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New packaging boosts mushroom shelf life

ITENE says its packaging with a coating containing calcium chloride allows excess humidity to be absorbed, extending the shelf life of fresh mushrooms, Agaricus bisporus mushrooms (which includes button, portobello and champignon mushrooms) until at least 12 days during storage.

The shelf life of white button mushrooms can reach at least 12 days thanks to packaging developed by ITENE, the Valencia-based Packaging, Transport and Logistics Research Centre.

According to ITENE patent application documents recently published by WIPO, such mushrooms generally have a very short shelf life, usually just 4-7 days after harvest. They are very sensitive to humidity levels, microorganisms, and physical handling, factors which can affect their appearance and appeal to consumers. When packaged, moisture produced by the mushrooms tends to condensate inside the package and on the mushrooms.

But ITENE says a package with a particular coating containing calcium chloride allows this excess humidity to be absorbed, so water drops don’t fall on the mushrooms. Thus the shelf life of fresh mushrooms, particularly edible Agaricus spp. mushrooms, and more particularly Agaricus bisporus (which includes portobello and champignon mushrooms), “can be increased until at least 12 days during storage.” The packaging can also help boost the shelf life of other fresh vegetables and fruit.

ITENE says the packaging’s structural design can also play a role in the conservation of fresh mushrooms, fruits, and vegetables and, among other things, allows for:

  • protecting the product from possible damage during distribution;
  • protecting the top of the product, particularly of mushrooms, to avoid damage (marking) from pressure;
  • keeping the product in contact with the coating;
  • being re-closable and allowing the protection of the product after opening during its life cycle;
  • being transparent or opaque, in one or in two pieces, depending on the applications;
  • nesting of the container for storage and transport prior to packaging.

FIG. 1 shows a package for the conservation of mushrooms comprising an opaque tray 1 and a transparent lid 2 (Fig. 1 a), as well as a detailed section of the closing system by the use of four protruding buttons 3 on the lid that are inserted in the corresponding hollows 4 on the upper part of the tray (Fig. 1 b.
FIG. 2 shows the section of a package with or without lid and the distribution of the mushrooms in the package of the invention; Details of the support between the lid and the tray are shown.


Main image of Agaricus bisporus Zuchtchampignon: by böhringer friedrich [CC BY-SA 2.5 (], via Wikimedia Commons

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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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Refining the art of spiralizing veggies and fruit

Turning vegetables into noodles has been one of the top food trends this year in western countries and and sales of spiralizers soared.

Turning vegetables into noodles has been one of the top food trends this year and sales of spiralizers soared.

That spiralizing spin is tipped to continue into the new year and tapping into it is this device for spirally cutting hard to cut material, such as fruit and vegetables.

German kitchen tools company GEFU Küchenboss GmbH & Co. KG is named as the applicant in a patent application for the invention recently published by the World Intellectual Property Organization.

Drawings from patent application

The device was designed with the aim of improving on existing spiralizers of cut-resistant material to minimise the remnant left in the apparatus. It can easily turn radish, carrots, beets, zucchini and so on into spiral strips.

Expect to hear more about spiralizing techniques and meal applications in 2016!

(Unrelated) image of zucchini noodles: by Tony Webster from San Francisco, California (Zucchini Noodles (Spiral Slicer)) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

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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