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Tecnobox celebrates its 20th birthday by launching new tray erecting machines

This year Tecnobox is celebrating its 20th birthday and to mark the special occasion the company will be launching new tray erecting machines. Tecnobox started in 1990 by…

JBT and Aurratech bring the FOG-IN-PLACE™ technology to the food sector

Growing interest from the Spanish fruit and vegetable sector in fogging disinfection

JBT Corporation is committed to offering complementary solutions and technologies to meet all the needs of its global customer base. To this end, JBT strikes strategic alliances with those companies that can provide them. At this time, thanks to its alliance with Aurratech Inc., it is behind the…

Schwing Technologies offers an ecological cleaning solution to the packaging sector

Vacuclean, the vacuum pyrolysis system for metal filters contaminated with rPET

Recycled PET (rPET) is used more and more for the production of fruit and vegetable trays; as circular packaging is key. The metal filters used in the production process in large manufacturing lines have to be changed daily, sometimes every shift and cleaned of debris. "To clean these filters, our…

Fight the corona crisis with the HerbERT drying cabinet

"We enable responsible fruit and vegetable preservation"

In the midst of the ever-increasing crisis of the corona virus, non-perishable foods have gained enormously in importance. Two ambitious Austrians have developed the HerbERT drying oven as a suitable alternative to conventional tinned food. "The scope of this installation could become enormous." The differences…

Spanish firm offers its ozone generators to help tackle COVID-19

The Valencian company Agrozono, leader in the application of ozone through localized irrigation for the regeneration of agricultural soils, has offered public administrations…

AKON Robotics focuses on palletizing in confined spaces

"A robot will not get sick and is immune to viruses"

At a time when the coming shortage of employees is confronting companies with ever greater problems, another spectre has showed up: COVID-19. The virus is causing additional problems in maintaining production and in logistics. With the latest robot technology, however, production and logistics can still be…

Bid on fruit and vegetables processing lines and machinery

At the end of this month Industrial Auctions will organize an online auction with food machinery, but with a focus on fruit and vegetables processing machines. For example an apple sorting and peeling line (consisting of: a steel lifter for pallet boxes, inspection and dividing system provided with…

New technologies for salad washing

Food safety is the most important thing that everyone cares about. But during vegetable processing, cleaning is often accompanied by damage. How to achieve thorough cleaning while reducing damage is always a hot topic in the industry, according to sales manager Valencia Yu from Lueon Technologies. Last…

GNA's answer to the growing demand for easy resealable packs

RL40: linear system for filling and closing trays

Always attentive to market demands and with more than thirty years of experience in automatic packaging systems, GNA srl offers a simple, flexible and highly customizable system for filling trays. We are talking about RL 40, an innovative linear solution designed for filling clamshell trays. "This type…

New internal transportation for KUBO

For the realisation and operation of greenhouse technology, good tools are required. For the internal transportation, Prins Maasdijk recently delivered a Hubtex Max 45 multiple way side loader to Kubo. The side loader can lift up to 4 meters high, 4,500 kilograms, and is equipped with HX steering. This…

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It’s very grey and wet outside but absolutely gorgeous and warm inside thanks to our glasshouse and waste-wood bio-mass boiler. Of course we could do with a little more radiation but things are still progressing nicely in here 💪🥒#protectedcropping #familyfreshfarms #qukes pic.twitter.com/zCNJXFgE0Z — Nicky Mann (@hortinix) March 15,…

Berwickshire, UK

New sprout packing line installed at Drysdales

Vegetable producer Drysdales has installed a new automated sprout packing line, trying to cope with predicted labour shortages faced by the horticultural sector. As well as swede and leeks the company growers some 900 acres of sprouts each year, making the largest grower of the crop in Europe, and it is…

UK: Bespoke autonomous guided vehicles designed for horticulture

A new autonomous guided vehicle (AGV) is being developed that could help transform the horticultural sector and help tackle the labour shortage. A prototype is being designed to meet the complex needs of commercial horticultural, following the launch of a project by the Agriculture and Horticulture…

Skillpack introduces carton stretch machine ICE

Fresh produce with different measurements in carton sleeves

Consumer demand for more sustainable packaging with a more responsible, ecological footprint continues to rise. Skillpack is cooperating with its suppliers to meet this demand and has introduced the new cardboard stretch machine: the ICE. With the ICE, Skillpack, thanks to an innovative system that adapts…

New packaging solution that degrades in 4 weeks

"Our stand in Berlin was a success. Our Progetto 2020 insulating range with zero impact aimed at environmental sustainability called Biopop dominated the scene," reports Alessandro Scurria, administrator of Scf Packaging. Alessandro Scurria "We are pleased to announce we are the first company to produce  low-thickness…

April 23-24, Westland and Delft

Global interest in event RoboCrops in the Netherlands

RoboCrops is an event that links robotics and greenhouse horticulture. It will be organised on 23 and 24 April in the Netherlands at World Horti Center and RoboHouse. Growers, technology companies, universities and investors will be challenged to the limit. Goal: developing new horti applications using…

Worldwide Fruit on adopting the PakStation

“Packing operatives couldn’t keep up with the pace and it became quite a bottleneck"

International fruit marketing and distribution company Worldwide Fruit, supplier of quality fruit products to UK supermarkets, has boosted its capacity to load flow wrapped apples into crates while maintaining product integrity. The result is a more efficient end-of-line loading process and increases…

Induser presents Blue 3R Pack

"We adapted our blueberry packaging machine for sustainable packaging"

The Spanish company Induser, based in the province of Almería, is launching its new packaging machine Blue 3R Pack, which is suitable to work with all types of plastic packaging, as well as with every model of 100% recyclable paper or cardboard packaging. "Some of these packaging formats contain 10-15%…

Pascal Desessard, ULMA Packaging France:

“Our packaging system reduces the volume of salad bags”

ULMA Packaging has developed the “Tight Bag” packaging system, initially intended for frozen products, fresh herbs and salads. Pascal Desessard, director of ULMA Packaging France, explains that the main advantage of this system is the extraction of air, which helps reduce the volume of the bag. “It makes…

Israeli Kronen department carried out tests in Kehl

Gewa 5000V enables kosher processing of salads and vegetables

Together with Kronen's official representative in Israel, Muskat Technologies Ltd., Kronen has produced two GEWA 5000V PLUS washing machines for a customer near the Israeli city of Kiryat Gat, which are suitable for kosher processing of salads and vegetables. The customer in Israel, company Yevuli Hakfar,…

Innovation presented at Novel Farm

Above-ground: complete management with maximum simplicity

For the management of small and medium above-ground systems, "Nido" is able to give answers with maximum simplicity. Among the novelties presented at Novel Farm (19-20 February 2020) there is also this system dedicated to small and medium above-ground surfaces. "Our automated management system - explains…

New sizing machine for courgettes

An easy-to-use calibration, that minimizes, if not completely eliminates, maintenance, while keeping all the required precision and efficiency. This is the goal that Bulltec aims to obtain every time it builds a new machine. And, in this case, the innovation concerns the processing of courgettes.…

Sealable paper reams for VFFS machines

The Dutch company, Sarco Packaging, has introduced sealable paper packaging. It comes on reams and features a cellulose window. This combination means the material is entirely recyclable. People can put the whole package in the paper and cardboard recycling bin. This sealable material can be used on most…

Morocco: Dakhla to get US$11 million fruit and veg packing station

Moroccan company Inter Tridim is set to build a fruit and vegetable packaging station in Dakhla, southern Morocco. The budget is about MAD 109 million (some US$11 million). Dakhla’s development projects fall under the umbrella of the development model king Mohammed VI launched on the 40th anniversary of…

US: $287.7 million towards 213 research projects on automation or mechanization

At $64.7 billion, specialty crops comprised one-third of U.S. crop receipts and one-sixth of receipts for all agricultural products in 2017. Many specialty crops are labor-intensive in production, harvesting, or processing. For example, harvest often requires workers to accurately distinguish ripe and…

The latest GNA's horizontal packaging machine

Far from a Chimera

Each machine is the result of cutting-edge technological research, which guarantees high-quality standards, strength and reliability. "To assure our customers' production is our goal", state Massimiliano Nucci and Gabriella Bolzoni (pictured below) of the Emilian GNA. Gabriella Bolzoni (export sales) and Massimiliano Nucci (design…

Top Control continues expanding abroad

Guaranteed weight as an innovative system

The guaranteed weight is a very successful solution, appreciated in large-scale distribution as well as in the supply chain. The main challenge is that of designing packages that respect the expected percentage of weight loss, but without giving away too much product. To achieve maximum efficiency in…

Collaboration JASA, Euro-West and OTC Organics

"We are keeping the chain closed with dedicated organic packaging line"

Out of the last four Fruit Logistica editions, JASA and Euro West has toasted to new collaborations at three. This year it was in honour of an order from a dedicated-organic line that Euro West will use for its client OTC Organics for the packaging of organic fruit and vegetable products. The new line…

"Robot farmers are changing the future of agriculture"

80 Acres Farms doesn't just want to make fresh, local produce for Cincinnati and neighboring areas; it wants to completely overhaul the food system in the US.  "We decided that the [food] industry was really broken and that it had to be fixed from within. Farmers are struggling and they don't want their kids…

Koenig und Bauer presents the alphaJET continuous inkjet systems

Direct marking on pots and trays

Koenig und Bauer is presenting the alphaJET continuous inkjet systems at the IPM Essen 2020. The alphaJET continuous inkjet systems are ideal for the direct printing of pots, trays and much more. A plant passport can be printed directly on the merchandise. The shape and size of the plant pots may differ. With the alphaJET, the font…

"EasyTrack is a trolley for optimal crop care"

Berg Hortimotive recently introduced the EasyTrack crop care machine which is suitable for worldwide application. This compact and robust machine has been specifically developed for use in greenhouses without a pipe rail system. Marcel van Steekelenburg elaborates on where the most benefits of the…

Global experts in tissue culture unite

"Tissue cultures can now be planted automatically at a rate of up to 15,000 plants per hour"

Two experienced global plant tissue culture companies are joining forces to bring the significant benefits of automation to customers around the world. Lab Associates, founded in 1987, has grown steadily with an increasing focus on plant tissue culture and seed laboratories. Since launching in the…

Light4Food has everything in order with mechanized cultivation system

Every grower has their own wish list when it comes to techniques, but almost everyone is open for mechanization. Less work carried out by people is interesting from both a cost and hygiene perspective. Light4Food established their machine division in 2018 to realize complete machine lines for the…

Crux appoints DWC to resell grading, sorting and packing robots

SortiPack is a modular system for Automatic Grading, Sorting and Packing which Crux Agribotics launched in 2019. SortiPack can be adapted to handle different crops, vegetables and fruit. The vision, machine learning for grading and sorting algorithms can be re-used as it is designed in a modular way. The…


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