processing and packaging

New tech enables Freshco to detect stem splits and punctures in apples

Apple grower and exporter Freshco has enhanced its grading process by upgrading to TOMRA’s Spectrim LUCAi. This new technology has enabled Freshco's to detect stem splits and punctures, key defects that previously required intensive manual... more »

WeighPack Systems introduces bulk weigh filling machine

Precision weigh-filling and packaging machinery manufacturer WeighPack Systems Inc. has launched a new bulk weigh filling machine. The new bulk weigh filling machine system integrates an in-line metal detector between the filling process and weigh... more »

TIPA honors packaging pioneer Craig Fox

The Texas International Produce Association (TIPA) recently honored a Texas based packaging pioneer. During this year’s Viva Fresh, TIPA celebrated the vibrant spirit of the fresh produce industry while also paying tribute in memoriam to... more »

AI deep learning tech aids cherry packinghouses efficiencies

Cherry packers in California, the U.S., and New Zealand implemented TOMRA’s AI-powered trademarked LUCAi technology with its InVision2 grading platform during the past two seasons with excellent results. Prima Frutta Packing, Dunstan Hills and Panmure Orchards... more »

Kenneth Fox, Fox Packaging founder, dies

Kenneth Fox, founder of Fox Packaging, has died. Fox, a flexible packaging supplier, died April 17 at 91 years of age. “With deep sorrow, we announce the passing of Kenneth Fox,” leaders of the Texas... more »

Fox Packaging hires Jensie Smith as account manager

Fox Packaging has hired Jensie Smith as retail and key account manager. Smith will manage a portfolio of key accounts, overseeing communication, streamlining artwork changes and guiding packaging programs. ... more »

CMI Orchards launches new KIKU apples packaging

CMI Orchards plans to unveil a refreshed look for super sweet KIKU brand apples at the International Fresh Produce Association's Global Produce & Floral Show. This updated look will be implemented across all boxes and... more »

CMI unveils advanced pear packing technology

CMI Orchards has introduced pear packing technology that is marketed to possess strong benefits for retailers and consumers. The Wenatchee, Washington, based CMI’s recent expansions on the technology used to pack, market and sell pears... more »

IFPA comments on EU packaging regulations

The International Fresh Produce Association (IFPA) submitted public comments on the Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on packaging and packaging waste. “We are fully committed to reducing, (with the long-term goal... more »

Industry packaging pioneer Fox dies at age 62

Produce packaging pioneer Craig Fox has died at age 62. Fox, executive vice president at Fox Packaging, died on Feb. 1 after an illness. He served the produce industry for more than four decades in... more »

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Cover image of Fruit Growers News (FGN) July 2024 issue.

Talking tech: New app innovations aid growers

Smart tech wipes out pests: The latest trends in spraying automation

New Geneva rootstocks to help apple growers with size, yield, disease

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Farm Market & Agritourism: Insights from the 2023 farm markets survey

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