Technology news from Produce Plus

Technology news stories with a direct relevance to the fresh produce business in Australia and New Zealand, 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.

Tomra Fresh Food’s commodity science team lead, Brittany Jaine at research orchard

Tomra unveils new research orchard


Orchard to assist research into fruit growing conditions to make sorting and grading even more effective

Hort innovation virtual berry picking credit NIAB 2022

Finding tech solutions to labour problem


Hort Innovation project helping Australian berry growers explore hi-tech improvements to labour such as virtual reality training for pickers

TOMRA Peter Lamb

Tomra appoints new head of sales for fresh food


Peter Lamb to strengthen Tomra’s global support of fresh fruit and vegetable packhouses in new role

Conrad Smith at Stacked Farm's Arundel facility

Stacked Farm secures new investment


Tayside investment pushes automated indoor vertical farming company’s capital raise towards A$100m

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Hort Innovation to identify top traceability tech


New initiative aims to pinpoint the best technology to help businesses meet regulatory requirements

Vertical lettuce farm De lettuce bear Malaysia

Bluelab partners with De Lettuce Bear in Malaysia


New Zealand ag-tech company provides technology for indoor vertical lettuce farming and hydroponics facility

The delegation sampled a range of fruits currently under development

China and New Zealand foster research ties


Plant & Food Research welcomes China’s minister of science and technology and celebrates mutually-beneficial kiwifruit research

AFC on AFL showfloor

Tickets on sale for Asia Fruit Logistica


Visitors can buy their tickets online now to save up to 40 per cent and beat the queues in Hong Kong

New Zealand agritech must credit Biolumic

New Zealand ag-tech injection


Government commits nearly NZ$30m to accelerate the development and adoption of technologies in horticulture

Griffith University Korea smart farm credit Grizzly Bear Media Griffith University

Korean partnership powers Australian smart farm


Griffith University will build a high-tech smart farm to maximise sustainable use of resources


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Ausveg and Onions Australia announce merger


Organisations combine with the aim of maximising member benefits and promoting industry-wide success for the broader vegetable potato and onion sectors

Gavin Scurr (left) and Luke Wood demonstrate how the Escavox system works during peak berry season at Piñata Farms' packhouse in Wamuran

Piñata Farms reaps benefit of tracking technology


Leading fruit producer says use of Escavox smart trackers has given it much greater assurance in quality and integrity of shipments

Cherish features at the 'Made with Care' showcase in Vietnam supported by New Zealand Trade & Enterprise

GBF reports strong demand for Cherish


New Zealand apple marketer says consumers across Asia are attracted to the variety’s candy-pink colour and “tropical flavour notes”

Happychop Tearless onions

Happy Chop - Tearless Onions hit market


BASF launches first tearless onion for the Australian market exclusively with Woolworths following three decades of development


Costa suspends CEO search


Harry Debney to remain interim CEO until end of 2023 as group prepares for potential acquisition by Paine Schwartz Partners