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GreenTech announces nominees for Innovation Awards 2019

GreenTech announces nominees for Innovation Awards 2019

Exhibitors at the GreenTech exposition to be held in Amsterdam next month submitted 50 innovations for the GreenTech Innovation Awards 2019. This number represents an increase from last year’s edition and shows the enormous developments in the horticultural sector. The winners will be announced during the official opening of GreenTech on Tuesday 11 June 2019.

An expert jury selected 18 nominees from all entries in four categories namely ‘Innovation’, ‘Sustainability’, ‘Impact’ and ‘Concept’. All the entries for the awards will be part of the GreenTech Innovation Route. The nominees for the Innovation Awards will be showcased at the InnovationLAB.

Nominations per category

Category: GreenTech Innovation Award 2019

    Autonomous crop management – Delphy B.V.

    ISO Bulb Planting Machine – ISO Group

    Koppert scout-app – Koppert Biological Systems

    Rubion – Octinion

    Ridder CO2 Optimizer – Ridder

Category: GreenTech Sustainability Award 2019

    Hortinergy – Climate modelling and analysis – Agrithermic

    Growfoam – Foamplant

    Hortiled Top 120v19 – Hortilux Schréder

    EcoExpert – Modiform

    Ridder NoNa+ – Ridder

Category: GreenTech Impact Award 2019

    SuprimAir Greenhouse – Certhon

    VA Grow Vertical Farm – KE GrowAir BV + Orange Climate Agri

    Ridder Co-Creation Climate Screens – Ridder

Category: GreenTech Concept Award 2019

    Phycotrone – MEG – Augmented Photobiology

    The Fiberglas Greenhouse Roof – Bordeso BV

    Medical Grow Rolling Container – Bosman Van Zaal

    Nexus with E-meta Intelligence – Van der Ende Groep

    e-Gro – Grodan – Part of the ROCKWOOL Group

For further information about the Innovation Awards please visit https://www.greentech.nl/innovations/

Jury

The jury of the GreenTech Innovation Awards 2019 consists of:

    Deputy chairman: Harm Maters, AVAG (Netherlands)

    Silke Hemming, Wageningen University & Research (Germany)

    Peter Zwinkels, Tecknokas (Netherlands)

    Mark Durno, Rockstart (United Kingdom)

    Perry van Adrichem, Horti-Tech B.V. (Netherlands)

    Wolfgang Steiner, Gemüsebau Steiner GmbH & Co KG (Germany)

The jury’s advisory committee consists of:

    Enrico Verhoef, United Farms (Mexico)

    Roger Abbenhuis, Onder Glas/In Greenhouses (Netherlands)

    Heinrich Dressler, Gärtnerbörse (Germany)

    Brian Sparks, Greenhouse Grower (USA)

    Leonardo Capitano, Vivai Capitanio (Italy)

Further information and registration

Interested in the GreenTech? Please visit https://www.greentech.nl/ for more information and registration. Registration is free of charge until 3 June. After 3 June the online registration fee will be €40 including VAT per person, and €70 including VAT at the entrance desk.

About GreenTech

GreenTech brings people and technology together to increase growth, productivity, sustainability, inspiration and pleasure in horticulture. We do this because we believe that improvement and innovation in horticulture will contribute to the wellbeing for people. GreenTech takes place at RAI Amsterdam. The GreenTech Tradeshow – with 470 exhibitors from the horticulture technology sector and an estimated 11,000 visitors from all over the world – will take place from 11 – 13 June.

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Fruit Logistica Innovation Award winners revealed

Discover the innovation most popular among the more than 75,000 visitors to the Fruit Logistica trade show this year.

Knox –  a natural solution that delays pinking in cut lettuce – has won the 2017 Fruit Logistica Innovation Award.

And in what was apparently a very close result, the runner-up was The Cracking Monkey, a pre-germinated nut from the Philippines with high levels of Vitamin E.

And in third place was Natupol Excel – Bee Vision, a specially developed beehive to optimise pollination in the greenhouse under artificial lighting.

The Knox winners

The awards were announced in Berlin today, February 10, the last day of the Fruit Logistica trade fair, which attracted a record of more than 75,000 trade visitors.

Fruchthandel Magazine managing director Robert Broadfoot, who announced the winners, said what makes the Fruit Logistica Innovation Award unique is that it is voted on by the visitors to the fair.

The visitors voted from a list of 10 finalists chosen by a jury from an initial field of 70 entries.

Read more about the winners and the rest of the finalists here.
 

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Tomato Inspiration announces two keynote speakers

Tomato Inspiration is an important event for international tomato growers being held February 9 in Berlin. It enables prominent tomato companies to meet and inspire each other and raise the sector to an even higher level.

Hein Deprez (Greenyard Horticulture) and GertJan Meeuws (Here, There & Everywhere/Indoor Growing) will be the keynote speakers during the 4th Tomato Inspiration event.

They will be shedding light on current trends and the outlook from now to 2025.

This important event for international tomato growers will be held on February 9 this year in Berlin. The event enables prominent tomato companies to meet and inspire each other and raise the sector to an even higher level.

As it takes place during the week of Fruit Logistica, also in Berlin, a large number of representatives from the worldwide tomato business will be in attendance.

The Tomato Inspiration Event is an annual initiative of HortiBiz, organised with a growing number of partners from the horticultural business.

HortiBiz is proud to present Koppert Biological Systems, Oerlemans Plastics, Priva and Saint Gobain Cultilene as gold sponsors, Axia Vegetable Seeds, Enza Zaden, Monsanto, Svensson and Van Dijk Heating as silver sponsors and GreenTech as content sponsor.

Together they invite the top 100 tomato growers in the world to meet in Berlin at the PURO Skybar.

What will be the fourth edition of this key event will again welcome growers, speakers, partners and press.

This year’s keynote speakers Hein Deprez from Greenyard Horticulture and GertJan Meeuws from Here, There & Everywhere/Indoor Growing, will both try to inspire the attendees in their own way, guiding tomato growers in preparing for the future.

Tomato Inspiration Award

Another high light during the event, is the yearly presentation of the Tomato Inspiration Award.

This award goes to a tomato grower with outstanding performance at a specific level. In 2014 it went to Windset Farms from Canada in the field of marketing and sales, while in 2015, Duijvestijn Tomaten from the Netherlands won the award for being the best in crop and process technology.

Last year, during the third edition of the event, the Tomato Inspiration Award was presented to Sundrop Farms from Australia for its innovative and sustainable way of growing tomatoes under difficult conditions.

Also, the audience was asked to choose its favourite out of four nominees. Sundrop Farms was nominated together with APS Salads from the United Kingdom, Flandria brand from Belgium and Zeiler Gemüsevertrieb from Austria.

This year, attendees will once again choose which nominee has inspired them the most and wins the award.

Invitation only

Tomato Inspiration is an invitation only event.

Those who have received a personal invitation should register via www.HortiBiz.com/event as soon as possible because the PURO Skybar has limited capacity.

For more information, please check www.tomatoinspirationevent.com.

 

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Fruit Logistica Innovation Award shortlist announced

The top award for innovation in the fresh produce sector will be presented at Fruit Logistica in Berlin on 10 February 2017. More than 70,000 trade visitors from over 130 countries can cast their vote on 8 and 9 February 2017 for the innovation of the year.

The 10 finalists for the 2017 Fruit Logistica Innovation Award have been revealed, with the winners to be announced in Berlin next February 10.

The selected innovations will be presented at the fair from February 8-10 in a special exhibition area between halls 20 and 21.

A panel of experts from all parts of the fresh produce industry chose the following ten nominees from more than 60 submissions.

BE-Cube Demountable Pallet Box System, Beekenkamp Verpakkingen B.V., Netherlands
A flexible, space-saving multi-purpose pallet box system which is both lightweight and completely collapsible, available with tilting and base emptying functions.

Crisp Fresh Watermelon, Syngenta, France
A seedless watermelon cultivated specially for fresh-cut processing with firm, dark red fruit pulp, reduced liquid loss and extended shelf life.

KnoxTM – Delayed pinking in fresh cut lettuce, Rijk Zwaan Zaadteelt en Zaadhandel BV, Netherlands
A specially developed natural solution to delay so-called “pinking” in cut lettuce, extending shelf life at POS by one or two days.

Mango Peeler & De-Cheeker, ZTI Smart Machines, Netherlands
A mango peeling and de-cheeking machine with dynamic insert clamps, specially developed spikes and fine, adjustable peeling knives for an exact, product friendly cutting process.

Natupol Excel – Bee Vision, Koppert Biological Systems, Netherlands
A specially developed beehive to optimise pollination in the greenhouse under artificial lighting. It has integrated navigation aids for the bees using reflective signals and a special coating.

SoFruBox® System, SoFruPak, Poland
A new environmentally friendly packaging system with bottomless trays and compatible individually vented SoFruMiniPak® containers to optimize cooling and ventilation.

Streamer Automatic Spiralizer, Turatti srl, Italy
A spiral cutting machine for the high volume handling of vegetables to produce pasta- like shapes such as spaghetti, tagliatelle, rings and even gnocchi-like cores.

Sustainable Grow Bag for Tasty Tomatoes, Greenyard Horticulture Belgium, Belgium
A fully compostable growbag filled with 100% organic substrate for the cultivation of greenhouse vegetables such as tomatoes and other products.

The Cracking Monkey – Pili Nuts, Die Frischebox GmbH, Germany
A pre-germinated nut from the Philippines with high levels of Vitamin E, pre-scored for easy opening with the special stainless steel cracker and sold in environmentally friendly cotton bags.

Yello® – The Color of Taste, VI.P/VOG, Italy
A sweet and crunchy yellow apple variety of Shinano Gold, a Japanese cross between Golden Delicious and Senshu.

“The Fruit Logistica Innovation Award is considered the industry’s leading award. It attracts considerable media attention and recognises new products and services whose market launch in recent months will give important impetus to the international fresh produce trade,” said Fruit Logistica global brand manager Wilfried Wollbold.

The special feature of the Fruit Logistica Innovation Award is that the winner is chosen by more than 70,000 trade visitors from over 130 countries who attend the exhibition. They are invited to cast their vote for the innovation of the year on the first two days of the trade fair.

Source of information and photos: http://www.fruitlogistica.de/en/Press/PressReleases/News_36098.html
Read more articles about innovation.
Fruit Logistica Berlin – 8-10 February 2017
 

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Winners announced for 20th annual Golden Bridge Trade & Export Awards

The 20th edition of the prestigious Golden Bridge Trade & Export Awards for outstanding achievements in exporting between the UK and the BeLux have been won by BelExport and Shanks Group plc. The Awards were presented by the Belgian- Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce (BLCC) and the British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium. Awards were also won by Namgrass, Orega and Lancer Europe.

The 20th edition of the prestigious Golden Bridge Trade & Export Awards for outstanding achievements in exporting between the UK and Belgium and Luxembourg, have been won by BelExport and Shanks Group plc.

The Awards were presented by the Belgian- Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce (BLCC) and the British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium.

Awards were also won by Namgrass, Orega and Lancer Europe.

Family-owned company BelExport received the coveted Golden Bridge Export Award for for its hard work in a very competitive and high risk environment, its continuous quest for innovation in what many would consider a basic and simple product – basically apples and pears – and for its sheer determination and ongoing adaptation amid geopolitical and climate challenges.

Shanks Group, which took the award for British companies, is a waste-to-product business and impressed the jury with its investment in and commitment to the Belgian market.

Best newcomer awards

The Best Newcomer on the Belgian market award went to Orega for its persistence and long term commitment to internationalising its business.

And Best Newcomer in the UK award went to Namgrass. The Jury was impressed by how two young entrepreneurial spirits, one from Belgium and one from the UK, created a niche market and turned it into a profitable and sizeable one with great potential.

Best small & medium-sized enterprise

The SME award went to Lancer Europe, considered by the jury to be a very successful example of cooperation between the Brussels-based HQ and the UK subsidiary.

The Golden Bridge Trade & Export Awards 2016 winners are, in alphabetical order:
Bel’Export – http://www.belexport.com/
Lancer Europe – http://www.lancereurope.com/
Namgrass – http://www.namgrass.com/
Orega – http://www.orega.com/
Shanks Group plc – http://www.shanksplc.com/

The Golden Bridge Trade & Export Awards are an initiative of the Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce in Great Britain, in collaboration with the British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium. The purpose of the event is to encourage exporting efforts to and from the UK and at the same time to give Belux and British products and services a higher profile abroad. Its great success has shown the need to provide Belgian, Luxembourg and British companies with a platform to prove their achievements on their respective export markets.

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Walmart honoured as top US mango retailer

The NMB said Campisi, senior director of quality control at Walmart, took the lead in making Walmart the first retailer in the US to pursue a year round ripe and ready to eat mango program, establishing its in-house ripening program and training QC teams to condition mangos.

Walmart has been singled out from over 100 retailers in America for special recognition as a mango retailer.

The US National Mango Board (NMB) named Walmart’s Wynn Peterson and Gary Campisi the 2016 Mango Retailers of the Year.

The award recognises retailers that go above and beyond to offer strong consistent support to the mango industry, and deliver outstanding mango promotion results, and was announced on October 16 during the PMA Fresh Summit Convention & Expo in Orlando, Florida.

In a press release, the NMB said Peterson, a senior produce merchant at Walmart, envisioned that making Walmart the destination for mangos in the US would be good for business, “not just good for their produce business, but good for their overall store sales.

“He convinced upper management to invest in an aggressive promotion and pricing strategy, which included huge mango displays featured in prime store locations.”

Peterson said improving freshness has been a strategic focus for us at Walmart for the past two years. “Our suppliers have partnered with us to help take days out of our supply chain so that our Walmart customers are enjoying fresher produce than ever.”

“Even after a few years of excellent sales performance, we still have tremendous upside as we work together to introduce more people to this delicious fruit,” he said.

Left to right: Wendy McManus, Retail Program Manager at the NMB; Wynn Peterson, Senior Produce Merchant at Walmart; Gary Campisi, Senior Director of Quality Control at Walmart; and Manuel Michel, Executive Director at the NMB.

The NMB said Campisi, senior director of quality control at Walmart, took the lead in making Walmart the first retailer in the US to pursue a year round ripe and ready to eat mango program, establishing its in-house ripening program and training QC teams to condition mangos.

“Since 2012, the NMB and their ripening experts (and their persistence!) have helped Walmart develop a mango ripening program that would provide a better eating experience for our customers which would in turn increase sales. We have definitely seen the increase in customer demand with significant year over year growth in the mango category,” Campisi said.

NMB retail program manager Wendy McManus said Walmart has fundamentally changed its US mango business model over the past couple of years. “And because they are the largest retailer in the US, their focus on mangos has impacted the entire industry, whether you sell directly to them or not,” she said.

Source: www.mango.org/en/Utility/Media/Press-Releases/Produce-Trade-Press-Release/Wynn-Peterson-and-Gary-Campisi-of-Walmart-are-Hono

 

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Dole salad kits win innovation prize

Dole Chopped Salad Kits has been chosen from among nearly 3,500 consumer products for a Nielsen Breakthrough Innovation Award for 2016.

Dole Chopped Salad Kits has been chosen from among nearly 3,500 consumer products for a Nielsen Breakthrough Innovation Award for 2016.

In a press release, Nielsen said this year’s 18 award winners met its rigorous requirements for distinctiveness, relevance and endurance.

In Nielsen’s Breakthrough Innovation report this year, Dole vice president of marketing CarrieAnn Arias said Dole had set out to create a bagged salad that was not just good, it had to be ‘craveable’.

It also aimed to deliver a salad experience “that was indulgent…but not unhealthy.”

“We approached the challenge as one of enabling a restaurant-quality experience at home,” she said.

Dole experimented with 50-60 different ingredients and an even greater variety of dressings, Arias said, underlining how complex its product development process was.

It also paid close attention to packaging, finding that a narrower bag helped keep the ingredients better distributed vertically, making for a much better at-shelf visual than the standard pillow bag.

“We have now created a runaway success that is transforming the produce section – selling over $100 million in its second year and growing strong at more than 115% in the past year.

“One of our biggest challenges is to keep up with growth, not run out of kale (no joke!), and continue to innovate to address consumers’ increasing demand for more and different ‘craveable’ salads.

“We will continue to stay close with our consumers, who are extremely active on social media, collaborate with our retail partners, and monitor evolving trends in the restaurant scene,” she said.

 

 

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G.A.P. awards 2016 – calling all producers!

The G.A.P. Awards honour GLOBALG.A.P. certified producers who have achieved outstanding results through their commitment to GLOBALG.A.P. principles and the implementation of Good Agricultural Practices.

Announcing the fourth edition of the GLOBALG.A.P. Good Agricultural Practices Award.

Initiated in 2012, the G.A.P. Awards honour GLOBALG.A.P. certified producers who have achieved outstanding results through their commitment to GLOBALG.A.P. principles and the implementation of Good Agricultural Practices. It also offers GLOBALG.A.P. certified farmers an excellent opportunity to showcase their achievements and gain worldwide industry recognition for their efforts.

The G.A.P. Awards 2016 will focus on the following three categories:

1.     Talent for Agriculture, Women and Youth

2.     Water Management

3.     Integration of Smallholders

which will be assessed on the following criteria:

•       Traceability – IT/Transparency Usage

•       Push for Partnerships/Co-operations (public, private, etc.)

•       Innovative Practices/Technologies

•       Economic Aspect/Created Value

•       Passion and Powerful Story

The G.A.P. Awards 2016 is open to all GLOBALG.A.P. Integrated Farm Assurance Standard certified farmers and farmer groups, as well as any programs involving one or more certified farmers.

All the winners will receive:

•       A ticket to the GLOBALG.A.P. SUMMIT 2016 in Amsterdam, including travel and accommodation costs for one person

•       A G.A.P. Awards 2016 Trophy

•       A G.A.P. Awards 2016 Winner Certificate

•       A G.A.P. Awards 2016 Winners Seal for their communication, emails, website

Deadline: 30 June 2016.  

For application criteria and information, go to www.globalgap.org/gapawards2016

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Innovation award win for Ecopouch mushrooms

Innoval is a major showcase at the Alimentaria where innovations in the food and drinks industry from the participating companies are presented.

Ecopouch, a range of mushrooms cooked and packaged in their own juices with no additives or salt, has won the Innoval Award for Best International Innovation at Alimentaria 2016 for Dutch company Scelta Mushrooms.

The mushrooms can be stored for a long time and their juice makes the perfect 100% natural base for stocks and sauces, according to organisers of the international food and drinks exhibition, which ran April 25-28 in Barcelona

In a press release, Scelta Mushrooms said its Ecopouch mushrooms are produced via a unique procedure. After being packed, the mushrooms are boiled in their own juice. “The result are shelf stable sliced mushrooms with a fresh taste and texture.”

Innoval is a major showcase at the Alimentaria where innovations in the food and drinks industry from the participating companies are presented. The Innoval awards were presented on April 26.

Another of the 16 Innoval Awards 2016, that for Dry, Dehydrated, Canned and Semi-Preserved Food, went to the company Aneto Natural for a purifying salt-free artichoke stock based on 100% fresh organic vegetables which helps to cleanse and purify the body.

Garden Gourmet, a brand of vegetarian dishes made from a careful blend of wheat and soy proteins, won the award in the Fresh and Refrigerated Non-Dairy Products category.

The Trend Award for Health and Assurance went to the company Girona Noel Alimentaria for its range of sliced meat-free sausages made using egg white as the protein base and ideal for vegetarian consumers looking for an alternative to meat in their diet.

Read about the other winners here: ORGANIC VERMOUTH WINS ALIMENTARIA INNOVAL AWARDS

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Musgrave wins store design awards

Ireland’s Musgrave Group recently won the A.R.E. gold design award for Best Supermarket, for its flagship SuperValu store, in Blackrock, Dublin, and another for Best Convenience Store, for its Centra store in O’Connell Street, Limerick.

New store concepts for its SuperValu and Centra banners have seen Ireland’s Musgrave Group bag two prestigious design awards.

At GlobalShop 2016 – held in Las Vegas in March and billed as the world’s largest annual retail design show – the retail group walked away with the A.R.E. (Association for Retail Environments) gold design award for Best Supermarket, for its flagship SuperValu store, in Blackrock, Dublin, and another for Best Convenience Store, for its Centra store in O’Connell Street, Limerick.

In a press release, Musgrave said the awards recognise the very best in international retail design, “so we were up against some serious contenders on the global stage.”

“The SuperValu and Centra projects complemented the conference’s big focus on customer experience design and what it means for retail.

“The store concepts were acknowledged for responding to the new food trends on the rise, improving the in-store experience and truly differentiating themselves from competitors.

“Our SuperValu ‘Food Festival’ concept was recognised for celebrating the shared joy of food, with the renewed energy that champions quality, people, local and freshness,” it said.

SuperValu store in Blackrock, Dublin

According to design consultancy Household, among the features of the SuperValu store in Blackrock is the juice bar in the fruit and vegetable section, which it described as “another standout service experience where customers pick their own produce to be blended in-store.”

Household said Centra has shifted from ‘convenience store’ to ‘convenient eating destination’ with the new format store in Limerick.

“Centra had successfully held its own through the recession in Ireland, but as the economy improved the brand wanted to rethink its high-convenience (or ‘Hi-C’) format stores. Centra needed to compete for the new customer who has more money to spend and is interested in healthy living,” it said.