthwhile in transforming post-harvest box filling for growers worldwide, from the UK and Ireland, to Australia and the USA. And now several new models of the MonstaFill twin-head box filler are in production at…

Europeanized American storage method

“Storing potatoes, disease-free sans chemicals”

Storing potatoes, disease-free and for longer without using chemical agents or germination inhibitors. That is what the Humigator does. This American-made machine is available in Europe for the second year. Initial results are very promising. Jef Viaene is the European market’s Humigator DFS dealer. He's…

Soft robotics might increase use of robots on the farm

‘Soft’ robots are made of malleable materials such as silicone and other polymers instead metal. These materials give robots organic characteristics, replicating the way…

"Our new 3D animation demonstrates OctoFrost Vegetable Processing Line in detail"

Swedish IQF machinery manufacturer OctoFrost has released a new 3D animation to allow potential customers to get a comprehensive understanding of the OctoFrost IQF Vegetable Processing Line. According to Sana Rehman, marketing coordinator of OctoFrost, the animation shows off the convenience of using the…

The prototype will be presented at Macfrut by the Italian company Bagioni

How to weed organic asparagus mechanically

A system that keeps the asparagus field clean of weeds, through mechanical weeding, without increasing costs is Aurenzo Bagioni's latest solution which will be presented at Macfrut, during the Asparagus Days. The Forlì-based company Bagioni, which already produces asparagus harvesting machines, will present…

Reinhard and Niklas Krebbers of Wilhelm Weyers, Germany

"New optical sorter means we can serve all markets"

German potato wholesaler, Wilhelm Weyers, was founded in 1964. It primarily cultivates and sorts onions and potatoes. In 2014, Julia Krebbers and her husband Reinhard took over. Julia is the company's founder's daughter. The company bears his name. Recently they invested in a new Elisam optical potato…

Blockchain-powered grading machine for UK-based food marketplace

HashCash Consultants, a global blockchain development company, announces the commencement of a new combined cooperation effort with a UK-based Food marketplace. HashCash is to…

Introducing enhanced capabilities in potato, and other root vegetable equipment

ProEx Food, LLC announces enhanced capabilities in potato, beet, and other root vegetable processing line solutions. This expansion now covers fresh applications, with new portfolio products and industry knowledge. While ProEx Food has served potatoes and other root crops since 2018, initial offerings…

Vitafoods is unrivaled in FM removal after reinvesting in the SORTEX FA range

IQF fruit processor Vitafoods, born from a recent merger between frozen food giants Hortifrut and Alifrut, has extended its relationship with Bühler by investing in the SORTEX FA range to handle its processing operations. The plug and play optical sorters with advanced definition of color defects and…

MULTIVAC is constructing a multi-purpose building in Japan

Despite the Corona pandemic, MULTIVAC is continuing its course of expansion in Asia. The company is constructing a new multi-purpose building, costing around 20 million euros, in the Japanese city of Tsukuba. Future areas of growth will include integrated systems, as well as the products from the FRITSCH…

Australian automation company opens new office to meet demand

There has been a surge in demand for automation across the fruit and vegetable industry, as growers and packers react to a shortage of labour and are looking at increasing…

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Shepparton, Australia

Ripe Robotics hopes commercial trials will bear fruit

Shepparton-based startup Ripe Robotics is working on an automated prototype called Eve, which is aimed at harvesting fruit from the two sub-sectors of apples and oranges. The entrepreneurs seek to correct the effects of labor shortages that weigh heavily on the fruit industry. Ripe Robotics -founded in…

Chilean company installs Tomra 5B

“The raspberry is the product with the highest added value when it is whole"

The Chilean company put its trust in Tomra Food once again in order to optimize its sorting process and continue to offer premium quality frozen raspberries. Ten years ago, Vitafoods (formerly Hortifrut and Alifrut separately) opted for the brand for its blueberry production and acquired Tomra…

AirJet® blueberry grader described as a gem

Third-generation orchardist, David Mazzardis and his wife Leasa, supply blueberry seedlings and plants to most states in Australia, and many countries around the world, as well as operating their own blueberry orchard at Yanchep Springs. A passion for breeding high-quality fruit has earned them a…

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$1M automation system speeds up Elgin County tomato farm

A new tomato processing system at an Elgin County farm is helping one Southwestern Ontario grower solve the industry’s longtime problem of finding enough field workers. DeBackere Farms Inc., which produces field and Roma tomatoes on five hectares southeast of St. Thomas, has invested $1 million in…

South African farmers find many advantages to electric three-wheelers

The electric three-wheelers that Pierneef Smit, South African general manager at Berda Fruit Agricultural Consultants, noticed on Chinese fruit farms, have proven themselves useful to South African farmers in more ways than expected. The electric three-wheelers in use on a farm near Lydenburg, Limpopo…

One Harvest deploys SmartWash Solutions® in produce processing facilities across Australia

One Harvest, a leafy greens and fresh-cut produce supplier from Australia, announced the installation of SmartWash Solutions’ food safety program throughout their Australian…

Cabbage harvester does the work of 20 - 30 people each day

The labour shortage in the UK has been well documented and growers are having to leave crops in the ground because there is no labour available to harvest them; this comes at a great cost to growers and is a huge waste of food and investment. Featherstone Machinery is focusing very strongly on…

Montague partners up with Tomra Food

The new packing and distribution facility will increase Montague's packing capacity to reach more than 40 million kilograms of fresh fruit a year. The Australian fresh produce company partnered with Tomra Food for its technology's grading accuracy and capacity to deliver a project on this scale.  Rowan Little,…

Sorma Group to launch new machine at Macfrut 2021

From 7 to 9 September 2021 Sorma Group will be exhibiting at Macfrut, the international Fruit & Veg Show which is to return to face-to-face mode this year in Rimini (stand 147, hall D1). It is the ideal occasion for the company to give the world première of a new weighing machine. “The new weighing…

Ryo Takeshita: ”We received many orders from fruit sandwich shops”

“We benefited from the popularity of Japanese fruit sandwiches”

The fruit sandwich is a combination of two pieces of bread (without crusts), with whipped cream and fresh fruit pieces. The fruit sandwich was first invented in Japan in the 1910s-1920s. With the popularity of SNS, this type of food experienced a booming period in the past decade. Nowadays, it can be…

Unitec

Blueberry Vision 3 from UNITEC:

Constant research and innovation in blueberry grading

UNITEC is a company, specialized in the design and implementation of innovative technological solutions for processing, calibration, quality classification and packaging of fresh fruits and vegetables. The firm has been committed to improve quality of the fruit and vegetable process in the more than 65…

Patented by Dari Ecomeccanica, it will be on the market by the end of 2021

A new lamb's lettuce harvester that guarantees a clean product

The Italian company Dari Ecomeccanica has patented a new cutting system and a new harvesting machine for lamb's lettuce, which will be on the market at the end of 2021. The machine is a mix of innovation and sustainability, thanks to a new cutting system (circular cutting), which allows the harvesting of…

Ripe Robotics

Australian start-up Ripe Robotics working hard on commercial pickers

Australian start-up Ripe Robotics recently raised $610,000 their investor seed funding round. CEO and co-founder Hunter Jay said this new funding – and a place in the Startmate Accelerator Program – will keep Ripe Robotics on track for commercialization in the near future. Hunter said: “We’re going…

Dutch fruit company buys Burg Tray Infeed (BTI) for packaging Pink Lady apples in small trays

"Demand for Pink Lady apples in small packaging, new machine introduction coincide perfectly"

Kutschruiter is a fruit company in the Netherlands. Besides having some 60 hectares, they cool and package their own and third-party fruits every day. These go to supermarkets. Recently, the company gained access to the new high-speed Burg Tray Infeed (BTI). They use it to packing Pink Lady apples in…

Sales collaboration between Ropa and Bijlsma Hercules

Ropa Fahrzeug-und Maschinenbau GmbH takes over the exclusive sales of storage technology from Bijlsma Hercules all over Germany (with the exception of Schleswig-Holstein) with immediate effect. Thanks to the collaboration with the Dutch specialist in the field of storage, grading and processing…

New crate washing lines at vegetable processor ready for automation

As of March this year, two new crate washing lines at Hessing Supervers in Zwaagdijk have been processing 40,000 crates every day. These are serious numbers for the vegetable processor, which has grown rapidly over the past five years. That is why next year, Hessing Supervers will open a new location,…


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