Market testing is currently under way, Taffer said.
Ilapak Inc., Newtown, Pa., has introduced a bagger than employs ultrasonic technology to seal bags.
The system allows processors and packers to use less film per bag, which translates in to savings in the long run, said Larry Chmielewski, North America sales manager.
The unit also reduces the number of bags that require reworking from 8% to 12% using heat-seal systems to less than 1%, Chmielewski said.
The system, which can fill and seal up to 70 10- to 16-ounce bags per minute, has been in use in Europe and is just starting to see use in the U.S., he said.
Interrupcion Fair Trade
Interrupcion Fair Trade will soon start offering organic Fair Trade avocados from Mexico.
The New York-based importer sources the fruit from Michoacan through McAllen, Texas, said Rafael Goldberg, chief executive officer.
The avocados will join other Fair Trade-certified offerings such as pineapple, blueberries, apples, pears and kiwifruit, Goldberg said.
They will be available nationwide in the U.S. and Canada, and pricing will be similar to other organic avocados with a 5% to 10% premium that funds the Fair Trade social responsibility efforts, he said.
Junction Solutions, a supplier of integrated inventory tracking and workplace management software, now offers a package-level product traceback feature.
The Englewood, Colo., company’s traceback feature uses quick-response codes on consumer packaging (or cases or pallets depending on client needs), said Douglas Myslenski, senior product specialist.
Consumers scanning the label are taken to a website detailing when and where the product was packed and/or other customizable information, he said.
The software is Microsoft-based, and aspects of it are in use at Taylor Farms, Driscoll’s and other produce companies, he said.
Rishon-Lezion, Israel based Juran Metal Works Ltd.’s new pomegranate ArilSystem doubles the capacity of previous equipment, said Avner Galili, marketing director. The extractor handles 56 pieces of fruit per minute and produces less waste from extraction than previous models.
Galili said waste is less than 5% with the new machine, and arils are suited for fresh consumption rather than juice.
Koppert Biological Systems
Koppert Biological Systems in early May relocated its headquarters from Romulus, Mich. to Howell, Mich., said Gabe Diaz-Saavedra, crop adviser for Koppert.