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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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Germany’s favourite fresh produce retailers

Globus was the winner in the hypermarkets category, Edeka in the full range supermarkets category and Lidl in the discount category in the latest Fruchthandel Magazine retail awards for the best fresh produce departments among Germany retailers.

German consumers have once voted for the best fresh produce departments among the country’s retailers and the winners were Globus, Edeka and Lidl.

Globus was the winner in the hypermarkets category, Edeka in the full range supermarkets category and Lidl in the discount category.

The Fruchthandel Magazine retail awards were announced yesterday in Berlin during the Fruitnet World of Fresh Ideas event held on the eve of Fruit Logistica 2017.

They are the result of a poll of 9,000 German households by consumer research company GfK.

GfK asked consumers to rate the retailers according to factors including the regular and reliable availability of a full range of really fresh produce; the layout, attractiveness and cleanliness of the department; the availability of staff to give help and advice; and the availability of special items such as organic and convenience products.

They were also asked to rate the value for money offered by the retailer and their level of confidence in its food safety.

“The survey shows yet again how important the fresh produce department is to the overall image the retailer,” said Robert Broadfoot, managing director of Fruchthandel Magazine, Dusseldorf.

“It is especially pleasing to note that consumers are continuing to place increasing importance on the quality of fresh produce and the level of staff service.

“Retailers who have not had these the factors high on their list of priorities before are now beginning to pay much more attention to them. That is good news for the consumer,” he said.




Photos of award winners courtesy of Messe Berlin

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Record participation expected at Fruit Logistica this week


Bringing together about 3,100 companies from 86 countries to exhibit under one roof, Fruit Logistica kicks off tomorrow in Berlin.

What will be the  25th anniversary of this annual event– billed as one of the world’s top fresh produce trade fairs – is expected to draw over 70,000 trade visitors from more than 130 countries.

Running February 8-10 at Messe Berlin, the 2017 edition features Germany as the official partner country.

Messe Berlin GmbH CEO Dr. Christian Göke said Fruit Logistica was launched in 1993 in response to industry and attracted 100 exhibitors in that first year.

“In 2017, for the first time, the number of exhibitors will top the 3,000 mark.

“As a leading global trade fair, Fruit Logistica is a don’t-miss event for players across the entire value chain. Not only does the trade fair offer outstanding business opportunities, it has also gained a solid reputation as a platform for information and innovations,” he said.