Cargill develops first robotic cattle driver to improve animal welfare and employee safety

USA - The American agro-corporation has developed industry’s robotic cattle drivers, first in the industry to promote animal welfare and improve employee safety. According to the company, the robots substitute human activity as they are designed to move cattle from pens to the harvest area, minimizing stress to the animals. The robots are operated by…

Krones acquires China’s assets and operations company Xiantong Equipment Installation

CHINA - Krones, the world’s leading manufacturer of filling and packaging technology, has acquired the business operations and assets of Shanghai Xiantong Equipment Installation effective 1 September 2018. According to the company, the Chinese company has been a partner and supplier to Krones in the field of process technology for many years. The acquisition of Xiantong’s…

mitte raises US$10.6m seed round for building plain tap water-to-mineralized water system

GERMANY – Mitte, the first of its kind smart home water system, has announced that it has secured US$10.6 million in financing, for a project of building a system that turns plain tap water to mineralized water at home. According to the company, the financing round was led by Danone Manifesto Ventures, the New York-based…

US FDA approves GEA’s aseptic technology

USA – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has awarded GEA a letter of no objection (LONO) for its ABF 1.2 technology, an integrated blowing, filling and capping solution featuring a fully aseptic rotary blowing machine. According to GEA, that is the only system equipped with a 100% aseptic blower that is allowed to…

Sainsbury’s to start trials for the smartphones payment system

UK - Sainsbury's, the second largest chain of supermarkets in UK, is planning to get rid of checkouts as its tests new technology that allows customers to scan and pay for shopping using their smartphone. According to Sun, this is not the first time that Sainsbury's has tested the technology as last year the lunchtime…

Ingredion adds new potato starches to cheese portfolio to improve functionality and choice

USA - Ingredion Incorporated, a leading global provider of ingredient solutions to diversified industries, has added three functional potato starches to its processed cheese ingredient portfolio, giving manufacturers greater functionality and choice. According to the company, the CheeseApp 50, 70 and 80 enable recipe cost savings in processed analogue block cheeses while delivering the appealing…

Walmart partners with Microsoft to boost ecommerce against Amazon

USA - Walmart Inc., the American chain of hypermarkets has entered into a strategic partnership with Microsoft Corp for wider use of cloud and artificial intelligence technology that for faster, convenient and easier shopping by customers at its stores. The five-year agreement will see Walmart utilize Microsoft’s cloud solutions, which is Microsoft Azure and Microsoft…

Supermarket chain Kroger launches personalized nutrition app

USA - The American retailer, Kroger Co. has unveiled a personalized nutrition mobile platform OptUp, a wellness app that provides customers with nutritional information on the produce they purchase at the grocery stores. With the app, customers can see product recommendations, scan, search items to find nutrition facts and product alternatives, and helps make healthier purchase…

Group of innovators design records management software to boost farmer sales

BOTSWANA - A group of young innovators in Botswana have designed a farm records management system, Montsamaisa meant to aid farmers in monitoring their farming activities with a long-term goal of ensuring improved farm performance sales. According to an article by AllAfrica, the software helps farmers get accurate feedback vital in making informed decisions. The…

DuPont unveils new generation of POWERBake enzymes for South America

USA - DuPont has unveiled a new generation of POWERBake® 8000 enzymes for bakery industry in South America for a more efficient and stable baking process. This is an expansion of DuPont Danisco POWERBake range of fungal xylanases providing bakers with benefits including increased final product volume and characteristics. The enzymes are important in improving consistency…