Croptracker - Blog

Time sensitivity in fresh market fruit production is a huge hurdle to overcome every season – but storage innovations like those achieved by RipeLocker suggest a cold supply chain future with minimal risk of decay. In partnership with Blueberry Hill, RipeLocker has announced the successful freshness outcome of its eight-week trial of storing blueberries in its containers for shipping and storing perishable goods.

Though the foundational components of plant life are understood, much of what happens below the soil remains obscure. Cornell University has initiated the development of a project to connect more dots regarding how roots engage with soil, by creating a wormlike robotic tool. Aiming to explore root interactions with soil, the robot concept offers great potential for plant growth data collection in a new way.

It’s not possible to sidestep the ongoing loom of the pandemic when talking about this year, which has produced seismic and international disruption across industries and personal lives. In the face of these new challenges, we are particularly humbled and grateful for our company’s successes in 2020. When reviewing our achievements, we reflect on the impact we have made with our new tools and are energized by our evolving plans for the year ahead.

Sorting and packing strategies for fresh fruit markets are always evolving, with any additional time saved in the supply chain leading to efficiency gains and less wastage. Logistical handling of fruit – from the initial point of harvest to its arrival at stores for consumer purchase – varies based on the variety.