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Syngenta Vegetable Seeds new Miniberg™ and SolidRib™ Romaines

Syngenta Vegetable Seeds  new « mini-berg » and “solid-ribs” romaines

The new Miniberg™ improves the existing mini Romaine segment. Plants are fitting the latest markets standard requirements, so can be packed in flow-pack units of 2 or 3 pieces, product is already commercial in Spain, UK and Germany. They also bring a triple benefit, of production security for growers in all agronomical conditions, better shelf-life than other romaine varieties, and finally tastier for the consumer. Their stronger leaves are more crunchy, juicy and appetizing. They are fully resistant to downy mildew and tolerant to necrosis and bolting. The Miniberg™ also have a larger harvesting window; the same variety can be cultivated all year long. After successful launching campaign in 2020, commercial introduction will be in full swing in 2021.

SolidRib™ is the other major innovation by Syngenta for the midi romaine lettuce segment. Their « solid-ribs » deliver a more robust and stronger product in fields, including longer shelf-live.

The critical added values of having full ribs is better field stand, no damage during harvest and later handling in the supply chain delivering the best in class packed product from field to shelves. Consumers can enjoy better conservation, crunchy texture and sweet flavour of a Romaine. All value chain stakeholders receive their share of added value: growers, packers/shippers, retailers and consumers.

SolidRib™ varieties are currently introduced in Spain.




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An unprecedented year calls for a different event as Fields of Innovation goes virtual 

An unprecedented year calls for a different event as Fields of Innovation goes virtual 
  • Syngenta Fields of Innovation takes place virtually for the first time on 21-25 September, showcasing exciting new varieties and offering genuine value through innovation  
  •  Vegetable growers can look to Syngenta’s innovative new varieties that bring qualities such as heat tolerance and suitability for mechanical harvesting to overcome modern challenges 
  • Registrations are now open:   

Just as 2020 is a year to remember. This year’s Fields of Innovation event will be too, but for positive reasons as it will be the event’s first virtual edition. The organisers have created a digital world in which growers and the entire value chain will be able to connect with international experts through unique 3D imagery, videos, technical information and live contact. Attendees will be able to experience the very best that Syngenta Vegetable Seeds has to offer.

Discover how value is created through innovation: World-class R&D is bringing new advances to market that keep pace with customers’ needs and changing farming conditions. Innovative qualities such as improved heat tolerance and more efficient harvesting are just some of the breakthroughs you can discover at this year’s Fields of Innovation.

An event that puts growers at the heart of everything: “At Syngenta Vegetable Seeds, one of our goals has always been ‘creating conversations’ through close partnerships and dialogue at a local level. This year, with the uncertainties that COVID-19 has brought, we saw an opportunity to connect and engage in a way we have never done before,” said a press release from the firm.

Tap into an unmatched level of quality and expertise: Going virtual this year means still being able to share the firm’s expertise and world-leading portfolio of over 2,500 varieties. Events such as Fields of Innovation play a key role in being able to discuss and debate the very best practice and latest insight.

New solutions that are making a real-world difference: “We know that our work transforms how crops are grown, enabling growers across the globe to maximize the output of crops sustainably. By making this year’s event virtual, wherever you are in the world you can still discover how we’re making a difference locally every single day.”

Paolo di Lernia, head of global marketing communications vegetable seeds confirms that the purpose of Fields of Innovation, whether it takes place physically or virtually, remains the same. Despite the challenges, we still want to give everyone concerned the chance to discover our innovative, high quality crops and connect with international experts. This has always been our approach at Syngenta Vegetable Seeds and never more so than through Fields of Innovation. That’s why it was so important to us that we explore new and exciting solutions that enable us to hold the event virtually. This way, we can introduce the entire value chain to innovations that are bringing genuine value, including new varieties that make a real-world difference through improved reliability, increased shelf life and by meeting modern consumer needs.”

The virtual edition of Fields of Innovation will go live during the same period as the physical edition was due to – from 21 to 25 September. “During that week, a lot of people call ‘Week 39’, we will allow visitors to access the field virtually”, says Brigitte van der Steen, Project Lead Fields of Innovation. “It will be combined with a 3D experience, whereby, as a visitor, you can browse the entire trial field, selecting crops that interest you. You’ll be able to dive further where you will be shown videos, discover the characteristics of various varieties and even ask questions to a field expert right then and there. As you work your way through the fields you can collect information in your ‘goodie bag’ which will be sent to you by email when you log out – thereby bringing all the information that is of interest, home with you. Of course, you can always rely on our expertise, whether you are sitting alone at home, in the office or in the field, in front of your computer or on your smartphone, we will be there for you.”


We are looking forward to welcoming you on our virtual field. To register and be kept up to date on all developments, please visit:

“Looking ahead at 2021, we are eagerly anticipating to seeing you again, in person or virtually, at the next Fields of Innovation.”

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Nebula the tasty tomato booster of innovation in China

Nebula the tasty tomato booster of innovation in China


The Taste story between Nebula tomato and the Chinese customer accompanied with the development of Chinese modern agriculture. Since 2017, with the encouragement from Chinese government on developing the Chinese modern facility agriculture, the first large scale commercial Hitech-greenhouse was built.

The Chinese cherry tomato market is characterized by soft and mealy fruits, which taste similar as tomatoes used for cooking. In order to bring differentiation and innovations to the Chinese consumers, growers and Syngenta searched for outstanding new varieties that shoppers will love for mains course and dessert.

The premium choice is Nebula, its distinguishable light red color and unique taste is unforgettable. Sweet and a bit sour, juicy, crunchy, the totally new and complex taste breaks the stereotype that tomato always is vegetable. With the name Nebula tomato, it become the best seller in high-end supermarkets and premium fruit store.

To satisfy the massive Chinese market demand, additional highly professional growers became Nebula producer. By the end of 2020, you will find Nebula from the North to the South, online or in-store. 

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Syngenta’s hot peppers to make Indian processors life easier

Syngenta’s hot peppers to make Indian processors life easier


Indian Hot pepper market has seen a significant growth by involvement of Hot Pepper Processors from 2008, who raised the opportunity in hot pepper market by starting processing and exporting across the countries.

To compete in Global market, processors were in search of a product which can improve the produce quality and reduce the cost of processing. Poor quality of extracts, complex blending process to get desired quality and high wastage in older varieties available  in the market were pushing processors in search for good and consistent quality product.

 Hot pepper Syngenta variety HPH 5531 is the solution supplied to highly demanding processing industry

Its unique features:

  • High red Color value with good pungency reduces the cost of blending
  • High oil content increases purity of the extracts thereby reducing overall processing cost
  • Quick drying nature helps to reduce toxin accumulation during post-harvest.

HPH5531 is the quality benchmark in the red dry Hot pepper market.

Higher yields & preferential buying with premium price makes HPH 5531 more reliable & trusted variety among growers from last 10 years.

HPH5531 is catering the needs of each & every member in the value chain offering the consumer market best in class final product.

With annual production of ~100 000 MT, HPH 5531, with ideal red dry fruit quality is the favorite brand among Hot pepper Processors.

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Happy family – 1st Commercial seedless Watermelon hitting the Indian Market!

Happy family – 1st Commercial seedless Watermelon hitting the Indian Market!
Press release


The retail store concept is becoming popular in Indian cities. Organized and unorganized retailers are playing a big role in this process. Value chain partners are looking for premium fruits to increase the foot fall to their stores. Watermelon is nowadays one of the major products in all the F&V supermarkets.

Syngenta is introducing “HAPPY FAMILY” the 1st premium commercial seedless watermelon variety in Indian markets. Syngenta India Limited is the game changer in watermelon category in the last 10 years.

Innovating in the watermelon category, Syngenta has been supporting the market conversion from traditional watermelons of big size (8 to 10 kg) fruits to personal size (3 to 4 kg). Syngenta is enjoying the market leadership position in this segment thanks to a strong R&D along with wide range of portfolio globally.

To the consumers the biggest advantage is eating convenience which is a great experience along with excellent flavor and improved sweetness. To spread this message among large consumer, shopper base; we have started creating awareness activities by organizing tasting events at common gatherings such as offices, residential parks & at “F & V Stores” along with promotion on social media & several other platforms.

Together with all the supply chain stakeholders, we have been developing agronomy and fruit quality management training as growing seedless Watermelon is little different than traditional seeded watermelons. Today, all partners ensure premium produce supply to the market, creating added value to entire value chain allowing fair return on investment to stakeholders.

Currently Syngenta is supporting links between the value chain players (Farmer – Fruit brokers – Whole sellers – Super markets) ensuring regular supply of fruits. Connections are established with major players like Reliance premium, Walmart, Namdhari fresh, Metro, Reliance Fresh, Big Bazaar, Ninjacart and many other local players. Spreading the message about -Let’s make your family happy with “HAPPY FAMILY” – seedless Watermelon!

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Innovations in Melon: Syngenta Extended Shelf Life Varieties

Innovations in Melon: Syngenta Extended Shelf Life Varieties

In recent years, the melon market has become more interested in extended shelf life (ESL) melons. To meet grower and retail demands, Syngenta developed several ESL melon varieties. Syngenta’s ESL varieties are earlier and easier to harvest at their prime than standard long shelf life (LSL) varieties. In addition, ESL varieties also have a better flavor profile, making them more marketable for retail and satisfying to the consumer. These ESL varieties also hold very well in the field and reduce the number of harvests compared to historic Western Shippers, consequently keeping labor cost and shrink at retail level low.

New ESL Varieties for the West

Desert Express: An extended shelf life variety that produces round to oval fruits with a tight seed cavity and dense netting on the exterior. This variety is currently being grown in early season planting in the Desert Southwest region (USA) and has good marketable fruit yield potential. It features benefits such as improved ease of harvest and post-harvest shelf life as well as good eating quality. Disease Resistance, HR: Px: 1, 2 / Fom: 0, 2 T:

Garth: An extended shelf life melon with a tight seed cavity. Like Desert Express, Garth is being grown in early season planting in the Desert Southwest region (USA).  It produces well-netted melons with firm, dark orange flesh and has excellent eating quality for high market appeal. Featuring improved post-harvest shelf life. Disease Resistance, HR: Px: 1, 2 / Fom: 0, 2 T:

New ESL Varieties for the East

Syngenta is developing extended shelf life (ESL) melon varieties for multiple regions including the Eastern (USA) market in order to meet grower and retail demands. New ESL varieties currently in the pipeline feature strong plant vigor due to comprehensive disease and insect resistance packages and are widely adapted to different growing conditions for season-long supply. Along with good flavor, their uniform fruit shape and size make them ideal for both carton and bin packing. “We are committed to improving the way crops are grown and creating solutions for our customers,” said Regional Veg Seeds Cucurbits Portfolio Lead, Juan Sabater-Fortea, “our collaborative efforts allow us to evaluate specific value-added traits that can be promoted throughout the supply chain.”  

Syngenta Vegetable Seeds is dedicated to supporting its customers and partners around the world. With our resources and scale, we drive innovation to improve flavor, quality, convenience and productivity – for the benefits of growers, marketers, retailers and consumers.

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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.


“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.


“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.


“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.


“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.


“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.


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%.


“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.

“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.


“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.

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Syngenta Seed the top of the range selection in melons

In the watermelon category, particularly for seedless types, research is focusing on adjusting the sizes to obtain smaller fruit and on a definite improvement in eating quality.

The seed company presented its novelties for the European, African and Middle Eastern markets during a three-day technical session at Torre Pacheco.  

The 300 people attending the technical session at Torre Pacheco, the melon capital, who had come mainly from Europe but also from Central America, Mexico, Israel, Algeria and Egypt, showed definite interest in the 120 varieties being presented (80 melons and 40 watermelons). The Syngenta team was there to listen to them.

“We have had a lot of requests for melons with very different eating profiles, colours, shapes and tastes,” said the breeder Matthew Kinkade, Breeding Project Lead – Watermelon, who had come from the California office. The information Syngenta collects allows it to redirect its research according to all their needs and to offer varieties to suit each geographical area and type of market. For this reason, the group has a network of experimenters who conduct trials throughout the world.

Innovation along two lines

There are two main reasons for creating new varieties. “For a start, each year we improve pest and disease resistance, yields and post-harvest conservation, depending on local needs,” explained Philippe Chatin, the Marketing Manager for Europe, Africa and the Middle East. As well as this purely agricultural aspect there is innovation as such, which takes market developments, influenced by consumers and distributors, into account. This involves differentiation in terms of skin colour, flesh colour, shape and, most particularly, eating quality.

Fresh-cut watermelon leader

In the watermelon category, particularly for seedless types, research is focusing on adjusting the sizes to obtain smaller fruit and on a definite improvement in eating quality. Kasmira and Red Jasper are among Syngenta’s flagship varieties, as they have set a new benchmark for eating quality. Prestige, a small -sized fruit, is a major innovation in its segment because it keeps very well and tastes superb.

The multinational has also recently launched Crisp Delight, which is used for fresh-cut fruit and has made the group a leader in the segment, which is growing by 7% a year. “We have a unique research programme that aims to satisfy the entire value chain with a product that leaves little waste at the factory and sheds little liquid into the pack, while remaining juicy and well -coloured for consumers,” said Jérémie Chabanis, the Value Chain Strategic Partnership Lead. The red-fleshed variety is already on the market and a yellow-fleshed variety is under development to provide an alternative to pineapple or mango in fruit salads.

Repositioning Piel de Sapo melons

While the watermelon market is on top form, the melon market has seen a 30% drop in production over the past five years. To halt this trend, the sector needs to get moving. Syngenta is working on new sizes, flesh colours, skin colours and premium varieties, and even on different flavours, such as Gwanipa, a slightly tangy melon that the company launched a few years ago. Prominent among the 80 new varieties are Valerio, an Italian-American melon for open field crops; Gharam and Marques, two Galia-type varieties for which Syngenta has preferred to opt for a short-distance (domestic market) shelf life rather than lengthy conservation in order to prioritise the traditional Galia melon taste; Arpon and Tazha, two Charentais types that currently offer the best resistance to water soaking; and the Piel de Sapo types Armero, Velasco, Jimenado and Dominio, which have allowed Syngenta to return to the market as a specialist in this segment.

As regards future innovations, “they are still directed towards improving the flesh, between very juicy, firmer or less firm, and above all towards making the flavour more consistent over all the varieties throughout the season,” Jérémie Chabanis added. Consistent eating quality is the seed companies’ big challenge, to keep up the level of consumer satisfaction. A consumer who has been disappointed by a melon will turn away from this fruit and will take between 5 and 10 weeks to buy another.

Real synergies throughout the sector

The social environment is evolving fast and types of consumption are changing. Syngenta is highly committed to this, with the backing of sector buyers who are also familiar with the consumers. Syngenta presents varieties to the specialists during technical days, organises product tastings and in-store trials to test consumer reactions, and supports retailers with marketing and merchandising approaches to launch the products. All these actions generate real synergies to improve the entire sector and satisfy consumers.