Technology news from Fresh Produce Journal

Technology news stories with a direct relevance to the UK fresh produce business, including updates on production and harvesting systems, sorting and grading machinery, packaging, coldstorage and controlled atmosphere, digital management, robots and automation, vertical farming, artificial intelligence, and machine learning.

Albotherm co-founders Sian Fussell (left) and Molly Allington

Bristol Uni spin-out lands £500k for greenhouse shading tech


Smart shade coating optimises growing conditions and reduces overheating, allowing a 34 per cent yield boost, according to Albotherm

Tong's FieldLoad PRO

Tong unveils compact FieldLoad PRO


New model is aimed at growers with lower throughput requirements

Some of Europe's leading potato companies will be among the exhibitors at The British Potato Show

British Potato Show returns in November


Trade show in Harrogate will feature record number of exhibition stands, as well as seminars and the National Potato Industry Awards ceremony

The drones are already being used in five European countries

ABZ Innovation targets UK with precision ag drones


Hungarian agtech firm “poised to enter” UK market with precise spraying drones designed to reduce inputs and alleviate workforce pressures


North Wales VF project extended


Anglesey vertical farming project is extended after success helping fresh produce growers

Riverford Electric Van

Webfleet helps Riverford reach EV goals


The organic veg box company is using Webfleet’s management solution to maximise the efficiency of its electric vans

Simon Jackson - brassicas mr

Brassica Alert goes live


Syngenta’s new digital data-sharing platform Brassica Alert is now live and ready to help with pest and disease decisions

The glasshouse extension will span an addition 4.7 hectares

Dyson Farming invests £11m in strawberry glasshouse extension


Glasshouse engineering specialist CambridgeHOK to add 4.7-hectare extension to Dyson’s existing facility in Carrington, helping to lengthen UK strawberry season


Festival of Fresh 2023 in pictures


FPJ’s open-air summer festival allowed the UK fresh produce trade to catch up, share ideas, enjoy the sun and take in a heavy-hitting speaker programme at the site of AMFRESH’s new packhouse and innovation centre

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Slimers to supply slug-control solutions


£2.6m Defra-funded project launched to revolutionise slug control for farmers


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Fruit pickers

Collaboration vital to root out abuse


Acknowledging the problem of worker exploitation is half the battle for fresh produce companies, according to Shayne Tyler who specialises in helping firms combat the scourge of modern slavery

Tesco Express

Tesco revamps Express product lineup


Move is aimed at offering more affordable alternatives in convenience locations

Costa Rican bananas

Costa Rican pineapple and banana exports bounce back


Strong European demand and favourable climatic conditions fuel double-digit increase in exports in first half of 2023

The new gin is Oddbox's first foray into the drinks market

Oddbox and Penrhos Spirits launch 'wonky' gin


Two food-waste-fighting firms join forces to create limited edition spirit made with out-of-spec cucumbers and apples

Blueberries can help improve cognitive health

Blueberry sector touts fruit’s brain benefits


Fruit’s cognitive benefits are down to their antioxidant and phytochemical properties, which combat inflammation and potentially improve blood flow