Ten of the most innovative products, services and technical solutions to be launched in the past year, including two from UK companies, will compete for fresh produce industry Innovation Awards at Fruit Logistica, which is 5-7 February 2020.
Sinclair and CN Seeds Ltd. are among the companies shortlisted for this year’s award reflect an ingenuity and commitment to progress that is widespread across the global fresh produce business. They feature myriad improvements – including healthier and more colourful products, greater efficiency through technological wizardry, and more environmentally sustainable ways of working.
More than 78,000 attendees from more than 135 countries will be asked to vote for their innovation of the year during the first two days of the event in Berlin. The winner will be announced during a special ceremony at the trade fair on 7 February.
The nominees, chosen by a panel of experts from all across the fresh produce industry, will be showcased in a special area between Halls 20 and 21. They are:
Coconut automatic opening machine K30, Shanghai FruitPro Information Technology Co. Ltd, China
Hall 9, D-07
The K30 is a microcomputer controlled machine which opens coconuts safely and hygienically using patented blades so that the consumer can enjoy both the coconut water and the flesh. Algorithms automatically adjust the depth of the opening as well as the timing to suit each individual coconut.
Compostable, Flexible, Printed, Packaging, SILBO SP. Z.O.O., Poland
Hall 7.1, B-07
Certified compostable and environmentally friendly, solvent-free fruit and vegetable packaging which is made with water-based inks and adhesives. Using flexo technology, the water-based inks can be printed onto a wide variety of composite materials.
Mosswool®, Novarbo Oy, Finland
Hall 8.1, B-15
These moss wool panels are harvested according to a patented ecological process and represent a sustainable alternative for stone wool substrate in vegetable cultivation. As a result of the organic raw materials, they can be simply and cost-effectively composted together with other harvest residues or recycled after use.
New Downy Mildew Resistant (High) Sweet Basil, CN Seeds Ltd, UK
Hall 1.2, A-13
Genetically resistant seeds which can be used all over the world to combat downy mildew in the most common sweet basil variety, Ocimum. An environmentally friendly and cost-effective solution for a plant which is otherwise susceptible to disease.
Proband V1000, project Service & Produktion GmbH, Germany
Hall 7.1b, A-06
The first banding machine with interchangeable frames which can process all band widths from 25 to 60 millimeters in different band thicknesses from 35 to 210 micrometers. It is optimized for handling paper bands with a plastic content of less than 5%.
Sinclair EcoLabel®, Sinclair, UK
Hall 4.1, B-09
A high-performance, food-safe and fully compostable labelling solution for fresh produce that disintegrates within 12 weeks and biodegrades within 180 days. OK compost – Industrial and Seedling certified the label meets European Standard EN13432for compostable and biodegradable packaging.
SoFruMiniPak® EcoView, SoFruPak Witold Gaj, Poland
A simple, quick-close packaging for fruits and mushrooms, available with a separate or integrated lid. The renewable raw materials combined with good ventilation characteristics ensure optimised cooling and 100% biodegradability.
Tenderstem Royale®, SAKATA VEGETABLES EUROPE SAS, France
Halle 8.2, B-11
A natural cross between Chinese green cabbage and broccoli with an unmistakable purple stalk. Every part is edible from the stem to the tip. The tender, sweet stems are not only low in fat, sodium and sugar, but also rich in protein and fibre.
Tomato YOOM™, Syngenta Seeds B.V., Netherlands
Halle 1.2, D-16
A new tomato product line with an unmistakable dark purple colour rich in anthocyanins, and a unique sweet-sour umami flavour. This innovative variety is suitable for all seasons and growing conditions including artificial light.
Violì, Apofruit Italia Soc. Coop. Agricola, Italy
Halle 2.2, A-08
A tender soft artichoke hybrid, slightly purple in colour and grown according to precise production specifications and control plans. This ensures consistent calibres and unique quality levels. Violì is available nine months of the year.