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.

Maersk ships habour_1024x576_v1

Maersk and IBM throw blockchain system overboard


Full collaboration across the entire global shipping business could not be achieved, admits carrier

Asia Fruit Logistica

Asia Fruit Logistica heads back to Hong Kong


Asia’s premier fresh fruit and vegetable trade show returns to AsiaWorld-Expo in Hong Kong on 6-8 September 2023

Pye Group - Parilla Premium Potatoes Packing Facility

Pye Group opens potato packing facility


New facility is the largest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere according to leading Australian potato supplier


QC software specialist Clarifruit raises US$12m


Data-drive technology has “almost infinite” potential to cut waste in fresh produce supply chains, says company

GBC2022 Lidl Agrovision

Global Berry Congress makes impressive return


Retailers including Aldi, Lidl, Delhaize, ICA and M&S among those who attended the leading event for the global berry business

GEN watermelon

Daintree Fresh upgrades for export


Australian melon grower receives grant to upgrade packing facilities bolstering its export capabilities

EastPack Bravo Grader 14 Lane

EastPack seeks investment


New Zealand kiwifruit post-harvest operator announces NZ$30m notes issue to meet growth in kiwifruit demand

Reed avocados

Reed avocado breakthrough commercialised


Commercial-scale tissue culture propagation technology for Reed avocado rootstock licenced in Australia

Monson Fruit take out the record

Monson Fruit sets sizing record


US company sizes over 103,000 apples in one day using Spectre Top Down


Van Doren automates carton loading


US-based group develops hands-free system to load apple trays


Produce Plus is the leading fruit and vegetable industry marketing magazine in Australia and New Zealand.

Subscribe and get four issues per year. Plus newsletters, special publications, and full digital access.

Driscolls Sweetest Batch strawberries 1

Driscoll’s Sweetest Batch strawberries get Australia-wide launch


New strawberry offering for the Australian market officially launches across the country this summer

Catherine Velisha

IFPA A-NZ announces new directors


Kate Bryant, Dean Gall, Tim Nitschke, and Catherine Velisha take on new positions

Zespri SunGold in NZ

Zespri updates 2022/23 forecast


Second full estimate sees per tray returns for SunGold kiwifruit decline from August 2022 forecast, Green returns steady

Stephen McCutcheon Elke Cleverdon and Jan Vydra Hort Innovation board

Hort Innovation welcomes two new directors


Elke Cleverdon and Stephen McCutcheon join board of grower-owned research and development corporation

Joe Moro A Moro & Sons Growcom chair

Growcom announces new chair


Joe Moro of Moro & Sons will head the board of Queensland’s peak horticulture body