FRUIT LOGISTICA 2023 Spotlight
With Brocomole, Anecoop is presenting a new vegetable dip at FRUIT LOGISTICA. It consists of 97 per cent fresh broccoli and avocado. Janus Fruit, the company’s subsidiary, produces it under the brand name Easy by Bouquet. It joins a range of other specialities such as avocado and chickpea hummus, as well as classic and spicy organic guacamole. In consumer surveys Brocomole impressed with its appearance, colour, aroma, flavour and texture. 72 per cent of respondents said they would buy it again, and 78 per cent would be willing to eat more broccoli that way. With its dips Anecoop also minimises food waste by making the most of its companies’ products, thus reducing its carbon footprint and creating added value.
Everything under control
With its Bk model, short for Bucket, Carton Pack is marketing a practical bucket suitable for cherries, cherry tomatoes and berries as well as grapes and dried fruit. The innovative EasyOpenSystem features a hole, so is easy to open. A handle forms part of the bucket, making it more manageable and reducing material consumption. Made entirely from rPET, the bucket consists of Social Plastic® rPET, i.e. plastic recovered from ocean waste. This reduces environmental pollution and benefits the livelihoods of those collecting it. The programme behind this effort provides care and education.
EMCO CAL’s new premium white strawberry variety Florida Pearl® Brand FL 16 78 109 cv is an all-new visual and taste experience. Dr. Vance Whitaker of the University of Florida designed this fruit with a deliciously exotic tropical flavour and a delicate pineapple aroma. Harvesting, from November to June, can take place only 50 to 60 days after planting these conically shaped berries. The new variety promises high yields averaging over one kilo per plant. The firm berries have an excellent shelf life. The flavour and appearance of fully ripened Florida Pearl® berries with their dark red seeds in a white to light pink skin and with their white flesh offer inspiration to both chefs and bartenders for new dishes and drinks.
Keeps fresh longer
In order to transport sensitive produce such as courgette flowers over long distances these must be kept fresh. In order to achieve this, in a research project together with the University of Tuscia, OP EUROCIRCE developed SHU EHG technology. Systems thus equipped are able to keep fruit and vegetables fresh for longer periods after harvesting, thereby improving them and making them exportable to distant profitable markets. PureAirIon systems can be used in transportation, health facilities, offices and especially in the food industry. The use of catalytic hydrate photooxidation technology (PCO-EHG) makes it possible to eliminate, fungi, bacteria, viruses and fumes both in the air and on surfaces. The freshness compartments significantly extend storage times.
Smart lighting for greenhouses
In order for plants to grow and be nutritious they need the right amount of light. Food Autonomy Greenhouse Toplights feature wireless dimming, a multi-channel option and independently controlled fans. In addition to their smart functions their output exceeds 1040 watts. Wireless dimming means that with uniform lighting they are extremely effective. They are also cost-efficient and can be used for pinpoint illumination. Independently controlled integrated fans offer better heat management, evaporation and photosynthesis. The smart lighting systems can also be retrofitted with intelligent functions.
At FRUIT LOGISTICA Futura Technology is for the first time displaying its new system specifically designed for dates. After being pre-sorted manually the dates are washed and dried. Because of their irregular shapes a second line employs two separate devices to ensure full capacity. A segregation system is then employed to check the dates for various parameters including weight, diameter, length, width and colour. The system also detects flaws such as yellowing or loose skin and moisture. Fruit packaging can subsequently be integrated into the system. The fruit is sorted into boxes by size.
High tunnels protect sensitive fruit and vegetables during their development, for which Haygrove now offers mechanised ventilation. With the HiLo polytunnel, farmers can choose between one or two apex vents in combination with a smaller roller vent on one side for optimum air exchange. The HiLo tunnel reduces the time and labour involved in efficient tunnel climate management. Opening and closing tunnels no longer costs extra time and money, and growing crops becomes more efficient. A range of venting options offers extra control.
Solar power for more growth
At FRUIT LOGISTICA Hextech is for the first time presenting a new greenhouse container that harnesses solar power. Using special technology, it amplifies the sun’s rays, thus improving crop quality and yields. It also minimises the use of LED lighting, resulting in energy savings of up 80 per cent. With the help of Hextech water technology these greenhouses produce their own water supply, reducing water consumption in farming. Carbon from the atmosphere is also converted to create CO2 fertiliser. This greenhouse has already been used to successfully cultivate sensitive plants such as tomatoes, paprika and cucumbers.
A new system from Hortitech International fully automates transportation of greenhouse crops to sorting and packaging areas as well as transport vehicle loading and unloading. The systems are designed to function with various packaging types and sizes. Switching from crates to boxes can be done at the touch of a control panel. Separate modules and a wide range of functions ensure the machines can be flexibly deployed. With its custom solutions, the system helps make greenhouse work more efficient.
Big data in potato storage
iHotraco Storage Data was designed for the potato and onion industry. With its practical use of big data, the system assists crop storage and according to the manufacturer forms the basis for modern farming. iHotraco Storage Data collects crop storage data securely, automatically and reliably using state-of-the-art data communications technology. Completed data records are stored in a standard format in a central location and can be easily accessed via management dashboards. The system lets farmers efficiently monitor all stages of harvesting. The combination of storage and field data provides an overview of the entire process, enabling farmers to streamline workflows for optimum results.
Protection and growth
If bacteria infect a plant they can halt its growth. Hydro Fert’s new Protev fertiliser has a dual effect. On the one hand it prevents plants becoming infected and on the other it stimulates growth. Made from plant extracts, this trade fair innovation strengthens resistance and fertilises organically all in one. Repeated use improves fertiliser uptake and increases the chlorophyll content of the leaves. Protev was tested both in the laboratory and outdoors and is suitable for every type of fruit, vegetable and ornamental plant that is susceptible to its growth being halted by bacterial stress. The plant-based composition ensures that the physiological functions of plants remain unaffected. Farmers now require only a single product instead of many, which saves money and protects the environment.
What is the most sustainable potato variety for my soil characteristics? HZPC’s Even Greener online tool has the answer. With its many different potato varieties the company is actively promoting global food security, and many are highly sustainable. The HZPC website at www.hzpc.com/evengreener offers a guide to selecting them from the many products available. A flexible model developed together with customers lists the main criteria for a truly sustainable potato variety. They include a marketable yield, efficient fertiliser use, storage capability, pest resistance and fresh water consumption. These are parameters which the in-house growing centre has measured over several years at various locations around the world.
Safely packaged in paper
Paper is regarded as sustainable and can be recycled. In order to support the circular economy Inkarta has designed packaging that consists mainly of paper and cellulose hydrate. All materials are plant-based, renewable and without plastic. The transparent window can be returned to waste paper recycling. The packaging also significantly benefits its content’s longevity. It has anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties, is resistant to ultraviolet oxidation and compatible with standard packaging systems.
In order to intelligently and efficiently weigh, wash, dry and sort lettuce, mixed lettuce and leaf vegetables, KRONEN has designed a new processing line. This can process up to 1 tonne of baby leaf lettuce or the equivalent amount of mixed lettuce per hour. KRONEN’s innovative washing/drying technology is combined with the dynamic weighing and opto/mechanical sorting systems of its partners. This includes a range of new designs and derivatives such as the K850 drying system, the GEWA AF pre-washing machine and the helical GEWA XL washing machine. Recipe weighing belts from Synergy Systems and a mechanical sorting and UVC treatment system from HiTec Food Systems complement the line. The components are all networked, ensuring consistent processing, minimum personnel and cost efficiency. High capacity, maximum production hygiene and quality are also guaranteed.
With the SAT model, Novapack Sud is presenting a new tray for fruit and vegetables. It is manufactured entirely from rPET and is available without holes for ready-to-eat food, or with surface and corner holes for fruit and vegetables. The ventilation valve on the corners are a special feature. They permit air circulation, so that products stay fresh longer. This feature makes it possible to dispense with customary lateral holes. The SAT model is available in various heights from 25 to 135 mm and an upper tray size of 185 x 145 mm. It has been tested for use with automated and industrial heat-sealing machines.
In the net
With the Pickup, Parmentine is marketing an ecological alternative to plastic potato netting. The packaging from 100 per cent natural and recyclable materials is made from responsibly sourced kraft paper, water-based inks and a linen net. Its large window makes the product highly visible. The handle on top makes it manageable at the point of sale and for transporting home. The new one-kilo sacks are easy to stack on shelves and stay fresh longer with the consumer.
Automated cultivation system
The highly automated systems of Tomato+ mean the company is a leader in hydroponic cultivation, a practice that enables crops to grow without soil. Tomato+ designed its HortoProfessional system for industrial cultivation of vegetables and mushrooms. The advantage of this type of cultivation: compared with conventional methods it minimises the environmental impact, saves energy and reduces water consumption by over 90 per cent. Using this patented system, the plants grow in pods. It is possible to cultivate over 80 different types of vegetables, shoots and even mushrooms. AI-based software monitors all the parameters to ensure fresh natural products develop in a very short time.
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Using innovative biosensors, Vivent is able to measure plant stress levels in real time. Software relays the relevant information and alerts growers by smartphone, who can then remedy the situation to ensure continued healthy plant growth. At FRUIT LOGISTICA Vivent is presenting a system update which informs growers of possible plant stress causes. An updated algorithm now enables improved monitoring of plants with Vivent Automated Plant Stress Alerts. This function is particularly relevant in times of climate crisis.
For those not willing to leave their crop development to chance, WayBeyond’s FarmRoad platform is the ideal solution. Based on data collected, it directs growth management towards a targeted production outcome. The Plant Balance indicator is a new feature of the software. Variety-specific crop plant status measurements (vegetative or generative) ensure that results are objective. Using this tool, farmers can steer their crops towards targeted outputs and respond rapidly if they are not in the required state. It enables them to better understand the effects of growing conditions on plant balance and also tracks performance.