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Adam Sikorski (Sofrupak) on paper and cardboard packaging solutions

"Healthy interest in sustainable packaging, even among discounters"

The topic of sustainable packaging in the fruit and vegetable trade seems to be experiencing a renaissance after the months-long impasse during the lockdown. Due to the approaching plastic ban within French food retail from 2022 onwards and similar negotiations going on in several other European…

FEFCO launches testing methodology for printed corrugated board in food contact

The European Federation of Corrugated Board Manufacturers (FEFCO) has issued the FEFCO Testing methodology for printed corrugated board in food contact. At EU level there is…

With Greefa CombiSort

Twin Creeks greenhouse packing 7 T peppers per hour

“We take a lot of pride in our operations. For our packing line, we had other companies price out systems but the features of the Greefa system made the difference for us,” says Mike Cornelissen of Twin Creeks Greenhouse in Watford, ON. 40 acresTwin Creeks Greenhouse has been producing peppers since 2017,…

Durable and recyclable net bags for fruit and vegetables

Reducing the use of plastic for fruits and vegetables is possible, and Sicily's M.T. Reti, which has been producing net bags for citrus fruits and vegetables for more than 20 years, is taking important steps in this field. Antonino Testa and Giuseppe Martorana of M.T. Reti "We have long been looking for alternatives…

South Africa: Packaging innovation is the solution to creating a circular economy

Manufacturers and retailers are looking to innovation to find sustainable solutions to replace single-use plastic. One such solution is the locally manufactured Freshpact range of paper punnets, developed by Mpact, a South African packaging manufacturer and recycler. This relatively new concept in fresh…

Alberto Palmí, director of FEDEMCO:

"The price of wood has tripled, and we have never seen anything like this before"

Fruit and vegetable growers and marketers are facing rising costs when placing their products on the market. One of the inputs that have seen the highest price increase is packaging materials, including cardboard, plastic, and wood. This is a consequence of high energy and fuel costs and severe supply…

UK: Timber packaging and pallet industry battles challenges

The packaging and pallet sector is under pressure from Covid, Brexit, and other factors, according to Timber Packaging and Pallet Confederation president, John Dye. “While the…

Vacuum cooling and cleaning for indoor farming

Weber Cooling has been supplying vacuum coolers to indoor and vertical farming growers worldwide. Although crops are grown nearby consumers, cooling still remains an essential part of the entire process that is needed in order to guarantee the preservation of the high produce quality to the end consumer.…

2JV Emballage

“We are working on the packaging of the future”

2JV Emballage is based in the north of France, not far from Douai. This young company created in 2016 offers a complete range of packaging for the agri-food sector, from fruit and vegetables to meat, poultry, and fish. At first, the company revolved around endive packaging (boxes, trays, bags), but it…

Unique in Europe:

Colruyt washes crates for fruit and vegetables itself thanks to brand new crate wash

Colruyt Lowest Prices recently installed a brand new crate washing installation that washes 17,000 crates of fruit and vegetables every hour. This installation, which was developed by the company's own teams in consultation with Euro Pool System (EPS), is unique in Europe and ensures a shorter transport…

United Fresh attends White House signing ceremony for infrastructure bill

United Fresh president and CEO Tom Stenzel attended the White House ceremony yesterday as President Joe Biden signed the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act into law. “United Fresh has worked with the Administration and bipartisan Congressional leaders to pass a comprehensive infrastructure…

PMA advancing efforts in PLU innovations

Produce Marketing Association (PMA) has announced a breadth of efforts to advance innovation and industry involvement with regulators on PLU stickers. This follows the decision for many countries across Europe to pass regulations that ban non-home compostable PLU stickers, the only effective way to…

Researchers create bioplastics from tomato skin that decompose within a month at sea

Researchers at the La Mayora Subtropical and Mediterranean Hortofruticulture Institute have developed bioplastics from tomato remains that have similar properties to…

Biodegradable polymers for use across multiple industries

A "100% biodegradable polymer" is one that will be completely turned into carbon dioxide, humus, and water by soil microorganisms. Genecis produces biodegradable polymers…

OutNature/Schwarz Gruppe

Sustainable silphia packaging from OutNature at Lidl and Kaufland

The environmental division of the Schwarz Group, PreZero, is developing new, sustainable fiber and paper products for packaging solutions via its OutNature brand. Following a successful pilot phase, the two retail divisions Lidl and Kaufland are now introducing paper packaging based on the silphia plant…

Sustainable lidding film for the soft fruit industry to maintain longer freshness

Heat seal coating specialist Sappi Rockwell Solutions has launched a recyclable, lightweight heat seal, a lidding film designed specifically for the fresh produce market. The highly versatile RockFruit lidding film range provides a strong, peelable seal onto a wide variety of substrates including rPET,…

Séverine Didier, Alcé:

“We will have to manage the flow of raw materials and the soaring costs”

With a commercial career path in various sectors and industries including horticulture, Séverine Didier, with her extensive experience and strong customer orientation, is now…

"Sustainability is going to be a key factor in packaging"

The production of food packaging is conditioned by the consumers' purchasing decisions, and this trend will increase in the future, according to the technician of the packing…

Anne de Rouw - Ranpak:

Paper is an effective and cost-effective cold chain packing solution

During the pandemic, use of ecommerce spiked, including online purchasing of food products that require thermal protection during the shipping process. In most cases, products are delivered within 24 hours, and traditionally, many of these products have been shipped using expanded polystyrene (EPS) boxes…

Packaging supplier Martin Dradrach:

"Packaging with a natural look and without plastic find increasing resonance"

Herxheim-based packaging supplier Martin Dradrach exhibits at the Karlsruhe trade fair again this year. "We have noticed how important expoSE/expoDirekt is for customer care," Petra Anders told Freshplaza.de. The company has been one of the regular exhibitors at the two-day trade event in the Karlsruhe…

Why does the Spanish food sector defend plastic against the packaging decree?

The food sector as a whole – farmers, manufacturers, supermarkets, and hoteliers – has presented objections to the Government's Draft Royal Decree on Containers, defending…

Eatlocal.nz - Christchurch

Demand for fresh produce boxes soars during lockdown

Covid-19 has meant a huge increase in business for Joanne Webb, who manages Christchurch-based business Eatlocal.nz. The company saw orders skyrocket when the recent New…

Bonduelle and its partnership with Op Oasi:

The story behind packaged vegetables

With the aim of communicating the great care that goes into the entire production process in order to guarantee a quality product that meets both the consumer's needs and health requirements, Op Oasi, as a partner of Bonduelle, organized a visit to its plant in Battipaglia (Salerno) on 27 October 2021. Arugula…

Adrian Dale - Tosca

"NeRa nestable, rackable, and stackable heavy-duty plastic pallet can deliver game-changing efficiencies"

In August 2020, Tosca, a specialist in reusable packaging and supply chain solutions, acquired Contraload NV, a company in plastic pallet pooling in the United Kingdom and European Union. The acquisition of Contraload enabled Tosca to service supply chains end to end, from the first mile to the last…

Tipa Corp

Compostable produce packaging adds shelf life and sustainability

Compostable packaging solutions from Tipa are being implemented worldwide in Europe, Australia, and the US. There is a particular focus on food and fashion industries, as these are two key markets that use a high volume of flexible packaging. In the US, Tipa worked with Fresh Harvest to deliver solutions…

Tom Verdonck, Tomeco:

"This machine now makes cardboard packaging not only ecologically, but also economically interesting"

Tomeco, a partnership of Belgian tomato growers, is taking a new step in the transition from plastic to cardboard packaging. With the purchase of a new machine, the group is able to pack products in cardboard on a large scale. "The possibilities with this new machine are endless, and it also fits in…

The solution to extending the shelf life of fresh food & fresh produce?

The fresh food, fresh produce, and packaging sectors have been looking to source a product that can extend the shelf life of growers' and suppliers’ products for a long time.…

Tesco

Tesco to launch PET ‘tray to tray’ recycling initiative with Faerch

Supermarket chain Tesco and sustainable packaging solutions company Faerch have collaborated on what they claim is an industry first, closed-loop recycling solution that ensures secondary plastic packaging used to transport and display products on shelves is retained by the food packaging industry. The…

High temperatures are in the past: cold sealing is here

Most packages are sealed under high temperatures. However, there is now a new, not so hot way of enclosing the produce: cold sealing. At the Fruit Attractión 2021, Juan José Cruz, manager of Earis, presented Cold Sealing, a technology suitable for sealing fruit trays and other fresh products. Cold sealing…

Single-use plastic products banned in Slovakia

In Slovakia, an amendment of the Act No. 79/2015 Coll came into force on July 3, 2021, prohibiting companies from placing certain single-use plastic products as well as…

Folding stacking crates offer new possibilities

With this folding stacking crate, Remmert Dekker Packaging has reinvented the iconic fruit and vegetable crate. According to this Dutch manufacturer, it is both foldable and stackable.…

New recyclable barrier paper keeps salads fresh

Mondi, a global player in packaging and paper, has introduced its first recyclable functional barrier paper bag for salads in the Group LSDH’s Les Crudettes range. Sustainable packaging is a fully integrated solution – Mondi operates across the value chain from sustainably managed forests to producing…

Greenhouse plastic waste in Spain

Last week, France 24 broadcasted a documentary report called 'Spain: the challenge of plastic recycling in Andalusia, the garden of Europe'  in which it delved into the issue of…

Diamondback Acres, Lake Chelan

Washington farm takes on plastic packaging problem

Diamondback Acres, based in Lake Chelan, Washington, has been farming organic produce since 1991. Farm owners Bill and Angell Clark have put sustainability at the core of the…

Grover and Ada: water-saving robots that grow hydroponic produce

Developed by a Silicon Valley startup called Iron Ox, these farming robots are integrated with a hydroponic system that allows plants to grow in a water-based solution. The robots are called Grover and Ada, and they are making the most of water and electricity. In essence, these robots are growing more crops…

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,…

A patent to fully recycle plastic

Siropack, a company based in Cesenatico that develops packaging technologies, has set up the "Respect" patent to fully recycle the plastic of food containers, fresh produce included. On October 6-7, 2021, Canadian multinational Cascades visited the Siropack facility to sign an agreement for the exclusive…

AU: Public wants Government to back compostable packaging over recycling

Responding to a landmark new poll, almost 8 out of 10 Australian adults (78%) believe using compostable packaging is a more effective solution to the plastic waste crisis than recycling plastic. Almost 9 out of 10 (89%) are concerned about the plastic waste generated from packaging, and a further 79%…

Waddington Europe offers new punnet that's easier to recycle, using less plastic

European thermoforming packager Waddington® Europe, a division of Novolex®, has launched a new 100% mono-material protective soft-fruit punnet thanks to the company's MONOAIR™ cushion technology. Traditionally, punnet bases require an additional layer of bubble padding attached with a glue adhesive to…

Interfel

“Yes to the reduction of plastic packaging, but in a realistic and concerted way”

The publication of the implementation decree of the anti-waste law for a circular economy in France, voted on in January 2020, appeared on the 12th of October 2021. From…

From Bologna - Italy, the GNA Wrap Box wrapper machine

Packaging machine works with plastic and alternative materials

The Wrap Box machine is a valid solution for the protection of citrus fruits, apricots, cherries, kiwis, apples, tomatoes, pears, peaches and grapes, just to mention a few. It works on cardboard or wooden boxes of different shapes and sizes. The Bologna-based company GNA srl is now offering its Wrap Box wrapping…

Limits and taxes on plastic will cost the food industry 2 billion euro

Limiting the use of plastics in packaging will cost food and beverage companies, as well as the drugstore and home hygiene industry - the most affected by the measure - 2,000…

From Bologna - Italy, the GNA Wrap Box wrapper machine

Packaging machine works with plastic and alternative materials

The Wrap Box machine is a valid solution for the protection of citrus fruits, apricots, cherries, kiwis, apples, tomatoes, pears, peaches and grapes, just to mention a few. It works on cardboard or wooden boxes of different shapes and sizes. The Bologna-based company GNA srl is now offering its Wrap Box wrapping…

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.…

“Before installing the vacuum cooling system, it took a long time to cool vegetables”

Finnish vegetable grower Päivi ja Kalle Vuorenmaa have recently upgraded their cooling system, and is now using vacuum cooling. According to Kalle Vuorenmaa, the process is a lot faster than their previous cooling system: “Our company has a broccoli farm, which produces broccoli, kale, broccolini, and…

Also keen to increase competitiveness

Australian veg exporters want to double shelf life of their produce

Australian vegetable exporters are looking at new tech to double the shelf life of some of their produce. They are also scrutinizing ways to increase their competitiveness…

FedEx to deploy trucks on public highway between Houston and Dallas

PACCAR begins extensive field test with self driving trucks

DAF’s parent company PACCAR and FedEx have begun an extensive field test in the US with self-driving trucks. The vehicles will be driven on the route between Dallas and Houston – a journey of around 400 kilometers. The self-driving technology has been jointly developed by PACCAR and Aurora with the aim…

Tradecorp decreases the use of plastic in its packaging

Tradecorp, a Rovensa company specialized in micronutrients, and specialty fertilizers, is reducing the amount of plastic used in its product's packaging, eliminating the use of 35,000 kg of polyethylene per year, which corresponds to the emission of 115,000 kg of CO2 emissions per year. This measure is…

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.…

Van der Ende Groep adds new product to its water treatment range

“We optimized this water treatment technology to make it suitable for use horticulture”

Development of the Kathari ultrafiltration unit completes Van der Ende Groep’s water treatment range. The group can advise its customers on all facets of (irrigation) water quality and availability from today on. The Kathari has its origins in the Poseidon sodium extractor, which was developed in…

'Sign up today for our annual Soft Fruit Day'

EMR Association and AHDB Horticulture host technical update for soft fruit industry

A grower-focused technical day, hosted by NIAB EMR, will take place again this year to share the latest innovative research into soft fruit production.   Research results from projects looking…

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…

Pati Ecopac Bio film the first biodegradable mulching

Biodegradable mulch films have been available on the market for many years, meeting a high level of acceptance among European farmers. They play an essential role in modern agriculture as they help increase yields, improve crop quality, improve weed control, reduce water consumption for irrigation, and…

VKI

Association for Consumer Information

Plastic packaging for fruit and vegetables

The Association for Consumer Information has been surveying the proportion of packaged fruit and vegetables in supermarkets or discount stores since 2019. The average was higher than 60%. At the time, retailers wanted to reduce the plastic content. However, a new survey shows that the rate is still at…

Lean and fully recyclable top seal solution launched

Fresh produce packaging innovators StePac Ltd. has expanded its range of top seals with new solutions to boost the retail fresh produce packaging sector. Its newly upgraded portfolio includes lean and fully recyclable easy-peel film structures designed to be sealed onto trays or containers housing…

Priva and Octinion merge robot activities under Kompano flag

The Dutch technology company Priva and the Belgian R&D group Octinion will merge their horticultural robotics activities under the Kompano flag. The formalities will be rounded off in the next few weeks. By combining their expertise and technology, they will create a strong and pioneering technology…

Extra powerful gutter cleaner reaches end of 200+ metre cultivation gutter without any problems

What do a cultivation gutter and a sewer pipe have in common? For one, you can't just spray them clean once they get dirty. So it's not surprising that IPSAM Technology and tomato grower Den Berk Delice came together last year to develop a mobile cultivation gutter cleaning and disinfection machine. The…

The Government is working on a royal decree that aims to reduce plastic pollution, which already has exceeded all limits

Spain will ban selling fruit and vegetables in plastic containers starting 2023

According to official sources, the Royal Decree on packaging and waste that the Government is working on, and that the Ministry for the Ecological Transition is about to make…

Pinduoduo Smart Agriculture Competition starts

Who grows better: farmers or algorithms?

The Netherlands is committed to sharing agricultural technology and supporting the development of sustainable horticulture in China. After all, the two countries have excellent ties and share similar ambitions and challenges, according to Wouter Verhey, agriculture counselor at the Dutch embassy in…

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…

Belgian company develops sustainable packaging

New fruit and vegetable punnet

Smart Packaging Solutions has introduced a new fruit and vegetable punnet. The solid cardboard packaging is strong, circular, and easy to handle. It is a sustainable, environmentally friendly packaging option. "The market and consumers are increasingly demanding sustainable packaging," says Martijn Fluyt, Product Development…

Boosting the development of disinfection solutions for flower and vegetable seeds

PETKUS-Selecta, a company for total solutions in fine seeds, and VitalFluid, active in plasma applications, have joint forces last summer with signing a key-partner agreement. This cooperation will boost the development of biological disinfection solutions for flower and vegetable seeds. Both PETKUS Selecta…

Canadian company provides high-tech growers with plant-based packaging

The North American provider of earth-friendly plant-based products, good Natured Products,  continues to grow its market traction with food producers who are taking a fresh approach to supplying plant-based, nutritional foods to communities across North America.  Heron Farms product in good natured® packaging (CNW…

New compostable fruit and veg bags and plastic packaging trial

Lidl GB builds on plastic reduction and recycling programme

Lidl GB has today announced a series of new initiatives, as part of its REset Plastic strategy, to eliminate plastic waste and support the continued reduction and recyclability of plastics in its stores. The discounter has confirmed plans to replace all single use fruit and vegetable plastic bags with…

Belgian coop markets tomato specialties as a unit

The Belgian cooperative, BelOrta, has updated nine of its specialty tomato varieties packaging. In doing so, the cooperative wants to market a unified, recognizable premium concept. Click here to enlarge. Contemporary packaging lineBelOrta's assortment has more than 50 kinds of tomatoes. Many are specialties, available…

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…

New hook winding machines available from stock again

Steenks Service recently produced ten new tomato hook winding machines. "This means that we can deliver the machines quickly and from stock again. After carrying out the final test on the hook winding machines, we packed the machines in special wooden transport boxes to prevent any damage during…

Eco-designed, 100% cardboard and 100% recyclable

Prince de Bretagne: New recyclable tomato trays

Prince de Bretagne sells more than 80% of its production in bulk, but some products cannot go without packaging, whether it is for reasons of hygiene, quality or preservation. The cooperative of Breton producers is a precursor in cardboard packaging with the organic tomatoes, in line with its…

Eloise Bihar / University of Colorado

"Cheap sensors for smarter farmers" help farmers make better decisions

Many of the technologies showcased in this year's ARPA-E Summit were in the farming sector. Here are two that caught this writer's eyes. First up is a 3D-printed, biodegradable soil sensor that checks moisture and nitrogen levels. One of the benefits of using print electronics is being able to…

Sustainable packaging - a small gesture with a huge effect on the environment

"There is no us and them when it comes to the environmental challenges caused by pollution! We are all responsible, so we need to work together to raise awareness and preserve nature and the environment. Producing plastic-free sustainable packaging for the fresh produce sector is our contribution, the…

Better year for Egyptian packaging industry

“We noticed a need to develop innovative eco-friendly packaging”

Packaging in Egypt is going to have a lot less plastic if it’s up to one Egyptian packing manufacturer. The company has managed to remove about 85 per cent of the plastic in their grape packaging and have seen solid results during the strawberry season as well. Overall, 2021 has already been a better…

Lettuce leaf program sees new addition

Fresh, wrapped jumbo Butter Leaf lettuce from California’s Coachella Valley will be on the shelves of grocery stores in November, thanks to the leaf program by Peter Rabbit Farms. “Our leaf program is a full service operation for fresh, leafy greens: Romaine, Iceberg, green and red leaf spinach, and…

Times of India

Kerala: Spice farmers get online help to fight plant disease

The Kochi-headquartered Spices Board’s research wing, the the Indian Cardamom Research Institute (ICRI) at Myladumpara is offering an online spice clinic facility to farmers. The farmers are getting expert guidance on plant diseases through the initiative. "This is how we somehow control the pest and…

Photo by WANG Zhao / AFP

Can "cobots" transform the agriculture industry?

Today, living in the era of robotic technologies and automation fosters a heightening interest in agri-tech. Cobots remain the fastest-growing segment of industrial automation, projected to grow at a CAGR of 43.4% from 2021 to 2027. However, with the constant rise of cobot usage, existing government…

Poland is a vegetable production powerhouse

The production of vegetables is an important branch of Polish agriculture, and the share of vegetables in the value of the commodity agricultural production is about 11%.…

Leaf-cutting robot for high-wire cultivation of cucumbers

Another day, another robot? Well, it for sure looks like it, but today we have a different crop for you. Let's have a look at the CropTeq leaf cutting robot, which will be available for high-wire cucumber growers shortly. Dutch companies VDL Groep and Bosman Van Zaal from Aalsmeer in the Netherlands are…

Marc Bona / cleveland.com

Hudson business uses contactless approach to growing lettuce

For the folks who cultivate lettuce at Free Leafy Greens, one priority rises above all at the massive greenhouse: It’s pretty much a hands-off operation. The mission is to provide fresh lettuce that is cultivated in an almost entirely contactless way. It also drastically cuts down the growing time, by…

HarvestHold by Verdant Technologies receives EPA registration

Verdant Technologies announces the rollout of its HarvestHold Fresh product life extension solution to the produce industry, after receiving EPA registration in early September. HarvestHold is a 1-MCP-based post-harvest solution that extends the usable product life of fruits, vegetables and flowers by an…

Expanded compostable packaging line for organic produce launched

Lipman Family Farms will showcase the expansion of its compostable packaging line at the upcoming Organic Produce Summit, furthering the company’s dedication to providing innovative, sustainable practices from farm to shelf. Designed for organic grape tomatoes, mini cucumbers, green beans and mini sweet…

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

Carbon Robotics developed an agricultural 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…

Thirteen new pipe rail trolleys for Vitom cucumber nursery

Westland cucumber grower Vitom recently made a move  by purchasing no less than thirteen new Berkvens GL-D pipe rail trolleys from Steenks Service. Vitom, located at the Kreekrug in De Lier, now has a brand new fleet. In 2017, this cucumber grower switched from cherry tomatoes to cucumbers and is now also…

Complex event processing methods for greenhouse control

In the greenhouse environment, the application of complex event processing (CEP) technology can effectively tackle the problem of recognition of the complex patterns that…

Up close and personal: getting closer to the horticultural sector on matters of sustainability

Whether it’s designing packaging for sustainability or keeping the growers, packers, and distributors aware of the fast-evolving packaging legislation, Stockport-based packaging manufacturer Macpac has launched a dedicated campaign delivering a personalized and key sustainability message to their…

New system allows pointed pepper farmer to pack more efficiently

Leo Uijtdewilligen of Vergo Kwekerijen grows sweet pointed peppers on 7,5 hectares in Belguim. He also packages these peppers. Leon was looking for a more efficient packaging system. He has found it. The Dutch company, Martin Stolze, installed the packaging line at Vergo Kwekerijen. The grower uses it to…

Certhon:

New harvest robot introduced

Since April, a multifunctional robot has been helping to harvest tomatoes in a Westland greenhouse. The robot is the result of the cooperation between greenhouse construction and greenhouse technology company Certhon and Denso, the Japanese automotive technology company that invested in the company last year. "The robot moves in…

Grow-RI

Providing low-cost, high-functionality automation systems

“Grow-RI came together to help the vertical farming space by putting the grower first and finding pain points to develop industrial controls,” says Brian Rajotte, vice president of engineering at Grow-RI. Grow-RI is an agtech company providing affordable automation systems for greenhouses and indoor…

New system allows pointed pepper farmer to pack more efficiently

Leo Uijtdewilligen of Vergo Kwekerijen grows sweet pointed peppers on 7,5 hectares in Belguim. He also packages these peppers. Leon was looking for a more efficient packaging system. He has found it. The Dutch company, Martin Stolze, installed the packaging line at Vergo Kwekerijen. The grower uses it to…

16 million crates to be replaced over 30 months

New CPR crates

New CPR System crates (called Redea) will replace the current 16 million existing crates over the next two and a half years - supermarkets will no longer have the traditional green crates, but rather these beige ones. A digital system can even make them talk.  Some of the attendants to the presentation event in Bologna  "Although the…

Video: Roelands Plant Farms new logistics system in operation

This summer, Bosman Van Zaal and Crea-Tech put an advanced propagation system into operation at Roelands Plant Farms in Canada, a supplier of starting material for peppers, tomatoes and cucumbers. Roelands Plant Farms is one of the few growers of starting material for vegetables who use high-tech growing…

PerfoTec gets new commercial director

As of September 1st, PerfoTec welcomes Martin van Lier as its Commercial Director. Martin has many years of experience working in a wide range of jobs within the fruit and…


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