Messe Berlin has confirmed the nominees for next year's Fruit Logistica Innovation Award (FLIA), ten candidates drawn from seven countries who will be showcased as part of a special exhibit at the 2016 event in Berlin.
“The FLIA is regarded as the most important award in the industry," said Willfried Wollbold, Fruit Logistica's global brand manager. "It attracts considerable media attention and honours new products and services that will have a positive impact on the international fresh produce sector."
A panel of experts representing every segment of the industry selected the ten finalists from the 60 applications that were submitted, and more than 65,000 trade visitors from over 135 countries will cast their votes during the first two days of the trade fair, to determine the leading innovation of the year
The nominees are:
Automato – Stoffels, Belgium: A dispenser for the point of sale: different cherry tomato varieties are dispensed from three boxes directly into your shopping bag.
Enjoya – Terra Natura International, Netherlands: Unique: a yellow and red striped sweet pepper.
Genuine Coconut – World’s Coconut Trading, Spain: Easy enjoyment: organic coconut with a patented opening and drinking straw.
Harvest Automation – Hortiplan, Netherlands: Machine for the fully automated harvesting of green lettuce varieties.
Kitchen Minis Tomato – Northern Greens, Denmark: A cherry tomato plant for the windowsill, yielding up to 150 tomatoes.
Outspan Sam – Capespan, South Africa: An initiative for children, including videos that describe the journey fruit takes on its way to the children’s homes.
Parmentine’s Cup – Parmentine, France: A container with 250g of small potatoes to be cooked in the microwave. Available in two varieties: with basil and tomato or fresh cheese and chives sauce.
Pearl Herbs – 2BFresh, Israel: Ideal for garnishing or arranging dishes: tiny fresh herbs in ten varieties.
QualyCheck – HortKinetix, Germany: An app that can generate a report while goods are being inspected and then send it via smartphone.
WOW! Colourful Perupas – HZPC Holland, Netherlands: Different new potato varieties, based on ancient varieties found in the Andes. They differ from each other in taste, texture and colour.