Innovation in the field of robotic packaging lines for greenhouse vegetables continues, with lower costs, reduced resource consumption and improved hygiene being the three main factors driving the improvements.
Tomatoes grown around LED lights in the winter can significantly reduce greenhouse energy costs without sacrificing yield, according to a Purdue University study.
This year’s Fruit Logistica Innovation Award went to the Netherlands’ Staay Food Group. Its City Farming project uses custom greenhouses outfitted with specialized LED lighting to quickly cultivate seeds into young plants.
A waste management company in the United Kingdom is hoping its £185 million waste incinerator will help local farmers grow greenhouse tomatoes and avoid the pitfalls that have hampered some of the country's other combined heat and power projects in the past.
Bert Mucci, owner of Southshore Greenhouses Inc., monitors energy markets so closely that some days he says he feels more like an energy producer than a fruit and vegetable grower.