The second annual Viva Fresh Innovation Showcase has announced the 22 finalists who will feature a range of innovative products at the expo on April 27th. Industry members were encouraged to submit any and all new advances from field to fork. Innovations were not limited and could include advances in: new seed varieties, products, packaging, advances in production, machinery, packing facilities and greenhouses; technology or application software, food safety, traceability, sustainability efforts and more.
“We’re excited about the large number of entries we received this year! It is a powerful reflection on this region; an area that built its reputation on timeless innovations such as the Rio Star Red Grapefruit and the Texas 1015 Sweet Onion,” remarked Dante Galeazzi, President and CEO of TIPA. “Our vision for this showcase has been to recognize excellence and celebrate the creative, unique and industry-changing technologies that are both shaping and improving every aspect of the fresh produce supply chain.”
A panel of judges comprised of retail, foodservice, and produce industry veterans chose the following finalists based on a strict set of strict criteria.
The finalists will be displayed before and during the Expo on Saturday, April 27. All expo attendees will be encouraged to vote live from the show floor via mobile device for their favorite innovation. The innovation with the most votes will receive the Best of Show Award, along with the second and third runners up. The award winners will be announced during the Expo.