ProSpection Solutions employs Beckhoff’s Automation technology to develop foreign material inspection system

U.S – ProSpection Solutions, a U.S.-based manufacturer of inspection technology systems for the food industry, has developed an optimized low-density foreign material inspection system by employing Ethernet for Control Automation Technology (EtherCAT)- a real-time Industrial Ethernet technology- and PC-based control technology from Beckhoff Automation, the technology leader in PC-based automation. Designing and implementing the system presented several challenges for ProSpection…

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Versland Selection purchases Clever-Fresh-Box crates for fresh vegetable distribution

NETHERLANDS – Versland Selection, a Dutch vegetable wholesaler which specializes in leafy vegetables and radishes has invested in Schiphorst Clever-Fresh-Box folding crate made of 100% recyclable polypropylene to meet its everyday fresh quality products distribution needs. As Versland rotates its crates often, having their own proves more economical than renting, a factor which made it switch from pool crates to…

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Food Corporation of India backs startups to develop grain-testing equipment

INDIA – State-run Food Corporation of India (FCI), an agency for procurement and distribution of food grains, is working with two Indian agri-startups to develop a simple and handy food grain-testing equipment, to be set up at the government-operated mandis to ease the manual grain testing process. Mandis are market yards of Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC), which are run…

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P&P Optica secures funding to implement its Hyperspectral Food Safety Inspection Tech

CANADA – Canada’s P&P Optica (PPO), a food processing solutions company that provides industrial application solutions in food processing, has raised an undisclosed amount of Series B funding for its food safety inspection technology, which uses hyperspectral imaging to gather quality metrics on the food inside of processing plants. The round was led by Ag Capital Canada, with new investor…

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AgUnity’s block-chain technology to enhance quality, traceability of indigenous vegetables

KENYA – Virginia Tech’s Center for International Research, Education, and Development has partnered with Egerton University in Kenya and the Australian startup AgUnity to adapt a blockchain-based smartphone app that will help diminish barriers to consumption of better-quality nutritious vegetables. The app, known as AgUnity’s Version 3 App (V.3 App), tracks African indigenous vegetables from the producer to the end…

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Researchers develop mini-spectrometer for food analysis via smartphones

GERMANY – In two years’, time, people might be able to quickly and easily assess the maturity or microbial decomposition of foods for human and animal consumption, or detect pollutants in water or foodstuffs via smartphones using a chip spectrometer currently being developed by researchers at Fraunhofer ENAS, an Institute for Electronic Nano Systems that develops smart integrated systems. Just…

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Soft Robotics raises $10M to aid in launching SoftAI powered robotic solutions

U.S. – Award-winning food robotics company Soft Robotics Inc. has announced that it has raised a USD $10M Series B extension, to expand commercial operations to meet COVID-19 pandemic-fueled demand and launch its SoftAI powered robotic solutions. SoftAI layers 3D vision and artificial intelligence technologies, on top of Soft Robotics’ patented and proven, IP69K-rated, soft grasping to give industrial robots…

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Mondelēz International employs blockchain technology to enhance food transparency

US – Europe’s leading food transparency blockchain, Connecting Food has assisted Mondelez International to launch their first food transparency project in the United States, with the iconic cracker brand Triscuit. Connecting Food offers digital transparency solutions which create value for agri-food players and restore consumer confidence in food. The platform is powered by blockchain, a technology which has enabled the…

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Laboratory instrumentation supplier Endress+Hauser development team bags prestigious AMA Innovations Award

SWITZERLAND – A team of developers at Endress+Hauser has been awarded this year’s AMA Innovations Award for developing QWX43, an inline fermentation sensor designed for breweries. The AMA Innovation Award has been in existence since the year 2000, presented for outstanding research and development work in sensor and measuring technology. It is exceptional in that it goes to the developers…

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CMX joins hands with US Captain D’s seafood restaurant to enhance food quality, safety

US – CMX, a leading provider of Enterprise Quality Management Software (EQMS) solutions for supply chain management and operational execution, has partnered with Captain D’s, the nation’s leading fast-casual seafood restaurant, to provide it with a more streamlined and efficient management of supplier relationships, and to ensure the ongoing quality and safety of food products being sourced. For over a…

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