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Ten candidates for FRUIT LOGISTICA Innovation Award 2014

Messe Berlin and Fruchthandel Magazine announced today the candidates for the FRUIT LOGISTICA Innovation Award 2014. The jury consisting of experts from production and quality management, wholesale, retail, packaging and services chose the following ten candidates from a large number of entries for the FLIA 2014.

1. Aureli Mario, Italy: "Vegetable Crumbs" for breaded vegetables

2. Azienda Agricola Campobasso Marco, Italy: "Fette di Sole" – snacks made from dried orange slices

3. BrimaPack B.V., Netherlands: "Extended shelf life packaging for Broccoli"

4. Eisberg Group, Switzerland: "BBQ Grill Mix" – a new convenience product for barbecue enthusiasts

5. Home Harvest Salads Ltd, UK: "Oriental Mixed Living Salad" – freshly harvested at home

6. Ifco Systems GmbH, Germany: "Folding reusable plastic containers for bananas" – designed for the global banana trade, from the field to the supermarket shelf

7. Internationale Fruchtimport Gesellschaft Weichert, Germany: "Uurú, the original banana" – organically-grown bananas from Ecuador with intense, exotic flavour

8. Tokita Seed, Japan: "Fioretto"– long-stem cauliflower with small heads

9. Verpackungszentrum Graz, Austria: "Compostable packaging nets from beechwood cellulose" – sustainable production, eco-friendly composting

10. ZTI Mechatronics BV, Netherlands: "Grape destemming machine" – to separate the fruit from the vine

These top ten innovations will be presented at FRUIT LOGISTICA in 2014 (5-7 February) in a special display area between Halls 20 and 21. The winners will be chosen by FRUIT LOGISTICA trade visitors, with more than 58,000 trade professionals from 130 countries able to vote for the innovation of the year during the first two days of the trade fair. The winner will be officially announced in an award ceremony on Friday, 7th February 2014 at 14:30h.

"Presented for the ninth time in 2014, the FRUIT LOGISTICA Innovation Award honours outstanding new products and services that have had a positive impact on the international fresh produce trade. Regarded as the industry's most coveted prize, the FRUIT LOGISTICA Innovation Award attracts extensive global media coverage," says FRUIT LOGISTICA Project Manager Christoph Göring. The nominated companies will be profiled in a special press release in early 2014.

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