Berlin - The nominees for the FRUIT LOGISTICA Innovation Award (FLIA) 2019 have been selected. According to FRUIT LOGISTICA Senior Product Manager Madlen Miserius: “The FLIA is regarded as the most important industry award. Accompanied by high-profile media coverage, it recognises new products, services or technical solutions that are destined to drive the global fresh produce industry forward, from production to point of sale.” What makes the FRUIT LOGISTICA Innovation Award so special? More than 77,000 top-class buyers and trade visitors from over 130 countries vote for the innovation of the year on the first two days of the fair 6 & 7 February 2019. The ten nominees are presented in the passageway between Halls 20 and 21. This is also where the winners will be announced on 8 February 2019 at 2:30 pm. The FLIA will be presented for the 14th time in 2019. A panel of experts from all levels of the fresh produce industry selected the following ten nominees from more than 70 submissions:
“Avocado Pitter 300-AVC”, CTI Food Tech, Italy
“DCM Viscotec® Blue”, De Ceuster Meststoffen – DCM, Belgium
An odourless, highly concentrated, water-soluble and easy to dose mild gel fertilizer for use in organic agriculture and horticulture. A high 9% nitrogen content in combination with 5% potassium has a bio-stimulating effect. Amino acids activate the root system, ensuring a considerably enlarged root surface, improved nutrient absorption and rapid plant growth. The gel fertilizer is considered to be extremely pure and is approved for use in organic farming.
“Fred® – the pear”, VariCom, Switzerland
A red-cheeked CH 201 pear variety in the premium segment. It is characterized by constant fruit size, crunchy texture and consistency, as well as a pleasant balance of sweetness and light acidity. “Fred® the pear” has a robust fruit skin, does not drip and maintains an optimum balance between crispness and juiciness.
“Modula”, Roter Italia, Italy
An electronic sowing machine in which flexible piercing elements pick up the plant seed and place the optimum sowing quantity in the soil troughs surrounded by mulch film at a sowing distance appropriate to the respective plant culture. Activation or deactivation takes place directly on the display. The flexibility of the sowing distances and the adaptation to different crop types is unusually high.
“Oriental Red®– Red Kiwifruit”, Jingold, Italy
A red Dong-Hong kiwi originally from China with unique organoleptic characteristics that are significantly different from those of traditional Hayward kiwi. Their sweetness with 20 to 21 degrees Brix and a tropical exotic aftertaste make them very popular. The Red Kiwifruit has an excellent shelf life.
“PerfoTecO2Control”, PerfoTec, Netherlands
In protective gas packaging, an optimum mixture of CO2, oxygen and nitrogen is adapted to the individual respiration requirements of the respective fruit and vegetable product in a product-specific packaging. PerfoTecO2Control is a CO2 protective gas system suitable for all packaging machines with a patented gas flushing tube, in which a finely adjusted gas mixture is controlled and developed. An intelligent three-sensor gas flow software guarantees the exact gas mixture required during pre-gas purging in the special pipe. Increased packaging speed, gas reduction and a significant increase in shelf life are the key advantages.
“Redlander”, Bejo, Netherlands
A red hybrid onion with high resistance to downy mildew. It is juicy-fresh, has good skin quality, light interior colour and is considered to be particularly safe to harvest and has excellent storage properties. Redlander is particularly suitable for organic onion cultivation. But even as conventional seed, it can help farmers to save a considerable amount of pesticides. The seeds are available in different packaging sizes. Worldwide, downy mildew in production leads to large crop losses.
“Slide Valeriana Eco”, Hortech, Italy
An electrically operated full harvesting machine for lamb’s lettuce with a special comb conveyor system to optimise transport. The large steering radius of 75° guarantees the highest cutting quality. The machine is equipped with three-phase asynchronous motors without brushes, 48V batteries with an output of 450 ampere-hours, and a built-in charger with a charge storage capacity of up to 16 hours, ensuring ecologically sustainable operation.
“Softripe® Ripening Technology”, Frigotec, Germany
Fully automatic ripening technology for bananas and other tropical fruits in which they are ripened homogeneously and naturally according to their biology. This ripening technology dispenses with a rigid time and temperature programme and is considered to be energy-saving. In special ripening chambers, the concentration and amount of the ripening gas ethyleneis regulated just as dynamically as air temperature, oxygen and carbon-dioxide levels. This ensures faster ripening, longer shelf life and an optimal acid-sugar balance, reflected in the taste. The customer can be offered fruit of different degrees of ripeness according to his tastes.
“Top-sealable compostable, recyclable strawberry punnet”, CKF, Canada
A sealable, compostable and recyclable wood pulp tray for 350-400g of strawberries. With the sealing film, the packaging contains only the smallest possible amount of plastic. It offers a high level of protection, good visibility of the product and a longer shelf life than conventional plastic trays.