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Fresh fruit and vegetables

Spain: 30% longer shelf life thanks to new cardboard box

The company Saeco and the Polytechnic University of Cartagena (UPCT) have developed a cardboard box with antimicrobial properties that makes it possible to extend the shelf life of fresh fruits and vegetables by more than 30 percent.It is a box made with a type of "active cardboard" that has been developed.....

How a smart conveyor belt can improve food safety

Keeping food safe is an ongoing focus around the world, but one method to reduce the risk of food contamination might surprise you: improved conveyor belts. The conveyor belt has been an integral part of manufacturing since Henry Ford used them on his assembly line, and they continue to play a significant.....

Postharvest technology course at Wageningen UR

Are you looking for an update on the latest technologies for storage, packaging and handling of fresh horticultural products? Would you like to broaden and deepen your knowledge of the biology of postharvest development, ripening and deterioration? Then this course might be something for you. 35% of.....

"Foliar calcium applications do not improve quality or shelf life of soft fruit"

Foliar calcium (Ca) products are applied by many berry growers to enhance fruit quality and shelf life without evidence that these applications increase fruit Ca or impact fruit characteristics when applied at rates recommended on the product label.The objectives of a new study were to determine if fruit or.....

US: VirginiaTech ahead of the curve on new food safety rules

Adrianna Vargo, director of grower services at Charlottesville’s Local Food Hub, has collaborated with Virginia Cooperative Extension to get critical information to growers regarding the Food and Drug Administration’s new Food Safety Modernization Act. Its aim is to make the food supply safer by shifting the.....

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US (FL): UF/IFAS gears up for Flavors of Florida

UF/IFAS scientists toil for years creating and enhancing many of the foods we consume and plants we enjoy. When it comes to plant breeding, UF/IFAS is a global leader. In fact, UF/IFAS is ranked as a top-10 horticulture program in the 2017 Center for World University Rankings.Many of UF/IFAS’ tastiest.....

US: Watch out for fraudulent organic certificates

The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) National Organic Program (NOP) is alerting the organic trade about the presence of fraudulent organic certificates. Fraudulent organic certificates listing the following businesses are in use and have been reported to the NOP:Chia-Brand LLCMult Blindagem LTDA.....

by Beth Scheckelhoff

Using bleach in wash water and on food contact surfaces

Produce safety is a top concern for growers, buyers, marketers, and consumers. Fruit and vegetable growers often use bleach solutions with varying concentrations of sodium hypochlorite to clean growing equipment, utensils, bins, and even to wash harvested fruits and vegetables. Bleach is readily available,.....

“We generate Active Atmosphere with ozone inside reefer containers”

In today’s world, produce varieties are shipped from one part of the globe to another and in some cases, spend weeks in reefer containers. To ensure produce reaches the end destination in the best possible condition, Purfresh has developed Active Atmosphere. “In 2008, we introduced Active Atmosphere with.....

Increasing shelf life and negating chill damage of basil with LEDs

Vitacress is a UK based company growing potted plants and herbs in a 14 hectare (34 acres) grow operation in Chichester, West Sussex. Having to cope with colder winters they were looking for a way to improve their basil plants to be better adjusted to cold and as extension increase shelf life and deliver a.....

May 20, Stone Mountain

US (GA): Handling, packaging, storage, and transport workshop

This afternoon workshop geared toward small and limited resource farmers in Georgia will discuss packhouse management and wholesaler requirements for packaging. Each workshop will feature a classroom section related to GAP practices and certification along with farm tour highlighting hands-on.....

Maerks finalizes Hamburg Süd takeover

The European competition authority gave permission for the take-over of Hamburg Süd by Maersk yesterday. The only condition is that the Danish shipping company hives off five of Hamburg Süd’s routes.It concerns the routes between Northern Europe and Central America and the Caribbean; Northern Europe and the.....

Managing crops after harvest in controlled climate conditions:

Avoid damage from excessive changes in temperature and humidity

In order to deliver vegetables, fruit or crop after harvest in good quality to consumers, maintaining controlled conditions for storage, ripening or further processing is needed. Circulating air at varying degrees of heat allows crops to be stored for extended periods of time with minimal deterioration. The.....

Engaging with customers at the farmers’ market

Consumers can almost always buy their produce elsewhere. Grocery stores usually have longer hours and lower pricing than farmers’ markets. So why do people choose the farmers’ market over a grocery store?This is a question that Kris Pauly from Raining Dreams Ranch asked market-goers at the local farmers’.....