Digital Agricultural Academy of Hungary to take farmers into new age

Farmers in Hungary are being taught how farming can benefit from the digital revolution through free online courses offered by the specially created Digital Agricultural Academy. The academy, housed at the Hungarian University of Agriculture and Life Sciences, in the first year of the project received, a…

Moisture control technology launches to extend shelf life of produce

SAVRpak, a food technology innovation company, announced the launch of SAVRpak Drop-In, a moisture control technology that extends the shelf life and freshness of produce up to four times. It does this by eradicating the number one cause of premature molding, wilting, and spoilage of peel-less and…

Limgroup Experience Days 2022, a peek behind the scenes

Last week, three full days were dedicated to the Limgroup Experience Days. Everything revolved around exchanging knowledge and experience, trends, and explanations of existing and upcoming asparagus and strawberry varieties. The Limgroup has been organizing meetings for its clients and growers for years. Here, they…

Rijk Zwaan highlights the importance of shared entrepreneurship in cucumber breeding

"You can plant the seed yourself, but true growth is achieved together"

Vegetable breeding company Rijk Zwaan has been active in cucumbers since 1937, and partnerships have always been of paramount importance, ensuring continuous innovation and…

OnePointOne:

“Vertically farmed strawberries aren’t easy, but automation is set to solve the economics issue”

“As soon as vertically farmed strawberries are on the market for a lower price, it’s a no-brainer for the market to shift over to the consumption of vertical farming products. It’s just the question of how quickly this industry can scale and how quickly the requisite technologies can be commercialized,"…

Autonomous robots can pick up to 25,000 raspberries per day

University of Plymouth spinoff Fieldwork Robotics has commercially deployed its raspberry picking robots in two locations in Portugal. The autonomous robots feature four arms for picking, using sensor technology and grippers to curb harvesting times and reduce slippage.  Fieldwork is now working to accelerate…

Mana Farms

Peter Pane focuses on indoor farming

"Growing lettuce directly in the restaurant itself is an absolute megatrend"

Peter Pane likes it crunchy: The popular burger grill chain is the first German system gastronomer to roll out its indoor farming concept. After a test phase in Lübeck, the Leipzig location is now enjoying freshly harvested greens. Together with start-up Mana Farms, Peter Pane is integrating its…

Michael Hamby, AgroFresh

VitaFresh™ Botanicals and FreshCloud™, two innovations that reduce food waste

AgroFresh was present at Fruit Logistica 2022. According to Michael Hamby, Chief Commercial Officer, of the company, this fair is a key event for them: “Fruit Logistica is an important global customer trade show for AgroFresh, allowing us to showcase our innovative products and services and connect with…

"We work hard to help plum producers and retailers extend the shelf life of their fruit"

This is the peak period of the plum season. Plums are easily damaged during transport or in storage. When temperatures are too low the stone starts to rot, while high temperatures cause the plums to spoil. Keeping plums fresh post-harvest and in storage is therefore one of the key issues in the plum…

On 31 May, 2.30

"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…

Introducing Daily Harvest Crumbles

Plant-based protein grown in the ground, not in a lab

Daily Harvest announced today the launch of Crumbles, a versatile plant-based crumble made entirely from real ingredients like lentils, nuts, seeds, and vegetables. Consumers now have a people and planet-friendly way to add more nourishing plant protein into their diets. Crumbles offer 13 grams of…

‘Banana fingers’ are in reality soft assistive robotic wearables

Scientists from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have devised a scalable pipeline to computationally design and digitally fabricate soft pneumatic actuators called “PneuAct.” PneuAct uses textile pieces -fabricated on a knitting machine- which can be fixed to an…

Oppy makes first-ever tech investment

Initiating their partnership at the beginning of 2021, Bloomfield Robotics and Oppy commenced tech trials in its California grape vineyards which revealed quick success. Just one year later, Oppy is investing in its first-ever technology venture. The Oppy team testing the Bloomfield Robotics technology.  Bloomfield…

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…

‘Grand opportunities ahead for tower farms in French market’

“The market is here for it. At this point, they’re just a bit hesitant to try out hydroponics, but the interest is there. It’s quite a niche market, which gives us the opportunity to grow at a small scale first and then expand into a larger-sized company,” says Julien Lach, founder of ERRA, a French…

Canadian grower backs five-year plastics research project

The concept: taking plastic waste and creating value out of it. That’s the essence of a research project that’s being supported by a Canadian grower in hopes to, ultimately, improve recycling in North America. Star Produce based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan is supporting a new five-year large scale applied…

The updated Coviro catalogues can be picked up at Macfrut, stand D1 - 198

New varieties for asparagus and strawberries

Coviro Azienda Vivaistica based in the Italian province of Ravenna, in Cervia, which is specialized in the production of strawberry and asparagus plants, is about to introduce two new varieties in both segments for the upcoming Macfrut event. "We have several new products that we will be presenting at…

Avcatech

Avcatech offers fresh solutions to transporting perishables

In the past two years, ocean freight and worldwide transport systems have experienced significant delays. These have impacted almost every industrial sector across Australia. More than ever, the importance of keeping perishable cargo in a controlled and safe environment while in transit has come to the…

Hollbium: “There’s a connection and therapeutic way of people experiencing nature”

Breaking down walls to introduce farming into existing buildings

"Currently, food is generally imported. For example, 70% of food in Sweden is imported, and 40% of leafy greens are wasted. They are distributed via supermarket supply chains causing emissions and the “last mile” problem. All products are packaged for transportation and purchase," says Gloria Kraus, CEO…

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…

'One vision, one strategy, one new office'

"Crux Agribotics and KOAT combined are ready for the future"

Kind Technologies’ daughter companies Crux Agribotics and KOAT will further join forces to develop high-end Robotics for end-to-end harvesting, sorting and packing of fruits and vegetables. Increasing demand for technology and automation within the horticulture and fresh produce worldwideCrux Agribotics…

Port of Rotterdam first in the Netherlands to allocate airspace for drone use

The Port of Rotterdam Authority will start a pilot on regulations and traffic control in the so-called ‘very low-level airspace’ to ensure that increased drone traffic over the Rotterdam port area is coordinated properly. It's the first time a pilot of this kind takes place in the Netherlands.  Long-range…

Laurence Rault: “We continue to develop our segmentation”

France: Innovations at Savéol

This year, Savéol was present at Fruit Logistica in Berlin to present a range of products rich in novelties. The company continues to grow and develop its segmentation in line with the growing market. ‘We have chosen to base our segmentation on varieties with a high potential in terms of taste to follow the company’s…

Futuristic agricultural projects are closer to being a reality

Flying gardens and floating greenhouses

Some projects that might seem to belong to the realm of science fiction, such as flying orchards or floating greenhouses, are closer to reality than we know. The Aeroponic…

Pegafit, of Koppert

Adhesive solution for trees against ants, cotonet and aphids in organic cultivation

The Pegafit adhesive solution for trees, marketed by Koppert, has been certified for use in organic horticulture. The certification was issued by CAAE, a Spanish certification body, which verified that Pegafit meets the European standards (Regulation (EU) 2018/848) for its application in organic…

Simone Pollano: “Huge request from farmers around the world to pick avocadoes, citrus and kiwi fruit.”

Tevel set to start fully automated robotic harvesting in Europe from June

The shortage of agricultural labour to harvest fruit, felt most acutely in Europe, is about to be alleviated with Tevel’s FARTM (Flying Autonomous Robots) system set to start harvesting apricots in Italy from June this year. Simone Pollano, General Manager Europe for Tevel Aerobotics Technologies LTD,…

AuREUS repurposes food waste into solar panels

Since sunlight is available for a limited period during the day, standard solar panels only generate power 15-20% of the time. This is a major hindrance in the widespread…

Dr Eyal Vardi, Origene Seeds : "water and fertiliser savings in excess of 30%"

New watermelon seeds adapted to semi dryland farming

Watermelons could use 30% less water and fertilisers. Convincing watermelon farmers of this fact is the biggest challenge for Israel- based Origene Seeds. This company has now, after 3 years of semi-commercial trials across the world, commercialised watermelon seeds that are proven to use about 30% less…

IoT sensors from Strella Biotechnology

Startup measures ripeness to ensure perfect fruit

A novel sensor device, which measures the gas emitted by fruit as it ripens, is making inroads into ensuring that only peak-ripe produce makes its way to grocery shelves,…

Working in a data-driven way in the herb segment

Expanding and standing out with fresh herbs: That is what Vitalicious, Vitacress Real's herb brand, aimed at the foodservice sector, focuses on. They use market data to provide customers with targeted advice and inspiration. Which fresh herbs should chefs use, and how often should they use them? What do they…

Low request from foreign markets for Ispica's New Carrot

The Ispica PGI New Carrot campaign is in full swing. Carmelo Calabrese of the Italian OP Fonteverde of Ispica (RG) took stock of the situation, who mentioned "a commercial trend characterized by a rather weak demand and low prices." Carmelo Calabrese "The semi-finished product, in the big bag, is at €0.25…

University of Stirling

University of Stirling

Robot bee project awarded £640,000 grant

A scientist from the University of Stirling and his US collaborator have been jointly awarded a £640,000 grant to create “robot bees”. In a project which aims to improve agriculture as well as help advance understanding of the evolution of species of bees and flowers, these microrobots are to be built to…

The most remarkable product introductions of today!

The sweetness of tomatoes, the crunchiness of peppers and the tastiness of cucumbers combine to create the worlds first ‘Topember. Then there's a square tomato and a pink pepper. Here are today's most remarkable product introductions... TopemberThanet Earth has been keeping a little secret. We have been…

Sunburst Nurseries boosts production using MegaDrive LED Technology from California Lightworks

Sunburst Nurseries is known for cultivating dragon fruit, a mildly sweet flavored fruit often described as a blend of pear and kiwi. The fruit grows on a climbing cactus…

Marina Martin Curran, sustainability manager at Vivent

PhytlSigns: analyzing and using electric signals from plants to optimize crops

“When we talk about plant communication, people know immediately what we are talking about,” explains Marina Martin Curran, sustainable development manager at Vivent. Just as trees exchange information through their roots using electrical, mechanical and chemical signals, fruit and vegetables also emit…

Rejections at retail down about 5 percent

Enhanced quality protection of Texas-grown peaches

Hazel Technologies, Inc. has collaborated with Spicewood, TX-based The Fredericksburg Peach Company, a family-owned grower/shipper/wholesaler with more than 35 years of experience. Fredericksburg Peach trialed Hazel’s flagship technology, Hazel 100™ in 2021 and saw successful results with its peaches,…

Interko announces brand name for new ripening room - Mobilo

Interko – the designer, manufacturer and installer of the advanced fruit ripening technology on the global market – will launch its Containerised Ripening Room under the brand name Mobilo at Fruit Logistica 2022, when the world-leading trade fair reconvenes on 5-7 April in Berlin, Germany. Developed and tested…

Esasem introduces new mini plum variety Solbello

Plum tomatoes are one of the leading segment within the table tomato international market, as demand is among the highest when it comes to greenhouse products. Seed company Esasem keeps focusing on genetics for this type of product. In fact, the consumer demand for high-quality fresh tomatoes, where flavor…

As enhancements to FlashTrak real-time cold chain solution

DeltaTrak introduces new Maritime and Claims Support Service

DeltaTrak® is excited to announce that our new enhanced FlashTrak Cloud Service and 4G/5G real-time trackers will be demonstrated at the upcoming 2022 Fruit Logistica trade show in Berlin, Germany. The real-time, in-transit visibility provided by these solutions empowers third-party logistics providers…

"World's first fully commercial integrated autonomous fruit harvesting system

Darwin Harvesting Group and Tevel Aerobotics Technologies join forces

"We are very proud to announce that Darwin wcdi (we can do it), the leading fruit harvesting platform creator, of Italy and Spain and Tevel Aerobotics Technologies LTD, a…

Brazilian government announces R$ 40 million for technological solutions in agri sector

The Brazilian Government, through the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI), has announced investments of R$ 40 million for the development of technological…

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…

Mexico City food market ready to harness power of the sun

A large fruit and vegetable market in Mexico's capital wants to spark a greener future as the world's biggest urban solar farm. Thousands of photovoltaic panels are ready to…

Pyrodiserbe, an ecological solution for disinfecting soils

The flame weeding technique has been consolidated for several years. In Italy, the company Officine Mingozzi was one of the early adopters of this method. "From the ecological point of view, this technique is characterized by a very low environmental impact. Due to the fact that LPG, while burning,…

University of Pretoria innovation

Smart avos will be a boon for fruit transport in South Africa

The civil engineering department of the University of Pretoria is using “smart fruit” to significantly improve the transportation of fresh produce in South Africa and across…

At the Coop. Orto Vittoria of Scoglitti (RG), Sicily

Open Day for TSI Italia's midi plum Degustibus

The world is going back to the old-style open days, but still keeping all necessary precautions in terms of anti-covid measures. The latter is a constant that will accompany us for some time to come. The seed company TSI Italia is no exception to this trend and has recently hosted an event in Sicily for…

Aerobotics

How drone technology is helping Australian growers optimise crop yields

International agritech company, Aerobotics says it has proven that with the rising input costs for growers, precision agriculture is becoming more important to get the most out of every plant. Aerobotics was founded in 2014 with the purpose of optimising yields for growers in the perennial crop industry.…

Semillas Fitó's TomatoXperience showcased its innovation in all types of tomatoes

On March 2022, Semillas Fitó held the third edition of its TomatoXperience, a demonstration visit in which the company showcased its entire range of tomatoes and the continuous improvement that it brings to the market in all typologies. Despite the bad weather, the edition was a success as continuous…

Eelke Westra, Wageningen Food and Biobased Research

“In the future, you'll be able to measure fruit and vegetables' quality, without damaging the product"

Avocado lovers are only too familiar with this: you buy a beautiful avocado and can't wait to get home to devour it. As soon as you get home, you cut the avocado open, just to be met with an unexpected, unwelcome sight - the fruit's flesh, near its tip, is bruised. Hyperspectral Cabinet In the…

Chinese cities intent on facilitating rural e-commerce

In recent years, flourishing e-commerce in vast rural areas across China has served as a new platform for the circulation of agricultural products, broadened the channels for…

China's digital yuan could soon challenge the dollar in international trade

China's digital yuan is set to challenge the dollar's domination of international trade settlements in the next decade, according to Richard Turrin, author of "Cashless:…

Indian company’s new tech can help reduce onion crop wastage up to 50%

In India, some 4 to 5 million tons of onions go to waste every year. The reason for this wastage is the lack of storage facilities. Currently, India is dealing with a shortage…

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…

Gerald Friederici, CMC Klebetechnik:

"ETFE adhesive tape often saves costly repairs to greenhouse films"

Global greenhouse cultivation of vegetables is clearly on the rise. It is estimated that by 2030, around 50% of lettuces in the USA will come from greenhouses. Under the controlled environmental conditions of protected cultivation, many crops can be grown much more efficiently than in the time-honored…

These are key elements on which REV has always relied on

A packaging solution that is both environmentally friendly and innovative

"We were the first in the industry to start using eco-friendly packaging. We did this by designing machines that make packages without metal clip, which are entirely recyclable. As a result, less plastic is used. In 2010 we patented Lion, our netting machine that makes 100% organic or plastic packaging,…

Peter Schiffmann, A+P Service, on packaging solutions of the future

"The topic of sustainable packaging continues to be a big issue"

Sustainable packaging solutions were particularly in demand and sought after in the pre-Corona era. In the wake of the exceptional situation, the topic of environmentally friendly packaging solutions took a back seat for a while. In the meantime, sophisticated packaging methods are again enjoying…

Mohamed Bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence

Abu Dhabi students develop AI-powered solution for food security, reducing waste

Two students of Mohamed Bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI) have created an algorithm that might be able to revolutionize the UAE's agriculture industry…

Wageningen University & Research publishes whitepaper on developments in NIR applications

Wageningen University & Research has published a new whitepaper on the latest developments in NIR applications. This technology makes it possible to map the quality of fresh…

Dr Anantha Peramuna: "Identifies hotspots for actionable data"

New App to trace, gauge climate impact and reduce waste of fresh produce

A new software solution based on blockchain technology to track fresh produce from farm to fork, as well as measure the climate impact with the aim to reduce food waste, is nearly ready to be rolled out across Europe and further afield. This is according to the developer and CEO of Nature Preserve, Dr…

PomoDay in Sicily for a new round smooth tomato with excellent yields

With over 300 visitors, the day centered around smooth round tomatoes (SVTH5013 by Seminis, a brand of the Bayer Group) held at the "Living Proof" research station in Marina di Acate (AG), Sicily, was a great success. It was the first PomoDay for this variety, suitable for autumn-winter cycles in Sicily.…

Tube-shaped packaging and printing versatility to improve fruit sales

Fruit sales in vending machines have fallen sharply since Covid's arrival. Fru&Tube, a Spanish company that pioneered the packing of fruit in portable tube-shaped packaging with a patented system, as well as the sale of fruit in hospitals and universities through vending machines, will now offer its…

Agrivoltaics: Combining solar with other uses

A disadvantage of large-scale solar farms is that they eat up huge chunks of prime farmland. However, currently, there is much research and discussion about creating dual-use…

A green office in Sendling

Fresh lettuces and herbs, growing next to people's desks

Gray facades, gray laptops, gray faces: but in the middle of a Munich office complex, there is a splash of green that shines amid the everyday gray: On an area of just over 250 square meters - about the size of a tennis court - lettuces, herbs and mustard seeds are growing here directly in an open-plan…


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