Technology news from Fresh Produce Journal

Technology news stories with a direct relevance to the UK fresh produce business, 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.

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Tesco launches agtech competition


Applications open for global agtech start-ups to advance supply chain sustainability

Vertical Future greens

Vertical Future partners with Modi Fresh in India


UK-based vertical farming technology expands into Indian market with Modi Fresh to develop consumer-facing brand

The vertical farming has been hit hard by energy price rises

Vertical farming business Eider VF enters administration


Company that develops vertical farms producing leafy greens is up for sale just one year after £50m cash injection

Polly from AgriSound captures and analyses the sound of a range of common pollinating insects

New insect monitors listen out for bee activity in UK apple orchards


Insect tracking tech rolled out on three Kent apple orchards, providing real-time data on precious pollinator activity

Sir Charles Godfray is director of Oxford University’s Oxford Martin School and its Future of Food programme

VIDEO: Sir Charles Godfray ‘optimistic’ about global food security


Ahead of his 2023 City Food & Drink Lecture on 15 May, illustrious population biologist Sir Charles Godfray tells Fred Searle why he is optimistic about the task of feeding a growing world population, and doing it sustainably

Antonio Samaritani

New tech promises soil benefits for growers


Digital solution from Abaco and NIAB has been created in partnership with Asda, Tesco and McCain

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ukFPN backs government border plans


Lincolnshire fresh produce network stresses “strong” support for government’s border Targeting Operating Model, saying it will deliver supply chain resilience and faster border crossings with fewer checks


TuberScan tech enters final test phase


System holds huge promise for ground sensing in potatoes

Nationwide Produce Evesham extension

Funding boost for Nationwide Produce


£3.5m loan from Lloyds Bank has allowed the group to introduce greener measures and expand warehouse capacity

APS Salads

Defra awards £9.13m to agri-robotics


Projects on robotic crop harvesting, a new way of cultivating potatoes and an autonomous cow bedding system are to receive share of funding


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IBERS at Aberystwyth University is the latest addition to the LEAF Network

IBERS research centre joins LEAF Network


Welsh institute with a focus on food security becomes LEAF Innovation Centre to help the organisation develop more sustainable farming methods

Juan David Alarcon

Is it time for a fresh look at bananas?


Better consumer engagement is the key to shaking up the banana category and increasing sales, says Fyffes’ Juan David Alarcón


Souped-up broccoli bowls over researchers


Production of Smarter Food’s nutritionally enhanced broccoli GRextra is ramping up after new research shows its soup helps prevent type-2 diabetes

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‘The Batch Lady’ gets behind Veg Power


Family cooking expert joins Simply Veg campaign to help families get more fresh produce into their kids


Watercress festival draws record crowds


Hampshire event celebrated British season start with 20,000 people flocking to watercress capital Alresford