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Fruit Logistica Innovation Award shortlist announced

The top award for innovation in the fresh produce sector will be presented at Fruit Logistica in Berlin on 10 February 2017. More than 70,000 trade visitors from over 130 countries can cast their vote on 8 and 9 February 2017 for the innovation of the year.

The 10 finalists for the 2017 Fruit Logistica Innovation Award have been revealed, with the winners to be announced in Berlin next February 10.

The selected innovations will be presented at the fair from February 8-10 in a special exhibition area between halls 20 and 21.

A panel of experts from all parts of the fresh produce industry chose the following ten nominees from more than 60 submissions.

BE-Cube Demountable Pallet Box System, Beekenkamp Verpakkingen B.V., Netherlands
A flexible, space-saving multi-purpose pallet box system which is both lightweight and completely collapsible, available with tilting and base emptying functions.

Crisp Fresh Watermelon, Syngenta, France
A seedless watermelon cultivated specially for fresh-cut processing with firm, dark red fruit pulp, reduced liquid loss and extended shelf life.

KnoxTM – Delayed pinking in fresh cut lettuce, Rijk Zwaan Zaadteelt en Zaadhandel BV, Netherlands
A specially developed natural solution to delay so-called “pinking” in cut lettuce, extending shelf life at POS by one or two days.

Mango Peeler & De-Cheeker, ZTI Smart Machines, Netherlands
A mango peeling and de-cheeking machine with dynamic insert clamps, specially developed spikes and fine, adjustable peeling knives for an exact, product friendly cutting process.

Natupol Excel – Bee Vision, Koppert Biological Systems, Netherlands
A specially developed beehive to optimise pollination in the greenhouse under artificial lighting. It has integrated navigation aids for the bees using reflective signals and a special coating.

SoFruBox® System, SoFruPak, Poland
A new environmentally friendly packaging system with bottomless trays and compatible individually vented SoFruMiniPak® containers to optimize cooling and ventilation.

Streamer Automatic Spiralizer, Turatti srl, Italy
A spiral cutting machine for the high volume handling of vegetables to produce pasta- like shapes such as spaghetti, tagliatelle, rings and even gnocchi-like cores.

Sustainable Grow Bag for Tasty Tomatoes, Greenyard Horticulture Belgium, Belgium
A fully compostable growbag filled with 100% organic substrate for the cultivation of greenhouse vegetables such as tomatoes and other products.

The Cracking Monkey – Pili Nuts, Die Frischebox GmbH, Germany
A pre-germinated nut from the Philippines with high levels of Vitamin E, pre-scored for easy opening with the special stainless steel cracker and sold in environmentally friendly cotton bags.

Yello® – The Color of Taste, VI.P/VOG, Italy
A sweet and crunchy yellow apple variety of Shinano Gold, a Japanese cross between Golden Delicious and Senshu.

“The Fruit Logistica Innovation Award is considered the industry’s leading award. It attracts considerable media attention and recognises new products and services whose market launch in recent months will give important impetus to the international fresh produce trade,” said Fruit Logistica global brand manager Wilfried Wollbold.

The special feature of the Fruit Logistica Innovation Award is that the winner is chosen by more than 70,000 trade visitors from over 130 countries who attend the exhibition. They are invited to cast their vote for the innovation of the year on the first two days of the trade fair.

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Fruit Logistica Berlin – 8-10 February 2017

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Asia Fruit Logistica smashes records

The next edition of Asia Fruit Logistica takes place on 6-8 September 2017, also at AsiaWorld-Expo.

Asia Fruit Logistica 2016 logged 22% growth in visitor numbers, with more than 11,000 industry professionals from 74 different countries attending the event in Hong Kong.

Held September 7-9 at AsiaWorld-Expo, it was the tenth anniversary of Asia’s dedicated fresh fruit and vegetable trade show.

Altogether, some 665 companies from 37 different countries exhibited their products and services at the fair, an increase of almost 100 on the 2015 edition, and with 18% more exhibition space.

Wilfried Wollbold, commercial director of event organiser Global Produce Events, said he was delighted with the show figures. “The results underline Asia Fruit Logistica’s position as the unique pan-Asian event for this business, and also the growing global interest in Asia from leading buyers and suppliers.”

Awards for Fruitday, Jinwon Trading & Sam’s Club China

Asia Fruit Logistica kicked off with Asiafruit Congress on Tuesday September 6, which included the presentation of the 2016 Asia Fruit awards recognising outstanding achievement in Asia’s fresh produce business.

The Marketing Campaign of the Year was presented to leading fruit e-tailer Fruitday for its campaign to create the Chinese orange brand Mr Cheng, South Korean importer Jinwon Trading scooped the Importer of the Year Award, while the Produce Retailer of the Year Award went to Sam’s Club China.

The next day saw the 2nd edition of Cool Logistics Asia conference with insights into the latest trends in Asian perishable supply chains.

On Thursday, the new fresh produce information technology conference, Smart Horticulture Asia, explored the impact of disruptive information technology on traditional fresh produce trade practices, crop cultivation and business models.

Asia Fruit Logistica visitors were also able to attend the Asiafruit Business Forum, a programme of workshops held on the show floor. Day one’s focus was on technology, day two on marketing and day three on trade. 

Pan-Asian attendance

There was strong attendance from across Asia at the show. Over two-thirds of trade visitors came from Asia, together representing more than 20 different Asian consumer markets across the region, including India, Taiwan, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Korea, Japan, the Philippines and Vietnam.

More than 3,500 visitors came from China and Hong Kong and over 1,000 from Australia and New Zealand. Visitors from the rest of the world accounted for one-third of the attendance, led by the Americas (15%) and Europe (7%).

Organisers said the visitor survey results confirmed that more than 90% of trade visitors were involved in purchasing and procurement decisions for their companies.
The breakout of exhibitors by region also underlines the global profile of the show: Asia, together with Australia and New Zealand, accounted for 43% of exhibitors, followed by Europe (24%), the Americas (19%) and the Middle East and Africa (14%).

Several of the top-ten exhibiting nations underlined their commitment to the show this year with sizeable increases in stand space. China, Australia, Egypt, Turkey and Spain were the big growth drivers. Asian nations Thailand (+260%), Korea (+120%) and Pakistan (+93%) registered the largest increases in stand space, followed by leading European supplying countries Spain and Germany.
Next year: September 6-8

The next edition of Asia Fruit Logistica takes place on 6-8 September 2017, also at AsiaWorld-Expo. The Asiafruit Congress will be held on September 5, Cool Logistics Asia on September 6 and Smart Horticulture Asia on September 7.

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