From a field of 60 applications, ten products have been singled out as contenders for the Fruit Logistica Innovation Award (FLIA) for 2016.
Hailing from Belgium, Netherlands, Spain, Denmark, South Africa, France, Israel and Germany, their innovations will be showcased at Fruit Logistica – being held February 3-5 – in a special exhibition area between Halls 20 and 21 of Berlin ExpoCenter City. Visitors to the show will be able to cast their vote there for the Innovation of the Year. It’s also where the winner will be announced on February 5 at 2.30pm.
A panel of experts representing every segment of the industry selected the following ten candidates:
“Automato” – Stoffels, Belgium: A dispenser for the point of sale: different cherry tomato varieties are dispensed from three boxes directly into paper bags
“Enjoya” – Terra Natura International, Netherlands: Unique: a yellow and red striped sweet pepper.
“Genuine Coconut” – World’s Coconut Trading, Spain: Easy enjoyment: an organic coconut with a patented opening and a drinking straw.
“Harvest Automation” – Hortiplan, Netherlands: A machine for the fully automated harvesting of salad varieties.
“Kitchen Minis® Tomato” – Northern Greens, Denmark: A cherry tomato plant for the windowsill, yielding up to 150 tomatoes.
“Outspan Sam” – Capespan, South Africa: An initiative for children, including videos showing the journey citrus fruit takes on its way to the dinner table.
“Parmentine’s Cup” – Parmentine, France: A container with 250g of baby potatoes to be cooked in the microwave. Available in two varieties: with basil and tomato or fresh cheese and chive sauces.
“Pearl Herbs” – 2BFresh, Israel: Ideal for garnishing dishes: tiny fresh herbs in ten varieties
“QualyCheck” – HortKinetix, Germany: An app that can generate and send a quality control report from a smartphone.
“WOW! Colourful Perupas®” – HZPC Holland, Netherlands: Different new potato varieties based on ancient varieties found in the Andes. They differ from each other in taste, texture and colour.
“The FLIA is regarded as the most important award in the industry,” said Fruit Logistica’s global brand manager Wilfried Wollbold. “It attracts considerable media attention and honours new products and services that will have a positive impact on the international fresh produce sector.”
source: Fruit Logistica