Delayed pinking lettuce variety Knox from Rijk Zwaan Export was crowned FLIA winner in 2017.
The nominations for next year’s Fruit Logistica Innovation Awards are out.
The ten nominees come from Belgium, Germany, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain, and will be competing for the coveted prize which is considered to be the most important of its kind within the fresh produce industry.
The award will be presented in Berlin on 9 February 2018 and is selected by the more than 75,000 high-profile trade visitors from over 130 countries attending the exhibition.
Trade visitors can cast their vote on 7 and 8 February 2018 for the innovation of the year.
"The FLIA has become the global fresh produce industry's most important award. It will be presented for the 13th time in 2018 and recognises outstanding innovations across the entire fresh produce supply chain, from production to the point of sale. The innovations can be products, services or technical innovations," said Fruit Logistica global brand manager, Wilfried Wollbold.
A panel of experts consisting of representatives from all levels of the fresh produce
trade has nominated the following from more than 70 submissions:
“Adora”, HM Clause, Spain
A firm, dark-brown Marmande tomato with an exceptionally balanced intense sweet sour
taste and an excellent shelf life.
“H2Hybrid”, H2Hydroponics, Spain
A patented nursery and irrigation system for hydroponic plant breeding using oxygen
enrichment to reduce water consumption by up to 80% and energy consumption by
up to 25%.
“In-field Laboratory for Agricultural Testing”, Croptimal, Israel
A mobile technological solution for carrying out accurate real-time practical tests on
crops, soil and water over a period of minutes rather than days.
“LogoFrucht”, Kellermeister Manns, Germany
A process for printing on fruit and vegetables of any shape. Round objects can be
accurately and individually printed with a neutral, water-resistant, high-contrast food
colouring which is gentle on the product.
“Malver”, Turatti, Italy
An electromechanical system for the precise automatic peeling of all kinds of pitted
and halved mangos with an average capacity of approximately 48 pieces per minute.
“Pook Coconut Chips”, PookSpaFoods, Germany
Tasty natural crisps made from fresh coconut with a unique taste, processed without oil or fat and available in Original Sea Salt, Mango Sea Salt and Chocolate Sea Salt varieties.
“Scheufelen Grass Paper – Greenliner“, Papierfabrik Scheufelen
Ecological packaging material made of up to 50% fresh grass fibre. The raw material
base contributes to a sustainable reduction in energy and water consumption.
“The Alberts Smoothie Station”, Alberts powered by Greenyard, Belgium
A smoothie vending machine that prepares 100% natural smoothies from frozen fruits
and vegetables based on the user’s own individual selection and recipe.
“Ulti-Mite Swirski”, Koppert Biological Systems, Netherlands
A compostable bag containing a breeding medium for the predatory mite Amblyseius
swirskii developed for the biological control of thrips. Patent-pending.
“Wasabi Giftbox”, East4Fresh – Color2Food, Netherlands
A gift box made of untreated wood containing a fresh wasabi rhizome and a wasabi
rasp. An additive-free umami adventure for the kitchen or dining table.
The winners will be announced at 14:30 on 9 February 2018 in the passageway between Halls 20 and 21.