BIBLIOTECA HORTICULTURA

BIBLIOTECA HORTICULTURA

  • Introduction to Food Safety Plans

    Introduction to Food Safety Plans

    When processing food and beverages, or anything related to food production, a company’s hygiene strategy directly affects production quality and profitability. Poorly cleaned equipment or unsafe conditions for food processing can lead to an inferior or potentially harmful product. Appropriate cleaning is not only required and ethical but also makes business sense, as guaranteed product quality ensures consumer wellbeing and satisfaction. Packhouses, as suppliers of products for consumption (e.g., sorting of fresh produce), are subject to and must comply with regulations from… Read more

  • Cherry industry looking to technology to ensure quality cherries for export markets

    Cherry industry looking to technology to ensure quality cherries for export markets

    Last month, our team attended Global Cherry Summit in Chile to support the local industry and spend time with our valued customers. Not only was it a pleasure for the team to meet with the lovely Chilean people, see the beautiful country and spend time in such a wonderful place, they learnt more about the current market and its challenges. The Chilean industry has grown significantly over the last 10 years – from about 40,000 tonnes to 180,000 tonnes of cherries. Chilean cherries are a special market; they can export just about anywhere. Chile exports many other commodities, like apples… Read more

  • Quality eating experience vital for repeat purchase of fresh produce

    Quality eating experience vital for repeat purchase of fresh produce

    Last week my colleague Tim Marshall bit into a perfectly good looking apple and found the internal browning in the image above - he came straight to me as inspection systems product manager to complain about his negative eating experience. Tim, like most consumers, made his initial purchase based on the exterior appearance and feel of the apple. Having had a bad experience, he's unlikely to buy this brand again. At Compac we specialize in providing packhouses with state-of-the-art grading and sorting technology to ensure the right quality produce goes to the right consumer. Enticing… Read more

  • Hort Connections 2018 - Halving waste and doubling productivity in 11 seasons!

    Hort Connections 2018 - Halving waste and doubling productivity in 11 seasons!

    The challenges of a growing global population is well documented and by 2050 the world’s population will reach 9.1 billion, 34 percent higher than today. That’s a lot more people to feed, which is a challenge and a great opportunity for our industry. As the demand for food increases, especially healthy and fresh, it’s a great time to be working in the horticulture industry! The challenge above requires us to increase production by more than 30 percent in around 30 harvests and when you think about it that way, there is not a lot of time. It’s great to see Hort Connections this… Read more

  • Automating citrus Puff and Crease detection

    Automating citrus Puff and Crease detection

    Andrew McQueen's recent blog announcing the launch of Spectrim 2.1 briefly discussed our new Texture Grading Algorithm. And no matter what you call it - Texture, Puff and Crease, Creasing, Albedo or Kraakskil - the grading of creased fruit is important to orange packers. Compac has sold more lanes of Spectrim for citrus than any other category. Citrus grading improvements are an important focus for our Research and Development team, and as a result, the team is working on clear rot detection and developing and testing an improved solution for creasing on oranges. The… Read more

  • Behind the scenes of the Compac Sorter

    Behind the scenes of the Compac Sorter

    Since the 1980s, Compac has been on the forefront of fresh produce sorting and grading technology. Today, we have installed over 6,000 lanes worldwide and provide sorting solutions for many of the globe’s largest growers and packhouses. With over 30 years of experience developing and delivering sorting solutions, Compac holds a special position as the world’s leading sorting solution provider. But what exactly goes into creating a sorting system that enhances the brand of growers and packers, provides a good return on investment, and stands the test of time? In the… Read more

  • Technology sorting things out - H.H. Dobbins armed to become world leading packers again

    Technology sorting things out - H.H. Dobbins armed to become world leading packers again

    Western New York based company H.H. Dobbins has been a trusted fruit handler, manager and marketer in the US since 1905. Over the years the company has grown to include short and long-term storage, and recently invested in a state-of-the-art apple packhouse facility. They represent some of the finest growers in the world, taking great care to manage their fruit in a way that will optimize their investment, while maximizing returns to their growers. Shipping all over the world, delivering consistent quality produce is important in maintaining their brand reputation. CEO Ward Dobbins… Read more

  • What is blockchain, and what does it mean for fresh produce?

    What is blockchain, and what does it mean for fresh produce?

    In the age of big data, the Internet of Things (IoT), and the cloud, ways of conducting transactions in a verifiable and easy way are becoming more and more important. In 2008, the cryptocurrency Bitcoin was the first high-profile implementation of a distributed blockchain. Since then, blockchain has become a revolution in the way online transactions are carried out, and has rapidly been leveraged by other industries. In 2017, the Harvard Business Review stated that blockchain “has the potential to create new foundations for our economic and social systems”. While blockchain has become… Read more

  • What the PMA Fresh Summit says about the fresh produce industry

    What the PMA Fresh Summit says about the fresh produce industry

    The Produce Marketing Association (PMA) Fresh Summit is the premier fresh produce trade show in North America. The scale of the event is enormous with last October’s event attracting almost 20,000 people and more than 1000 exhibitors. TOMRA and Compac were positioned side-by-side to show how sorting solutions can protect and enhance our customers’ brands. Many consumers may not understand why such a large event is organized for something as simple as fresh fruit and vegetables. The truth is there is an incredibly sophisticated supply chain involved – it’s not as simple as picking a… Read more

  • Compac launches Inspectra2 - Enhanced internal inspection for fresh produce

    Compac launches Inspectra2 - Enhanced internal inspection for fresh produce

    Within a year of its acquisition by global food sorting leader TOMRA, New Zealand’s Compac has announced the launch of its Inspectra2 internal inspection system for fresh produce. Combined with its Spectrim external defect grading platform, Compac offers packhouses the ability to consistently and accurately grade external and internal characteristics of fresh produce including apples, kiwifruit, citrus and avocados at production speeds. Andrew McQueen, Senior Product Manager at Compac explains that the new Inspectra2platform uses a spectrometer to measure light absorption as a… Read more