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Fruit Logistica Innovation Award Nominees unveiled

The nominees for the FRUIT LOGISTICA 2020 Innovation Award have been announced. The highest award of the fresh produce industry will be delivered on February 7, 2020 in Berlin. More than 78,000 professional visitors from the sector, from more than 135 countries, will be invited to vote on their innovation of the year. 

The ten nominees, who were chosen by a panel of experts from the entire fresh produce industry, will be exhibited at FRUIT LOGISTICA 2020 in a special area between pavilions 20 and 21. The nominees are as follows: 

“Tomato YOOM ™”, Syngenta Seeds B.V., The Netherlands

“Tomato YOOM ™”, Syngenta Seeds B.V., The Netherlands

Hall 1.2, D-16

A new product line of a tomato with an unmistakable dark purple colour, rich in anthocyanins and a sweet and sour umami flavour. This innovative variety is suitable for all seasons and growing conditions, including artificial light.

www.syngenta.com

 

“Violì”, Apofruit Italia Soc. Coop. Agricola, Italy

“Violì”, Apofruit Italia Soc. Coop. Agricola, Italy

Hall 2.2, A-08

A tender and soft artichoke hybrid, slightly purple in color and cultivated according to precise production specifications and control plans. This ensures consistent calibres and unique quality levels. Violì is available nine months a year.

www.apofruit.it/en

 

“Coconut automatic opening machine K30”, Shanghai FruitPro Information Technology Co. Ltd, China

“Coconut automatic opening machine K30”, Shanghai FruitPro Information Technology Co. Ltd, China

Hall 9, D-07

The K30 is a microcomputer controlled machine that opens coconuts safely and hygienically using patented blades so that the consumer can enjoy both coconut water and meat. The algorithms automatically adjust the depth of the opening, as well as the adaptation time for each individual coconut.

www.fruitke.com

 

“Compostable, Flexible, Printed, Packaging”, SILBO SP. Z.O.O., Poland

“Compostable, Flexible, Printed, Packaging”, SILBO SP. Z.O.O., Poland

Hall 7.1, B-07

Fruit and vegetable packaging without solvents, compostable and ecological, duly certified and manufactured with water-based inks and adhesives. Using flexographic technology, water-based inks can be printed on a wide variety of composite materials.

www.silbo.pl

 

“Mosswool®”, Novarbo Oy, Finland

“Mosswool®”, Novarbo Oy, Finland

Hall 8.1, B-15

These panels of wool moss are harvested according to a patented ecological process and represent a sustainable alternative for the rock wool substrate in the cultivation of vegetables. Due to their organic raw material, they can be composted simply and profitably along with other crop residues or recycled after use.

www.mosswool.fi

 

“New Downy Mildew Resistant (High) Sweet Basil”, CN Seeds Ltd, United Kingdom

“New Downy Mildew Resistant (High) Sweet Basil”, CN Seeds Ltd, United Kingdom

Hall 1.2, A-13

Genetically resistant seeds that can be used worldwide to combat hairy mildew in the most common sweet basil variety, Ocimum. An ecological and cost-effective solution for a plant that is otherwise susceptible to diseases.

www.cnseeds.co.uk

 

Proband V1000, project Service & Produktion GmbH, Germany

“Proband V1000”, project Service & Produktion GmbH, Germany

Hall 7.1b, A-06

The first banding machine with interchangeable frames that can process all bandwidths, from 25 to 60 millimetres, in different band thicknesses, from 35 to 210 micrometres. It is optimized to handle paper bands with a plastic content of less than 5%.

www.project-ae.com

 

“Sinclair EcoLabel®”, Sinclair, United Kingdom

“Sinclair EcoLabel®”, Sinclair, United Kingdom

Hall 4.1, B-09

A high performance labelling solution, safe for food and fully compostable for fresh products, which disintegrates in 12 weeks and biodegrades in 180 days. OK compost, Industrial and Seedling certifies that the label complies with European standard EN13432 for compostable and biodegradable containers.

www.sinclair-intl.com

“Tenderstem Royale®”, SAKATA VEGETABLES EUROPE SAS, France

“SoFruMiniPak® EcoView”, SoFruPak ​​Witold Gaj, Poland

Hall B / CityCube / E-04

A simple quick-closing container for fruits and mushrooms, available with a separate or integrated lid. Renewable raw materials combined with good ventilation characteristics ensure optimized cooling and 100% biodegradability.

www.sofrupak.com

 

“Tenderstem Royale®”, SAKATA VEGETABLES EUROPE SAS, France

“Tenderstem Royale®”, SAKATA VEGETABLES EUROPE SAS, France

Hall 8.2, B-11

A natural cross between Chinese green cabbage and broccoli with an unmistakable purple stem. Each part is edible, from the stem to the tip. Sweet and tender stems are not only low in fat, sodium and sugar, but also rich in protein and fiber.

www.tenderstem.co.uk

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Eataly chooses Solarelli

The Apofruit Group's top quality Italian fruit and vegetable brand goes on sale at the Eataly outlet in Munich and seven outlets in Italy itself. A partnership involving other European stores is in the pipeline.

Eataly, the famous chain specialising in top quality Italian produce, has chosen Solarelli to represent fine Italian fruit and vegetables in Italy and Europe-wide.

Solarelli made its European debut at the Eataly outlet in Munich, Germany, in July.

The new partnership reflects Solarelli’s mission of offering a range of fruit and vegetable products of guaranteed quality and from the best Italian growing regions. The brand belongs to the Apofruit Group, which itself is dedicated to supplying outstanding produce.

Eataly’s top fresh fruit and vegetable buyer Sergio Fessia said Solarelli’s fruit and vegetables are the perfect match for its European project, which aims to promote the best products from the Italian regions on a seasonal basis.

“It’s worth remembering that we market a geographical area, not just its products. And the assortment offered by the Solarelli brand assures us continuity of range, of the very highest quality, all year round. The Solarelli brand is already known on the markets with a good consumer approval rating, and we have seen for ourselves that its guaranteed quality level is constantly high,” he said.

Eataly plans new outlets in Copenhagen, Paris, London and Moscow and Solarelli is an ideal partner for assuring the excellent quality its aims to offer its consumers, Fessia said.

Apofruit sales manager Mirco Zanelli said Eataly is “great to work with.”

“For our brand, being selected by a top Italian firm, an ambassador for Italian produce worldwide, is a wonderful return on all the investments and hard work we have put into the promotion of our brand so far. We hope that this partnership will prove to be a lasting one,” he said.

Solarelli’s ample range incorporates the best Italian produce from the various regions throughout the year.

“We are currently supplying the Eataly outlets with plums, peaches, nectarines, apricots, melons, water-melons, grapes and pears,” Zanelli said.

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Apofruit presents new CEO

Ilenio Bastioni , Renzo Piraccini

Apofruit Italia has announced novelties and changes in its management. At a meeting in July, the cooperative’s board of directors confirmed Mirco Zanotti in the chair, and he will continue to have Claudio Biondi and Gianluca Balzani at his side as the two vice-chairs. At the same time, the board completed a wide-ranging internal reorganization and appointed a new CEO to replace Renzo Piraccini, whose term of office recently came to an end. The nominee for the post is young (a 40 year-old executive), confirming that a new generation is coming to the fore, as a sign of the new times.  Ilenio Bastioni, who has a brilliant career and plentiful experience in the sector, will be the new CEO of Apofruit, a cooperative with 3300 grower members in different parts of Italy who contribute 235,000 tonnes to achieve a consolidated sales figure of € 255 million. “I am proud of my new role”, said the new CEO, “and grateful to our chairman, Mirco Zanotti, to my prececessor, Renzo Piraccini, and to the board of the cooperative for this vote of confidence in me. I am conscious of the importance of the work that the cooperative has entrusted to me and will embark on this mission with the same passion and dedication I have always devoted to the fruit and vegetable sector”.