Technology news from Produce Plus

Technology news stories with a direct relevance to the fresh produce business in Australia and New Zealand, 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.

Steritech irradiation facility Melbourne

Government injects A$5m into Melbourne irradiation upgrade to aid horticulture exports


Investment will double the irradiation capacity at the Steritech X-ray facility boosting biosecurity protections and enhancing trade opportunities for fresh produce


Fruit Logistica records 10 per cent rise in exhibitor bookings

2024-06-17T13:12:00+01:00In partnership with

Deadline to reserve stand space at world’s most important fruit and veg industry trade show is on 31 July 2024

Stacked Farm Australia Gold Coast facility — Lettuce on conveyer moving to harvest

Stacked Farm scales up as first facility hits full production


Australian vertical farming company’s automated Gold Coast facility reaches full capacity as construction of Melbourne site begins

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Food Agility launches digital stonefruit orchard project


Digital orchard model to help Australian stonefruit growers adapt to a changing climate

​E.E. Muir & Sons has changed its name to Muirs

E.E. Muir & Sons changes name to Muirs as part of brand update


Leading Australian family-owned agribusiness unveils new brand position ‘Grow Forward’

Jesse Reader

Jesse Reader joins Hort Innovation


Reader joins as new head of investment growth and commercial at Australian horticultural research and development corporation

Produce Plus Autumn 24

Produce Plus Autumn out now


Technology special includes the latest innovations delivering value, plus keynote interviews with Redland and Tripod Farmers and features on apples & pears and seeds & crop care

Svilen Rangelov Elizabeth Oudkerk crop

Could fresh produce soon be flown around the world by drone?


As Qatar Airways Cargo’s Miguel Rodriguez underlines the importance of fresh fruit, vegetables and flowers to its business, a more technologically advanced future appears on the company’s radar

ABZ Innovation at Fruit Logistica

It’s not rocket science! Prepare for lift-off at Fruit Logistica 2024

2024-01-19T11:18:00+00:00In partnership with

Leading trade fair gears up for digital revolution in agriculture, with expanded focus on smart farming and technology startups

Table grapes passing through Steritech's Melbourne X-Ray facility

US certifies Victorian irradiation facility for horticulture exports


New irradiation trade pathway for mango and lychee exports approved


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Asia Fruit Logistica

Global trade gears up for Asia Fruit Logistica


More than 600 exhibitors from some 38 countries and regions already signed up to showcase their offerings at Asia’s premier fresh produce event

MFC oranges

Bright Food secures Australian citrus imports with MFC


Chinese company receives shipment of fresh oranges as part of collaboration

Fruitnet Berry Congress 2025 · 13-14 March · Rotterdam

Save the date: Fruitnet Berry Congress 2025


Fruitnet’s leading event for the fresh berry business will take place at a new venue in March 2025

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New Zealand and Indonesia boost two-way produce trade


Signed arrangements include a commitment to move towards electronic certification and export plans for New Zealand onions and Indonesian pineapples 

p44-45 Dandy Mandy Mildura Fruit Company MFC new seedless mandarin

MFC implements multiyear growth strategy


GM of the Australian citrus heavyweight Grant Leyden outlines plans to boost supply, add capacity and pursue branded varieties in a bid to grow “bigger and better” than ever