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SanLucar has invested over €7 million in social and environmental projects

Over 2013/15, SanLucar invested more than €7 million in projects in Germany, Austria, Spain, Tunisia, South Africa and Ecuador.

During Fruit Logistica next month, the international fruit and vegetable brand SanLucar will present its 2013/15 corporate responsibility report titled ‘Commitment makes the difference.’

Now in its 4th edition, the report details the initiatives launched by SanLucar’s Corporate Responsibility department and its objectives for between now and the year 2020.

SanLucar Group CEO Stephan Rötzer said corporate responsibility is an essential part of SanLucar’s business and the reason its actions on social and environmental matters are fully integrated into its global company strategy.

“Our daily activity is based on five fields of action: excellent taste of our products, safety and health at work, environmental protection, education and knowledge exchange as well as the fulfillment of dreams for all the members of the communities where SanLucar is established,” Rötzer said.

Social and environmental projects

The group is guided by the philosophy “Taste in harmony with man and nature”.  As a result of this commitment, over 2013/15, SanLucar invested more than €7 million in projects developed in Germany, Austria, Spain, Tunisia, South Africa and Ecuador – all countries in which is has bases.

Regarding environmental projects, SanLucar has chosen a more efficient irrigation system for its fields in Tunisia, the installation of solar panels for the office in Austria and an energy saving program for its warehouse in Germany. By launching this latest initiative, SanLucar has been able to reduce the CO2 emissions by 61 tons, thanks to a more efficient and environmentally friendly LED lighting system.

“Sometimes it ́s hard to imagine the importance of this type of actions, but to have an idea it would be necessary to plant approximately 5.000 trees to counteract this amount of contaminating emissions” explains Stephan Rötzer.

One of the important milestones of SanLucar during the last two years concerning social management has been the boost given in Germany, Austria and Spain to awareness programs concerning the importance of doing sports and of following healthy nutrition habits. In the same way, education and further training has been one of the priorities for the company. In 2015 has been founded the SanLucar Academy in Ecuador, after the take-off in Spain of this employee training project.

From 3rd to 5th February, SanLucar will give extended information about these and further projects at the Fruit Logistica (hall 6.2-stand C07) where the report will be available in three languages (English, German, Spanish).

This report can also be downloaded from the SanLucar homepage next 15th of February.

For further information: http://www.sanlucar.com/fruit/?lang=en

Image: the cover of SanLucar’s 2013/15 corporate responsibility report
Explanation of the picture: “In Valencia, July 2015, on the second anniversary of our soup kitchen El Puchero, we asked 20 children to draw their idea of a beautiful world.“

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Unitec technological innovation at Fruit Logistica 2016

Unitec, the international group specialising in designing and developing technologies for the processing, sorting, quality selection, grading and packing of more than 35 types of fresh fruit and vegetables, will be at Fruit Logistica, taking place February 3-5 in Berlin.

Unitec, the international group specialising in designing and developing technologies for the processing, sorting, quality selection, grading and packing of more than 35 types of fresh fruit and vegetables, will be at Fruit Logistica, taking place February 3-5 in Berlin.

Unitec president Angelo Benedetti  said Unitec will bring its know-how, acquired over 90 years of history, to Fruit Logistica, “and the competence of a company that keeps thinking of new technological, cutting-edge solutions to improve the results in fresh fruit and vegetables processing.

“These increasingly performing solutions have been developed over the years by an organisation disposed to internationalisation,” he said.

In particular, the innovation presented by Unitec at the leading trade fair of the sector consists of systems for the quality selection and grading of a whole set of fruits, from blueberries to watermelons.

Unitec technologies for the internal and external quality selection of fruits are cutting-edge systems specifically structured and designed for each type of fruit (Cherry Vision, but also Apple Vision, Apricot Vision, Peach Vision, Blueberry Vision, etc.). Therefore, it is now possible to detect accurately and gently not just size and colour, but sweetness (Brix degree), ripeness, external and internal defects as well, in particular to remove soft/overripe fruits which are no longer suitable for export.

Fruits quality selection and grading certainly are key factors, and the systems developed by Unitec allow packing houses to formulate consistent export plans according to fruit ripeness. At the same time, Unitec technologies for quality selection enable fruit grading according to various quality parameters, uniformly and consistently over time. This important feature is the most relevant factor to increase consumer trust, since they are ensured they will always have a product that meets their expectations at every purchase.

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Exciting innovation to be featured at Fruit Logistica

Find out more about six of the ten finalists for the 2016 Fruit Logistica Innovation Award.

Here we profile six of the ten finalists for the Fruit Logistica Innovation Award (FLIA) for 2016.

HZPC revives ‘forgotten’ potatoes with its Perupas

“Colourful, tasty and different: a painting on your plate!” That’s how Dutch seed potato breeding and marketing specialist HZPC describes one of its newest concepts – ‘WOW! Colourful Perupas!’ A collection of varieties of unique colours, shapes and/or tastes, these potatoes have their origins in ancient varieties from Peru – mainly found in the Andes mountains – and are intended for professional chefs and home cooks seeking variation, inspiration and taste. Perupas comes in various types:  Magenta Love, Double Fun, Violet Queen, Blue Star, Violetta, Anya.

 

A new, striking striped pepper: Enjoya

This red/yellow striped sweet pepper was first discovered by Dutch grower Wilfred van den Berg in 2013 in his greenhouse in Est. Together with Enza Zaden and 4Evergreen, the optimal way to cultivate it has since been found and it is now on the market under the name Enjoya. Available from speciality greengrocers in the Netherlands last year, Enjoya was supplied to the catering and hospitality trade, where its unique appearance, delicious aromatic flavour and pleasant crispy bite – as well as its high level of vitamin C – make it highly valued.

 

Pearl Herbs the perfect – and piquant – garnish

Pearl Herbs are an innovative new line of tiny fresh herbs “with perfect appearance” and intense flavour currently available in six varieties: radish, pea shoots, sunflower, thyme and red mustard. Ideal for garnishing dishes, this product comes from Israel’s 2BFresh, a subsidiary of Teshuva Agricultural Projects Ltd (TAP), famous for its culinary fresh herbs and lettuces grown in soilless culture. At Fruit Logistica 2016, Olesh-based 2BFresh is presenting 3 product lines: the new Pearl Herbs, hydroponic fresh herbs that are ready to eat, and micro leaves – think of them as “gourmet vegetable confetti” – that are also ready for use and ideal for use in restaurants, catering and at home.

 

QualyCheck app aids quality control

Smartphones and tablets convert into valuable tools for the quality control of fresh fruit and vegetables thanks to this inventive app from Germany company HortKinetix. QualyCheck not only allows users to generate and send a quality control report from their device, it leads them step-by-step through the quality inspection process – just like booking a flight – and generates a report, accompanied by photos, which is then digitally sent to pre-determined contacts, keeping them informed in real-time about produce quality. This low-cost solution also helps users optimise their quality control processes and stay up-to-date with relevant regulations.

 

Genuine Coconut for authentic virgin coconut water

Genuine Coconut makes the most of the fact that nature has already designed the ideal container for coconut water – the coconut. It simply makes the healthy liquid inside easier to enjoy by providing a patented opening and a drinking straw. But Spanish company World’s Coconut Trading is fussy about the coconuts selected for this new product, choosing only fresh ones of the fragrant, naturally sweet Nam Hom variety grown organically in Thailand. Genuine Coconut is already on sale in El Corte Inglés supermarkets and various speciality stores around Spain.

 

Home-harvested cherry tomatoes from Northern Greens

Ideal for the kitchen windowsill or anywhere else in the home, the Kitchen Minis Tomato is a special plant that can yield up to 150 tomatoes over about 6 months. Who wouldn’t enjoy watching their cherry tomatoes grow at their fingertips and harvesting them fresh from the vine? From Denmark’s Northern Greens, a year-round fruit and vegetable supplier, there are plans for this product to soon be available around Europe, tapping growing demand for home-grown produce. Standing about 35cm high, it takes up little space while making an attractive and unique home decoration.

Fruit Logistica Innovation Award

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Meet the finalists for the 2016 Fruit Logistica Innovation Award

From a field of 60 applications, ten products have been singled out as contenders for the Fruit Logistica Innovation Award (FLIA) for 2016.

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 

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Egypt, Fruit Logistica 2016 partner country, set for export growth

the future looks bright for Egypt’s agricultural exports. In the last decade, it has increased the volume of this trade by 226% and now exports to 145 countries. New investments in the sector and its commitment to the establishment of international specifications in packaging will support further growth.

The Egyptian export sector will be out in force at Fruit Logistica 2016 with 89 exporters exhibiting, up from 76 this year.

Egypt is the partner country for the event, a leading international trade fair for fresh produce marketing, which takes place February 3-5 in Berlin. The country’s pavilion in hall 2.1 will host the official Fruit Logistica opening on February 3.

According to a Fruit Logistica press release, the future looks bright for Egypt’s agricultural exports. In the last decade, it has increased the volume of this trade by 226% and now exports to 145 countries. New investments in the sector and its commitment to the establishment of international specifications in packaging will support further growth.

In 2014/2015 the country exported over $2 billion worth of agricultural products, excluding rice.

“The farming industry and its related sectors are vital to the Egyptian economy, with cultivated areas reaching around 9 million acres. They employ 32% of the country’s workforce and account for 14.7% of GDP,” the release says.

New African free trade area

It also says that an important step for Egypt was the agreement of 26 African countries in June this year to create a free trade area. The new free trade agreement Tripartite is integrating the existing agreements COMESA, EAC and SADC. In 2017, when Tripartite is supposed to become effective, it will facilitate the movement of goods between member states.

The safety and quality of food products and water supplies are of great concern to Egypt’s health authorities. They ensure safe, high-quality fresh produce while complying with numerous global standards and international certification bodies and institutions. They carefully monitor farms and exporters to ensure the quality of exported products, it says.

Egypt’s agricultural exports

According to a report by the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service, Egypt was the world’s largest exporter of oranges in 2014/2015, but it also exports a wide variety of other kinds of fruit, and vegetables.

Top farm exports in 2014/2015

  • oranges 1.22 million tons
  • potatoes 650,000 tons
  • onions 492,000 tons
  • dry beans 182,000 tons
  • grapes 111,000 tons
  • tomatoes 109,000 tons
  • pomegranates 55,000 tons
  • green beans 44,000 tons
  • mandarins 36,000 tons
  • strawberries 34,000 tons
  • lemons 33,000 tons
  • peanuts 26,000 tons

Egypt’s agricultural export partners

  • Exports to 145 countries
  • In 2014/2015, 727 Egyptian companies exported 743,000 tons to the EU. During the same period overall exports reached 3.53 million tons.
  • 21% of Egypt’s farming products are exported to the EU where the main markets are the UK, Netherlands, Italy, Belgium, Greece, Germany, Romania, Lithuania, Spain and France.

Egypt’s main non-EU trading partners for its produce include:

  • Saudi Arabia (18% of Egypt’s overall output),
  • Russia (18%)
  • The UAE, Kuwait, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and India.

Logistics and transport

  • Egypt’s unique geographic location in the Middle East combined with an expanding infrastructure base enhances the country’s position as a key global logistics hub for companies looking to do business in, or trade with, Europe, Asia and Africa.
  • About 90% of Egypt’s foreign trade is shipped through ports.
  • The expansion of the Suez Canal is expected to double its capacity to 97 ships a day.
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Innovation to be unveiled at Fruit Logistica

Fruit Logistica's Spotlight articles cover new and improved products, machinery and processes, systems and techniques, technologies, services, promotions and exhibitor campaigns to be presented at the fair.

An edible coating that extends the shelf life of melons (Decco), a pocket scanner providing the Brix value of a fruit sample (Sunforest), and a polytunnel with automated and permanent ventilation (Voen) are among the global debuts lined up for Fruit Logistica 2016, being held February 3-5 in Berlin.

Also slated to appear make their worldwide premieres are a new line of Pausa Pranzo salads with dressings, self-propelled harvesters for leafy vegetables (Ortomec), and two new attractive and tasty tomato varieties – Goutine (Hazera Seeds) and Belmonte F1 (Southern Seed).

These are among the innovations covered on the Fruit Logistica website in its Spotlight articles. The series provides an overview of new and improved products, machinery and processes, systems and techniques, technologies, services, promotions and exhibitor campaigns to be presented at the fair. The next deadline for submissions is November 30.

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Logistics Hub to make its debut at Fruit Logistica 2016

Supply chains are becoming longer and more complicated, sometimes spanning several continents. The right choice of logistic services can determine whether or not a fresh produce consignment can be sold.

Logistics Hub is a new three-day series of events focused on fresh produce handling and logistics that will be held at Fruit Logistica, February 3-5 2016.

According to a press release by the event organisers, the sessions will address ten current issues relating to the logistics chain. It is where “producers, exporters and traders will find the information they need to help them take the right logistic decisions when it comes to transporting their goods.”

Alex von Stempel, an independent consultant in fresh produce logistics has designed and organised Logistics Hub and will moderate the event, to be held in the CityCube Berlin, Hall B, Stand C-04.

Session topics include:

  • Strategic Cold Chain Investments and examining new Outsourcing Potential
  • Reefer Claims: Addressing a Classic Clash of Interests
  • Focusing on the First Mile: Country and Produce Case Study Africa
  • Focusing on the First Mile: Country and Produce Case Study Latin America
  • Frozen Vegetables – Opportunities, Challenges and Threats
  • ‘Anything, anywhere, anytime’: What does this mean for the fresh produce sector?

For more detail: http://www.fruitlogistica.de/es/Prensa/ComunicadosDePrensa/News_18762.html?referrer=/es/Prensa/ComunicadosDePrensa/#news-en-18762

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Egypt the Fruit Logistica 2016 partner country

Egypt first exhibited at FRUIT LOGISTICA in 1999. The Egyptian exhibition presence is organised by the Egypt Expo & Convention Authority (EECA).

Egypt has been named as the official partner country for Fruit Logistica 2016, taking place February 3-5 in Berlin.

Event organisers said in a press release that the North African country will focus on demonstrating its potential and presenting its high-quality products to win over trade visitors.

Messe Berlin CEO Dr. Christian Göke: “The history of agriculture in Egypt dates back more than 5,000 years – no other country in the world can look back on such a wealth of experience. Today, Egypt plays a significant role in the global fresh produce industry with substantial fruit and vegetable exports to 145 countries.”

Egypt exported USD 2 billion worth of fresh produce in the 2013/2014 season, primarily to Russia, Saudi Arabia and Great Britain. Iraq, the UAE, Libya, Italy, the Netherlands and Kuwait are also important customers. Export volumes rose from 1.7 million tons in 2005/2006 to 2.9 million tons in  2013/2014, a 69% increase.

In the 2013/2014 season, Egypt’s main exports included citrus fruits (1,142,000 tons), potatoes (688,000 tons), onions (359,000 tons), grapes (99,000 tons), pomegranates (85,000 tons), strawberries (34,000 tons) and green beans (31,000 tonn).

Egypt first exhibited at Fruit Logistica in 1999. The Egyptian exhibition presence is organised by the Egypt Expo & Convention Authority (EECA)

Source: Fruit Logistica

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Israel’s Aurora Seedless Papaya wins Fruit Logistica 2015 Innovation Award

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Trade visitors at last week’s Fruit Logistica fair in Berlin chose the “Aurora Seedless Papaya” as winner of the Fruit Logistica 2015 Innovation Award (FLIA). It was selected out of a field of 10 finalists, all of which were on display at the event.

 

From Aviv Flowers Packing House Ltd. in Israel, “Aurora Seedless Papaya” has a delicate fragrance and firm, full-flavoured pulp. The product of natural selection and crossing, its target markets include the EU,, Switzerland and Canada.

 

 

The second place FLIA winner was the “Lemoncherry” tomato.



Developed by BelOrta, a growers’ cooperative based in Belgium, this yellow, sweet-tasting cherry vine tomato features a distinctive, lemony aroma.

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Third place honours went to the “DIY Fresh Packs” produced by Bakker Barendrecht (part of the UNIVEG Group) in the Netherlands.

 

These products are designed for consumers who want to use fresh ingredients to prepare a full meal, soup or side dish for four people.

 

Fruit Logistica’s showcase of fresh product ideas

Fruit Logistica global brand manager Gérald Lamusse described the ten finalists for the award as “outstanding new fruit and vegetable industry products and services that are driving new trends in the international marketplace.”

The other finalists were :

  • “Eye-Catcher” – A product display system for crates at the POS, from Cabka Group GmbH, Germany;

  • “FC 15 Fruit Chunker” – A cutting machine for pineapple and melons, from Atlas Pacific Engineering, Inc., USA;

  • “Holzdekor-RPC” – Reusable plastic crates with a natural wood look from Polymer Logistics, Germany;

  • “Low Carbon rPETeCo” – Packaging material consisting of 90% recycled plastic bottles, from Holfeld Plastics Ltd, Ireland;

  • “Portable Nondestructive Fruit Quality Meter” – A portable quality-control measuring device, from Sunforest Co. Ltd., South Korea;

  • “Regal’in™ Apple” – A new apple variety, from Regal’in Europe, France;

  • “UP-8000” – A peeling machine for carrots, cucumbers, white radishes and other long vegetables, from Hepro GmbH, Germany.

Lamusse said the award is “the industry’s most coveted distinction” and attracts huge international media attention.

 

See more photos at the Fruit Logistica site.

 
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Fruit Logistica 2015 sets new visitor record

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About 65,000 trade visitors – up from from 62,000 last year – attended Fruit Logistica 2015 in Berlin, setting a new attendance record for the annual event.

Held February 4–6, the fair featured 2,785 exhibitors from 83 countries, compared to last year’s more than 2,600 exhibitors from 84 countries. They presented information to trade visitors from about 130 countries, compared to 141 in 2014.

According to organisers, both exhibitors and visitors praised the complete market overview of the fresh produce industry the event provided and its excellent opportunities to make contact with wholesalers, retailers, fruit and vegetable growers, importers and exporters. The 2015 edition cemented Fruit Logistica’s role “as the world’s leading trade fair for the fresh produce industry.”

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Messe Berlin GmbH CEO Christian Göke said that “in addition to its undisputed position as a business platform, this year’s Fruit Logistica strengthened its leading role as a platform for innovation for the international fresh produce trade.”

Products on show included fresh, unprocessed fruit and vegetables; dried fruit; nuts; herbs and spices; organic products and flowers.

Suppliers of products and services for packaging, storage, transport, warehousing and product presentation also exhibited.