July/August 2023

How to keep produce safe from salmonella, other hazards

Trevor Suslow, an Extension research specialist at the University of California, Davis, is a key figure in fresh produce food safety, helping to define industry standards during his decades-long career.

New packaging solution helps handle fragile cherries

Cherries are fragile fruits, prone to bruise and quick to soften. When Danfrugt Skælskør A/S, a large Scandinavian grower of cherries, needed a reliable, automated weighing and packing solution for the sensitive produce, it turned to Newtec.

NY grower adds high-tech storage capabilities

After years of contracting with other companies to store apples, a New York apple grower and packer counts efficiency and enhanced technology as key benefits of adding controlled atmosphere (CA) storage on-site.

Packaging trends address sustainability concerns

As sustainability becomes an increasingly prominent concern, industries around the world are striving to adopt eco-conscious practices.

Research aims to solve sticky situation, preserve millions in trade

A move by European nations, led by France, mandating that PLU (price look up) stickers on fresh fruits and vegetables be home compostable has major implications for U.S. exports. While the paper used to make the stickers in America is biodegradable, the adhesive is not.

Upstart and established companies strive to define, achieve sustainability

When she formed her company, Earthcycle, nearly 20 years ago, Shannon Boase had a simple, if lofty, goal. “My purpose when I set up the company in 2005 was to save the planet, to do my part,” she said.

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