In addition to the prestigious prize, Fruit Logistica is also introducing a new technology-focused award
The shortlist of nominees for this year’s Fruit Logistica Innovation Award (FLIA) has been released by the leading trade show for the global fresh produce business.
Winners of the annual awards for outstanding innovations from the entire fruit and vegetable value chain are chosen exclusively by trade visitors to Fruit Logistica 2024, which takes place in Berlin from 7 to 9 February 2024.
As revealed on the event’s FruitLog news page, contenders for this year’s award include a perfectly ripe, peeled avocado with a shelf life of one month, a versatile cross between a cucumber and a squash, a new trailblazer in courgette production, a modern twist on the watermelon, and naturally sweet, pink-red onion.
In addition to the FLIA, a FLIA Technology will be presented for the first time in recognition of innovations in the field of machinery and technology.
Nominees for this award include the world’s smallest self-service asparagus peeler, a mobile app that counts fruit before harvesting, a natural method to prevent whitefly damage in greenhouse veg, an AI-enabled crop trimmer, and a robotic exoskeleton for packhouse workers.
Each of the nominated products will be displayed at Fruit Logistica 2024 in a dedicated FLIA exhibition area between halls 20 and 21, as well as in a special FLIA Technology exhibition area between Halls 1.1 and 2.1.
To experience technical innovations, trade visitors have the chance to participate in guided tours to the exhibition booths of the FLIA Technology nominees.
By voting for their preferred winners, each trade visitor has a chance to win one of three Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation).
Winners will be announced at an award ceremony taking place at 2:30pm on Friday, 9 February 2024 within the FLIA Technology exhibition area between Halls 1.1 and 2.1.
FLIA and FLIA Technology are the fruit and vegetable industry’s most important global awards and are presented by Messe Berlin with Fruitnet Media International, official partner of Fruit Logistica.