Processing > Fruit & vegetables

Sanitiser kills bacteria on organic food

27 June, 2019

A combination of lactic acid and food-grade sodium hypochlorite could offer a sanitising strategy to the organic food processing industry.

Citrus oil producer uses vacuum distillation

11 June, 2019

Capua 1880 uses dry screw vacuum technology from Busch Vacuum Pumps and Systems to produce high-quality essential oils from citrus fruits for use in food flavouring.

NZ sheep farmers diversify into cherries

24 May, 2019

A sheep and cattle station in Central Otago is setting aside 80 hectares of pastoral land to produce premium quality cherries for export from 2021–2022.

Mango auto-harvester a good pick in Queensland

16 May, 2019

CQUniversity has revealed details of its "world's first" mango auto-harvester that takes just five seconds to pick a mango.

Mango auto harvester in action

16 May, 2019

Watch a mango auto harvester in action during shed trials in February 2019.

Growing potatoes in high temperatures

16 May, 2019

Biochemists have produced potato plants that are resistant to high temperatures by switching off a small RNA that blocks the formation of tubers.

Fruit specialist leaves nothing to chance with X-ray

01 May, 2019

A gourmet fruit specialist is using an Ishida X-ray inspection system to ensure its shredded apricots remain free from minute stone and other contaminants.

Wild tomato evolution could help reduce pesticides

26 April, 2019

Michigan State University researchers have obtained a better understanding of the natural insect resistance of wild tomato plants, which could help reduce the use of pesticides.

Taking guesswork out of food processing wastewater disposal

15 April, 2019 by David Tenenbaum

A US study measured nitrogen in wastewater from local cheesemaking and vegetable processing with interesting results.

High-tech future for the Australian food industry

08 April, 2019

Autonomous harvesting, smart food hubs and premium food science will all be researched as part of the Future Food Systems CRC.

Deli salad plant benefits from speed and efficiency of Certa pumps

05 April, 2019

Eight MasoSine Certa pumps from Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group are boosting operational efficiency at a Danish deli salad plant.

Sensors could prevent over-fertilisation on farms

05 April, 2019

A soil-monitoring sensor that mimics the way plants detect nutrients through their roots is being developed by a QUT researcher to help farmers reduce their reliance on over-fertilisation.

IKEA: from furniture to lettuce

04 April, 2019

Home-grown lettuce may soon be available in IKEA Sweden restaurants, after the company announced it is harvesting its own lettuce as part of a sustainability initiative.

Heat and Control Rotary Dryer Roaster (RDR) nut roasting technology

02 April, 2019

The Rotary Dryer Roaster (RDR) from Heat and Control is an end-to-end solution for the dry roasting of nut and seed products.

Stickers to keep fruit fresh

11 March, 2019

The Stixfresh edible sticker may be able to prolong the shelf life of fruit by up to 14 days by slowing down the ripening process.

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