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Nunhems® continues to innovate in the lettuce segment to meet consumer demands

The vegetable seeds subsidiary of BASF is introducing new and original types of lettuce and bringing new concepts to supermarket shelves that put an emphasis on the flavour, colour and culinary uses of lettuces 

Nunhems®, the vegetable seeds subsidiary of BASF, is holding a new edition of its Lettuce and Spinach Demofield in Cartagena (Murcia) on 10-14 February, where it will be showcasing not only its new and original types of lettuce and spinach but also its commitment to bringing added value to consumers with the launch of new salad leaf concepts. “We want to go one step further and not just rest on our laurels as a producer but also make the whole retail chain aware of the variety and versatility of different types of lettuce, offering another way of presenting and consuming this product,” explained Juan Pedro Pérez, Crop Sales Manager Salads EMEA at BASF Vegetable Seeds. 

The novelty in the romaine lettuce segment is Magistral, a variety “with which we’re looking to increase crop profitability,” says Carlos del Espino, the lettuce specialist at BASF Vegetable Seeds. Thanks to its smaller size and weight and more uniform shape, Magistral is designed for high-density growing environments, thus increasing yield per hectare. 

In the mini-romaine segment the company is introducing Winbee F1 (NUN 6549 F1), a variety recommended for spring growing with high resistance to tip burn. In this respect, Del Espino revealed that they are working to round off the annual cycle with a new variety for winter. 

With a view to marketing in the Little Gem segment, the new variety from Nunhems® for the winter is the NUN 6806 F1. With this variety, BASF’s vegetable seeds business is complementing Thicket F1 and Thespian F1, two very hardy and versatile varieties that round off the annual growing cycle and consolidate the breed as a benchmark in this type of lettuce. All of them are resistant to mildew and aphids.   

Higher quality Iceberg lettuces

The Iceberg lettuce is one of the company’s hallmarks and its big showpiece in this segment, and this season it is introducing three new varieties: NUN 1212 F1, NUN 1228 F1 and NUN 1232 F1, for autumn, winter and spring respectively. “With these new varieties we are bringing even higher quality in terms of plant formation; these varieties are suitable for mechanized harvesting thanks to their uniform shape and we have even improved the post-harvest performance,” explains Del Espino, adding that they are also resistant to mildew and aphids. Nunhems® is thus offering the sector a range of varieties that will help them to improve their yield per hectare. 

 These three varieties join Melosa F1, which has shown how well it adapts to summer growing, performing extremely well in terms of bolting and tip burn in extreme conditions, and Goldiva F1, which has performed outstandingly in January harvests thanks to its good plant formation, calibre and resistance in the field, allowing a wide harvesting window.  

Concepts for consumers Nunhems® is taking a big step forward in the lettuce market to attract consumers by introducing new concepts that put an emphasis on the clearly differentiating factors of certain varieties. An example of this is Themes F1 and Intred F1, respectively green and red Little Gems, offering retailers the chance to sell these products in twin packs that bring added colour to the traditional salad range. Meanwhile, NUN 06193 F1 and NUN 06567 F1 are two varieties that stand out for their sweeter flavour, while with Agros, Nunhems® has demonstrated its support for producers and other agents in the chain in terms of the growing need for harvest mechanization. 

But the most revolutionary concept, without a doubt, is the Chef’s Lettuce, designed for the hotel, restaurant and catering industry. With Greenglace and Rubyglace, among others, Nunhems® is introducing different types of leaves for different sandwich formats. Meanwhile, the wrap is a lettuce whose leaves form a kind of spoon shape and can be used as a base for different cold or hot toppings. Crispol F1 is one of the varieties that falls within this concept. “We have the products, and now we want to offer ideas and suggestions about how to use them in the kitchen,” says Juan Pedro Pérez. 

Spinach Nunhems® is one of the market leaders in this crop and continues to make great strides in its cultivation. The result of the company’s work is the wide range featured in its catalogue, including such well-established varieties as Hydrus F1 and Alcor F1 which allow year-round spinach production.  Some of the new varieties include Formax F1, Sculptur F1 and Crater F1, all of which stand out for their high quality. From an agricultural point of view, all of them are resistant to mildew (1-17) and have a high tolerance to leaf spot. Nunhems® is thus underlining its commitment to the sector and continues to work hand-in-hand with producers to jointly develop solutions to the key challenges facing this flourishing segment. 
 
About BASF At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. The approximately 122,000 employees in the BASF Group work on contributing to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio is organized into six segments: Chemicals, Materials, Industrial Solutions, Surface Technologies, Nutrition & Care and Agricultural Solutions. BASF generated sales of around €63 billion in 2018. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (BAS). Further information at www.basf.com. 
 
About BASF’s Agricultural Solutions division With a rapidly growing population, the world is increasingly dependent on our ability to develop and maintain sustainable agriculture and healthy environments. Working with farmers, agricultural professionals, pest management experts and others, it is our role to help make this possible. That’s why we invest in a strong R&D pipeline and broad portfolio, including seeds and traits, chemical and biological crop protection, soil management, plant health, pest control and digital farming. With expert teams in the lab, field, office and in production, we connect innovative thinking and down-to-earth action to create real world ideas that work – for farmers, society and the planet. In 2018, our division generated sales of €6.2 billion. For more information, please visit www.agriculture.basf.com or any of our social media channels. 

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The Yoom tomato scoops Innovation of the Year prize

The Yoom tomato scoops Innovation of the Year prize

This year’s FRUIT LOGISTICA Innovation Award (FLIA) has gone to the “Yoom™” tomato from Syngenta Seeds. Garnering about 30% of the overall votes, the tomato was the clear winner in the competition to determine the best innovation in the international fruit and vegetable industry. 

This is the second time that Dutch company Syngenta has won the FLIA, having received the award in 2012 too for its red snack pepper “Angello”. The Yoom tomato won voters over with its outer and inner values: depending on the hours of sunlight, its colour ranges from purple to black. What remains constant is its high vitamin, mineral and antioxidant content as well as its sweet-sour and tangy flavour, also known as “umami”.

“We are very pleased to have won this award again, because FRUIT LOGISTICA is the most important convention for the fresh fruit industry. In five minutes the world will know more about our product, because everyone follows the information from FRUIT LOGISTICA. This will be a major boost for our product. And the award is a great acknowledgment of our work as well as a wonderful motivation for our team,” said Jérémie Chabanis, EAME Food Chain Manager Vegetable and Specialties at Syngenta.

Environmentally friendly packaging was at the forefront of the awards, with second and third prizes going to sustainable innovations.

The silver FLIA goes to Polish company Silbo for its certified fruit and vegetable packaging with water-based dyes and adhesives (“Compostable, Flexible, Printed, Packaging”). It is completely compostable, making it especially sustainable.

The bronze FLIA was also awarded to sustainable packaging: the “SoFruMiniPak® Eco View” from SoFruPak Witold Gai from Poland. It seals quickly, is made from renewable resources, ensures good ventilation and optimised cooling, and is 100 per cent biodegradable.

Credit: Alexandra Sautois, Eurofresh Distribution
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Edeka to stock citrus with Apeel technology

Edeka to stock citrus with Apeel technology, credit. yisris, Flickr
Source: Flickr

 

The Edeka Group is extending its commitment to fighting food waste by using the innovative “Apeel” technology not just to protect its avocados but also oranges and clementines. Apeel produce has a protective layer consisting of plant-based materials that slow down water loss and penetration by oxygen – two main factors contributing to decay of fresh fruit and vegetable products.

Apeel reduces food waste and makes plastic foil unnecessary for packaging many products. Edeka is the trading partner of US-based Apeel Sciences and launched avocados with Apeel’s protective coating at selected stores at the end of 2019.

Oranges and clementines are now following suit as part of the pilot project. In the future, Apeel’s plant-derived protective coating will also ensure longer-lasting freshness of Edeka WWF oranges (1.5 kg bag), Edeka Selection oranges “NavelGold” (1 kg bag), and EDEKA Selection “ClemenGold” clementines (750 g bag).

The Apeel-protected oranges, clementines and avocados will be available in selected Edeka stores in parts of northern Germany and North-Rhine Westphalia, as well as at Netto branches in parts in Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg and Lower Saxony. The project foresees nationwide roll-out of these longer shelf-life products in Germany during 2020.

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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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Two Major Innovations for Ecofriendly Exotic Fruit and Vegetable Packaging

Exotic fruit and vegetable printed

Action on plastic pollution: an environmental emergency

According to an Ellen MacArthur Foundation study, “the ocean is expected to contain 1 tonne of plastic for every 3 tonnes of fish by 2025, and by 2050, more plastics than fish (by weight).” In response to that environmental emergency, the Environment and Community Ministry launched France’s National Plastics Pact on 21 February 2019.

 

Target: 60% reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging in 2022 and 100% in 2025.

 

In the exotic fruit and vegetable sector, plastic packaging is a pressing issue that raises the challenge of developing eco-friendly solutions from the packaging to the labelling whilst maintaining the quality and traceability of fresh produce.

The company CAPEXPO is now making its contribution with two major innovations in exotic fruit and vegetable packaging and labelling, beating the official target by two years!

 

INNOVATION #1 

EXOTIC FRUIT AND VEGETABLE PRINTING

The patented process, which CAPEXO owns for France, makes it possible to print food-grade ink on the skin of almost all fruit and vegetables, adding a barcode, price or any other consumer information. The innovation heralds the end of excess plastic packaging and stickers for exotic fruit and vegetables and more. 

All exotic fruit and vegetables with a relatively smooth skin can be printed. Pineapple, for example, cannot. Grainy-skinned avocado can, but a barcode would not be legible enough to work properly at the checkout. It is possible to print the sale price, however. The printing process also adapts to the fruit’s ripeness to avoid any possible damage. 

Exotic fruit and vegetable printed

Food safety guaranteed 

The process involves patented, quality-tested food-grade inks — the same ones used in the pharmaceutical industry to coat tablets. 

End of checkout shrinkage

In store, on-fruit printing avoids the problem of differentiating between, for example, an air-freighted and seaborne mango, which have different sale prices, at the supermarket checkout. The process removes all possible confusion as either the barcode or price is shown on each individual fruit.

INNOVATION #2

BIOCOMPOSTABLE PUNNET PACKAGING 

Ready to eat fruit sold in batches, such as ripe avocadoes or air-freighted bananas, needs punnet packaging to protect it and prevent checkout shrinkage. To replace the plastic film and punnet, which are at best recyclable, CAPEXO biocompostable packaging features cardboard sourced from sustainably managed birchwood forests, wrapped in a protective transparent film, which is also derived from birchwood, and heat-sealed on a flow-pack machine. That makes the punnet packaging fully biocompostable. Corn starch-based biocompostable films are already available. As they may not be 100% GMO-free, however, CAPEXO rejected that option as a precautionary measure. 

Home composting 

End consumers can throw the punnet and film away in their home compost bin, where they will naturally degrade in the same way as other compostable waste. Failing which, the packaging can be disposed of in a recycling bin.

Punnet traceability maintained 

CAPEXO biocompostable packaging enables ecofriendly product traceability with a batch number, origin, best-before date and all other information required by consumers using foodgrade ink.

Exotic fruit and vegetable printed

About CAPEXPO

Founded in 1996, the company CAPEXO imports and markets exotic fruit and vegetables in France under the Lilot Fruits brand. A key player at Rungis International Market, CAPEXO provides a constant supply of delicious and nutritious produce to wholesalers and the wholesale markets as well as specialist (Grand Frais, Métro, etc.) and generalist (Carrefour, Casino, Monoprix, etc.) food retailers. 
Sharing the same high standards as its suppliers, CAPEXO selects produce from the finest sources. The company works closely with one of Reunion’s biggest cooperatives. 90% of the island’s air-freighted fruit is exported by Lilot Fruits. 
Victoria pineapple, avocado, mango, passionfruit, lime, etc. are just some of CAPEXO’s flagship products.

Source: Press release
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Spotlight keeps fresh produce innovation in focus

Biopac, McGarlet introduces completely compostable packaging
© Biopac, McGarlet introduces completely compostable packaging

 

As a launchpad for innovation in the international fresh produce business, Berlin’s annual FRUIT LOGISTICA trade show remains the preferred place for new ventures to be noticed by as many people as possible. For those visiting FRUIT LOGISTICA 2020 on 5-7 February, Spotlight – the show’s dedicated collection of world firsts, European premieres and event debutants – is an easy way to identify the very latest developments making their first appearance at the show.

 

© SoFruMiniPak® EcoView is made from renewable resources

 

FRUIT LOGISTICA puts
sustainability centre stage

Sustainability plays a starring role in 2020, with several Spotlight stars reflecting what is a central theme across this year’s exhibition. Italian firm McGarlet, Poland’s Sofrupak, UK-based Keymac and Canadian company CKF will all unveil environmentally friendly packaging options. Dutch group VAM WaterTech will display its new water processing solution, which recycles water to protect the environment.
FRUIT LOGISTICA’s sustainability focus starts with the publication of a major new study into challenges faced by companies throughout the global fresh fruit and vegetable business, as the industry grapples with a series of environmental and ethical issues. Entitled “Do The Right Thing (Right)”, the FRUIT LOGISTICA Trend Report 2020 will be published during Fruitnet World of Fresh Ideas, the exhibition’s official curtain-raiser event, which takes place at Messe Berlin on 4 February.

A total of 81 fresh innovations from 14 countries – including 38 world premieres – are featured in this year’s Spotlight collection. Together with the annual FRUIT LOGISTICA Innovation Award, informative sessions on the event’s Future Lab stage and the return of last year’s successful Start-up Day, Spotlight is a shining example of the industry’s innovative spirit, providing media and trade visitors alike with easy access to the latest trends and products.

Spotlight is available in German, English, Italian and Spanish on the FRUIT LOGISTICA website.

 

Source: PRESS RELEASE
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The European Packaging Forum: Congress & Get-together on May 14, 2020

The European Packaging Forum: Congress & Get-together on May 14, 2020

The European Packaging Forum is a precisely tailored congress event for the fruit and vegetable industry, focusing on marketing, sustainability, traceability, consumer and trade acceptance, innovative solutions, logistics, protection and functionality, hygiene and law. These are the topics that the experts from all stages of the value chain will be discussing on 14 May 2020 in Düsseldorf at Hotel Nikko Düsseldorf. This will be followed by the DFHV Annual Conference on 15 May 2020. 

The organisers – Agrarmarkt Informations-Gesellschaft (AMI) and Fruchthandel Magazin – will be addressing a central topic in the sector, which is not only being strongly discussed in the entire value chain, but also in society. A press release stated: “Since the recent pictures of dead whales and polluted seas make this topic difficult to be ignored. We want to tackle the challenges and take a close look at them in order to discuss and sketch out alternatives and solutions with the competent experts in the end and thus give the industry new impetus. We want to bring together the most important market partners in the European sector in order to objectify the discussion and jointly develop new ideas and strategies for contemporary solutions and offers for the entire value chain.”

Simultaneous translation is provided of the plenary sessions in German and English.

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Omnia Management takes innovation prize

Omnia Management takes innovation prize

 

Omnia Management is the winner of the 1st Cool Logistics ‘Innovation in Perishable Logistics’ Award at the 11th Cool Logistics Global Conference in Valencia.  The winner of the award was selected by an international panel of stakeholders with an interest in furthering perishable supply chain excellence. Omnia Management was recognized for its contribution and adding value to the cold supply chain.  

Omnia Management has set the standard for innovation in the cold supply chain “It was a great honour to receive the award at Cool Logistics Valencia.  True recognition of my Shortest Route to Market using innovation to remove outer packaging in the Logistic supply chain” said Clive Lawrance, Omnia Management.

Omnia Management implemented a packaging project in three countries, working with growers and major retail importers.  Polarthermal covers were used to maintain fresh produce temperature integrity throughout the supply chain instead of typical packagings such as cardboard, plastic or polystyrene. This reduced wastage at the point of destination. Straight-line temperatures were maintained throughout the journey of the fresh produce together with significant cost reductions in packaging and waste disposal.  Reducing waste packaging waste is an issue of global interest, and in this case, the waste packaging reductions were achieved in the air freight cold chain. Packaging, reducing waste and the use of plastic packaging have been major themes through Cool Logistic Global 2019 so the judging panel was delighted to recognize and acknowledge the importance of Omnia Management’s initiative

Honest Branch was highly commended for its contribution to the cold supply chain. “Connecting every farmer across Africa with buyers in Europe is a massive undertaking. Winning this award delivers a huge boost to our company and its profile, as well as instantly providing new, invaluable connections across the industry. Additionally, it illustrates the understanding Cool Logistics has of the positive impact on the lives of people across Africa our platform will have.” said N Russell Tomlin, MD at Honest Branch. 

Honest Branch developed a mobile-friendly platform that allows European buyers of tropical fruit to source their supplies in a single place.  Working with local cooperative farmers across the entire logistical process from sourcing fruit to assisting with exports, Honest Branch’s initiative allows African farmers to access European fresh produce markets with their surplus produce, helping to boost African fresh produce exports.

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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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Free-from & organic products abound at Alimentaria Barcelona

The chief innovations at the at Alimentaria 2018 show in Barcelona focused on healthier, better tasting food.

Hundreds of new products were presented at the Alimentaria food and drink trade show in Barcelona in April and standing out was the abundance of organic and ‘free’ products – such as free of sugar, salt, fat, lactose, gluten or frying – across all categories. Many of the innovations also responded to the growing demand for organic and functional foods and drinks among consumers, who also want them to be pleasurable and without need for much preparation.

“Eliminating or significantly reducing the amount of sugar, salt and fat in food and drinks constitutes the manufacturers’ main objectives when it comes to innovation, as well as devoting considerable efforts to maintaining enticing flavours and attractive presentations. Organic ingredients, ready-to-eat meals, gourmet ranges, baked dishes to replace fried ones, superfoods, vegan snacks and gluten-free and lactose-free proposals are also gaining momentum, as demonstrated by the latest developments on display,” the Alimentaria 2018 organisers said.

Apart from at exhibitor stands, the Alimentaria Hub was the place to learn about prevailing trends and within it, the Innoval exhibition showcased more than 300 new products. The hub was also the site of the Taste of Tomorrow exhibition featuring displays of startup projects aimed at revolutionising food and gastronomy. Following are just some of the interesting new products ED discovered at Alimentaria 2018.

Sea veggies: ideal for an umami kick from the estuaries of the Bay of Cádiz nature reserve are hand-picked wild delicacies such as sea asparagus (Salicornia), sea lettuce, red alga (ogonori) and Codium alga (miru). From Suralgas, Vejer de la Frontera

Beplus bioactive smoothie: dairy and gluten free smoothies made from organic fruit and veg. Four flavours with four functions: antioxidant, energising, detox and relaxing. Vitamin C-enriched and in convenient pouch formats. From Juan y Juan Industrial (Dulcesol group), Valencia

Seaweed snacks: a crispy, healthier, low-fat alternative to chips they come in a wide range of flavours including wasabi, curry, kimchi, Teriyaki sauce and sesame. From Godbawee Food, South Korea

Mango, tomato & hazelnut frozen lollipops: one of four new frozen lollipop products (another is green apple with pistachio) designed to delight as appetisers in the hospitality sector. From La Abuela Cándida, Ciudad Real

Fruit & vegetable crisps: Pinkfinch’s apple crisps (35g), banana crisps (35g), and green bean & sugar snap pea crisps (25g) use real fruit and veg. Naturally sweet, high in fibre, gluten and nut free, apt for vegans and with the texture of a potato crisp. Billed as each bag being “one of your 5 a day.” From Food Products, N. Ireland

Ginger up: three new products in the Ginger up range of drinks with energy and health benefits: ginger and pineapple, ginger and basil, and a ginger and apple shot. Other new products from the same company include a cucumber tea, organic juice range, and a carrot Gazpacho soup. From: Comfresh Iberian, Madrid

Tropical Kumato: described as having an aroma like that of tropical fruits, very good flavour and a little sweeter than the traditional Kumato. From Syngenta seed house

AdeS plant-based beverages: The leading seed-based beverage brand in Latin America, Coca-Cola bought AdeS last year and is now introducing the functional drinks in Europe. It promoted 4 formats with fruit juices: almond with mango & passionfruit, oatmeal with strawberry and banana, coconut with berries, and soy with apple. RRP €1.09 (250ml). From Coca-Cola Spain

Caramelised sesame seeds: organic sesame seeds caramelised with unrefined cane sugar available in varieties including with kale, wasabi, berries, ginger, lemon, aloe vera, chilli pepper, spirulina or guava, among other fruits and vegetables. Add taste to dishes, salads, yogurts. Other caramelised seeds include pumpkin, sunflower, poppy and chia. From Ecoriginal, Barcelona

Sun&Vegs Supersalads: Three different types – Mediterranean Rice, Arabian Quinoa & Asian Rice – of ready-to-eat salad products fresh from “the garden to the jar.” From Grupo Alimentario Citrus (GAC), Valencia

High taste protein products: The À Trois range of supplements was designed to be both tasty and nutritious. Includes chocolate protein bars, protein powders and 75% fruit juice energy gels. Ingredients include strawberries, blood oranges, Canary Island bananas, lemons, pumpkin, carrots and peas. From: À Trois Nutrition, Catalonia

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Photos: Alimentaria Barcelona