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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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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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Syngenta holds field day for North East African customers

Syngenta jordania

On 20-21 March, global biotech company Syngenta held a field day in its Jordan Valley R&D trialling station for its customers from North East Africa. The purpose of the event was to showcase the firm’s innovative range of over 100 vegetable varieties at different stages of development. The event was run by Syngenta’s leadership team in partnership with its local team in Jordan and Egypt. More than 50 distributors from 13 countries took part as well as over 150 growers,

The firm’s marketing representative, Amjad Joam said, “This demonstration day is the start of a journey which will help us capture opportunities and gain market share. Follow-ups are scheduled to take place to make sure that our varieties are performing in each local market and are what growers demand.”

Syngenta is a market leader in tomato (Jordan, Egypt) and watermelon (Iran, Saudi Arabia). It also produces cherry tomato seeds in Egypt.

 

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Patent for Syngenta melons that stay on vine longer

New melon plants whose fruit stays on the vine longer are the subject of a new patent for Syngenta Participations AG.

Melon plants with fruit that stays on the vine longer are the subject of a new patent for Syngenta Participations AG.

The melons produced have high total solids and/or firm flesh, the Swiss agri-business also says in patent documents published by the US Patent and Trademark Office under the title: “Inbred melon lines ME007 and ME009.“

Explaining the background to the invention, Syngenta said many cantaloupe varieties are climacteric, meaning ripening is associated with ethylene production, resulting in abscission (‘slip’) from the vine. “Climacteric fruits may abscise from the vine prior to optimal sugar deposition, which may adversely impact taste. Accordingly, it would be desirable to develop improved melon plants having improved taste, shelf life and/or shipping characteristics,” it said.

In a summary of the invention, Syngenta said that in representative embodiments, its invention provides “novel non-climacteric melon plants that produce fruit that are able to remain on the vine longer (i.e., they do not abscise or “slip” from the vine) than a climacteric melon, which may result in improved taste and/or sweetness.”

It also talked about representative embodiments where “the melon plants of the invention are characterized by two or more of these characteristics: non-climacteric fruit ripening, a fruit having a firm flesh and/or a fruit having high soluble solids.”

And it said that in further exemplary embodiments, “the melon plants of the invention are characterized by fruit having an enhanced sugar (e.g., sucrose) content and/or a sweeter taste and/or having a longer field shelf life and/or post-harvest shelf life.“

The patent was granted last November 4. Read about it here by clicking on ‘full text’.
 

Photo: a conventional melon and slice by Renee Comet via Wikimedia Commons.