Processing > Fruit & vegetables

No tariffs for imported tinned fruit, PM says

03 May, 2013

The government will not consider imposing tariffs on imported tinned fruit, the Prime Minister has told ABC Rural, despite calls from SPC Ardmona to put temporary tariff protection in place.

Olam opens $60 million almond processing plant

05 April, 2013

Olam International has opened a $60 million almond hulling and processing plant in Victoria. The 12,000 m2 facility is reportedly the largest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.

Last Australian-owned cannery enters voluntary administration

13 March, 2013

According to AUSVEG, Windsor Farm in Cowra has struggled with the high dollar, increases to AQIS export licences and “the supermarket duopoly”.

Three-way sorting capability for Key Technology’s Optyx camera sorters

06 February, 2013

Key Technology has introduced its three-way sorting capability on Optyx, making this camera/laser sorter suitable for walnuts, raisins, dates, cherries and other small-sized products.

New technology takes the danger out of ripening fruit

29 November, 2012

Materials scientists from UQ have developed a way to convert unstable ethylene gas into a more stable powder form, which will improve the safety, efficiency and effort involved in controlled ripening of fruit.

FAM Lifis flexible V-belt slicer for fruit and vegetables

13 August, 2012

The FAM Lifis is a hygienic, flexible V-belt slicer with a large product opening. It is designed for cutting a range of vegetables and fruit.

Vegetable growers concerned by rising imports

18 July, 2012

Statistics showing that processed vegetable imports have increased dramatically have dismayed Australian vegetable growers.

Bühler Sortex E1A optical sorter for removing foreign material

01 June, 2012

Bühler’s Sortex E1A optical sorter is designed to remove foreign material from fruit and vegetable packing lines.

Heat and Control ETranslicer

01 June, 2012

The ETranslicer is suitable for elongated vegetables, fruits and cooked meats and creates flat and crinkle slices, oval shred, julienne strips and julienne cuts.

Key Technology Auto Dryer for fresh-cut produce

20 January, 2012

Key Technology has redesigned its Auto Dryer, adjusting the controls, motor and structure. Like the original dryer, it removes surface water from fresh-cut produce and vegetables, but it also enables continuous line flow.

Rockmelons kill 30 in the US

19 December, 2011 by Janette Woodhouse

With a final death toll of 30 people, including one miscarriage, the US’s most deadly outbreak ever of food poisoning has been declared over. In total, 146 people across 28 states became ill after eating Listeria monocytogenes contaminated whole rockmelon. While the number of deaths was not the largest ever recorded for a food poisoning outbreak, the greater than one in five death rate makes the outbreak of listeriosis the deadliest food poisoning incident in the US. The outbreak was also the first caused by whole, unprocessed produce.

Oranges and mandarins are inspected using artificial vision

18 October, 2011

Scientists at the Valencian Institute of Agrarian Research in Spain have created a machine that automatically detects and separates rotten oranges, another that classifies mandarin segments according to their quality and another that helps citrus fruit pickers out in the field.

Vegetables still the heart of the frozen food industry

07 October, 2011 by

More than 50 years ago, Wallace McCain, a young Canadian, had a pioneering idea: McCain and his brother Harrison invested in the still relatively uncommon technology for frozen food and began immediately to produce frozen French fries.

Yield control for salads and fresh fruits producers

06 September, 2011 by

UK-based salads producer Flavour Fresh, has recently taken delivery of an additional 11 station Marco YCM (Yield Control Module) system.

JBT FoodTech Single Pass Dryer and Smart Dryer system

05 September, 2011 by

Fresh fruits and vegetables are washed and sanitised after they are harvested - a process that enhances food safety but can remove the natural wax coating from the produce surface. To lock in moisture and maintain freshness of the produce, a postharvest protective coating typically is applied. Two critical aspects in the coating application process ensure that the entire surface of the fruit or vegetable is covered evenly and that the coating is thoroughly dried and set. Without uniform setting or curing of the coating, moisture in the produce can evaporate and cause dehydration, which can quickly deteriorate the overall quality of the produce and impact its marketability.

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