Wouldn't it be nice if you could reduce the risks of microbial spoilage of fresh produce or spreading foodborne illness by simply packing a couple of chlorine dioxide pouches in each carton of fresh produce? This idea is very nearly reality.
Up to 40% of produce can be wasted on the farm because it doesn't meet consumers' and retailers' demands for its looks. What if the nutrients in this resource could be turned into snacks and supplements?
In Europe, the Funguschain project seeks to obtain mushroom-based, high-value antimicrobial and antioxidant components from the 50,000–60,000 tonnes of mushroom waste generated each week. It is hoped that the innovative and sustainable compounds will have applications in a wide range of products such as antimicrobial and eco-friendly cleaning solutions for household products, bioplastics for bags, film and gloves, or enriched food supplements for the elderly and sportsmen.
The Tecpro Humi Food System is a flexible, cost-effective solution for a range of retailers. It is designed to optimise shelf life for selling fresh foods and produce.
AIT is a manufacturer of high-quality processing machinery within the broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and lettuce industries.
The Sormac Pulstar flotation washer for leafy vegetables has a 20% lower water capacity than the previous version of the product, leading to a considerable daily saving in water consumption.
The TranSlicer 2510 Cutter features several interchangeable 635 mm-diameter cutting wheels (slicing, crinkle slicing, shredding and julienne) to produce a full range of slices, shreds and julienne cuts.
Horticulture Innovation Australia has signed a three-year $600,000 contract with Netball Australia, securing exposure for Aussie Apples at elite international matches and local games across the nation.
In late 2016, almost 300 growers and an estimated 1500 ha of land in South Australia's Northern Adelaide Plains were significantly impacted by severe weather conditions and flooding, with damage and losses estimated at around $50 million.
A new strategy devised for Australia's vegetable industry aims to increase the value of vegetable exports to $315 million by 2020, a rise of 40%.
Key Technology has introduced VERYX digital sorters for potato strips and specialty potato products.
A report by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has highlighted the Horticulture Code of Conduct as an area of particular concern in the horticulture and viticulture industries.
Florigo (from tna) has launched the conti-pro PC 3 fryer, a continuous potato chip fryer that features opti-flow technology which optimises the oil flow through the kettle.
Ireland has made available new information to assist growers with the safe production of fresh produce on farms.
TOMRA Sorting Solutions has acquired New Zealand company Compac Holding Ltd for NZ$70m.