Equipment/Technology

The power of creativity: A special beer, vodka and chips from the same potato source…

“Yes, it got slightly out of hand,” laughs Victor van Veelen. Seven years ago the brothers Joost and Sebastiaan Hoes opened a trial store under the name FrietHoes in the Netherlands. It was the start of their own FrietFabriek (ChipFactory) in which Victor van Veelen also participated. Their new production line has a capacity of over 2 million kg of fresh[Read[Read More…]

Gpi and Kiremko deliver batter line installation for french fry coating

According to a report published online by Potato Business, Gpi and Kiremko worked together on designing and building a complete batter line that can produce liquid batter for the coating french fries. This liquid batter will be applied in a thin layer on the fries before they are baked. This ‘battering’ or ‘coating’ of chips is done to give the fries[Read[Read More…]

Drones measure nitrogen application in potato farming

Researchers at Wageningen University & Research in the Netherlands announced that the ‘Toward precision agriculture 2.0’ research program has included a group of potato farmers carrying out test runs with sensor observations by drones. The drone images show exactly where they should apply more or less nitrogen on their fields, allowing farmers to use the product more efficiently. Precision agriculture researcher[Read[Read More…]

NZ: Mesh cheaper than chemicals in stopping potato psyllid

Scientist Dr Charles Merfield believes he has the answer to solving the problem of the potato psyllid, which costs growers about $10 million a year. Trials using mesh to cover the crops have shown an “astonishing” reduction in numbers of the insect, which delivers a damaging bacterium to the plant and tubers, causing major production losses. Not only does the mesh ward[Read[Read More…]

UK: Potato farmers who launched Fairfields Farm Crisps open new anaerobic digestion plant

Essex potato farmers Laura and Robert Strathern, who diversified into crisp making are celebrating the opening of a new anaerobic digestion (AD) plant. Fairfields Farm at Wormingford, near Colchester, believes the investment, which means the business is entirely energy efficient, makes it the UK’s only hand-cooked crisp company powered solely by renewable energy. The plant, which occupies the space of about 10 football[Read[Read More…]

Researchers develop low cost sensor to detect rot in potato storage facilities

In Idaho, potatoes are both a humble stereotype and a half-billion dollar crop. According to the Idaho Farm Bureau Federation, every spring farmers plant more than 320,000 acres of potatoes valued at between $550-$700 million. Yet unbeknownst to most consumers, roughly 30 percent of the potatoes harvested spoil before they reach a grocery store shelf. Boise State University researchers Harish Subbaraman,[Read[Read More…]

Natural antioxidant made from rosemary extract to extend potato chips shelf life

Potato chips’ shelf life can be doubled with a new 100% natural antioxidant made from rosemary extract produced by ingredient specialist Kancor. Rosemary extracts are used to naturally extend the shelf life of food products. However, its flavor, aroma and color pose a challenge in application. OxiKan CL, which is the fully decolorized and deodorized extract of rosemary, has been specially[Read[Read More…]

New Oceasoft software brings real time alerts to temperature monitors

OCEASOFT, a company with offices in France and the US, is dealing in wireless monitoring solutions for temperature-sensitive goods, announced the release of OCEAlert, their new solution that enhances cold-chain monitoring which helps reduce the risk of product loss. “The demand for enhanced monitoring during product transit or storage continues to rise. It is critical for managers in charge of sensitive[Read[Read More…]

US: McDonald’s installs kiosks instead of workers

The next time you head up to the counter to order a Big Mac and some fries, don’t be surprised if there’s something missing: a smiling face. McDonald’s is reportedly moving away from human employees with an automated self-check out system that lets patrons place their own orders, pay for their meals, and then retrieve the prepared food items. The self-service[Read[Read More…]

Italy: New systems modify irrigation depending on the weather

It’s no longer thinkable to grow crops without irrigation, but interventions must be as efficient and precise as possible. Scarabelli irrigazione and Consorzio Agrario Adriatico have developed a solution that connects the irrigation system to local weather stations so as to plan interventions according to the weather forecast. If the conditions change, the system automatically corrects the schedule. “They can[Read[Read More…]

Hi-tech production to fill demand for quality seed potatoes in India

There is a huge shortage of certified seed in India. The incorporation of hi-tech seed production systems, coupled with advanced virus detection techniques is the only way out in fulfilling the huge demand for quality seed potatoes in the country. Keeping that in view, ICAR-CPRI, Shimla has standardized a number of high-tech seed production systems based on tissue culture and[Read[Read More…]

Spanish potatoes sold on Amazon

Innovating, modernising, profitability, adapting to the consumer of the 21st century… these are some of the concepts that are always mentioned in any forum addressing the agro-food industry and looking to the future. According to Juan Manuel Coello, Operations Director of Patatas Meléndez, “It is undoubtedly certain that the mindset of the current buyer is very different to that of previous[Read[Read More…]

Key Technology presents VERYX® digital sorters to Australian food processor

Key Technology introduces its VERYX® family of digital sorters to the Australian food processing industry with the VERYX C140 on exhibit at the FoodPro trade show in Sydney 16-19 July, 2017. Featuring an innovative system architecture and advanced inspection technology, VERYX sorters maximize the detection and removal of foreign material (FM) and product defects based on objects’ color, size, shape[Read[Read More…]

Video: Planting potatoes in the Dutch province of North Brabant

Planting potatoes using a Deutz Fahr Agrotron 7250 TTV with front cultivator and AVR GE-force rotary tiller for preparing the land, as well as a Miedema Structural PM 4000 belt planter for planting the potatoes, adding fertilizer and ridging – all done during a single pass. Aardappels poten bij akkerbouwbedrijf Hack uit Dinteloord (N-B) De pootcombinatie bestaat uit een Deutz-Fahr Agrotron[Read[Read More…]

Video: 16 Row massive potato harvest in Idaho

Carl Taylor from Taylor Farms in Idaho Falls, Idaho, presenting Spudnik’s 16 row harvesting system. With eight 6 row windrowers and four 4 row harvesters they are able to harvest between 400 – 450 acres a day. The biggest advantage was to reduce tractors and operators from their harvesting operation. In addition they were better able to utilize their truck[Read[Read More…]

Tong’s Fieldloader now comes with new design options

Tong Engineering announced new design options on its popular Fieldloader, including unique automatic transport-mode features, allowing users to make the machine even more compact for road transport. Designed to provide effective in-field cleaning and bulker loading in one mobile machine, the Tong Fieldloader is a mobile system which allows crop cleaning and inspection to take place straight from the harvester with[Read[Read More…]

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