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Germany: Official award ceremony planned for Fruit Logistica

An official award ceremony on 8 February 2013 will be held to announce the winners of the Fruit Logistica Innovation Award (FLIA).

Exhibitors at Fruit Logistica 2013 who have introduced an exceptional innovation to the market between 1 November 2011 and 31 October 2012 are invited to apply for the industry's most coveted innovation award. FLIA is highly acclaimed amongst industry experts and receives widespread coverage in the international media. The award will be presented in 2013 for the eighth time by Messe Berlin and Fruchthandel Magazine (Dusseldorf).

FLIA recognises outstanding innovations in the fresh produce sector and spotlights new products or services that have had clearly a positive impact on the market. By definition, the key characteristics of an innovation are originality and superiority over conventional products or services. Exhibitors at Fruit Logistica 2013 who feel their products or services meet these criteria are invited to submit an online application for the award by 23 November 2012.

A panel of experts will select this year’s ten most significant innovations from the submitted entries and nominate them for the FLIA. These innovations will be presented at Fruit logistica 2013 in a special exhibition area. More than 55,000 expected trade visitors from 130 countries will have a chance to vote for the innovation of the year during the first two days of the trade fair Fruit Logistica 2013 (6-8 February).

Previous FLIA winners include “Salanova” lettuce produced by Rijk Zwaan (2006), “Vitamini’s” vegetable snack produced by FresQ/Rainbow Growers Group (2007), the “Intense” beef tomato from Nunhems Netherlands BV (2008), the “Sweet Green Pepper” produced by Enza Zaden (2009), the “Arils Removal Tool (ART)” developed by Mehadrin Tnuport Export (2010), the “Limeburst Finger Limes” citrus fruit from Australia (2011) and the "Angelo" miniature sweet pepper produced by Syngenta Seeds B.V. (2012).

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