Soft Robotics receives U.S$26M in initial Series C close

U.S – To enhance the commercial deployment of its mGripAITM robotic picking solutions, Soft Robotics Inc. (SRI) has announced that it has received U.S$26M in an initial Series C close. Industrial robots can now mimic human hand-eye coordination thanks to mGripAI, an easy-to-integrate automation solution that combines quick 3D vision, artificial intelligence, and proprietary, IP69K-rated soft gripping. For the first…

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FDA funds expansion of University of Maryland’s Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition

U.S – The Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition(JIFSAN) at the University of Maryland is expected to expand thanks to a collaboration arrangement with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that will cost U.S$41 million over five years. JIFSAN, an FDA Center of Excellence founded in 1996, brings together UMD researchers and federal agency knowledge. It supports the…

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Codex Alimentarius Commission announces applications for Codex Trust Fund

GLOBAL – The Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) is inviting countries to apply for support from the FAO/WHO Codex Trust Fund (CTF) which helps countries to build strong, solid and sustainable national capacity to engage in Codex. Applications from qualifying countries or groups of countries are evaluated in a fair and open manner, and those that are approved are given support…

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Tentamus Group makes new acquisition to broaden expansion in Southeast Asia

GERMANY – International group of laboratories Tentamus Group has joined forces with Warrantek a reputable service provider in the fields of food safety, analytical testing, and consultancy to encourage collaborative development in Southeast Asia. “With Tentamus Group, we have now found the perfect partner to further progress our ambition. We are very happy about the partnership we have formed together…

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GrubMarket acquires software provider Fresh Software Solutions

U.S – San Francisco-based food technology company GrubMarket has completed the acquisition of Fresh Software Solutions (“FSS”), a well-known and reputable enterprise software provider that specializes in building solutions for fresh produce distributors, wholesalers, repackers and food service suppliers across North America. Founded nearly 15 years ago, FSS is still run by its original owner Steve Reilly, a 20-year veteran…

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Scelta partners with MBio to create mushroom-derived vitamins

NETHERLANDS – Scelta Inside and MBio, two experts in the development of mushroom ingredients, have agreed to work together to distribute vitamins made from the “white-buttoned wonderl” to the health market. In particular, Scelta Inside will use the support of its extensive global customer base for marketing, distribution, and sales, while MBio will focus on continuing to develop components derived…

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FoodChain ID acquires Lexagri International

FRANCE – FoodChain ID, a top supplier of technologically enhanced solutions for food quality, safety, and sustainability, has acquired Lexagri International, a pioneer in the agricultural technology sector that specializes in validating, coordinating, organizing, and disseminating worldwide agricultural data. Lexagri’s services improve the performance, quality, safety, and traceability of agricultural produce. With more than 33 million entries, including information on…

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U.S behemoth FoodChain ID acquires organic certification provider Cosmocert S.A.

ITALY – FoodChain ID Group, Inc., a provider of technology-enabled food safety, quality, and sustainability solutions for the food and agricultural industries, has purchased Cosmocert S.A., a Greek organic certification and inspection business offering nationally and internationally recognized certification standards. “We are excited to partner with the Cosmocert team, one of the leading certifying bodies in Greece. The addition of…

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Center for Produce Safety funds studies on Salmonella occurrence in bulb onions

U.S – The Center for Produce Safety (CPS) has provided funding for two studies that aim to determine production practices that may lead to Salmonella contamination of bulb onions and food safety management techniques for the product. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released a commodity-specific food safety prevention strategy on dry bulb onions. Bulb onions have a…

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ABCC pens deal with ApexBrasil to increase Halal exports

UAE – The Arab Brazilian Chamber of Commerce (ABCC) and the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (ApexBrasil) have inked an agreement to encourage and increase the exports of Brazilian halal products to Arab nations. Through the partnership, they hope to promote more Brazilian goods in the halal market, particularly higher value-added food products. As part of this, they will…

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